It's the weekend again!  As I say in the video below, sometimes having more free time is not the best for me.  On the days that I am busiest, I tend to be picture perfect because I have to plan way ahead.  Now, I have not broken diet yet, but when I have more free time I find myself having to grab veggie/fruit snacks a little more, and my mood is actually a little down.  I was apparently super mellow this Sunday morning, but I think it was the diet getting to me.  On Saturday, Day 17, I had nothing to do in the morning, but had to play at a wedding and we had a consultation at Home Depot in the afternoon.  I'm finding the fruit in the morning is not filling me up as long as it did before, so on Day 18 I had a whole Shakeology with the berries mixed in and that did the trick more.

A definite keeper recipe was the Moroccan Carrot Salad.  It was simple diced carrots with a variety of spices, like cumin, cinnamon, red pepper flakes, cilantro, lemon, and oil, if memory serves.  I chilled it for a couple hours and ate it on top of a bed of greens, and it was delicious!  Also, since it was spicy, it kept me fuller for longer.  Dinner was supposed to be a roasted delicata squash, but I couldn't find any in the store since it's Memorial Day weekend (no more winter squash!) so I had to make butternut squash instead.  I was craving something a little sweeter since I had just had a baked potato with olive oil and salt, so dressed up the butternut squash cubes with some maple syrup, cinnamon, olive oil, and garlic.  It came out great!  Definitely a keeper as well.  I must say, I tried millet for the first time and it was delicious, I actually like it better than quinoa!  Millet is apparently another grain, somewhat similar to quinoa, which is a plant complete protein source.

Today, lunch was at Whole Foods.  I just wanted some variety.  I found two vegan meals, a carrot/ginger soup and a veggie patty, ironically made with millet for the second straight day, some beans, mushrooms, and other veggies.  I read the ingredients very carefully and deemed both would be fine.  I had the veggie patty over a bed of greens and it was nice to eat something hot for lunch and it filled me something hot for lunch and it filled me up for a while.  I skipped a day on the menu, I wasn't really craving the roasted fennel I was supposed to prepare, so I cooked baked tempeh with green beans and brown rice instead.  I made my wife maple chicken with rice pilaf as well, so I had to cook two whole meals tonight!  But they were similar and we got to eat together which is all that matters, though I'm not looking forward to cleaning the dishes tomorrow :).

Things are going well, though as I have been posting, I'm SO looking forward to the end!  Only 3 more days, it will be very manageable. Tomorrow is memorial day, so no BBQ, but we'll make up for it on July 4th!