Because honestly, we need to. Since Nate got on board with the veggie eating, our grocery bill has skyrocketed. I am buying double the veggies we did a month ago, not to mention the crazy amount I spend on fruit each week.
Veggies were never eaten in big quantities in our house, as dinner was always a struggle. We aren't big meat eaters - chicken maybe once a week, my cooking skills are limited at best, and we always tended to rely on meals heavy with pasta. It took me 11 months of transitioning to a clean(er) diet to figure dinner out. But now, I think I'm moving in the right direction. I have been trying to live by the rule of 80% - 80% of my diet is clean, unprocessed food. With the exception of the starch that we have with our vegetables (quesadillas, panini bread, pizza dough) and dairy products which I refuse to give up as as a runner (I do eat them in portions now though!), I am now happy to say that our 20% is mostly only dining out meals, and even those choices have changed considerably. Everything we eat at home is pretty darn healthy. Here are a few of our new favorite cleaned up dinners...
|Veggie pizza on the grill! DELICIOUS! We use the multigrain dough from Hannaford.|
My side is the spinach side!
|The final product. Spinach, mushrooms, tomatoes, green peppers and chia seeds.|
Sometimes, I don't use sauce on my half, but put hummus down instead. It's yummy!
|Veggies quesadillas on the panini maker! Spinach, tomatoes, green pepper, mushrooms and avocado!|
|I forget to take a picture of these loaded with veggies before I cooked em up!|
Paninis on multigrain bread with spinach, tomato avocado and mozzarella. These are super yummy!
We pair the quesadillas and paninis up with a yummy salad for extra veggies as well! My favorite part about these veggies meals - they are SUPER quick and easy. By the time I get home from school and squeeze my run in, I am ravenous and have little time for meals with long prep/cook times. These 3 meals are done in less than 20 minutes. If you have any super easy meals with tons of veggies, please send them my way! I'm ready and willing to try!