At the end of a long day the last thing I feel like doing is cooking. While the process of pulling together a dish is OK, it’s the cleaning up afterwards that I hate.
The trouble with eating wholesome food is it often requires a lot of prep-time in the kitchen. This is why I have become best friends with my food processor.
With the determination to eat well comes the reality that you need to get your hands dirty (particularly in the case of organic potatoes), all the time.
Clean eating is the consumption of food in its most natural state, but there are no rules saying that these products can’t be packaged.
I recently shared on my Facebook page a tips list for managing the shopping aisle with a clean attitude. Key pointers for success included checking the product list from unrecognisable numbers and ingredients and being mindful of green or organic washing.
When you do find a product that meets all your healthy eating needs, it can be a serious sanity saver.
In our house there are a couple easy meals that I adore simply because they are delicious, require little to no prep and pack a nutrient punch.
I found them by spending some time reading the backs of products at my local supermarket. My tip – don’t just look at the nutritional values; you must also look at the ingredients list to see if the item is a keeper.
If you’ve never done this before, be prepared to be confused at first. But with a little persistence, slowly and surely you’ll come across a few gems that will make your heart skip a beat.
You can save time by not reviewing the back of items such as McCain’s frozen pizzas or Maxibons; regardless of how good they taste, you know this stuff ain’t ever going to be good for you.
Also get to know the different names for sugar – there are upwards of 50 words for the white poison alone. Anything ending with ‘ose’ is most probably your foe – Dextrose, Glucose, Maltose, Fructose, Sucrose etc. Corn Syrup is also not your friend.
Obviously you’re much more likely to find clean products at your local health food store, but the big retailers do carry some great lines.
One of the biggest lessons I’ve learnt is that a night on the couch isn’t an excuse to break all the rules and skip out on your routine. This said, not every night needs to be spent slaving away behind the cook-top.
Some nights call for vegging on the couch and binge watching Hart of Dixie. These times are made even better when you’re able to continue putting your body first. High five!
The world’s simplest and most delicious gluten-free tomato pasta
- Mushrooms, organic garlic, organic capsicum, organic zucchini and a brown onion – blitzed in the food processor
- 1 packet of Olive Green Organics 3 Grain Pasta (brown rice, quinoa, & amaranth) or any gluten-free, preservative free dried pasta
- 1 jar of organic tomato pasta sauce (I love the Sugo brand)
- Organic spinach or organic basil to stir into the sauce
- Coconut oil
- Salt and pepper for seasoning
How: Cook the pasta, add the veggies to a fry pan and saute with coconut oil, stir in the sauce and spinach, then combine! I often add a few organic meatballs from our local butcher to spice it up. DONE!
Authentic Indian Curry that will knock your socks off
- 1 packet of The Spice Tailor’s Punjabi Tomato Curry
- 2 cups of cooked organic brown rice
- 2 breasts of organic chicken, diced
- A cup of diced organic capsicum and some organic coriander to garnish
How: Follow the instructions of The Spice Tailor packet. Add the capsicum when you add the first sauce and chicken. Serve with rice and sprinkle the coriander on top. DONE! The curry is available in Coles and is epically delicious. Also works great with white fish.
Anything done by Syndian
Everything in this range of frozen meals / snacks / nibbles is totally clean, gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan and natural. I keep a stash of their brown rice boost patties and pumpkin bites in our freezer for when I really can’t be bothered doing much. Add some good quality hummus and you’re in business. Syndian is available in Woolworths, Harris Farm and all good health food stores.
Of course, you can also cook and freeze things in advance, but I have a tiny freezer and never seem to make enough of anything to last longer than a day.
I’d love to hear what your lazy day meals are?
Pic thanks to @spiritedstardust