Two of my big (but easy) resolutions this year:
1. Spend less money than I make
2. Eat more veggies
Easy enough, right?
Turns out many of the things I was already doing can help me out with both goals:
Minimalist meal planning + batch cooking
If you eat dinner at home five nights a week, spending 15 minutes doing a little planning can save you at least five hours a week – no joke. Meal planning takes a few minutes of thought, and roughly 2-3 hours in the kitchen on a weekend. Split it up over two days at an hour or so each, easy right? The results are well worth it, saving time, money and energy.
nutritional yeast. If you’re already a fan of dairy-free milk, this’ll be your friend to replace anything you would have used Parmesan cheese on.
2. Map out your meals
This is a map, not a plan. If you like prescribed meal plans that tell you precisely what to eat; half a cup of rice, 6 almonds, 8 leaves of lettuce, then spin in a circle 6 times and pat yourself on the head, stop reading this guide right now. This is a loose, easy, but effective way to get more home-cooked food (with less fuss) into your belly.
Start with dinner, how many dinners will you be home for this week? Survey the fridge and pantry for items you need to use up or restock. Dust off your favorite cookbooks, think about what’s in season, what you’ve been craving, or browse my barefoot kitchen to pick your dinners for the week then make a list of the dinners you want to eat. Check out the meal mapping template to keep you organized. Once you decide on dinner, the rest falls into place. Dinner turns into mix + match leftovers for happy lunches.
starts with . My plan begins with my weekly , which when I lived in Milton came from Plan B Organics. A few days in advance, I’m notified of what’s included in my order. I work every item of fresh local organic goodness into healthy meals for the week. Because I paid for it, I refuse to waste it! Ordering a produce box will save money because the food stays fresher, longer. No joke. Kale will last 10 days in the fridge. Here are 16 more reasons to order a produce box.
5. This is where the fun begins. When you get home from the store, crank some tunes, put on a movie, meditate…whatever floats your boat + get to work.
6. Ready, set, assemble!
Once these cooked + ready-to-go foods are in your fridge; your kitchen becomes a healthy fast food restaurant. Mix + match all your prepped items – hummus goes on pasta, as a snack for chopped veggies, or in a sandwich or wrap. You can even mix it with roasted potatoes; add some chopped kale + you’ve got a satiating lunch. Rice can be a base for a quick stir fry or stirred into soups to make them more filling. This is where you’ll tap into your creativity; even if you thought you weren’t the creative type.
I realize dinner is listed before lunch. This is because I start with dinner, cook more than you need and you will always have easy + healthy lunch options