Even though I only really developed confidence in the kitchen a few years ago, I’ve always been a major foodie. I just think there’s something so satisfying in making and sharing a delicious meal with those you love most.
I do get a little bored of the usual, however, and find a regular rotation of new cookbooks keeps things exciting! I’m lucky to get sent cookbooks on the odd occasion, and I also happen to have a bit of a shopping problem – in that I keep buying them. As you can imagine, my kitchen is overflowing with cookbooks of every size and colour.
I’m also such a fan of meal-planning, and really relish in the process, so I thought it would be a good idea to share my planned meals with you guys. Does this stuff excite anyone else as much as it does me? (Please say yes so I feel a little less Type A).
So the first cookbook I used for this weeks meal-planning is my ride-or-die for nourishing vegetarian meals. My Darling Lemon Thyme was published in 2014 by Emma Galloway, who writes the blog of the same name. I’ve been following Emma’s adventures for years online and love her laid-back approach to all things food. She’s got a gorgeous family and never fails to capture the coziest food photos. These are the meals I’ll be making from her book this week:
- Tofu Scramble w/ Chipotle Sauce (page 30): I first tried this vegan version of scrambled eggs about a year ago and have been hooked ever since! I sometimes substitute the firm tofu for its silken counterpart, and I find this dish keeps me full until well after midday.
- Red Lentil Dhal (page 150): I love me a cozy curry this time of year, and this recipe is perfect to double batch and eat for lunches throughout the week.
- Raspberry, Dark Chocolate & Pistachio Brownies (page 106): now for something a little sweet, these brownies are the perfect after dinner treat. It also happens to be a one pan recipe which is a total win-win!
The second book I’m using for this weeks meal-plan is relatively new, and it was sent to be by the lovely team at Murdoch Books. Clean Soups by Rebecca Katz is your total soup guide. I’m not even kidding, either. Everything you would ever need to create the perfect soup is within this book. I’m such a fan of easily digestible foods during the hibernation season, so I’m super excited to try some of the recipes out this week!
- Silk Road Pumpkin Soup (page 57): I love a good pumpkin soup just like the rest of the world, but this one seems a little different than most. It’s full of spices and magic mineral broth – which makes it the perfect warming weeknight meal.
- Coconut Cauliflower Soup w/ Ginger & Turmeric (page 64): turmeric was the superfood of 2016, so it’s no surprise that I’m excited to make this spicy blended soup. I’m also a major fan of any cauliflower based soups, as it makes them so unbelievably thick and creamy.
- Kitchari (page 88): a big part of Ayurvedic practice is eating warming foods to maintain a stable digestive system within the body. I first tried Kitchari in Byron Bay a couple of years ago and fell in love with its unique flavour. It’s also considered to be as good for you as bone broth or green juice, so there’s that.
A Whole New Way To Eat by Vladia Cobrdova was another one sent to me by Murdoch Books, and it is hands down one of the most beautiful books I’ve ever laid my eyes on. It probably helps that Vladia radiates health and wellness, but there’s also something else in it… something I can’t name. The pictures are bright and beyond aesthetically pleasing, and I’ve never been so excited about kale before in my life!
- Chai-Spiced Date & Walnut Porridge (page 15): I’ve kinda fallen out of love with my morning bowl of porridge, and being a major chai lover, I’m excited to give this simple recipe a whirl.
- Clean & Green Soup (page 96): I mean, surely I’d be sick of soups by now… right? Wrong! They’re the perfect healthy dinner to have alongside a piece of buttery toast (to keep me sane).
- Salted Almond Butter Smoothie (page 45): and something sweet for dessert – does anyone else like having smoothies instead of an after dinner ice cream cone? They fix my sweet tooth without sending me on a crazy sugar rush! Try it sometime – you’ll be thanking me.
And those are the books that I’m using for my weekly meal-planning! You’ll notice that they’re all vegetarian – which is exciting, but don’t be fooled – I’ll probably buy some chicken to shred and toss through some salads for lunch. I can also foresee bacon being cooked until almost too-crispy and thrown on top of a soup or two…
Let me know below which cookbooks you turn to for some meal inspiration. There are so many great ones out right now – so let me know if you want me to do another of these posts in the near future!