I hate cooking - so this is what I do..

Since I have to eat gluten free, dairy free, lots of soy free, and am now sugar free, I have to cook a lot. There's no way around it -- eating too much processed food makes me sick, and with all of those categories as a no-go, my options are few and far between. So, I cook.

But I HATE cooking! I do it because I have to, not because I want to. Over the last 5 years of being gluten free, it's gotten better. I have learned some short cuts, and found some pretty cool recipes. For the most part, I try to keep my kitchen time limited. I go for the quick, simple stuff that has lots of nutrition but is not very complicated.

On Sundays, I try to do "meal prep" and cook some big dishes to pick at during the week. This way, I only really cook on Sundays, and the rest of the week I can just pop a plate in the microwave. This works out for every day but Sunday. So what I've found helpful is I BLAST my Sarah Bareilles and Ingrid Michaelson Pandora station, and use this as my time for relaxation, singing, and dancing. The cooking takes the back seat, and I can get through it with a smile.

When I don't want to do a complicated or new recipe, I just set up ingredients for a quick, healthy meal:

1. Make a big batch of rice at the beginning of the week. If you have a rice cooker, you literally add rice and water to the cooker, hit "cook" and you're done. Then when you're trying to find something over the next few days, you always have rice. **Only do this if you intend to eat the rice :) Also, rice is SUPER cheap if you buy it in bulk.

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2. Buy some leafy greens, and sautee all of them at once - as soon as you get home from food shopping! It only takes a couple of minutes, and you don't really have to do much besides clean your greens, add oil to the pan, turn the stove on put the greens in the pan. Again, this whole process takes about 5 minutes. Once the greens are done, you can pop them in a tupper ware, and you now have a very healthy addition to any meal or snack. If you don't like plain greens, a short cut is to squirt some lemon juice on them. Or, you can add some minced garlic to the pan, or some fried onions. Salt & pepper also does wonders.

3. Now you have rice and veggies ready to go at the snap of a finger - time for protein. I love beans, but maybe you don't. Beans from a can take a few minutes to heat up, and then you can just add some (pre-cooked) rice and (pre-cooked) greens. Voila! You have a nice healthy meal. But if you don't like beans, you can have any other protein on hand. Quickly fry up some tofu, bake chicken, etc. Whatever you have time for - sometimes I do scrambled eggs!

 * I added pineapple in this bowl above to mix it up. Rice, black beans, spinach, pineapple. Another variety would be rice, kidney beans, kale, and gluten-free soy sauce.

* I added pineapple in this bowl above to mix it up. Rice, black beans, spinach, pineapple. Another variety would be rice, kidney beans, kale, and gluten-free soy sauce.

4. If you want to jazz this up, you can! You can add fruit- mango & pineapple go great with black beans! Add hot sauce, or soy sauce, or sesame oil, avocado, etc. Anything you have, so you can keep it interesting over time.





 

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