With Zootopia now being a new favorite Disney movie in my house, I can’t wait to share with you my day of Zootopia inspired meals!
As my friends and followers know, I follow a clean eating meal plan that I’m able to stick to by making each day of the week have a different Disney-inspired menu. This helps me be excited about my meal plan, and makes each of mine and my family’s days full of Disney magic.
With Zootopia recently released on Blu-Ray, we’ve been watching it non-stop. Literally everyday we have been watching it, since it is now my 16 month old’s favorite movie. When the movie comes on, she claps and smiles. When Gazelle (Shakira) starts singing “Try Everything” she hums the beginning and starts bouncing up and down. So naturally, I had to make one of my meal plans this week with a Zootopia theme.
Blueberries and yogurt
I love to start off my day with protein, as it keeps me full longer. I am able to get so much done in the morning when I don’t have a growling stomach, so I almost always try to make sure protein is a component of my first meal of the day. As a nod to Judy Hopp’s family growing blueberries as one of the many crops on their farm, along with them being a part of the film’s climax, blueberries seemed like the perfect way to kick off my Zootopia meal plan.
I had a serving of Chobani Greek yogurt (3/4 cup), and a serving of blueberries (1 cup), with 1 tsp of honey drizzled on top.
I am a lover of Greek yogurt, but I know for many people it is an acquired taste. Since Greek yogurt is so rich in protein, I definitely recommend giving it a try. Once you acquire a taste for it, the thick, creamy texture is irresistible. To begin to adapt a taste for it, and to make your blueberry and yogurt extra sweet and decadent, try mashing your berries with the back of your spoon then mixing in with your yogurt. This will make it taste like a fruit yogurt, but have more flavor since it is all natural, fresh ingredients that tantalize the taste buds more so than artificial fruit.
Then top it with some more blueberries to make a beautiful, yet simple meal. Drizzle with a teaspoon or so of honey and mix again.
Veggie Burger and Carrot Fries
Judy Hopps, a native of Bunny Burrow, grew up on a carrot farm, and I’m sure in her lifetime has had carrots in pretty much all shapes and forms. These carrot fries will definitely be a hit in your household, as well as in Bunny Burrow. Although this meal involves some cooking, it is incredibly quick and simple to make. Here’s what you’ll need to replicate what I prepared:
– A frozen package of veggie burger patties (Gardenburger, Morningstar, Gardein, I used Trader Joe’s Vegetable Masala patties, since I liked that they were spicy)
-100 calorie or less whole wheat hamburger buns (if you don’t want to add hamburger buns to your grocery list, you can use bread instead or have in a whole wheat tortilla wrap)
-One bunch of carrots (regular, not baby)
-1 Tbsp coconut oil (or any other oil other than olive that you want to cook your carrots in)
-1 Tbsp cayenne pepper (there are many groceries where you can buy spices by the Tbsp/tsp so you don’t have to buy whole spice jars)
-Optional: Veggie toppings you would like for your burger, such as romaine lettuce, red onion, etc.
21 Day Fix container counts: 1 red, 1 yellow, 1 tsp, and 1.5 green.
The Carrot Fries
Preheat your oven to 450 degrees F. While your oven is preheating, cut all your carrots in half lengthwise. Then cut each of your halves in half again, but horizontally. Essentially, you are wanting to cut your carrots into the size of steak fries.
On a cookie sheet, spread out your carrot fries. Take melted coconut oil and drizzle across the pan, then sprinkle with your cayenne pepper (or other seasoning if you prefer). Stir your oil, carrots, and seasonings well and make sure carrots are spread evenly. Place in the oven for 15 minutes.
The Veggie Burger
You can microwave your veggie burger according to package directions, but I prefer to cook my patty on the stove during the carrot fries cooking time. It gives it more of a burger texture, in my opinion.
Heat a drizzle of oil in a pan on medium-high heat. Place your veggie burger patty on the pan and cook well on each side. When your patty is done, you can either place your bun on the pan to make it a little charred for added crunch, or put in the toaster for a short amount of time.
Top your burger how you like, and serve on the side with your fries.
Of course, what better way to top off Zootopia day than with ZOOdles? If you’ve never heard of this delightful creation before, they are zucchini cut to look like spaghetti, and when cooked in oil mimics its texture too. It’s like eating angel hair pasta, but with a serving of vegetables. If you have never had Zoodles before, you may be a bit skeptical of how it will taste (I was too at first). But I was pleasantly surprised that the taste is similar to pasta, but even richer in flavor. You will only wish you discovered them sooner, so that you can easily satisfy your taste for pasta but without the (Trust me on this one, this is not a hustle).
You will need for a 2 person serving (21 Day Fix container counts are 1.5 Green, 1/2 purple, 1 blue per person:
-4 large zucchinis
-2 Tbsp oil (I used grapeseed oil)
-A jar of low sodium marinara sauce (or you can use a can of tomato sauce or undrained diced tomatoes with no salt added)
-Small package of goat cheese
-Salt and pepper to taste
-Optional: A vegetable spiralizer. I got the Veghetti brand hand cranked spiralizer for $12 from Target, which can be purchased here.
First, you will need to spiralize your zucchinis. The easiest way is with a vegetable spiralizer, which I highly recommend purchasing. After making this dish, you will want to make it practically every week, so it’s well worth the $12-$20 investment. If you have a spiralizer, use the thin setting. If you don’t have a spiralizer, use a vegetable peeler to peel your zucchini.
Once your zucchini noodles are ready, heat 2 Tbsp oil in a large sauté or wok pan in medium-high heat, and cook your zucchini. You will cook until very slightly brown and you can start to smell the fragrance. Season very lightly with salt and pepper.
TIP: When cooking any vegetable, I always suggest cooking until you can smell them. This almost always ensures they are done, and you will get the most flavor.
At the same time your zucchini noodles are cooking, heat up your marinara sauce or tomatoes in a small pan. For 2 people, I use about one cup of sauce (1/2 cup per person).
When your sauce and Zoodles are done, dish them up in bowls to serve. Top each bowl with a couple Tablespoons of goat cheese (a nod to the breaking baaaaaaad goat boys in the film).
And you’re ready to enjoy! This Zoodles recipe is great to have on hand for many themed nights (Lady & the Tramp, Italy Pavilion).
Fun low calorie beverage
Blueberry Fizz Refresher
For a refreshing, 0 calorie beverage to pair with dinner, you can use some of your leftover blueberries from the morning (I always strive to make meal plans where food does not go to waste, and get creative with my leftovers).
For each person, add 5-6 blueberries in a tall glass, and a few mint leaves (if you don’t have mint, you can just use blueberries, the mint just adds more flavor and gives it a taste reminiscent of a virgin mojito). You’re going to muddle the blueberries and mint (using a muddler or spoon, you will be smashing the blueberries so you get its juices spread along the bottom of the glass).
Then fill the glass with ice and club soda or sparkling water. Add a squirt of lime juice (or a couple squeezes of lime if using a fresh lime).
Add a few more whole blueberries in the glass for a visually stunning drink. Stir and enjoy!
We finished the night off by snuggling on the couch to watch Zootopia. We did have to stand up though for a “Try Everything” dance break.