On a whim, I looked at my meal logging on My Fitness Pal to see how what we really eat compares to the food options I’ve blogged about and thought I’d share! The meals we return to again and again have ingredients that are versatile so we keep them on hand and many of them are what we call our own version of “fast food.” Not all the links below are to recipes on this site, some are on other sites or are linked to products we buy for convenience.
As with any food option, please make sure they suit your comfort level. I, for example, will buy things for our family that are in a shared facility with, say, eggs or soy, but not tree nuts or peanuts. Recently E has grown out of her milk allergy and we’re working on some other food challenges but aside from feeding the kids yogurt and or cheese, I haven’t gone back to dairy. I always told myself that I’d go back in a heartbeat but then as the months wore on I realized that my excuse for eating dairy in the face of animal cruelty implications was that it would be “too hard” to stop. When I stopped eating dairy for my daughter’s sake I realized a vegan (versus a vegetarian) diet involved many more flavors and options than I thought.
If anything jumps out as something you’d like a recipe for, please let me know in the comments. We were able to start eating corn again this past summer but aside from tortillas, tostadas, or corn itself, many of these options are still corn free. We also were able to re-introduce tomatoes and grapes in the past year, much to my relief. You can also check out the What We Eat page for other recipes I’ve posted about.
Brussels Sprouts or Asparagus (roasted) with Mushrooms (we used Portabella Mushroom Caps a few times) and Rice or Quinoa
Cauliflower “Popcorn” with Roasted Vegetables and Wild Rice
Chickpea UnTuna Salad (here’s a recipe I started with but of course leave out the nuts)
Green Lentils, Rice, and Plain Coconut Milk Yogurt
Misto alla Griglia with Wild Rice
Nachos with Daiya and Pinto Beans
Pakoras with Quinoa and Vegetables
Quinoa and Roasted Asparagus or Corn
Saffron Rice with Beans and Baked Yams
Shepherd’s Pie with Fresh Cranberry Sauce
(Baked) Spaghetti Squash with Marinara Sauce (I’ve cut the oil and sugar in this recipe with great results)
Steamed Vegetables and Rice or Quinoa and Marinara Sauce
Steamed Artichokes with Roasted Onions and Quinoa with Balsamic Vinegar
Tostadas topped with Refried Beans, Guacamole, Salsa, Lettuce, and Tomatoes
What are some of your family’s “fast” dinner options?