You've probably picked up on the fact that I'm pretty minimalist in the kitchen. It's not that I can't cook by any means, it's more like there are just 42 other things I'd rather be doing with my time. Working, yoga, organizing, watching Netflix, plucking out my own eyelashes one by one...
The trouble there is when it comes to eating healthy and spending money wisely, eating at home is key. So I keep my meals pretty simple in order to entice myself to (1) not run down the street to one of my neighborhood restaurants where someone else can cook for me and (2) not gravitate toward the box of mac and cheese, even if it is organic.
Here's what my recent trip to Whole Foods got me:
- Already grilled chicken breast and salmon.
- A new box of quinoa.
- A couple of Suja green juices (I also like Blueprint but there weren't any there.)
- Organic Girl lettuce.
- Avocado dressing.
- Pre-cut, fresh broccoli.
- Cut strawberries.
- Small package of Aisan noodles from the "grab and go" section.
- Granola cereal.
- Almond milk.
Seriously, I'm like a child. I CAN cut my own food but that one more step can send me out the door. Buying things pre-cooked and pre-cut entices me to use them. Also note that none of this is frozen or preservative filled, or cheese slathered (although sad face. I love cheese).
And here's how it has turned into meals for the week:
Tuesday lunch: A huge salad with greens and avocado dressing, the piece of salmon.
Tuesday dinner: 1/3 of the grilled chicken breast with the Aisan noodles.
Tuesday before bed: Tea.
Wednesday early lunch: Green juice.
Then I made a huge pot of quinoa and all the broccoli...
Wednesday lunch: Quinoa, broccoli, 1/3 of the grilled chicken breast, spiced up with sriracha.
Wednesday dinner: Repeat with salad added.
Wednesday before bed: Tea.
Thursday lunch: Salad and green juice.
Thursday snack: Strawberries.
Thursday dinner: Out with friends.
Thursday before bed: Tea.
Friday lunch: Granola cereal with almond milk and strawberries.
Friday dinner: The last of the quinoa and broccoli mix, big salad.
Friday before bed: Tea.
I still have some quinoa and some dressing, plus the granola and milk still but I'll grab some more lettuce, chicken and fish, plus fresh veggies at the store this weekend. I think we broke my grilled cheese for days pattern! I have to remember to get bananas next time so I can show you my favorite smoothies... If you're curious about cost, this trip cost about $60, which turned into 4 days of meals plus some of it will carry over into the next 4 days or so.
What are some of your go-to meals? What motivates you to take the extra 20 minutes to make a meal, even if you'd rather not?
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PS: Think breakfast is missing? I usually just sip iced coffee until lunchtime. Watch me make my favorite cold brew iced coffee!