Meal inspiration

by Khushboo on September 5, 2013

If Instagram is anything to go by, we are a generation that LOVES food.  Based on past uploads, it seems that my foodie pics generate the most likes…even more so when cringe-worthy hashtags accompany the photos like #foodgasm, #foodporn & #nomnomnom.

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While social media is a godsend for keeping in touch, it also helps foster a healthier lifestyle to some extent.  Between flicking through other people’s Instagram fitness- & food-related photos as well as reading up recipes on other blogs, there is plenty of inspiration to go around.  Especially as seeing other people’s meal often stirs up creativity when planning my own meals, I wanted to share a few of my recent eats.  Hopefully they will lend some ideas for your upcoming lunches/dinners :):

  • Pasta Bake & Salad

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  • Oatmeal topped with Peanut Butter & Homemade Chunky Applesauce

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  • Mediterranean Chicken Stir Fry with Yogurt Sauce & Oat lollis (a.k.a. flatbread): I made the dip on the fly by combining plain yogurt with finely diced cucumbers, garlic powder, oregano and a bit of water to thin it out

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  • Taco Frittata with a side of Green Beans, Salsa & Guacamole: Ketchup & mustard are so passé

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  • Creamy Chickpea Stir Fry with a side of Quinoa: Next time you’re using marinara sauce, try stirring in a couple teaspoons of cream cheese for extra creaminess. 

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  • Cheddar Omelet with Cinnamon-Dusted Sweet Potato Wedges & Sautéed Veggies

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For more inspiration for healthy meals that actually taste delicious, follow @KWeigh1 on Instagram and/or check out #kweigh :).

What categories of photos do you tend to “like” more on Instagram (e.g. travel, food, fitness, quotes, humor, pics of people you know)?

What’s for lunch and/or dinner today?

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Shashi @ http://runninsrilankan.com September 5, 2013 at 2:45 pm

Cinnamon dusted potato wedges – what an interesting idea! I really need to try that-maybe for lunch or dinner or breakfast! Khushboo – I love your eats – I LOVE peanut butter on my oats too!!
Yuppers – you are correct, social media can truly enhance healthier eating as well as creativity in the kitchen. I do tend to like food photos and people photos…but food is always, always on my mind!

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Khushboo September 5, 2013 at 11:15 pm

Oooh please do try cinnamon on sweet potatoes..even better with some PB added in 🙂

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Amanda @ .running with spoons. September 5, 2013 at 3:36 pm

IG is definitely a good source of foodie inspiration… but it’s a dangerous thing to look at if you’re not well fed. Like right now? I just woke up and you’re making me seriously hungry 😛 The oats are of course always a winner, but that Med chicken stir fry is looking mighty fine as well 😉

As for IG pics I like… it’s a mix of everything, really. Food, nature, animals, humour… Anything that looks or sounds nice.

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Khushboo September 5, 2013 at 11:16 pm

Nothing gets me more psyched about breakfast than a quick flick-through my Insta feed 😉

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Arman @ thebigmansworld September 5, 2013 at 3:48 pm

How strange has our society become, correlating words like porn with food… but it works! i’ll have to find kweigh- so much variety in those meals! I’m actually craving a pasta bake right now. As for dinner? Maybe check instagram in 10 😉

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Khushboo September 5, 2013 at 11:17 pm

Hahah it’s definitely a case of “if the shoe fits”! Some foodie pictures do deserve the hashtag “food porn”

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Chelsea @ Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen September 5, 2013 at 4:19 pm

I don’t have Instagram, but if I did, I would probably “like” food pictures the most – especially these! I love all the creativity in these meals.

Today for lunch I’m having a leftover homemade bean burger with avocado, sweet potato wedges, and broccoli & cauliflower with hummus and for dinner grilled chicken tacos with salsa verde!

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Khushboo September 5, 2013 at 11:18 pm

Errr can I come over for a meal- your lunch & dinner sound fantastic!

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Lucie@FitSwissChick September 5, 2013 at 5:56 pm

I love the look of the oats lollis and the taco frittata! Recipe? 🙂
I love IG. I don’t focus on one category, I just like to see what my ‘friends’ are up to.

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Khushboo September 5, 2013 at 11:18 pm

I’ve been meaning to put up a recipe for oat lollis forever…expect it in the very near future 🙂

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P September 5, 2013 at 6:12 pm

I tend to stay away from Instagram—food blogs are enough for me, haha!
Lunch will probably be quick and include some greek yogurt (strawberry banana Chobani!!) and dinner will probably be more balanced and relaxing :)!

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Khushboo September 5, 2013 at 11:19 pm

Ohh that Chobani flavor sounds delicious…throw in some cereal or nuts 🙂

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Sam @ Better With Sprinkles September 5, 2013 at 6:19 pm

So now I need to go get some breakfast, because you have made me extremely hungry 😉 I tend to lean more towards ‘liking’ food pictures on instagram, particularly desserts…I also tend to like animal pictures, because having a dog has given me an “awww!” attitude whenever I see something cute and even remotely fluffy :-p

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Khushboo September 5, 2013 at 11:20 pm

I’m not a huge animal person yet some animal photos warrant an “aaww” even from me 🙂

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Charlotte @ Commitness to Fitness September 5, 2013 at 7:20 pm

actually a couple weeks ago as i was reading someone’s WIAW post, my boyfriend was reading over my shoulder and he goes- “suddenly im hungry. how do you look at these all day? dont you get starving??” i was like “I KNOW” its amazing i dont eat my whole kitchen on a daily basis with blogs like these 🙂

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Khushboo September 5, 2013 at 11:20 pm

Hahah there’s something non-foodies just don’t understand 😉

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dixya| food, pleasure, and health September 5, 2013 at 7:28 pm

I agree – IG helps a lot with food inspiration but makes me leaving hungry even if im not 🙁

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Khushboo September 5, 2013 at 11:20 pm

Amen!

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Lisa September 5, 2013 at 8:52 pm

Instagram definitely has the power to make me constantly hungry.
But, I do get a few good ideas from there.
Oatmeal and sweet potatoes are always a winner in my books:)
I love foodie photos, cute photos of animals, makeup photos, even some nature photos can be pretty cool.

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Khushboo September 5, 2013 at 11:21 pm

Do you follow NatGeo on Instagram? They have some seriously awesome nature photos!

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Alexis @ Hummusapien September 5, 2013 at 9:42 pm

You know I’m alllll over the food pics on Instagram. I love finding new recipes on there. And it’s just SO fun to drool over everyone’s pictures!

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Khushboo September 5, 2013 at 11:22 pm

Haha Instagram is almost like a space for foodies to reunite 😉

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Tara @ Sweat like a Pig September 6, 2013 at 1:23 am

I’m going to be totally honest here (ah, when am I not? haha) and say that I usually skip over other people’s food posts. I continue to post my meals on IG because people find it interesting for some reason, but I really don’t care what other people are eating unless it’s at a restaurant in London or they have volunteered to come and cook for me!

I’d say that at least 90% of what people post on IG grosses me out anyway. All this healthified BS! That being said, I love the look of everything you’ve posted here – except the oatmeal. The thought of oats is grossing me out for some reason!

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Khushboo September 6, 2013 at 11:31 am

Haha a blogger who doesn’t like oatmeal? Shame on you ;)!

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Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table September 6, 2013 at 8:12 am

Instagram is a HUGE food inspiration for me. I love the creativity. I also love fitness or progress posts and quotes. If I need a little motivation to workout, I browse for inspirational shots. 🙂

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Khushboo September 6, 2013 at 11:31 am

You’re so right- just a quick flick through is enough to make me get those trainers on 🙂

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Alex@Veggin' Out September 6, 2013 at 7:21 pm

All these meals look awesome!! Taco frittata? Mediterranean stir fry with yogurt sauce? You’ve certainly sparked my attention. 🙂 Instagram definitely has some awesome food combinations! They are one of my favorites to see, along with workouts because they’re usually so inspirational! I just joined instagram a couple weeks ago, but I’m already kind of addicted. 😉

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Khushboo September 6, 2013 at 10:53 pm

Word of warning: the addiction only increases over time 😉

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Davida @ The Healthy Maven September 7, 2013 at 7:00 am

IG makes me hungry!!! I tend to follow a lot of bloggers on IG and they provide me with so much inspiration. Expect my follow soon 🙂 So many delicious eats!

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Khushboo September 8, 2013 at 12:05 pm

Will look out for you on Instagram too 🙂

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Tessa @ Amazing Asset September 7, 2013 at 10:06 pm

IG does indeed make me hungry and it’s so enjoyable to see what interesting and unique items people are trying out there! It’s a quick way to see all of these things too… like with blogs you can of course read about the tasty items but IG is instant 🙂 That stir fry with the yogurt sauce intrigues me the most here… Mediterranean food when done correctly, is just so delicious!

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Khushboo September 8, 2013 at 12:07 pm

I’m with you about instant- looking at pictures is easier on the brain than reading text sometimes 🙂

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Meghan@Clean Eat Fast Feets September 8, 2013 at 7:32 am

I’d say these eats are inspiring. I don’t even think I could pick just one, although the roasted veggies, the omelet, and the chickpea stew are all screaming my name. Thanks for sharing.
I like a bit of everything on Instagram…food, life, flowers, pets, #publicbananas 🙂

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Khushboo September 8, 2013 at 12:09 pm

Gotta love a good #publicbanana 😉

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Ameena September 9, 2013 at 5:38 am

I think Instagram is my most favorite social media avenue…love pics of everything. Travel especially, but fashion and restaurant food as well.

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Khushboo September 9, 2013 at 10:43 pm

Same here…even more so than Facebook even 🙂

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