What to Eat: Week 1

Even though this is my third week on the "diet" it's my first week posting the recipes. So here you go, below you will find lots of options for dairy-free, sugar-free, gluten-free, yeast-free, and egg-free meals. But take careful note, you will have to substitute a few things...


MONDAY: Vegetarian Quinoa Chili 
This one comes from a good friend, Marie. We've made this chili many times before and it's a classic go-to for the fall and winter months. Just be sure to leave out the honey and corn. (there's still a lot of sugar in corn so that's on the no-go list as well) Just finish off with avocado and if you like a little crunch you can use Beanitos Restaurant Style Chips. This batch makes about 6 servings so it's perfect for lunch the next day! 


TUESDAY: Green Chili Turkey Burgers
This is one of my new favorite dishes! These turkey burgers are probably the best I've ever had, hands down. And since I can't have buns I usually put this on a bed of butter lettuce, top with avocado and chow down! With the leftovers I'll also make a wrap using brown rice tortillas. 


WEDNESDAY: Grilled Avocados
This one is a Gardner favorite. We start by sautéing onions, bell peppers, zucchini, and squash in a little olive oil on the skillet. Then we take a whole avocado for each person and gently get it out of it's stubborn little shell. Next, Place the avocado face down on the skillet (make sure you put a little olive oil spray on there first). Once it starts to get a little black on the avocado it's done. Then add your grilled chicken or meat of choice and top with your veggies! You can also add brown rice and black beans as well. 


THURSDAY: Pumpkin Chili
We had a potluck called "All Things Pumpkin" at work this day, so it seemed like the perfect dish. Everything is legal, but just make sure there is no sugar in any of your beans or stock. Top with avocado, and Beanitos Chips and you're set to go!

I also made Pumpkin cookies for the occasion as well. In stead of the maple syrup use a couple drops of liquid stevia and for the chocolate chips use carob chips or these vegan, dairy-free stevia choc. chips.


FRIDAY: Chuy's (what?!) Here's how you do it...
Sit on your hands or bring your own munchies so you don't nibble on chips (because ya know, no corn). Order the Grilled Chicken Salad or the Mexi-Cobb salad (no cheese) and tell them no dressing. Avocado with some lemon surprisingly adds enough to where you don't need the dressing. I even told the waitress I have tons of allergies so she didn't just think I was that super picky person. Turns out she felt bad and since it was Halloween she threw in an extra side of avocado slices! (score) Lastly, make sure you tell them to use the Gluten Free chicken. This means they don't put the marinade on the chicken that contains wheat as well as change their gloves before cooking. Yes, it's a lot, but hey, you  might just get a free side of avocado out of it!


Now you have the lowdown on a full week's menu. Saturday and Sunday usually consist of left-overs and a Chipotle run (chicken, black beans, brown rice, veggies, mild salsa, and guac) mmmmm.

If you cook any of the recipes let me know how it goes!