My Unprocessed Menu, Day 2

Breakfast: Oats with hot lemon water

My morning oats recipe is one my husband Mike and I concocted almost 3 years ago and have enjoyed almost every single day since!  Here’s what we do:

Put water on to boil (enough for lemon water and maybe 3/4 cup for the oats)
In cereal bowl, combine:

1/2 cup oats
Dash of cinnamon
5-6 walnuts broken up as you drop them in
As many of the following seeds as you can manage (1 Tbsp of each would be a great goal):
sesame, sunflower, pumpkin, flax, chia, hemp
Pour hot water over the oats and seeds.   Let sit for a few minutes, then add –
As much fruit as you want to make it nice and sweet and yummy:
blueberries, strawberries, raspberries

A recent trick I learned from my aunt and cousin – toss in a Tbsp of peanut butter for a nice creamy texture and a slightly different taste.

Time saver tips:

  • Mix up all your seeds and keep a mix in the pantry so you just pour it in from one container instead of several in the morning
  • Cut up your fruit the day you bring it home from the grocery store and keep it in ready-to-use containers in the fridge
  • Skip the hot water and just use almond, hemp, or soy milk instead.  It’ll be quite a different texture this way and might take some getting used to, but it’s worth a shot.   You might love it!

Lunch: Out at a Restaurant (Sewickley Cafe)- Grilled portabello and eggplant wrap
Roasted tomato wrap rolled with grilled eggplant, portabello, spinach, and a balsamic glaze
Side salad with red wine vinegar
Note – this dish on the menu was not a whole foods plant based dish.  But never fear!  A few modifications and we’re good to go.  I omitted the cheese and prosciutto from the wrap.  For salad dressing, I ordered oil and vinegar and just used the vinegar.  I haven’t found a restaurant yet that didn’t have that available.  Too plain, add a squeeze of lemon or lime and sprinkle some pepper.

 

Dinner: Leftover Thai Curry over brown rice and quinoa

Here’s a simple Thai curry recipe to make your own

For dessert, I had a bowl of fresh cantaloupe.  Delish!

 

Midnight snack… Hummus and Woven Wheats from Whole Foods

In the full disclosure I’ve promised, the woven wheats aren’t exactly unprocessed and they do contain salt but as far as chips or crackers go, you really can’t beat these.  They’re baked, not fried, they have no oil.  They have two ingredients – whole wheat, salt.  In a very unusual fashion, I was up with my 5 month old baby from 1am for what felt like the rest of the night.  When 3:30am rolled around, I was pacing around the kitchen, again, trying to soothe her back to sleep.  I wanted nothing more than a bowl of golden grahams.  I resisted the urge many times, and eventually pulled out a bowl.  I was giving in to temptation.  When I opened the cabinet, I thought about having to write in my journal and own up to the lack of discretion.  I saw the woven wheats, grabbed the hummus from the fridge, and celebrated my little victory over sugar.

 

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