Hi everyone! Another short week of meals here on the blog because I spent the last 6 days in Canada! Nonetheless, I had a short week of homemade meals as well as some delicious meals eaten out in Vancouver.
Sunday- Turkey burgers with zucchini with a side salad
I usually make my favorite Greek turkey burgers with spinach and feta, but to mix it up I made these turkey burgers with grated zucchini. I love sneaking an extra serving of vegetables into my meals to make them more nutritious and add some extra flavor! This would be a great way to get picky eaters and kids to eat more veggies.
Monday- Creamy lemon spring vegetable pasta
I’ve made some sort of “spring vegetable” grain dish for a few weeks now. Since spring is usually short lived around these parts, I love taking advantage of spring produce while it’s in season. Not only do seasonal fruits and vegetables taste better and fresher, it is also cheaper to buy them in season and better for the environment!
Tuesday- Grilled chicken bruschetta
This is a go-to dinner of mine once the weather gets nice enough to grill. The tomato, mozzarella, onion, and basil salad that goes along with this recipe is so simple yet so flavorful! For those of you who don’t love the typical garden salad, this would be a great side dish option.
Wednesday- Kale Caesar salad
Since I knew we would be on vacation for the next 6 days, I wanted our last meal to be something light (and something that wouldn’t leave us with leftovers!). I used this Caesar dressing (minus the anchovies, plus 1 Tbls. capers) and mixed it with kale, parmesan cheese, and homemade whole wheat croutons. My intention was to throw in a can of chickpeas for protein, but must have skipped them on my grocery list so we were chickpea-less. I did have some sunflower seeds though, so I tossed quite a few in for a bit of a protein boost.
Thursday- Vegan burgers and fries from MeeT
Thursday night was our first night in Vancouver so Michael and I went downtown to explore. We checked out a part of the city called Gastown around dinner time so we checked out the menus of a few restaurants until we walked by a burger place called Meet that had a line out the door. You know that if a place has a line it must be good, so we put our names in and was told it was only a 20 minute wait. While we were waiting, we realized that these burgers weren’t your typical beef burgers, but vegan burgers that are made with a base of barley and vegetables. This kind of place is right up my alley, so it made the experience that much better! We even started with “chiggin’ wings” which were the vegan equivalent of chicken wings but made with pea and soy protein. I wouldn’t say the chicken wings and burgers tasted exactly like their non-vegan counterparts, but they tasted awesome and came pretty close.
If you’ve never heard of poke, it’s essentially sushi in bowl form with a rice base, raw fish, and various vegetables/sauces. The seafood in the Pacific Northwest is out of this world, so I actually ended up getting poke twice during the trip. The one in the picture is from lunch the day before and was made with brown rice, salmon (that the owner said was caught and cut that day), seaweed salad, avocado, dried seaweed, sunflower seeds, scallions, and most likely a couple more things that I’m forgetting about.
I won’t say too much about the wedding food, except it was some of the most delicious wedding food I’ve ever had! They had tons of veggie options including 2 types of salad and cooked vegetables as well as lean proteins like chicken and salmon and some pasta dishes. Congrats Chris and Sienna! Your wedding was amazing!