I wasn't as ambitious with my cooking as I had hoped to be, but I did try a few good recipes over the last few weeks:
- Coconut Squares: I read in the comments that these came out dry so I followed the advice of some readers to add in a banana. In place of the chocolate chips, I included some chopped dates. I have to say -- they came out amazing. I even had a coworker try them and she loved them just as much. They have a great consistency and are plenty sweet between the dates and the ripe banana.
- Banana Oat Smoothie: I added in some natural peanut butter because, well, why not? I made this for breakfast, so I thought I could use the added protein to keep me full through until lunch.
- Sweet potato soup: I couldn't find a recipe that I liked so I made it up as I went along. I added in some butternut squash and ginger. After everything had been cooked, I threw it in a blender and added some coconut milk. It's delicious and I'm pretty darn proud of myself.
- Carrot Pumpkin Spice Muffins: These came out alright. They're REALLY dense and were kind of blah. If I were to do it again, I probably would have added some dates or raw cacao to give it a little more flavor.
- Overnight oats: Again, I went with my own recipe creation -- I combined coconut milk, rolled oats, plain greek yogurt, a banana, and some almond butter. Yum yum. Perfect breakfast.
- For Valentine's Day, since we were in the midst of yet another blizzard, j2 and I decided to cook at home. We made bacon-wrapped, salsa wrapped chicken breasts. For sides we had some brussels sprouts (with some bacon because.. bacon) and cauliflower/turnip mash. No actual recipes were used because it all seemed simple enough. It was delicious, filling, and a Whole Life Challenge compliant meal!