Here’s my top 8 favorite ways of saving time in the kitchen, and making sure that I have foods ready for my busy lifestyle:
Many mornings, I like to eat a bunch of sautéed vegetables with fresh eggs scrambled in. To make this really easy to pull off, I’ll chop a big bowl of vegetables up that will keep in the fridge for a good 4 days. In the morning, all I have to do is throw a handful of the prepped veggies in the frying pan with some olive oil, and make my cup of coffee, feed the dog, or do whatever I need to do in the kitchen while they sauté. scramble the eggs in at the end, and in no time I’ve got a super healthy breakfast full of veggies & protein. This keeps me going for a long time. Some of the veggies I personally like to use are garlic, onion, brussel sprouts, carrots, broccoli, sweet potatoes, mushrooms, and dark leafy greens like chard, kale, or collards. Be sure to cut the sweet potatoes in small chunks so they cook fully with the other veggies, and toss the greens in the last couple of minutes. This also makes a great lunch or dinner if you are into breakfast at all times of the day like I am. Top with some fresh herbs like basil or cilantro and some ripe avocado chunks, and you've got yourself an extra amazing & complete meal.
Especially in the cooler months, I like to roast a large pan of vegetables in the oven to use in a variety of ways over the next few days. Some of my favorites to use are sweet potatoes, carrots, squash, brussel sprouts, asparagus, beets, onions, garlic….whatever I have around. Use your own favorites! Root veggies are great for this. I chop everything up into chunks, toss with some coconut oil or olive oil, salt & pepper and bake at 400 for anywhere from 1/2 hour to an hour depending on the size of chunks and vegetables. They usually end up as a side in my dinner the night that I roast them and in the few days after, I use them in various ways, such as:
*They are delicious tossed on top of a cold green salad for lunch.
*I’ll warm them and toss them in some miso broth or veggie broth with some beans making a simple & delicious soup for dinner the next night.
*Wrap them in a tortilla with beans, or greens, or a grain of some kind, or all of the above. This is good hot or cold, and can be a great lunch to go.
*Warm them in the skillet, and scramble eggs or tofu in for a great breakfast.
*Blend them into a creamy roasted vegetable soup.
*Make a roasted veggie quesadillas with tortillas, beans, and cheese.
*Add them to a simple soup.
*Make tacos or burritos.
*Toss them on a cold salad as a great source of protein for a filling salad.
*Blend them with some spices to make a bean dip.
*Caramelize some onions & garlic, and saute the beans in to warm them. This is delicious on it’s own as my protein for a meal with some vegetables, and maybe a grain.
*I eat them lightly seasoned as a side to whatever else I’m having.
*Warm them in the morning with a little nut milk & cinnamon, and add fresh or frozen fruit for a morning porridge. Adding a nut butter like peanut or almond butter is a delicious way to add some protein. I also like to add flax seed, hemp seed, chia seeds, or any other nuts or seeds I have around to add protein.
*Any of these grains are great tossed on a green salad, or to make a salad with veggies and a simple dressing.
*Add them into lettuce or tortilla wraps with veggies and a protein for a great lunch.
I like to hard boil eggs to have on hand.
*They can make a great, protein rich breakfast on the go.
*They are delicious chopped in salads.
*They are a great, satisfying snack when I’m really feeling hungry before meal time.
There you have it. These seem to be my 8 standard habits that I've adapted to doing that helps me to keep healthy food convenient, and ready to go!
Besides the above ideas, it's always good to have raw veggies, fruit, & nuts on hand for those snack times. Crunchy carrots, apples, and protein rich nuts go a long way in satisfying between meals, and are a much better option than what's in the vending machine!
Of course, it would be ideal if we had the time to make every meal fresh, but that's not the reality for most of us. It is still possible to have the majority of your diet be whole foods prepared by you with love in your own kitchen. This is the food that nourishes us best. Find what works best for you, and what you enjoy the most!
If you have any tips on keeping healthy food ready to go, I'd love to hear them! Please leave a comment!
Wishing you wellness!