Healthy Fast Food

Surely it has happened to you: arriving home starving, tired, or unwilling to cook, and eating the first thing you find in the fridge, which often isn’t a healthy option. Today, I’ll share some tricks to avoid “junk” meals.

Take a little time once or twice a week, and it will save you time later:

  • Cook some grains, like rice, quinoa, or whole wheat pasta for several days and store them in airtight containers in the refrigerator (they stay good for about 3 days).
  • Cut up various vegetables—carrots, cucumbers, peppers, zucchini—and they’ll be handy later for salads.
  • When making stews, curries, or dals, prepare extra servings and freeze them. Then you just have to thaw and reheat when you want to eat.
  • Cook a variety of vegetables—peppers, eggplant, mushrooms, zucchini—you can make a ratatouille, for example, in bulk and freeze several servings. Then add it to your rice or quinoa. Here’s my ratatouille recipe.
  • Prepare homemade burgers and freeze them. Just thaw and cook in a pan or oven when you’re ready to eat.
  • Make homemade tomato sauce and freeze it to have it ready for pasta.
  • Always have some slices of sourdough bread in the freezer for when you fancy a sandwich or toast. It’s a quick and healthy option for breakfast or lunch.
  • You can also prepare pizza dough or buy organic dough and keep it in the freezer for days when you want to treat yourself.
  • Make homemade hummus to spread on your toast or sandwiches. Here are some recipes.
  • Oatmeal and fruit bars are well-preserved and perfect for when you don’t have time to prepare breakfast and need to leave home quickly.

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