Now that time is crazy tight during the week I have been trying to get better at meal prepping on a Sunday for the week so I’m not left wondering at 5/6pm what I’m going to cook for five people who all have different tastes! I also am trying to get away from the amount of process foods we’ve been eating. A few places that have been giving me a lot of motivation are Plantiful Kiki (starch based diet, she shows you how she preps her starches for the week), Pick Up Limes and one of my new favorites Rainbow Plant Life (seriously all her recipes are winners). She’s almost sold me on getting an Instapot!
Here are some great places to start for inspiration!
The inspiration was great but I ended up just cooking from other people's recipes because I was scared to experiment and make my own combinations. What if the combinations tasted bad and I was stuck with them for a whole week? Well I haven't had a bad combination yet! I treat each meal prep like bowls (1/2 container is serve of salad/veggies, a protein, a grain, a sauce and maybe added sprinkle of nuts or beans etc). So far everything has been really good. One thing I've been trying to do is to get through all the dried grains taking up room in the pantry. If you're not into beans, tofu or tempeh I've been really impressed with some of the newer fake meats on the market which are far less process such as CHKN Not Chicken, Like Chick'n and Daring. If you can't have soy Wholly Veggie does a lot of chickpea and cauliflower based items. They make the protein side very easy because some of them already have their own flavor/seasoning. I've only been using variations of the cashew cream as a sauce because it's so good I honestly don't get sick of it..
I love those frozen rice servings that you can microwave in 3 minutes. Obviously more packaging and cost involved but invaluable when you're on top of it and need something healthy fast. Don't be afraid of frozen veggies or pre-cut items in the supermarket. They might cost more but if that's what it takes to get you to eat it then start with that!
It's Summer now and I'm trying a few weeks of Purple Carrot, a vegan meal delivery company, to see if they can give me some inspiration for getting back into wholefood cooking and not relying so much on the convenience of processed foods. I'll definitely be reviewing that :)