5 meals I eat each week » vegan & healthy

What I eat in a day, and in a week, it always varies but I’ve been noticing lately that there’s a few recurrences in our meal choices. So in today’s video, I was hoping to share with you five different meal ideas that we commonly enjoy each week. Two of them are breakfast, there’s one lunch, and there’s two dinner recipes The breakdown to all of the recipes, as usual, can be found on the blog I’ll leave those links for you in the description And I also wanted to take a brief moment to thank Wix for sponsoring today’s video. Wix is the amazing platform that we use to create the Pick Up Limes website I’m gonna speak more about them at the end, but for now let’s dive in. In these colder fall and winter months, Robin and I go for the good old comforting and wholesome oatmeal I know I’ve shared something like this before, so I’ll keep it brief it’s just, this is genuinely what we enjoy most days of the week Now I used to be someone who didn’t really like oatmeal, to be honest until my cousin shared some tips with me that made all the difference for example, I now cook it in plant milk instead of just water it makes it more creamy and flavorful I also like to add some flax seeds. It helps it to stick together a bit more nicely and also offer some beneficial omega 3 fats. And the best part, I think is cutting up a banana in it while it’s cooking ’cause the banana starts to kind of caramelize and dissolve making the oatmeal naturally sweet and creamy the other thing that makes this oatmeal amazing is the stewed frozen berries that we add to the top along with some kind of nut butter like hazelnut, or almond or peanut butter and we always like to sprinkle on top some pumpkin seeds and chia seeds too so like I said, this is literally our breakfast most days of the week and we also like to enjoy it with a cup of tea. As for the weekend, I mean what’s a weekend without some pancakes, right? and this is a super wholesome recipe that we eat either on Saturday or Sunday morning, sometimes both. I like to use buckwheat flour because it’s made from a seed. Which also means it’s a more nutrient dense alternative to white flour. So how you make it is pretty simple. I first mash two very ripe bananas until it’s as mashed as I can make it and then I add about a tablespoon of ground flax seeds and three quarters of a cup of plant based milk. Then I mix it all together before adding a cup of buckwheat flour, a teaspoon of ground cinnamon, a quarter teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice, a teaspoon of baking powder, and a teaspoon of pure vanilla extract. I then mix it all together until I get this pancake batter consistency and to a non-stick pan on medium heat, I add some coconut oil and then spoon on top some of the batter using the back of my spoon to shape them into little discs. When the bottom is golden, I give it a flip and that’s pretty much it. For the sake of this video, I did the classic, good old, stacking the pancakes on top of each other, but in reality, we just lay them flat, we top them with some peanut butter or some homemade vegan nutella. I’ll leave that recipe for you below as well. And we top it with some berries More often we actually go for stewed berries, again, it’s just easier to find in these colder months and if you didn’t drizzle on any syrup, did you even make pancakes? (chuckles) But in all honesty, this was just for fun. We usually don’t add any to our pancakes. I find it sweet enough, especially with those berries but Robin likes to top his with some hagelslag which is a very dutch thing. It’s these chocolate sprinkles that some dutch people like to have on toast for breakfast. Lunch is usually either leftover dinner or these sandwiches, so while I make oatmeal in the morning, Robin is whipping these together for us, for our lunch. It’s pretty straightforward and insanely delicious. It’s some whole grain bread that’s been toasted and then we spread on top of it some hummus, either store bought or homemade, and then dice up a ripe avocado that we put on top of that. We also cut cherry tomatoes in half, dice up some cucumbers, and also add on some pickled jalapenos that came from a jar and if we have it on hand, we’ll also add some chives or green onions. Then we load it up on the arugula, a lot. And on the other slice of bread, we either add some chili sauce or the store bought vegan honey mustard and that’s it! I’ve had this for lunch at least a few times each week for the last two years and I have yet to get sick of it. It’s seriously the best. Some nights I make dinner and some nights Robin does, so I’ll start with sharing my default, which is always some kind of curry. I find them incredibly comforting, whether it’s thai or afghan or indian inspired curries. So this one is a creamy cauliflower and lentil curry. To start it up, I bake some cauliflower which you can always do on a meal prep night too, if you wanna speed things up. So just break it up into little bite sized pieces, drizzle on a bit of oil, and give it a toss before adding a teaspoon each of garlic powder and onion powder, half a teaspoon of paprika powder and a small sprinkle of salt and pepper. Then toss it again and bake it in the oven at 210 C or 400 F for about 40 minutes or until it’s a bit crispy and golden. For the curry itself, you’re going to need one yellow onion diced, and three cloves of garlic crushed. To a pot on medium heat, we’re going to add a bit of oil and the onion, sauteing until the onions are lightly golden. Then we’re gonna add the crushed garlic and a whole lot of spices. A tablespoon of curry powder, half a tablespoon each of garam masala and tumeric, and a teaspoon each of ground cumin, ground coriander, cinnamon, and salt. Then stir it until it’s fragrant, so about one minute, and all of these spices are optional so just use whatever you have on hand. We’ll then add a can of diced tomatoes, then give it a stir, and let this cook for about five minutes. If I have it on hand, I like to add a couple handfuls of cherry tomatoes. It gives such a little burst of flavor when you bite into it. We’ll also add a can of coconut milk and the roasted cauliflower. Stir it up before you add in some cooked lentils. And finally we’ll add a big handful of spinach. Give it a stir and let it all heat through and serve it warm with some naan or in this case some brown rice. It’s so incredibly hearty and filling, warm and comforting. Of course, the link to this one is gonna be in the description box below but I’m also gonna leave the links to some of our other curry recipes, in case you’re interested. Now onto the dinner that Robin loves to make. Robin is part dutch, part portugese, part indonesian and when it comes to food, the indonesian side of him always wins. He loves anything with rice, noodles, and some form of stir fry so this recipe is his specialty and my absolute favorite. For this, you’re gonna need two red onions, diced and four cloves of garlic, thinly sliced. We’re gonna add it to a pan on medium high heat with some oil and let it cook for about five minutes. Robin is also a fan of the mock meats so for this he uses a plant based soy product that resembles chicken. We just break it apart into smaller pieces and then add it to the onion and garlic mixture, letting it cook also for five minutes. Meanwhile we’re gonna wash and then cut the ends off of four big handfuls of green beans and then we’re gonna cut those in half. It’s seriously a lot of green beans so this is wonderfully nutritious. When everything in the pan is nice and golden we’re gonna transfer it to a bowl, set it aside, and in the same pan we’re gonna add those green beans and also a cup of water, place the lid on it, and let it steam for about five minutes. Meanwhile, we’re gonna dice up two medium red bell peppers and add this to the pan as well, again, letting it sit for another five minutes. Then we’re gonna make the peanut sauce. For this you’re going to need half a cup of pure peanut butter, a clove of garlic, a teaspoon of raw sugar, a tablespoon of soy sauce, and the juice from half a lime. Then blend it up in the food processor until it’s creamy and smooth and when the veggies are cooked to your liking, drain off any excess water, leaving about a tablespoon or two of liquid in the pan. To the pan, we’re then going to add back in the onion mixture and about a quarter cup of diced sun dried tomatoes that were in oil. And I know this sounds like a really strange addition to a stir fry, I thought so too when I first saw Robin doing it, but trust me, it’s amazing. So add that to the pan, we’re also going to add two teaspoons of sambal hot sauce and a third a cup of sodium reduced soy sauce. Mix it all together until it’s heated through and serve it on a bed of rice or noodles.Top it with the peanut mixture and that’s it. Robin’s version of an Indonesian gado gado so intensely full of flavors. I can’t wait for you guys to try this one. So now you’ve gotten a bit of a glimpse into some of the meals that we enjoy each week, but because we’re also making new recipes for the blog, everything else that we eat really varies. But if you’re ever looking for more inspiration and meal ideas, I welcome you to check out the Pick Up Limes website and speaking of which, I ,again, wanted to thank Wix for partnering with us on today’s video. Wix is the platform that we actually use to create the Pick Up Limes website. And I chose to use them from the very beginning because I have no experience in web development or coding but with WIx, you don’t need any of that. You can create an incredibly professionally looking website all on your own and you have total creative freedom. So they provide these templates that you can plop your pictures and your videos into, but you can also customize them however you like. And if I can be honest, another reason I tried Wix is because it’s completely free to try and that’s something that I really appreciated as somebody that was new to blogging and I just didn’t know what I could commit to just yet. So if you’ve ever been interested in creating your own website that looks professional, but you don’t know where to begin, I definitely recommend Wix, again, it’s completely free to try, so I’m gonna leave that link for you in the description box below. So now I’ve shared a few meal ideas, things that we enjoy each week. Now it’s your turn. What are two or three of your go-to meals that you enjoy. I’ll see those in the comments I’ll see you guys down there. Thanks a lot for watching! Pick Up Limes signing off We’ll see you in the next video

100 thoughts on “5 meals I eat each week » vegan & healthy

  1. Did you see what happened at 0:44? Sooo here’s the thing: I like to take strategic bites of my oatmeal, getting a bit of each topping onto the spoon, but sir Robin just mixes everything together from the get-go. Whaaa!? I think he’s a bit crazy… but maybe I’m the one that’s crazy? Which camp are you in? Strategic bites, or the mix-and-swirl?

  2. Ok that’s it. I’m going vegan 🌱 you’re so inspiring ❤️ my health will improve because of you and I will be helping the animals ✨

  3. If your ancestors had been vegan you would not have the capacity to be making money off of your YouTube channel. The world as you know it would not exist. Human brain growth was fueled by meat. Agriculture did not exist, therefore, no veggies. Look at the history of human evolution and then you'll see the truth. If you chose to ignore it that's up to you. I will continue to eat grass fed grass finished beef because of the tremendous nutrients it supplies. There is nothing wrong with eating humanely raised animals. We all die, and hopefully after having lived a happy natural life.

  4. I liked it, but it's a little too fast for being useful… I need to check the recipes on the others channels (maybe it isn't a recipe video)

  5. Thank you for making your recipes so accessible and easy. I’m not vegan necessarily, but definitely wanting to eat more plant based. I love your vids. Thank you for such great work.

  6. I live in indonesia and Gado-Gado is my absolute favourite vegan meal ever!!
    Thanks for sharing the recipe,I can finally be able to make my own in the comfort of my own home!

  7. I just found your channel and I love it!! My husband is also Indonesian!! I think he is going to love these recipes!! Hopefully I can get him to go vegan;)

  8. You should try using a sourdough starter in your pancakes if you're in the mood for pancakes for dinner! Sourdough is a more sour and thus savory culture than yeast packets! I'm not sure the correct hydration ratio for buckwheat flour but I use a starter all the time for pancakes, it helps make them super fluffy too!

  9. I just watched two of your videos in the last 20 minutes and I want to say I really like youu. The ingredients you used are so international and for someone from Malaysia I can relate to it and try to make it myself.

  10. I really wanna start moving to a mostly plant-based diet, but I'm allergic to cauliflower — any suggestions for things to use instead besides tofu?

  11. Iam a new follower of your channel, from Iraqi Kurdistan. You are so beautiful and have such a relaxing and healthy channel💚🌹 Thanks for sharing😊

  12. Nice that vegan cuisine often goes bad with eco friendliness. Nearly a systematical use of coconut oil and other stuff in any vegan channel without having a real argument for it. Health and burning forests. Just an idea…

  13. Am not vegan and I can’t make anything with out burning the house lol .. but this look so good am gonna give it a try

  14. What is that soy based product that looks like chicken? I want to make my grandmothers chicken soup with a good fake.

  15. Did anyone ever tell you that you look so much like disha patani?! I just realized this, both of you are beautiful 💗

  16. i was feeling really stressed out before watching this but it was literally so calming. Thank you for such great content!

  17. I like porridge (oatmeal). I used to work some where with no real kitchen and used to have instant oats for lunch. I'd mixed in tinned fruit to add some flavour and sweetness. I'll have to try adding banana while cooking.

  18. I’m so excited about finding this channel! It’s been about a month since I’ve been getting back into the kitchen and making food that’s good for my body. I’m also a gardener and I’m so excited to have to recipes to try with what I grow this year!😭💖

  19. I woke up really stressed and I got in the bath and found your channel and watched five of your videos… I feel refreshed and excited for my day! And to make some wholesome and energizing food!

  20. This all looks so tasty, healthy, pretty, and easy…and is so beautifully filmed…that I'm just sitting here going, "Wow, wow, wow." Will definitely make these.

  21. Looks so good! Just a small tip, I saw you used AH stevig meergranen bread and that's not actually whole grain but multigrain (so also with not-whole grain). So just something to keep in mind if you are someone who only wants to eat whole grain! (like me 🙂 )

  22. I'm not Vegan but I do enjoy healthy eating. My go-to breakfast is 9 grain sprouted toast with 2 sunny side up eggs fried in coconut/alvacodo oil topped with fresh alvacodo slices. sometimes I will add a slice of tomatoe. it's so delicious and high in protein and keeps me satiated very well as well as gives me tons of energy.

  23. i hate that she says cauliflower instead of cauliflower but i made the oatmeal and the curry and they were both delicious! love her recipes!! wish she had a cookbook!

  24. I just recently found your channel and I absolutely love it! Your recipes are fantastic and easy to follow. How do you stew your berries?

  25. Mmm, oatmeal is my fave! I love it baked, microwaved, as pancakes, any which way, but the bananas are key. SO good!! I like my pancakes with honey. Yum yum!

  26. Thank you so much for all your videos and your recipes. Me and my fiance are newly vegan and still transitioning. We cook vegan at home but will eat what others cook when we visit family and friends. Your recipes have been so inspirational! Thank you thank you thank you. For making this transition much easier than I could have imagined.

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