Weekly Meals – Sept. 6 – 10, 2021

The past few weeks have been incredibly rough, battling depression and tough times. My appetite and motivation to eat fluctuate and go to extremes of not eating to overeating and binging — there is no in between.

It takes one day at a time, and this week, I was able to successfully do the following:

  • work out every day
  • cook meals every night, avoiding spending money on fast food
  • make dinners without red meat (except my two slices of ham every morning with my avocado toast)

Hopefully this week’s wins are the start of good, positive habits. Anyway, here are the things I cooked this week, and yes, I am now horrid TikTok trash and got most of these recipes from videos – minus the salmon, avocado, rice, which I’ve already started making on my own.

  • Vietnamese spring rolls
  • Crispy tofu
  • Snack item: vegan chocolate ice cream with fresh sliced strawberries
  • Salmon, avocado, rice
  • Rice paper tofu dumplings
    • What I learned: I made these once with two wrappings, like the recipe said, but tried to do it with one wrapping this time. The paper breaks on the pan, so do wrap it twice!
  • Impromptu lunch: Egg-Kewpie mayo ramen
  • Treat for myself: sushi dinner from Ginza in Galleria

That all said, I noticed I coincidentally planned these meals without meat, and then next week is all meat… I don’t know what that means but it’s a little funny.

So, what recipes are y’all trying out? What dishes did TikTok make you do? 🙂


Weekly Meals – Jan. 23 – 30, 2021

This week has been INSANE. There is so much going on, and I’m starting to struggle to keep up. I… may or may not have had a few cheat meals this week and skipped some workout days…

But anyway, here are the tasty meals I enjoyed, made by me, friends and family:

  • Kimchi soondubu jjigae
    • What I learned: generic grocery store brand kimchi is not as effective or flavorful as authentic kimchi from Asian grocers.
  • Agedashi tofu
    • What I learned: READ the recipe and don’t mix up your frying oil LOL
  • Gumbo | Canteen & Cocktails virtual cooking class
    • What I learned / note for virtual chefs: A word of advice if you are teaching a class: please consider your audience. Sure, there might be cooks among the class, but there might also be those who don’t cook often. Not pictured are baked oysters, because I threw them out. They really out here telling me to take good, ample care of fresh oysters prior to cooking them AND THEN cook them right? That’s a lot of responsibility.
  • Fancy ramen | made by a friend
  • Korean BBQ feast with family

It just dawned on me that the theme for this week’s dishes was TRYING NEW RECIPES! Aside from the not-pictured cheat meals I treated myself to, every day I was cooking food I hadn’t tried before, aka the jjigae, tofu and gumbo. These are much more involved recipes – not fit for just one solo person – so I probably won’t have them in my regular meal planning rotation, unless I know I’m cooking for people 🙂

Read more: “5 Good Habits for a Healthier Lifestyle After COVID-19”

What new recipes are you dying to try? Share them in the comments!


Weekly Meals – Jan. 17 – 23, 2021

So far, 23 days into January, I’ve kept up with a consistent workout and healthy meal plan, and I want to start documenting them on my blog to track the progress and potentially provide anyone with new ideas for cooking!

Right now, during the COVID-19 pandemic, I’m only going to the grocery store every other weekend, so I’m meal planning for two weeks. Wasting food makes me sad, so what I try to do is look at recipes that have overlapping ingredients so I’m utilizing the most of my groceries – namely produce. It can be challenging, but it’s like a puzzle that you piece together!

This week, I cooked these dishes:

  • Guacamole, salsa and paleo chips
  • Spinach tofu stir fry
  • Veggie spaghetti with homemade spinach pesto
  • Salmon, avocado and rice
  • Ribeye steak, broccoli and rice — my parents got me a new iron skillet for Christmas so I HAD to try it out on the steak!
  • Almond milk chocolate chip pancakes with fresh strawberries and honey

Admittedly, I had more rice than I usually eat. For years, I tried to cook and genuinely enjoy cauliflower rice, but it never appeals to me, and I end up not eating my entire meal.

Read more: “5 Good Habits for a Healthier Lifestyle After COVID-19”

What are y’all cooking? What new recipes are you finding and trying out? Share them in the comments! I’m always on the lookout for new things to make 🙂


5 Good Habits for a Healthier Lifestyle After COVID-19

Some of you may already be living a healthier lifestyle as things get back to normal amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Or you’re a star who stayed healthy the whole time. Or some of you might be like me, who, during recovery and quarantine, didn’t have the best eating or workout habits, thus developing anxiety about all the bad food we can’t stop eating. And we want to remedy that situation. 

Healthy Food No Good Meme - 5 Ways to Eating Healthier

Immediately after surgery, I didn’t eat much for two days, so as my appetite came back and my body could handle food, I was eating whatever I could to get my strength back, and I used that excuse for weeks. I was eating all the carbs, dairy, sugar and sweets, so it’s time to limit those back down again. Now that I’m back at my apartment in better shape from surgery, I’m trying to get back to a healthier lifestyle. Looking for ways to get started on healthier eating habits? Keep reading to see if what I’ve learned might be helpful for you. (And see what new FREE infographics I’ve made for you!)

Disclaimer: This is a rather lengthy post, so get comfortable as I share my experiences with you. Also, I am not claiming to be a health expert. My blog posts are sharing what has worked for me in an attempt to provide ideas to others if they’re helpful.

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