This article is especially for non-planners!
All this confession is to tell you that it’s possible for anyone to prepare healthy, fresh meals with real food after a long day without a lot of prep time and hassle. Just because you don’t have a meal planned tonight, you do not have to drive-thru somewhere or order pizza. Really! Even if you are a planner, these tips will work for you too!
- Keep your pantry stocked with certain “Essentials“
- Google recipes containing fresh produce you have on hand. For example, google “Spinach and Sweet Potato recipes” I just found 10 recipes! I try to mix up my produce by combining warm & cool colors
- Have down a few basic go-to cooking techniques – cutting, roasting, soups. Keep your knife sharp!
Today I’m going to just cover Tip 1 ~ Essential Pantry Items. You can break them up by 3 categories: Fresh, Pantry & Spices
Fresh On Hand: Onion, Garlic, Lemons (Limes, if available), Oranges, Celery, Carrots, Spinach or Spring Greens, Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Parsley, Potatoes, Avocados, Almonds
Spices On Hand: Garlic Seasoning (Toomey’s Seasoning), Turmeric, Kosher Salt, Sea Salt, Black Pepper, Cinnamon, Cayenne, Ginger, Curry, Italian Seasoning
Pantry On Hand: Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Avocado Oil, Apple Cider Vinegar, Balsamic, Rice Vinegar, Tamari Sauce, Tahini, Dijon Mustard, Organic Broth (Chicken or Veggie), Coconut Milk, Honey, Maple Syrup
Tools On Hand: A sharp knife, cutting board, garlic press, grater, colander, whisk, spatula, high speed blender, soup pot, saute pan, non-stick griddle (that can go on the stove & in the oven)
With these items on hand you can always make just about anything. For example, make a salad and your own salad dressing: Whisk together equal parts lemon juice & oil, honey, minced garlic, salt & pepper in the bottom of your salad bowl first, then add salad on top, toss together
Life is an adventure and food is a huge part of it. Enjoy the ride!
If you try any of these recipes, or find a new one with a google search, please let me know how it worked out for you!