Keep It Simple
I am 100% guilty of trying to overthink or complicate things sometimes. I find it helpful to remind myself that it’s OK to keep things simple.
I try hard to stay on top of food for my toddler and me (I’m breastfeeding the little one), but I don’t always come through. It would be ideal to always have perfectly balanced meals that are hearty and delicious, but again, that’s not my reality some days. So here’s what I do to help keep me somewhat on top of things on the meal front :)
The list of foods below are what I try to always keep on hand so that I can either add them to other meals to bulk them up or eat them solo if I’m in a rush and don’t have time to make something.
Eggs: If you like eggs, then keep boiled eggs handy in the fridge for either snacking on or adding to a quick meal.
Baked Sweet Potato: this takes planning, but I almost always have baked sweet potato in my fridge. By having them on hand I can easily add them to a meal or muffin recipe (and I love my sweet potatoes in muffins). A friend taught me a super easy way to make them too:
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Celsius
Cut sweet potatoes in half, drizzle the cut side with olive oil, salt and cinnamon,
Put the sweet potatoes face down on parchment paper and bake them in the oven for approximately 45 minutes. I just stick a fork in it partway through to see how much longer I want to bake them for.
Cooked Quinoa: You can make a large portion of quinoa and store some in the freezer and the rest in the fridge. The quinoa can then be used for any meal of the day: breakfast, lunch or dinner! Add some fruit and nuts, and you’ve got breakfast. Add some cut up veggies like carrots, celery, red onion and cilantro, and you’ve got lunch. Add veggies like broccoli and cauliflower with a side of baked salmon, and you’ve got dinner.
It’s not complicated. Three simple ways to be prepared for when you need that quick meal or add-on ;)
Do you have any staples in your house that are simple to make but go a long way in helping keep your household fueled?
Until next time,