How’s your week going so far? Mine has been much more chilled-out than last week which was fun but very busy, so last night I enjoyed some nice quality time curled up in bed with a stack of Oxygen and Women’s Health magazines. I’m not a big TV watcher at all (I don’t even have cable any more) so mags are my way of vegging out! Speaking of vegging out, I’ve got a vegetable-packed Recipe of the Week for you today, and just like last week, I can’t wait to tell you about it!
1. Recipe of the Week: As you may remember from my goal setting post at the beginning of February, I decided I was going to go meatless every Monday this month. I have to say, there have been some GREAT vegetarian and vegan creations coming out of my kitchen, and this week’s featured recipe is one of them. It all begins with these ingredients:
Looks like the makings for tacos or burritos, right? Yep, you’re close! These are vegan Fiesta Wraps with a delicious mixture of lentils and grated tempeh to replace the traditional ground beef filling. Lentils and tempeh might not sound like the most flavourful ingredients, but when you season them with homemade taco seasoning, the flavour is far from boring!
Rather than describing how to make these in words, I’ll let the photos do the talking:
2. Simply Whey Bars. Before I talk about this new product, let me preface by saying this: If I had to pick an all-time favourite protein bar, it would be The Simply Bar by Wellness Foods . I’ve waxed poetic about my love for Simply Bars in the past, especially the cinnamon and cinnamon-pecan flavoured ones – they are AMAZING! I always have a stash of Simply Bars in my car and purse, and often recommend them to friends and clients looking for a portable, high-protein snack. Here’s how the stats of Simply Bars stack up against others:
The protein in Simply Bars comes from soy puff cereal, but we all know that there’s controversy around soy. If this is a concern of yours, there’s a new kid on the block that you should know about. A few weekends ago, I discovered Simply Whey Bars at Bulk Barn.
The second I laid eyes on this apple cinnamon flavoured beauty, the decision was made – a sure Try Something New Tuesday feature! Unlike Simply Bars, these aren’t vegan, but they’re still super low in sugar, fat and calories than others on the market. Currently they’re only available in Apple Cinnamon and Coconut, and here’s how the Coconut one compares:
Pretty impressive hey? But now you’re probably wondering how they taste…
Judging by the fact that I made sure every last one of those itty bitty puffed circles made their way into my mouth yesterday afternoon, I’d say pretty awesome! The whey definitely tasted different from the soy crisp cereal, but I’ve decided I like both equally. These also seem to be more firm and hold together a bit better than The Simply Bars, which can be a little crumbly. I haven’t tasted the Coconut bars yet (they’re next!) but this one was a big winner!
In case you’re looking for The Simply Bars, you can find them for sale online , or in a number of retailers across North America and the UK. As for the Simply Whey Bars, they’re only available in Canada right now. My source for both is Bulk Barn, but if you’re a local reader and want the whey bars, they’re also available at Healthy Foods and More in Waterloo.
Alrighty, that’s all I’ve got today! Before you head off, I’d love to know…
Do you do Meatless Mondays (or meatless any-days)? Have you tried any new recipes lately?
What’s your favourite on-the-go, easy-to-grab healthy snack?