Last night, I spent the evening prepping food for the coming week. I chopped onions, broccoli, and cauliflower. Cooked quiona, presoaked chickpeas, and grilled vegetables and tofu. I also munched on lots of different yummy things while I cooked. I don’t normally do this, but I think I’m going to have to start. Tonight, when I went to make my dinner, I had options. Blessed options. I threw some vinegar soaked chickpeas in the oven to start toasting as a little salty appetizer as per THIS recipe. I had just bought a jar of my favorite salsa (with black beans and corn in it) and knew I wanted to use it up. I ate my S+V chickpeas while preparing my dinner. A quinoa bowl with a lettuce base, sauteed onions, broccoli, and cauliflower and lots of salsa on top. Quick, delicious, and nutritious.
The thing about healthy eating is that it’s kind of tough. It’s not always the easiest solution when you’re tired and hungry to chop up veggies and cook grains. It’s easier to get take out, or if you’re like me, eat toast with peanut butter on it for every meal. Now, I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with the occasional cereal dinner, but I want to strive towards green, clean meals. Ones with veggies in them. And that takes planning, my friends. Chopping, buying, thinking, organizing, tupperwaring, cleaning up.. all in advance of that moment when you get home from tap dancing all day and need “instant food”.
Do you make meals in advance? How do you handle “instant food” problems in your life?