Legume Lovin’: Part 2

I promised an update on my personal legume challenge, and here it is! (And in case you missed Part 1). 

Two things stand out to me as I write this post:

  1. Weekends can interrupt intentions! Or so it feels like. I can totally relate to my patients who have specific goals around eating healthier and movement, but find weekends are a time of pause. Anyone else feel this way? I think dietitians in the counseling field are really focusing more on body kindness, intuitive eating, and giving oneself a break from overly strict goals. I find myself to be somewhere in the middle, gravitating towards structure during the week and less so on the weekends.


So are weekends really interrupting my goals? Or are my goals unrealistic? What are your thoughts on realistic goal setting?

2.  I don’t like boring food. I could have been more successful in this challenge had I been satisfied with plain beans, giving less thought to the flavor and excitement factor. But I really enjoy altering the ingredients in front of me. By the time Saturday morning rolled around my fridge and pantry were close to empty, and I didn’t want to eat black beans for breakfast just to check the day off, so I took an incomplete and had banana pancakes instead!

Now, on to what I ate!

Monday: roasted cauliflower with a chickpea & vegetable sauté (onions, squash, tomatoes).

roasted cauliflower and chick peas

Tuesday: chickpea leftovers from Monday+ spicy roasted carrot hummus fullsizeoutput_45e1.jpeg

Wednesday: I wanted to try a more convenient product just to see what’s out there. I saw someone at work eating this zucchini lentil pasta from Birds Eye and was suspicious but intrigued. I was impressed that it was only 160 mg of sodium per serving and it had a nice flavor. I had this with leftover chicken and some more vegetables.


Thursday: Made these Pinto Bean Veggie Burgers for dinner


Friday: Leftover veggie burgers for lunch

Saturday we went to the beach and beans just weren’t on the menu. But crabs were!!! IMG_0229

On the way home, we stopped at Taste. I LOVE this place. They have delicious, local food, gifts, and a thoughtful wine selection. Plus a cute, inviting outdoor area to eat and play. I got chicken salad on greens for there – and a bottle of Thibaut-Janisson to go!


Thoughts for the future:

  • More planning. Isn’t this always the case? I’m going to either need to make more and have leftovers OR make sure I have enough ingredients on hand to really amp up my beans towards the end of the week.
  • If traveling, bring the beans. There are several ways to incorporate beans into snacks that can be taken to-go.

I would love to hear your tips on upping your bean game!


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