I’ve burnt chocolate in a microwave, set a tea towel on fire and eaten uncooked pasta. Thank goodness my teenage cooking skills have improved. But truthfully, as much as I love the idea of spending an evening cooing over the stove, I also like the concept of lazy girl healthy eating; easy meals without hassle.
I don’t believe in prep
I double up ingredients for leftovers – I don’t cook food to last me a week. Badly I tried to mimic Instagram posts featuring meal prep and I hated it. The meals became boring after a few days and they lost freshness. I attempt to cook most meals in 30mins or at least hover over the kitchen for that long. Equally, I try to avoid washing too many saucepans and instruments.
While I don’t meal prep, I do plan out my kitchen staples. As Healthline suggests, I’ve arranged my spices to keep the daily ones together. My breakfast choices are placed in a box – pumpkin seeds, desiccated coconut, oats, chia seeds, maca powder and flaxseeds. I keep most packet food in food storage, writing the date on a label. When a packet falls from my cupboard and I watch a product scatter my floor – my stomach sheds a tear.
Sometimes I keep grapes and banana frozen in my freezer and I keep some sauces in the fridge. Publication Resource reported on a study by a waste food app which found “34 percent of prepped meals are binned”. Managing to create the most meals in the least amount of time has become an I’ve got my life together sport. I don’t have my life together – hence routine cooking.
Lazy girl healthy eating = remembering the basics
A good tomato sauce – whatever your diet, is a staple. One day it’s with pasta, the next it’s a stew and on the third it’s a curry. Inside the Rustic Kitchen has a post on making authentic, Italian tomato sauce. Mine involves lots of black peppermint herb. I also add sage, thyme and oregano, plenty of tomato paste and olive oil with a hint of cyder vinegar. If I’m eating it by itself, I’ll add a tin of mixed beans and mushrooms.
Vegan mushroom bourguignon by Making Thyme for Health is delicious (it has a tomato base) as well as tomato and chickpea curry. If you don’t fancy eating vegan, you can effortlessly add meat to these dishes. In the same way you can exchange tofu for prawns in a simple stir-fry. My go-to stir-fry sauce mixes peanut butter, olive oil, peanut butter oil, 2 tablespoons of tamari or soy sauce and a drop of maple syrup.
To switch up basics like a jacket potato, the Minimalist Baker has a straight-forward Mediterranean baked sweet potato recipe which is really satisfying to eat. It’s only 5 minutes prep work. For vegetables, I stick to cooking them in the same way to save time. For instance, I’ll boil spinach, peas and asparagus together or roast red peppers with broccoli and mushrooms. If I’m eating a raw salad, it’s beetroot, spinach and lettuce.
Lazy girl healthy eating = desserts
I mentioned this on my post: Detox Results: My Fasting and Wellness Retreat – my chocolate smoothie. Every night I eat this because I’m addicted and all I need is a blender. Oats, 1 frozen banana, peanut butter, around 4 dates broken up, cacao or cocoa powder, cinnamon and rice milk (any milk). I usually add maca powder and chia seeds for extra benefit. Frozen desserts are perfect for lazy girl healthy eating. I took this fudge recipe from One Green Planet and presented it as a cake. Ridiculously tasty, 5 ingredients and no baking. As a word of warning, raw desserts don’t look the most appetising until they’re taken out of their tin and ready to serve.
I highly recommend keeping dates in your cupboard. I place them in overnight oats and chia seed pudding. When I have a strong sugar rush, a couple of them do the trick. My other healthy dessert is basic frozen banana with a tablespoon of peanut butter (yes, I’ve overmentioned peanut butter). It’s good to check the one you buy doesn’t contain sugar and added salt.
Back in 2017 I put together a post on Healthy Indulgences. I forgot how much I use to enjoy finding new ideas and experimenting. The piece contains a recipe for a vegan chocolate hazelnut torte, custard pudding and vegan pizza if you fancy.
Lazy girl healthy eating = overall tips
It’s expensive to buy at first, but I like purchasing different nuts, seeds, olives and powders I can add to my meals. This helps with ensuring I’m getting a varied amount of nutrition, and is great when my cooking doesn’t have vast produce.
My overall tip is to experiment, practice and slowly add substitutions to what you’re already doing. What are your tips for fast healthy eating?