Sometimes I exhibit split personalities. Especially in the kitchen.
For example, sometimes I really love cooking over a hot stove for several hours. Wearing my apron as if it’s an accessory item. Waving my spoon around while chanting “Bon Appetit” in my best Julia Childs imitation.
And then there’s the other side of me that wants convenience. This mostly takes place on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, when I’m doing my internship in the school system. I don’t want to spend longer than 15 minutes preparing breakfast, lunch or dinner. Quick! Snap, Snap. No time to be wasted.
Breakfast: 1 serving of creamy banana oatmeal + 1 almost but not quite empty peanut jar + 15 minutes of preparation = perfect.
Lunch could not have been easier in the convenience department either.
As soon as I finished making the lentil tacos last night, I popped some directly into the freezer and dished the rest into a tupperware container for today. Eazy Peazy.
When served along with a whole wheat wrap, an apple, and some carrot sticks, this meal was complete.
Convenience. Nutrition. Taste. It’s nice when they decide to get along.
Afternoon Snack: 6-oz. plain yogurt mixed with 1/2 c. pureed pumpkin + Natures Path Pumpkin Flax Granola
I’ll bet when you think “fish,” convenience doesn’t always come to mind. And I’ll bet that some of you won’t believe me when I tell you that my dinner was served in under 15 minutes.
But it’s true. From grill to salad, salmon makes a quick and easy dinner for a busy weeknight meal. Sometimes I’ll go all crazy with the marinades, but honestly, I like to keep things as simple as possible with the wild caught salmon. The flavor is so sweet and fresh; salt and pepper is all it really needs.
I threw some black beans, tomatoes, and good olive oil on top, along with some kashis on the side for crunch.
Moral of the story: convenience isn’t always such a bad thing for your tastebuds or for your health. 😉
Question: What are some lunch items that you’ve found to be most convenient, still nutritious, and TASTY?