Day 12: Peanut Day

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Breakfast was a yogurt parfait. I made it once before last week, but this time I added some honey and vanilla extract to the yogurt to sweeten it up a bit. This time around, it tasted much better (mostly because of the sweetened yogurt, but also because I remembered to layer it this time).

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Lunch was leftover chilli. Like most chilli, leftover chilli > freshly made chilli. I still probably wouldn’t make it again though because it wasn’t rich enough (I think that there were too many vegetables in it).

The afternoon snack was pears and peanuts (not pictured). I liked it, but I like pears and almond butter better.

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Dinner was fish with bok choy and peanuts. I didn’t particularly like it. First of all, the recipe had some mistakes. The pictures showed lemons, but the recipe didn’t mention anything about lemon. I added some lemon slices as shown in the picture. In addition, it took more like 30 minutes, not 18 minutes, to cook the fish and steam the vegetables. The tamari sauce was good, but I didn’t think there was enough of it.

The night snack was hot chocolate (not pictured). I decided to make it using a different recipe. I liked it a little better than the buzzfeed version because it’s a bit sweeter. It has about the same amount of calories.

Final thoughts: I probably wouldn’t make any of today’s dishes again. 2 more days of the challenge! All I can think of is what I’m going to eat on Sunday 🙂

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Day 3: Cauliflower Steaks and Hot Chocolate

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Today’s breakfast was a yogurt parfait. It only took 15 minutes to make, but much like yesterday’s breakfast, it was pretty bland… because plain greek yogurt, is pretty bland. To be fair, it was especially bad because I forgot to layer it, making it pretty difficult to eat.

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Lunch was an Asian chicken salad, It took 20 minutes to make and was pretty good. It reminded me a lot of the kinds of asian salads you can get at fast food places (McDonalds and Wendy’s have them), except this version has around 100 fewer calories.

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My first snack was an avocado with lemon, salt, and pepper. I’ve seen a lot of people eat plain avocados, and I didn’t get it then and I still don’t get it now. Don’t get me wrong, I love avocados, but a full plain avocado is too much avocado for me.

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Despite taking an hour and a half to make, dinner was very good. My brother said it’s the best meal we’ve had so far. I would definitely make the cauliflower steaks again. They tasted a lot like roasted potatoes and potatoes are one of the things I miss most on this meal plan. If I were to make the whole meal again, I would start with the lentils and then bake the cauliflower, so that the lentils were finished cooking at the same time as the cauliflower. Today I made the cauliflower first and had to wait on the lentils for a long time. Although I loved dinner overall, I didn’t like the lentils. I think the apple cider vinegar overpowered any other flavour that went into the lentils and gave it some kind of weird sweet flavour that was not very enjoyable. In addition, there was something wrong with the recipe posted because honey was listed as an ingredient, but the recipe never said what to do with it. I added it to the lentils with the apple cider vinegar which probably added to the sweetness of the dish.

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The night snack was hot chocolate. At first I thought it tasted kind of weird, but I finished the whole cup and it did taste somewhat good. I’m still undecided about it. I don’t like it more than regular hot chocolate, but it wasn’t horrible.

Final thoughts: Except for dinner, today’s meals were faster to prepare. Today’s meals were also overall tastier, but I was expecting a little more from the hot chocolate and avocado. Perhaps tomorrow’s smoothie will give me what i’m looking for.