Weekly Eats 1

Hi Friends!

If you have been reading my blog for a while now, you know that I often participate in WIAW. I’ve decided to stop participating for a couple of reasons. I know that I don’t “truly participate” because I don’t share one day’s worth of eats. Instead, I’ve been using it as a way to share things I’ve been eating over the past week that didn’t make it on to the blog. Because I know that’s not how it was intended, I’m opting not to participate anymore. For me personally, I don’t like to share everything I eat in a day because I’ve seen it lead to comparison and judgement- whether it’s intentional or not.

Everyone is different. We all have different eating schedules, calories needs, likes and dislikes. There’s no reason you need to eat the exact same way as someone else does. You need to do what works for you and your body. For these reasons, I very rarely share just a straight up summary of what I ate one day.

That being said, I in no way intend for this post to be disrespectful to Jenn or anyone else that participates in WIAW. It’s an amazing weekly linkup that she’s put together and it’s grown so much since I first started participating. I always love visiting other people’s WIAW posts (and I will continue to do so) because they’re such great sources of inspiration for meal and snack ideas! All I’m saying is that it’s no longer the best fit for me personally to participate.

However, I do know that a lot of you guys enjoy my WIAW posts. I think it’s a great way for me to share some of the things that I pack in my lunch and some of the things I make for dinner that don’t always have recipes or aren’t new recipes. I know they provide inspiration and ideas for a lot of you so I want to keep sharing them.

So, instead of WIAW, Wednesday will now become Weekly Eats day! I’ll share pics I’ve snapped over the past week or two of lunches I’ve packed, snacks I’ve eaten, what I made for dinner and treats I enjoyed :) This is similar to the series I used to do called Lindsay’s Lunchbox- but instead of being just lunch ideas, it will encompass a lot more of my eats! I hope you enjoy it!

I also know that sometimes I get lazy and just provide the pictures and not the recipes behind them. I always get a lot of requests for recipes on days that I do that, so i’ll do my best to always explain the things I’ve made so that you guys can recreate them yourself!

So enough chatter…let’s get to the good stuff! I almost always pack my dinner leftovers as part of my lunch the next day.

 1. Dinner: Stirfry night: i used wheatberries, veggies and lentils
2.  Lunch: leftover stirfry, hard boiled eggs, tortilla chips and a pear
3. Dinner: sweet potato and black bean quesadilla with apples
4. Lunch: leftover quesadilla, carrots & hummus, hb egg, pear & chips

To make the quesadillas:
Just dice up some sweet potato and microwave for a couple minutes until soft, throw them in a tortilla with black beans, diced bell peppers,  some spices (i use cumin, paprika and cayenne pepper) and low-fat cheese. I use my George Foreman grill to get them nice and warm and golden brown, then  top with avocado and tomato or salsa!

1. Dinner: Black bean, quinoa and veggie enchiladas
2. Lunch: Leftover enchilada, plantain chips, carrots and an apple
3. Dinner: Lentil veggie quinoa soup and grilled cheese
4. Lunch: Leftover soup, carrots and hummus, apples and pb

To make the soup:
I microwaved a diced sweet potato for 2 min, added to a pot with garlic, onion, a bag of frozen veggies, cooked lentils, spices and veggie broth and simmered until warm. I cooked the quinoa separately and put some in the bottom of each bowl, topped with soup and served!

To make the enchiladas:
I used 2 cups frozen vegetables (thawed), 1 1/2 c cooked black beans, 1 1/2 c cooked quinoa, 2 tsp cumin, 1 tsp paprika, 1 tsp cayenne pepper, 1/2 a can of reduced sodium cream of mushroom soup, 1/4 c 2% shredded cheese. Mix together in a bowl. Pour 1/4 c enchilada sauce in the bottom of a 9×13 pan and tilt the pan around to cover the bottom. scoop the mixture into 4 or 5 whole wheat tortillas and place seam side down in the pan. Top with 1/2 c enchilada sauce (use a brush to spread the sauce to cover all the tops of the tortillas. Top with another 1/4 c cheese, cover with foil and bake for 30 min at 375 degrees.

1. Dinner: Salmon Quinoa Cakes- It’s this recipe w/ salmon instead tuna and I added 1/2 an avocado (mashed) to the mix.
2. Lunch: leftover salmon cake, leftover tuna salad, carrots and hummus, an apple, plus a few things from the potluck at work.
I always bring my lunch to potlucks if i’m not sure what food there will be.
The key to eating healthy is being prepared :)
3. Dinner: Fish tacos
4. Lunch: leftover wheatberries with fish and guacamole,
carrots & hummus, triscuits & a pear

For the fish tacos:
I pan sear either cod or mahi mahi and season with cayenne pepper and paprika. Break into chunks and place in whole wheat tortillas. Top with peppers, onions, cheese and guacamole! That guac is my Black Bean Guacamole . Sometimes I also add a grain like rice, wheat berries or quinoa and sometimes I throw in some black beans!

For the tuna salad:
One can low sodium tuna, half an avocado (mashed), a couple scoops of hummus, lots of curry powder and cayenne pepper and some chopped veggies (usually onion, carrot and red pepper)

Some snacks and treats:
1. Celery and pb, an apple and some hardboiled eggs
2. Black Bean Guacamole
3. Baked Apple Chips
4. Roasted pumpkin seeds
5. Roasted chickpeas
6. Trail mix- pumpkin seeds, chickpeas, almonds, dark chocolate chips
7. Strawberry banana “fro-yo” with m&ms
8. Homemade strawberry milkshake
9. Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies 

For the pumpkin seeds:
Rinse, let dry on paper towel for 30 min, cover baking sheet with foil, spray foil with cooking spray or olive oil, put the seeds on, mist with oil, season, bake at 375 for 25- 30 min, stirring every 10 min. Watch closely at the end!

For the chickpeas:
I tried a different way than normal and it worked really well! I rinsed the chickpeas and let them dry on a baking sheet for an hour or so. The I misted with olive oil, seasoned with paprika and cayenne pepper and put them in a cold oven. Turned the oven on to 425 and roasted for 40 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. Then I shut the oven off and left them in there for another hour and a half. Perfectly crunchy and none were burned!

For the fro-yo:
Put some frozen banana chunks and a couple frozen strawberries in a food processor. Let them sit on the counter for 10 minutes or so. Then blend!

For the milkshake:
Put some ice cream in a mug. Add a little milk and some thawed out strawberries. Mash with a fork until mixed well!

1. Burrito salad
2. Morningstar black bean burger with broccoli
3. random leftovers in a tortilla with guac and peppers
4. Spaghetti squash w/ sauce and cheese, tuna salad w/ crackers, apple w/ pb
5. Random dinner- soup & spaghetti squash with hummus
6. Lentil veggie mac and cheese 
7. Salmon and cheese breakfast quesadilla
8. Giant lunch salads from Earth Fare
9. Eggs and toast w/ an apple and peppers

For the quesadilla 
Scramble a few eggs. Put them in a quesadilla with leftover salmon and quinoa. Add a little cheese and put it on the George Foreman until golden brown!

For the spaghetti squash
Microwave the whole squash for 2-3 minutes to soften slightly and make it easier to cut. Cut off the ends and cut in half lengthwise. Scoop out the seeds. Please cut side down on a baking sheet and bake at 375 degrees for 45 min. Use a fork to scrape out the spaghetti strands. Top with spaghetti sauce and cheese and dig in!


 Whew! So there you have it! All I can say is thank goodness for instagram or I would never remember how I made half these things :)


About Lindsay

Lindsay Livingston is a Registered Dietitian and new mom from Columbus, Ohio. On her blog, she shares simple, healthy recipes, nutrition tips, workouts and snapshots of her life. Follow her on Twitter @LeanGrnBeanBlog and Instagram @TheLeanGreenBean and be sure to subscribe via RSS or email so you never miss a post!


  1. At first I was ready to pitch a fit because I LOVE seeing all of your meal ideas. I’m so glad you are still sharing them. Why don’t I ever mix hummus in my tuna?! That’s happening… in a few weeks when I can stomach tun again. 😉
    Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table recently posted..Semi-Normal Eats + WIAW

  2. Great post, Lindsay! I love reading WIAW on various blogs – it shows that there are so many different ways to incorporate healthy eating in your diet. That being said, you make some great points about why it doesn’t work for you, similar to why it doesn’t work for me either.

    And thank you for the meal ideas! I’ve been stuck in a dinner rut for a while now and it has resulted in too many trips and too much money spent at Subway :)
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  3. I think this is a great idea Lindsay! And your meals looks awesome as always, you’re an inspiration!
    Lauren @ Lawfully Wedded Wife recently posted..Easy As Pumpkin Pie

  4. Girl, I live for your howto tips….
    Miz recently posted..Misfit family yoga

  5. I was recently thinking the same thing. My WIAW were becoming what my favs from the past week. Brilliant idea! I love how your cooking is easy and fast. Perfect for busy weeknights!
    Angela @ Happy Fit Mama recently posted..Hills

  6. Thank goodness for Instagram is right!!! Sometimes I also forget to write down recipes because a) I think it won’t turn out stellar or b) I forget but yes pics totally help me remember what went into the that recipe if it ends up being a keeper!!
    char eats greens recently posted..the beginning of nesting

  7. This is a great post and I can totally relate. I don’t ever post a day of eats because I’ve had a lot of questions/comparisons and it’s really uncomfortable for everyone!
    Hollie recently posted..Opening Up About My Injury Part 2

  8. WIAW doesn’t really fit my style either. I do it on occasion but its just not me to share everything from a single day that often. Love the weekly eats idea though!
    Tina @ Best Body Fitness recently posted..Climb the Ladder–NEW Workout!

  9. dinner leftovers make for the best lunches!
    Linz @ Itz Linz recently posted..My Smoothie Voted

  10. I had been getting away from a full day of eats, too, so I made a point to include it this week. Glad you’re still doing your wrap up- so many yummy recipes and ideas here!
    Laura recently posted..Halloween eats and Quinoa Veggie Stuffed Peppers

  11. Lindsay’s Lunchbox! Wow, that takes me back in time….and goes to show just how long I’ve been reading your blog. :)

    As someone who rarely follows the WIAW “rules” and I don’t think has EVER shown a full day of everything I actually eat, I support your decision to step away and do your own thing!
    Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen recently posted..What [Not Who] I Voted For [Wednesday]

  12. I think that’s a really wise decision! I’ve been thinking about whether or not I should be showing a full day. Even though it’s not all that I eat, I still get some comments saying I eat too little, too much, etc. I love this new idea!
    Lisa recently posted..What I Ate Wednesday

  13. I love your riff in WIAW! I think it’s a smart one and is in line with your approach to your eats and the way you live, for you, no comparing, no fixation, nada. I really respect that and love that about you and totally agree!! And your food combos are ALWAYS to die for! tuna and avocado? Oh em gee, I must try this! I need to branch out more :-)
    jobo recently posted..The thing about planning.

  14. Weekly eats means more food porn for me, so like, go ahead. 😉 I think it’s a great idea! Everybody should find something that works for them and you are AWESOME at embracing that. Go you!
    Amanda @ Run Principessa recently posted..Bootcamp & Boots

  15. so true about food comparing and all. Lori and I used to show our daily eats when we first starting blogging a few years ago, then stopped as our food choices changed and all, and then every once and awhile we share what we eat. mainly to show we EAT and we eat a variety of things
    all your eats look great!
    purelymichelle recently posted..chocolate tahini protein chia seed balls

  16. Love this, love you :) And wow, girl… that is a LOT of yummy looking meals and great ideas and how-tos!!!!!
    Kelly @ No Sugar Sweet Life recently posted..Choose Joy + {Tuscan Apple Cake}

  17. I stopped doing WIAW for the same reasons you stated. Although I’ve never been judged, I’ve seen it happen. I love how much variety you put in your meals! So inspiring!
    Leonor recently posted..Rocktoberfest 10 mile recap & review

  18. Great idea! Glad your still sharing your eats!
    Kierston recently posted..WIAW: Post-Competition Celebration Eats!

  19. I love WIAW but all the reasons you stated are why I stopped as well. You gotta do what works for you!! I hope you keep doing a weekly post though – I always find inspiration in them!
    Parita @ myinnershakti recently posted..My Favorite Beauty Products

  20. I love that you do weekly eats!! I love getting ideas from you! :) I have thought the same thing about WIAW.. about the comparison trap. For now, I’m going to continue but it is something I need to think more about.
    Brittany @ Delights and Delectables recently posted..WIAW #24

  21. So true about everyone eating so differently. I love alllll your meals though – I’m glad you are still sharing!! 😀
    Brittany @ GOtheXtraMile recently posted..WIAW – FODMAP Elimination Phase

  22. I love your meal ideas. They always inspire me to eat healthy!

  23. I LOVE this post, Lindsay! You are such an inspiration— your eats are all so packed with nutrition! I’m SUPER impressed at your lunch packing abilities :) Keep it up!
    Alexis @ Hummusapien recently posted..Creamy Potato Soup

  24. i think this is a great idea! i always mess us the real WIAW, never really post all the meals, just food related stuff. Whoops! But i love seeing your meal ideas ,recipes, and of course, your honesty. hugs.
    lindsay recently posted..Things to Come & New Finds

  25. I love all these pictures!! Looks like you ate well this week! And no need to conform for posts, make them your own and own it!
    Megan recently posted..PMB – Week 1

  26. I do the same thing, clump any and all of my recent eats that I haven’t already shared previously into Wednesday’s WIAW, oopsie daises! Glad you’ll continue to share your eats and treats, especially since I’m drooling over half of your IG posts haha 😛
    Life’s a Bowl recently posted..Thankful Thursday 11.8.12

  27. Love the post and all the thought that went into your decision to stop participating in WIAW. Ironically, I posted something very similar today about why I choose not to tell people about my daily workouts via my blog, twitter, facebook, etc. I do participate in WIAWs, however I place a link to a WIAW Disclaimer at the bottom of every one of my WIAW posts. And, I recently did a WIAW post where I explained what it is and what it isn’t (to me and on my blog). I do this because, like you, the last thing I want is for my WIAWs to be used as a source of comparison whether for good or bad. I strongly believe in bio-individuality and I also believe in creating a supportive and comparison-free environment on my blog. I think it’s so important that us bloggers are careful to think through these sorts of things and I think it’s awesome that you made this decision for your blog and the message you want to send.
    Ali @ WHOLEistically Fit recently posted..To Post Or Not To Post? That Is The Question.

  28. Good for you!! I’m still going to participate, but I completely agree with your point of view and I 100% support you!

  29. I’m a little behind on posts and things, but wanted to say thanks for sharing all of this – including the recipes & tips! Love your food photos and so glad to have the recipes to add to my list of must-trys. Will be watching for next weeks installment.

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