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.
Let’s discuss serving food. What’s the joy of grocery shopping, meal planning, and food preparation if there is no one to eat it? Whether you are just cooking for yourself, a significant other, a family, or a large group of people, serving food can also be fun process instead of a chore. Have you ever had a meal and felt no joy in eating it? Or you could tell that the person making the food wasn’t enjoying the process? The energy we put into meal preparation and serving can also affect the experience - both your own experience and everyone else who will be eating the food.
So, what are more specific things to look for when buying fresh fruit? These are the main things I look for when choosing fruit by category:
Citrus Fruits - This includes lemons, limes, oranges, grapefruits, etc. I love it when my citrus fruits are juicy and just the right balance of sweet and sour. When I feel the outside of a citrus fruit I am assessing for that gentle “bounce back” that it can give. Try it for yourself and see if you notice it.
I love buying fruits! My early childhood years were spent in a tropical climate and I always had an abundance of tasty fruits to eat. Some of my earliest memories are of eating watermelon daily on the balcony, looking for lemons or mangos on the trees in my back yard, eating around the seeds of a guava, and finding dates on the ground under the palm trees by the water.