As I sat down to do my weekly menu planning, it was the first time in a year and a half that I actually felt a little stuck. While I try to incorporate at least one new recipe every week, with the intention of not getting bored, I was just at a loss for what to do and struggled to come up with a plan. Usually, I whip together a weekly menu in no time at all. I think I was stuck between wanting to use my new Instant Pot and not having the time to peruse recipes on the Internet. (I did manage to find one that I will make during the week.) Plus, with a lot of things going on, I was looking for easy.
And so, after much debate, my menu features black bean tacos (easy, and my husband’s favorite), black bean chipotle and quinoa stew (Instant Pot, and no, there is no such thing as too many black beans), and pasta (super easy). There’s a question mark on Thursday and I’m hoping to have leftovers!
I purchased a beautiful zucchini at the local produce stand today and wasn’t sure what to do with it (the old favorite of breaded and fried just doesn’t do it for me any more, and I have been grilling throughout the summer). And then I remember the cute little spiraling gadget that we had purchased a few months ago. I spiraled half the zucchini and half a carrot, and then made a quick dressing of lime juice (I was out of lemons), a teeny bit olive oil (less than a teaspoon), and a few dashes of cumin and sea salt. It was absolutely delicious!!! So so easy to make and very tasty. I’ll definitely be making this again. Doesn’t it even look beautiful?
Just to make sure I didn’t get stuck again, I ordered two new cookbooks! The “Engine 2 Diet” (featuring Dr. Esselstyn’s son Rip, who is a fire fighter in Texas!) and “The New Fast Food: The Veggie Queen Pressure Cooks Whole Food Meals in Less Than 30 Minutes” (for using my Instant Pot). Stay tuned for recipe suggestions and reviews!
I posted this document on my Lights Cancer Action! Facebook page, but thought I should share it here also: the McDougall Diet in simplified terms. It doesn’t get any easier than a traffic light to illustrate what you should stop eating, where you need to proceed with caution, and what you can eat with abandon!
IMDb: Stuck on You (2003)