This is the time of year when many of us get really busy, whether it’s going back to school or squeezing in those last-minute summer adventures. So, who couldn’t use a few hacks that make preparing healthy food easier? Our doctors chime in about ways they cut meal prep time (and have less wasted food, too):
- Use leftovers to flavor your salads: bits of cooked vegetables, salmon or turkey. And, with some nuts/seeds/sun dried tomatoes, this combo makes a fantastic salad that is really quick to assemble. You can even purchase a big box of organic salad greens to make it that much easier!
- Use leftovers to flavor things like egg bakes. You can bake eggs and veggies/meat into little omelettes using muffin tins or simple for a hearty morning scramble. This also works with tofu, if you are not eating eggs.
- Leftover cauliflower can become a base for a grain-free pizza, or it can be blended with Mayo/Veganaise and tahini into a delicious dip.
- Have healthy sauces on hand! Leftover broccoli can be transformed into a Thai noodle dish by adding some bell peppers, rice noodles, and a sauce. You can do Thai one night, and then make it Japanese the next night with rice, sprinkling Furikake on it (but be sure to look for a MSG-free version), salmon, and seaweed, etc. Most supermarkets have an Asian section with Thai, Chinese, and Japanese style sauces; also, you can make these meals in a Mexican or Tex-Mex style, if you prefer. If you live in a bigger city, check out the Asian markets for greater variety, reasonable prices, and fresh tropical fruit.
- Leftover rice can be baked with vegetables and cheese (or a dairy-free option) into a one-pot meal that be left to cook for an extended period of time or quickly for a nice meal. The rice can also be used to make rice pudding or porridge for a healthy breakfast alternative.
- Leftover vegetables and meat can be easily transformed into soup. Just keep some soup stock or broth and an optional cream/coconut cream on hand. Toss them into a pot and let it boil!
A lot of these ideas might be something new for you to try, so why not experiment a little? Let us know some of YOUR favorite hacks, we’d love to share them!