WIAW: No Meat for 40 Days

Happy WIAW! This year for lent, I decided to give up meat. I gave up meat last year also, and I found that it was a challenge to eat meat free, especially with a house full of meat eaters, but that I don’t really miss eating meat. It also made me think about my meals in advance much more than when I eat meat, which is a big plus for me and helps with mindless eating. See my meatless WIAWs from last year: 1, 2, 3.

 

Here are some of the meatless eats that I have been enjoying lately.

My breakfasts usually fall into one of two categories:

Oatmeal with fruit

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…or an egg and cheese sandwich. This one was eaten in my car as I stood in the traffic of the century yesterday morning on the BQE. photo(108)

My lunch varies from day to day. Sometimes I will eat whatever the kitchen is cooking at work, some days I pack a salad and some days we order deliciousness like these Thai Mixed Veggies. So simple, yet so yummy.

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My favorite dinner of the last week is this baked salmon with a side of Trader Joe’s Asian Vegetables w/Beijing-style Soy Sauce.

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And how could a meatless WIAW not include some delish sushi. Tommy, Alex and I hit up our favorite sushi buffet recently. Delicious beyond words.

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And just for fun, this is the little man’s current favorite meal – “melty cheese sandwich” no crust and strawberries.

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What’s the best thing you ate this week?

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Mexican Spaghetti Squash Casserole

If left to my own devices, I could probably eat Mexican food every day and never get bored. Especially if I’m eating guaco tacos from my favorite Mexican place San Loco. Since that isn’t exactly realistic, I often make healthier version of my Mexican favs. My latest creation is a Mexican Spaghetti Squash Casserole. This baby is packed with good for you stuff like veggies and lean meat, but the cheese on top brings it all together and makes it taste so, so good.

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Mexican Spaghetti Squash Casserole
 
Ingredients
  • 1 medium spaghetti squash, baked and scooped out
  • 1 lb ground meat
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 pepper, diced
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • Taco Seasoning Mix (I used Trader Joe’s brand which contains sea salt, cumin, cayenne pepper, cane sugar, paprika, onion, garlic, black pepper, red bell pepper, oregano, chili pepper, and smoked paprika)
  • 1 cup shredded Mexican Blend cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Saute pepper and onion in a skillet over low heat until the onion is translucent.
  3. Add in ground meat and saute until almost fully cooked.
  4. Add the seasoning mix, beans and diced tomatoes and let simmer until ground meat is fully cooked.
  5. In a large baking pan, combine spaghetti squash with the skillet mixture and stir together.
  6. Top with shredded cheese.
  7. Bake for 35 minutes, with the last five minutes under the broiler.
  8. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

 

Hope you enjoy!

What’s your favorite Mexican dish?

 

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Frozen Penguin 5k

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When I signed up for the Frozen Penguin 5k back in December, I though that the weather would be far from freezing that day. Since Mother Nature has gone crazy this year, the Frozen Penguin 5k was FREEZING, but a lot of fun. The race took place on Shore Road in Brooklyn, which is a […]

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WIAW: What I’ve Been Eating Lately

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It has been way too long since I’ve linked up for WIAW. My phone and camera are overflowing with photos of the yummy things that I’ve been eating lately and sharing is caring, so let’s dive in. Spinach and Feta omelet. The perfect dinner for when there is almost nothing left in the fridge. Homemade […]

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Dear Winter,

His face says it all.

Dear Winter, I’m done. We’re over. Having you around was nice for a while, but now I can’t wait to see you go. I’ll admit, when it was hot and humid in the summer, I said I missed you and couldn’t wait for you to arrive. The first time we were expecting a snow storm, […]

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Whole Wheat Couscous Greek Salad

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One of my absolute favorite things to eat lately has been this Whole Wheat Couscous Greek Salad. It is super quick to put together and it is prefect to bring for lunch or to have as a side with dinner. I am actually boiling water as I write up this post to make another batch […]

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Snow Day

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As much as snow can be a huge pain in the butt in NYC, I love a snow day. On Tuesday, Alex had early dismissal so we headed home around noon, before the snow really started to come down. I am super thankful for the early dismissal because later that day, I read Facebook status […]

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Dark Chocolate Blossoms

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A few weeks ago I got an email from Smart Balance asking if I wanted to try their new Dark Chocolate Peanut Butters. Of course, my answer was of course. A few days later these two wonderful jars of goodness, one creamy and one chunky, arrived on my doorstep and the little man and I […]

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Friday Favoritos

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1. My little man being 4. I can’t believe that he is 4, but I am trying to soak up every minute of it. He has a great sense of humor and his teachers tell me that he is hilarious and very bright. He loves to read books and count everything in sight.  We had […]

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What We’ve Been Up To

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I’m sitting here with my post-workout coffee and thinking about how to share all the great things that have happened since I last posted a long, long time ago. Don’t mind the bright green walls and stickers, I’m in Alex’s playroom/my workout area. I last updated right after I finished with my finals. We had […]

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