Saturday, September 18, 2010

Crunch Time Nourishment (or, Recipes for Those Short on Time and Money)

A few weeks ago, as I was heading into what I call "crunch time" with the lockets, I started planning our grocery list according to how much time I knew I would have.  Not much time at all.  Normally, I LOVE to cook.  There's something about creating a beautiful meal from scratch that is so rewarding (much like turning a sheet of metal into something beautiful and wearable).  In addition to loving to cook, I am also highly aware of the nutrition we take into our bodies through food (thanks to having dabbled in being vegetarian, vegan, and raw foodist before). With all that in mind, I thought I would share a few little meals I have "discovered" as being great time-savers:

Breakfast
2 Fried Eggs
or
1 C. Lowfat Organic Yogurt with 1 handful Lowfat Blueberry Meusli
or
1-2 rice cakes with low fat cream cheese and smoked salmon


Lunch and Dinner

3 Vegetable Samosas with a heaping salad and Cilantro dressing
or
Steamed Potstickers with steamed Broccoli
or
Roasted Chicken pieces in a heaping salad
or
Two spring rolls with vermicelli noodles and sliced veggies, with Peanut dressing

Snacks

Grapes
Apples
Bananas
Rice Cakes
Baby Carrots
Hummus

I love these options, and there are many more.  Mostly, I've just chosen a food I like (i.e. Samosas) that are easy to heat up (they're usually frozen, from Trader Joe's), but I'm definitely looking forward to getting back to cooking lovely pastas and roasted vegetables.  Sometimes if I know a week is going to be busy, I'll also cook a huge pot of soup to sustain us for a few days, and that helps break up the monotony of the other meals. 

Bon Appetit!

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