Since I decided to get my head back in the game, I figured I would start back up with Meatless Monday again. I like Meatless Monday because it makes me get creative with cooking, but I'm also more mindful of what I'm putting in my body (when I actually remember that it's Meatless Monday, that is...). One downside to Meatless Monday: I am always friggin' hungry on Mondays! My body just devours all of the nutrients loaded in the fruits, vegetables, and legumes I consume throughout Mondays, and I am just in a perpetual state of hunger all day. My stomach starts yelling at me, and it is not a good situation.
This Monday, I was a little more thoughtful with my meals. I decided to do food prep on Sunday, which I never do, and made myself a big crock pot of lentil soup (my favorite) last night. I used Alton Brown's recipe, and it turned out deliciously! One thing to note, though: I am absolutely convinced that grains of paradise -- which I'd never even heard of prior to this recipe -- is not sold anywhere in the United States of America. I went to three different grocery stores (not just for this make believe ingredient), and it was nowhere to be found! In fact, even the guy at Whole Foods thought I was making it up, and they know all the weird ingredients. :-(
But anyway, I had a big bowl of the lentil soup for lunch. It was super filling! I was actually surprised, because I behaved myself and had breakfast this morning, which I rarely do because I'm a bad little fitness blogger who can't get moving in the morning. I had a whole wheat bagel with crunchy peanut butter and a cup of chocolate milk. YUM! The college team I'm assistant coaching played a match pretty far away tonight, and the head coach decided we were going to eat pizza. I had a few slices of veggie pizza, which I inhaled. Whatevs. It actually wasn't so bad because I was running around with the team during warm-ups and was working up a good sweat. I earned that pizza, daggone it!
The nice thing about the food prep I did last night is that I can rest a little easier tonight. I have my lunch made for the entire week, and I have food for breakfast that is quick and easy. No excuses!
Do you participate in Meatless Monday? What are some of your favorite vegetarian recipes?
P.S., I'm going to be revealing something exciting this week. I can't wait to share it with all of you!