Hello my friends. Slipping into this quarantine is becoming a rhythm I’m actually getting used to. I had a hard time in the beginning letting go of eating out and running to grab something easily and quickly. I’ve now just accepted that I’m preparing everrrryyyytttthinnnng, but I’ve also learned you don’t have to actually cook everything! Hooray!
Especially now that the weather is warming up, cold foods sound good again. Here are a few ideas on how to simplify meal prep without even turning on the stove or oven:
Make your first meal a protein shake. Nutritious, brainless, and quick, they pack protein, carbs, fat (and even greens and coffee if you want!) ALL IN ONE beautiful glass. There are so many options and flavors, too. If you need an ideas, I happen to know of a killer recipe collection that offers all-natural, organic, homemade recipes.
For lunch, an everything but the kitchen sink is an ideal mid-day meal. It doesn’t take long to make and you can incorporate protein like chicken, eggs, fish, beans, etc. Throw in a little avocado and dress with lemon juice and a teensy bit of olive oil. Done, and done. I like to have a piece of fruit for dessert for my carb and then a cup of coffee to seal off the cravings valve. LOL.
Dinner doldrums? MAKE A PLATE! Make a ‘charcuterie’ plate of nitrate/nitrite-free salami or turkey or prosciutto, cheese (preferably raw and organic), tomatoes, carrots, olives, kale chips (or any healthy snackie thing you prefer). You can even reward yourself with a glass of wine (I’m all about a reasonable indulgence ;).
If you’re still hankering for a snack, I like to pop my own healthy popcorn on the stove. Just drizzle the bottom of a pot with coconut oil, turn your burner on high, add 1/4 cup organic kernels, cover with a lid, and pop until the pops are a few seconds apart. Top with simply pink salt. Or try cinnamon, stevia, and salt. Or salt and a lot of pepper. Get creative!
I hope you find these ideas helpful and help ease your cooking load! 🙂
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