Snacks don’t have to be complicated. Even if you are out all day, there are simple and healthy ways to bring snacks along with you. Wash some celery sticks and an apple. If you can, cut them up but cutting them up is not necessary.
I ate oatmeal almost every morning for many years growing up. So much so, that I avoided eating it for a good 20 years as an adult just to get it out of my system and because I thought it was bland and boring. It wasn’t until the last few years that I have gone back to eating oatmeal again in the mornings. The biggest reasons being: Oatmeal is quick and easy to make and I like to avoid the excessive amounts of added sugars that are found in most cereals on the market. Another reason is because I have been adding all these delicious toppings to it that add a lot more flavor, color, and variety.
Cabbage is an easy vegetable to use for meal prep because it is so versatile. It can be eaten cooked, raw, or fermented. My favorite ways to eat cabbage are in a Cole Slaw, stir fry, soup, or as Sauerkraut. Here is one of my favorite Cole Slaw recipes to make that is full colorful fruits and vegetables.
Brown rice is one of my favorite foods to add to a meal because it is so easy to cook. You can leave it on the stove to cook while you prepare other things for the meal - like vegetables! There are a few different varieties of brown rice that can be used: Short grain, long grain, Basmati, and then there is also wild rice. I prefer using brown rice over white rice when meal planning because the brown rice has not been stripped of its nutrients. Brown rice is one way to add some B vitamins into your diet!
This is a recipe I put together very fast and without any planning. I looked in my fridge, took out the vegetables I had in there and started washing and chopping. It turned out delicious. Great for getting in those greens and adding fiber to the diet. You can always tweak it to your own liking by adding other vegetables or playing around with the amounts of each.
Quinoa is such a delicious and quick grain to make. It can be eaten plain, or mixed with vegetables, fruits, meat, cheese, dressings, or a combination of the above. Cooking quinoa takes about 15 minutes and while you are waiting for it to cook you can cut up the vegetables and prepare the other items you wish to add to it. Some of my favorite food items to add to quinoa are onions of all types, garlic, cucumbers, tomatoes, celery, bell peppers, cilantro, parsley, olives, lemon or lime juice, feta cheese, garbanzo beans, olive oil, apple cider vinegar, salt, and pepper.
There are many ways to cook asparagus including soups, stir fries, roasts, and braised in oil. Here is a simple but delicious way to cook asparagus when you don’t have a lot of time or ingredients. One thing to keep in mind when cooking with asparagus is that there is a fine line between undercooking and overcooking it. Of course, cooking asparagus until it is very soft is not bad and in some instances it can work very nicely like in soups for example.
To be honest, kale has never been one of my favorite vegetables. I don’t know why. I guess there were always other vegetables that were easier to prepare for me and (I thought) tasted better. But, because I know it has amazing health benefits I have been trying to find ways to make it taste delicious. This recipe so far has been the best!
There are so many fancy cooking utensils and items on the market it can be overwhelming. Where do you start? What is essential and what can you do without? The answer to these questions is very individual. It depends on multiple factors including your finances, your preferences, how much time you have, how many people you are cooking for, and the food items you use for cooking.