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Starting my internship and working full-time has been wonderful and exhausting at the same time. One of the things that definitely took the back burner: Cooking and proper lunch food. So after going out for lunch every day (definitely too expensive) or living off Tesco ready-made soups for a few weeks, it was time to start having meal preparation evenings (usually for the next 2/3 days), save some money and still have a little bit of diversity.

By the way, a little veggie update: I’m still going strong and living completely vegetarian! I’ve never managed to actually stick to it for such a long time (without the smallest exceptions) and to be honest, I’ve never craved meat so much before in my life (not even in the non-vegetarian days). It’s always the things you can’t have, I guess? I’m too happy about being strong and not giving in to give up now though, so all is good (and I hope the cravings will soon dissappear).

So here we go, my favourite filling, make-ahead meals, that can easily be reheated in the microwave or eaten cold. As environmental living is a thing on this blog, all the recipes use ingredients that are in season at the moment (also because I’m way too broke to afford vegetables that arent’ ;).

Soups

I normally make enough for two meals, so it’s actually worth cooking, but I don’t have to eat the same thing for a week.

Sweet Potato Detox Soup | Broccoli Detox Soup | Quick Red Lentil Curry

Salads

In winter I don’t really enjoy cold, lettuce salads, but those with quinoa/grains? Whole other story.

Restart Salad

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Happy February!

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The first month of 2015 is over! How is the year going for you so far? Mine is pretty good – especially considering that January is my least favourite month of the year and I normally prefer spending it curled up on the couch with a cup of coffee in hand (February is the same, but at least it’s shorter!). This year has been better though, I’ve felt way more productive, got back into blogging, took a few trips (to Edinburgh and Newcastle), knit another scarf, actually ate more veggies and…watched the whole fourth season of Suits in two sittings (nobody’s perfect, eh?). I’ve moved to London last week to start an internship and my days are crazy busy now, but it’s loads of fun, so I’ll just try and stay n top with other things as well. We’ll see!

I also wrote a guest post for Kate’s blog Clear The Way about self and self-love. You can check it out here (and you should also click through and read some of the other essays!).

Here’s some other posts and videos that have inspired me over the past month and that will hopefully make your February a little bit nicer:

1 | Activities that help us keep our New Year’s resolutions (making it easier to focus on the small parts of the big picture) by the Merrythought.

2 | 10 lessons gleaned from 2014 for a better 2015 by various creatives on Design*Sponge. I especially agree with Shawn Lovering and hope I can make that work.

3 | Five Things to feel great in January by Kate, that will totally still work in February as well.

4 | A Life Lesson by Joanna – remember this if you are always taking stuff personally.

5 | Want to read more this year? Here’s a list of Books everyone should read by Sophie (and her readers).

6 | And if you just want to relax, but also save money after the holidays: How to do a Five Step DIY Facial.

What inspired you this month? And what are you looking forward to in February?

Picture via my Unsplash.