Week 17 – Feel Good Eats

This week was all about those warm, comfort foods that you crave once the weather starts getting cold!  Luckily for us, it is easy to make yummy vegan comfort foods.  Often times when people think about going vegan, they think about all the foods that they will have to give up.  DON’T DO THIS! Instead, focus on all the amazing foods that you have available to eat with a clear conscience!

Breakfast

  • Overnight Oats – Mix all together and let sit overnight.  In the morning, heat up and add fresh fruit
    •  1/2 cup almond milk
    • 1/2 cup whole oats
    • 1 TBS chia or flax seeds
    • 1/2 tsp vanilla
    • 1 tsp pure maple syrup
    • 1 TBS sliced almonds
    • 1 TBS dried fruit

overnight oats

Lunch 

  • Slow Cooker Caramelized Onion Chili 
    • This chili was really refreshing because it was lighter than traditional chili’s.  I’m not sure if it was the caramelized onions or the corn but there was a light sweetness that balanced really well with the heat of the chili powder. Plus, anything that you can throw into a crock pot and leave alone is a great dish!
    • I added a can of kidney beans and some extra chili powder to the recipe also

chili

  • Salad – a bright, crunchy salad is the perfect addition to hot, spicy chili!

Dinner

  • Lentil Loaf, Mashed Sweet Potatoes, Steamed Broccoli with Mushroom/Onion Gravy
    • Yum, yum and yum! You cannot go wrong with this dinner! Before we went vegan, meatloaf was my husband’s favorite meal.  This lentil loaf is a truly awesome replacement! I add bread crumbs to give it a little more of a meatloaf-y texture and I also added about 3/4 cup of chopped mushrooms.
    • For the mashed sweet potatoes I peeled and boiled sweet potatoes until they were soft and then mashed them by hand with some almond milk, vegan butter, salt and pepper.
    • Steamed broccoli – this is my all time favorite way to eat broccoli! It is so good! I have a cheap steamer that works really well so it is also super easy.  I steam the pieces until mostly cooked but still a little hard since you will be reheating them and then toss them in olive oil, garlic salt, pepper and dried red pepper.
    • For the gravy, I added a whole onion, sliced thin and used fresh mushrooms instead of dried.broccoli mushroom gravy box close up 2 boxes lentil loaf 1

Snack

  • Roasted Chickpeas – I am ADDICTED!!!! I seriously can’t get enough of these little things for snacks! They are the perfect snack! I used less olive oil this time so they didn’t get quite as crunchy but still tasty! Any spices that you want to put on here will probably taste great but the best that I have found is blackening spice.  It adds the perfect amount of heat and flavor.

There aren’t many foods more comforting than a warm bowl of oatmeal, spicy chili and mashed potatoes with lentil loaf and gravy!  Enjoy!

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