Sundays are always meal prep days for me. This week I spent a good half the day cooking. I made homemade salsa, marinara, turkey taco meat, spaghetti squash, mashed cauliflower and my lunches for the week. I am really boring for lunches. They usually include chicken, steamed spinach or broccoli and either quinoa, brown rice or sweet potato. I measure everything out because I am that anal.
I was quite impressed with my salsa and it was the first time making it. I bought Margarita’s brand salsa the week before and it was absolutely awful. We have some crazy huge tomatoes growing in our garden and I have been dying to make a recipe with them. They may not be the prettiest things but they are extremely tasty. I forgot how much of a difference between store bought and ones straight from the garden!
I didn’t follow a recipe it was kind of a free for all. I grabbed some pepper from the market that was pretty hot. I like everything extra spicy.
Recipes like salsa can vary so much and a lot depends on taste.
3 very large tomatoes
1 red onion
2 handfuls of cilantro
3-4 garlic cloves
1 hot pepper
a little lime juice
I also made marinara sauce which I will not share because I am not too impressed with it. I do not have a food processor so I had to cut up the tomatoes and it ended up being way too watery.
The cauliflower mashed was just OK. I added cauliflower, a few tablespoons of cottage cheese, Greek yogurt and milk, lots of garlic and Parmesan cheese. It was pretty good but too thin.
While cooking I decided to make some oatmeal for breakfast. As I said in the last post, I had to go to Reading real early in the morning so we ended up doing our grocery shopping on the way home. I was in a bit of a rush and starved so I ended up making this chocolate lovers oatmeal by accident. The cocoa powder ended up coming out pretty fast. I can usually just sprinkle a little out from the can but sometimes way too much comes out.
Chocolate Lover’s Oatmeal
1/2 cup of Oats
1 cup of water or milk
1/2-1 T Cocoa Powder
1/2 scoop of chocolate protein powder
1/2-1 T sunflower seed butter or your favorite nut butter
Stevia to taste
It doesn’t look so good but if you love chocolate this one is for you. I added all ingredients besides the sun butter before cooking and then added it on after.