Summer vegetable and vegan sausage bake

Hello! Happy Monday! I’m actually excited for this week because I have lots of new classes to attend. Plus I really want to get back into a healthy routine after this weekend. Friday night was a typical university student’s Friday night… so basically not very healthy! In fact I didn’t feel so great for most of Saturday.

Luckily by Saturday night I was feeling better and had the energy to make myself a vegan sausage bake by Jamie Oliver’s Sweet Cherry Tomato and Sausage Bake from Jamie at Home. I used as many vegetables from the farmers market as possible: peppers, cherry tomatoes, eggplant, and zucchini. They’re so delicious right now and I know they won’t last much longer!

Summer vegetable and vegan sausage bake

Summer vegetable and vegan sausage bake

Serves 1 | Vegan

1 Yves sweet Italian veggie sausage
1/2 pint of heirloom cherry tomatoes
1/2 of a medium zucchini, diced
1/2 of a baby eggplant, diced
1 tsp olive oil
2 tsp balsamic vinegar
1/2 tsp each of dried oregano, thyme, and basil
Salt and pepper

Place the vegetables and sliced sausage in a glass baking dish and toss with the oil, vinegar, herbs and salt and pepper. Bake at 375°F for about 20 minutes. Remove and stir, allowing the tomatoes to release their juices. Place back in oven for another 10-15 minutes.

I served it with bulgur. It was so delicious!

Summer vegetable and vegan sausage bake

I spent the night on the couch watching Meet the Parents with my roommate then turned in early for the night.

On Sunday I was so excited to wake up feeling like a human again! I celebrated by trying out some fresh figs in my oatmeal. I figged it up with some chopped dried figs and fig jam as well. It was amazing!

Then I headed to the gym for a much needed workout. I did 30 minutes on the elliptical and 30 minutes of ab and upper body weights.

I came back home and showered then made lunch: sandwich with avocado, hummus, tomato, sprouts, carrots and cucumber along with an apple.

The afternoon was spent actually being productive, since I was in no state to do anything on Saturday. I powered away at some readings, retyping some notes, and searching for volunteer opportunities. It feels good to have all that done!

A snack of plain Greek yogurt, honey, Kashi Honey Almond Flax, Fiber One cereal, and cacao nibs tided me over though all that work.

For dinner was craving vegetables, so I made roasted sweet potatoes, kale chips, steamed green beans, and marinated tofu. Yum!

Sundays healthy eats and workout really helped me to feel back to myself again – and it feels so good! I need to remember this feeling next weekend when it’s my good friend’s 22nd birthday. Someone hold me accountable hey?

If you drink, how do you balance it with your healthy lifestyle?

What helps you feel back to normal the next day?


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6 Responses to Summer vegetable and vegan sausage bake

  1. Yum! Dried figs are the best! I really want to try fig jam :)

  2. I'm not much of a drinker anymore. Actually, I don't drink at all anymore. I used to party a lot when I was younger, but I guess I got it out of my system because that kind of lifestyle doesn't appeal to me anymore. It feels a bit odd to be staying home on weekends while everyone is out in the clubs, but to be honest… I enjoy it… because like you said, it doesn't make me feel like crap later, and I'm able to do all of the other things I love like exercising and waking up early and feeling good. That's not to say that you should avoid fun nights out, but I'm afraid I can't help you with balance because I fell on both sides of extreme… I either partied way too much, or not at all.

  3. Ty

    I don't really drink. I just don't enjoy it. I've never been drunk but I did get tipsy enough once to feel like CRAP the next day.Unfortunately that "next" day was THE DAY BEFORE MY WEDDING!!Not a good idea on my part. Haha. I had SO much running around to do.I've heard greasy fast food is the best for a hang over, haha.

  4. I love that bit about drinking and its post-effects! I know I must sound like a huge granny pants but I really can't do the whole 'drink every weekend' scene anymore…I like waking up on a Saturday/Sunday morning and not feeling like shit…I like making the most of my day and getting in a good workout!

  5. I'm only 15 so I don't drink. Can't offer any advice there. However, I must say that all of your eats look especially delicious! Your fig oatmeal is droolworthy! :)

  6. I don't drink often because… well it's illegal and I don't plan to drink very often in college because I really hate the way I feel later… I have more of an attitude like yours. Though sitting in bed all morning reading the help sounds like a nice way to spend the next morning!

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