In February of 2020 I had a small stroke. Not a TIA, but an actual, full-blown stroke. After a night in the hospital, I came home with a new-found commitment to clean up my diet even more in order to get off the medications they put me on. Because I do NOT like pills! (I achieved that goal within 30 days)
So I started to eat very simply, and exercise. This is how Walking Wednesday came about.
And by eating simply, I mean VERY simply. In fact, out of the more than 300 recipes I have here on this blog - I bet I make about 10 of them on a regular basis.
So after posting my end-of-the-year Facebook Post to my group, I mentioned that. Of course, within minutes everyone was asking me what those 10 recipes were.
So without further ado, here are The 10 Recipes I Eat The Most After Having A Stroke. These are my favorites, and some of them are my wife's favorites as well. I'll list them in order from #10 being the one I made the least, to #1 being made every week.
#10. Best Damn Chili Ever
I don't make it every week simply because my wife is not a fan (I know, right?). But whenever we have company, or I get a craving, I make my chili to impress.
Funny how I see a lot of other bloggers use the words "award-winning" in their recipes now. Maybe they are, but folks, this recipe has won more awards than I can count - AND I have the trophy photos to prove it. 🙂
RECIPE---> BEST DAMN VEGAN CHILI EVER
#9. Sloppy Soy Curls
Maybe it's my Indiana upbringing but life without sloppy joes would be - well boring that's what.
Pair these up with either my homemade potato chips or my legendary french fries and this is Indiana Comfort Food at its best.
RECIPE ---> SLOPPY SOY CURLS
8. Fat-Free Marinara Sauce
Again, comfort food, and one of my Dad's favorites when he was alive. That man could put away the spaghetti let me tell you.
This recipe is so simple to make but turns out so elegant and rich in flavor it's silly. I never buy jarred spaghetti sauce - I make this with GF pasta. And it's 100% oil-free too.
RECIPE ---> FAT FREE MARINARA
This one is for my wife who absolutely LOVES Tofu. Good thing for me it makes pretty good bacon too and who doesn't love a good BLT.
Again, add some of my chips or fries and you have an awesome comfort-food meal.
RECIPE ---> SMOKY MAPLE TOFU BACON
#6. Mac n Cheese
Are we spotting a trend yet? Yep, all the comfort foods I used to eat when I was younger. The nice thing about this recipe is I can cook the potatoes & carrot in the IP while the pasta is cooking on the stove. Add some frozen veggies and you're good to go.
This was one of the first potato cheese sauces - the "OG" cheese sauce if you will. Often imitated but nothing quite like the original.
RECIPE ---> CREAMY MAC n CHEESE
#5. Spicy Peanut Noodles
Important update on this one - I no longer use peanut butter but use the powdered PB2 instead. I simply make the sauce then add a tablespoon or two of the powder and whisk it in. I always add the frozen veggie mix and of course - lots of sriracha.
RECIPE ---> EASY PEANUT NOODLES
#4. Amazing Cauliflower Tacos
I honestly think this recipe helped put BNV on the map - seriously. IT'S SO GOOD! Easy to make, versatile, tastes incredible - who could ask for anything more. Flour tortillas are fine but they have oil, so use corn tortillas, or make my homemade corn tortillas, or just layer it up in a burrito bowl. Any way you make it - delicioso!
RECIPE ---> AMAZING CAULIFLOWER TACOS
#3. Hot 'n Sour Soup
Another favorite of my wife. I usually make a big pot of rice to go with and of course, lots of sriracha for me. Better than any restaurant - guaranteed.
RECIPE ---> VEGAN HOT AND SOUR SOUP
#2. Easy Vegan Stir Fry
Again, for my tofu loving wife. Marinating the tofu in a mason jar is a real game-changer. So much easier and less to clean. Add in your favorites - zucchini, baby bok choy, mushrooms, poblano, cabbage, whatever. It's everything but the kitchen sink stir fry and we have it every week. Pass the sriracha please.
RECIPE ---> EASY VEGAN STIR FRY
#1. Veggie Papas with Red Chile
Now THIS is breakfast. I may not make this exact recipe but I do have potatoes and red chile sauce nearly every, single day. I LOVE THIS SAUCE. And lately, I have been using the Simply Potatoes to make a stovetop veggie/hash brown meal that we both enjoy a lot (recipe coming), which I then pour this sauce all over......
RECIPE ---> VEGGIE PAPAS AND RED CHILE
That's it my friends. I eat a lot of potatoes and rice, and sometimes brown rice pasta - with a ton of frozen and fresh veggies with some sort of sauce.
My wife likes her tofu and I like my comfort food - so that is what we eat.
Occasionally I'll splurge and make us a cheeseless veggie pizza (recipes on the blog) but for the most part - we eat pretty simply.
Throw in some salad and fruit.....and this is the BNV meal plan you have been asking for.
Hope this helps and HAPPY NEW YEARS!
Congrats on turning your health around Chuck! And thanks for sharing..
I needed this article. I found myself constantly scouring recipes and not really learning any recipe so I could just "whip it up". When I saw this article, I decided to try each one at least once and now most of them are into our regular rotation--often enough so I can become quite familiar with them, even if I can't make them by heart.
Thanks for giving us your top 10 list of recipes. I tend to make the same things every week too for convenience and preference. . Most of what we eat are your recipes so thank you! Happy new year!
Your recipes are amazing. My husband and I particularly love the Vegan Hot and Sour soup. It is our go to weekly during the cold days. It is by far better than any restaurant hot and sour soup we have had. My father in law couldn't believe it as Hot and Sour was always his favorite at a Chinese restaurant. Now every time I make it I double it and take him some. Thank you for making your recipes public. I just printed most of your 10 got to weekly recipes. Take good care of yourself. Welcome 2021!
Thanks for a year of kindness, great recipes and good sense ☺️
I don’t think you have to post a recipe every week, imho many of your readers just like to catch up with where you’re at. With every good wish for 2021 to you and yours.
Thanks so much for this Chuck! I'm hoping these will help me get better in the meal planning area. Best wishes to you and the wife for a safe and healthy New Year!