Monday in Meals

Hi there lovelies, I hope you’ve had a good start to the week so far. I’m bringing you another day of eats today, they’re one of my favourite posts to do and a lot of you seem to enjoy it too from the great comments and emails I receive from them!

Before I begin, I just want to remind you that these posts are not made for anyone to compare to or base their own meals off, but rather it’s a way for me to share with you different meal ideas as a bit of inspiration, but also it’s to show you that it’s possible to have freedom, enjoyment and balance with your food through mindfulness and intuitive eating. Now let’s begin!

I woke up at about 7:30am and started my morning with a bit of stretching followed by a mug of warm water. I’ve been trying to get back into the habit of having water upon waking, instead of having a coffee first thing in the morning. The water helps to hydrate me, wake up my digestive system and gently wake me up as well. Sometimes I’ll add lemon or ACV, but other times I just want plain water. 

I enjoyed it outside on my balcony, where I could soak up some Spring sunshine as I worked on some invoicing, expenses and other things for my nutrition business. Severus joined me too, he loves the sun as much as I do!

At about 8am, Jared woke up and brewed us some coffee to enjoy in bed together. After that I made us scrambled eggs with goats feta (my current obsession), with buttery mushrooms and some bacon. This was enjoyed out on the balcony again, couldn’t get enough of that sunshine! I normally have my eggs with a bit of toast, but I didn’t feel like any yesterday. And I found this was actually a good amount of food, and filled me up to where I was nicely satisfied but not stuffed. Then after breakfast, we had another coffee together before he had to dash off to work.

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After he left, I got stuck into some cooking. I wanted to make a couple of lunches for the week, but wanted to keep it as simple as possible. So I just tossed a couple of potatoes, carrots and some brussels sprouts in some olive oil, salt, grated turmeric and minced garlic and roasted those for about 30mins on 200 degrees celsius. It smelled amazing when I pulled the tray out of the oven, I absolutely love the smell of roasted garlic! There was enough veggies for two lunches, plus a little leftover for me to enjoy later that day.

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To go with the roasted veggies, I also cooked up some soft boiled eggs. 6 minutes at a gentle simmer has been my go-to formula lately for cooked whites and runny centres! 

Another thing I wanted to get prepped was some veggie-scrap stock. I’d been collecting veggie scraps in the freezer for the past couple of weeks and we finally had enough to make a good batch of stock. (I like to reuse plastic, resealable packaging like these old quinoa packets for stuff like this!). I popped the scraps into a large pot, topped it with filtered water, and I also added lots of fresh garlic cloves, a knob of turmeric and some Himalayan salt to this batch for extra flavour, yum!

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I got just over a litre from those scraps, and after it cooled I just poured them into old passata jars and popped them in the fridge. We can use that now for our cooking this week, whether it be adding a cup or two when we’re cooking rice or quinoa or adding to our dishes. Love homemade stock, so cheap (virtually free since you’re just scraps you’d normally throw out anyway) and so good for you since you know exactly what’s going into it!

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After the cooking, I got stuck into the cleaning and housework. At about 11:30am, I got hungry and stopped for a snack. I had yoghurt with honey and gut powder stirred through, topped with half an apple, a kiwi and some coconut chips. I used the natural, unsweetened yoghurt from Harris Farm and it was delicious! So thick and creamy and not too tangy or sour. I also stirred a gut nourishing supplement into it too which had a blend of probiotics, slippery elm and glutamine in it.

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i also made myself some tea to go with it. I was lucky enough to be sent this tea from The Loose Leaf Tea House the other week and it’s actually been one of my favourite loose leaf teas I’ve tried this year. Turmeric, ginger, cloves and cinnamon. Just the right amount of warmth and spice. So tasty! I just topped it up with hot water throughout the day!

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I got back into some more housework before finally finishing at about 1:30pm. I wasn’t too hungry, but I wanted to eat something small as I was heading out for the afternoon and knew I’d need some sustenance. So I sautéed the small bowl of leftover roast veggies, with some radish leaves, carrot and red cabbage that I’d had pre-chopped in the fridge as part of my meal prep last week. I added garlic, tamari and oyster sauce for a bit of seasoning and had it with one of the soft boiled eggs I cooked earlier. This was so tasty!

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I left home about an hour later to meet up with a friend. He manages a hotel and was invited to a wine event held in Darling Harbour to try out some of the different wines from his supplier. He took me as his plus one, and we spent the afternoon and evening catching up and tasting some beautiful local and international wines in the process! We then went back to his place afterwards and Jared met us there to hang out for the night. It wasn’t until we got home later that evening that I realised that I hadn’t eaten dinner! I kind of just grazed all afternoon/evening on things like cheese, crackers and dips. Not ideal, but it was such a fun evening (the kind that doesn’t happen very often now!) that I didn’t mind too much!

I hope you enjoyed my Monday in meals, and that it shows you that it’s totally possible to have freedom, balance and enjoyment with your food!

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This post is inspired by Paige’s Daily Eats posts!