Let’s just start this post with the obvious truth: I like good food, but I’m also lazy. Well, whaddya know, good food can be super simple. In fact, I think it’s the best. Sure, there’s a time and place for an elaborate meal, but for me, that is on holidays and when my mom is cooking.
Simple…it means different things depending on who you ask. It could mean “takeout” or “frozen meal” or “one pot dish.” For me, simple means minimal ingredients and minimal attention. 95% of my meals are made either 1) at the same oven temperature with one or two baking sheets or 2) in one sauté pan. The microwave is always there for backup.
To put my money where my mouth is (or was…because I already ate the food) I’m linking up to WIAW to show yesterday’s simple, healthy meals.
WIAW: When Cooking is Simple
Breakfast is becoming the most elaborate meal of the day. By that, I mean chopping is involved. I take one pan and sauté kale, carrots and any leftover vegetables from dinner. Today was zoodles, lucky me! I put the carrots in first because they take longer to soften. Meanwhile, I microwave a Japanese sweet potato. I know people prefer them baked, but I prefer the texture microwaved or chopped and roasted.
After the vegetables are done, I fry an egg. Start to finish it’s under 10 minutes, which IS a lot for some people in the mornings, I get that. Thankfully, I have the luxury of taking my sweet time lately.
Leftovers are my lunch go-to’s. Well, that’s if there are any. Today was a good lunch day. I took the protein from dinner the previous night (salmon) and put it over some greens with an avocado and blueberries. Boom. But even the salmon pictured here was super easy to make: season with lemon and dill, bake at 400 for 20ish minutes. I mixed this in a bowl with dressing after the picture because eating salad off a plate is not my thing.
Lately it’s been handful’s of Paleonola granola or an RXBAR. Today I had some Chocolate Fix Paleonola and a few sips of Gingerade kombucha.
When I’m cooking for myself I pre-heat the oven to 400, season some chicken (breasts or thighs) and bake for about 20 minutes alongside a vegetable. This all happens 20-30 minutes before I want to eat. However, when I get cRaZy I buy stuff to put in the crock pot for a more well-thought out meal. I bought a whole chicken, seasoned it with rosemary, lemon, salt and pepper (my go-to spices) and put it in the pot along with rainbow carrots, not chopped or peeled. Those carrots look hideous here, by the way. I set the crock pot on low for 6 hours.
When we were ready to eat, I microwaved two sweet potatoes and my mom made a salad to serve with the chicken. I could seriously eat a sweet potato with every meal…it’s a problem.
Ugly “real-life” picture coming at ya…
I will likely have a few spoonfuls of Maisie Jane’s crunchy almond butter. I’m typing this after dinner so the possibilities are endless. Slight exaggeration.
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