I have over 700 recipes on this little website of mine, but very rarely do I cook like that at home. I prefer to keep it simple, especially after cooking throughout the week for the blog. And the simpler I keep it, the more I’ve been able to stick with healthy meals throughout the day, day after day. And since I’ve had this website for quite sometime now, I’ve heard MANY people complain that they don’t have enough time to cook a healthy meal. And I get it. Life is f*cking busy. Work, workouts, children, family stress, and whatever the hell else is going on makes it pretty easy to come up with excuses to NOT eat a well rounded, healthy meal.
Well I’m here to show you that with a little planning, a little creativity, and with the help of some special ingredients, there’s really NO EXCUSE to not eat a healthy meal. It’s really freaking easy, I promise you that. You’ll see many repeats in my diet because I stick with foods that make me feel my best and that cook up quickly. Plus, I use whatever ingredients I have on hand in my freezer. So let’s get to it. Here’s a little breakdown of what I always have at home and/or purchase week to week:
- ButcherBox – Every month I get my monthly supply of grass-fed, grass-finished, antibiotic and hormone-free, pasture-raised beef, chicken and pork. This way I always have meat on hand that I can pull out of the freezer the day beforehand to make for meals the next day. And since it’s delivered to my doorstep, I don’t have to think about it, which is the best part. In every box, I always get burgers and breakfast sausage, then whatever other meat is available that month!
- Whole Foods –
- Freezer section – I always like to purchase cauliflower rice, sliced bell peppers, asparagus, cauliflower and kale so if I’m in a pinch and have no fresh produce around, I can quickly defrost any of these vegetable and whip up a meal quickly.
- Produce section – I almost always purchase arugula, kale, carrots, cherry tomatoes, ripe plantains, yukon gold potatoes, sweet baby peppers, butter lettuce, honey crisp apples, cilantro, green onions and whatever other vegetable looks good.
- Pre-cut veggies – At Whole Foods (and many other grocery stores nowadays), they have pre-cut vegetables that have made a huge difference when it comes to how long it takes to make a meal. It costs a little more, but to me it’s worth it because it keeps me eating healthy. I’ll always buy pre-cut butternut squash fries, brussels sprouts, kale, beets (I buy the Love Beets brand), zucchini noodles, beet noodles, and carrot fries.
- Butcher section – Since I get all my meat from ButcherBox, I usually only purchase wild-caught fish and seafood at Whole Foods. We try to eat salmon, scallops, sea bass and whatever other fish looks good. And we’ve been eating more fish and seafood recently because my husband is on a strict diet where he can’t have chicken or pork, which is why most of my dinners are beef or fish/seafood. I love getting fish/seafood for the nights that we have limited time since it cooks up so quickly.
Now let’s talk about my meals. If you don’t already follow me on instagram, get to it because I share most of my meals every day to help you stay creative in your own kitchen! I have 16 meals here and I’m going to quickly break all of them down. I often use two pans to make things cook up quicker. It may mean more dishes but non-stick pans are easy to clean anyways, so it’s not that big of a deal!
This is how most of my breakfasts look and this takes about 15-20 minutes to make –
I use leftovers A LOT for meals and for this meal, I had leftover tomato salad. This takes about 10-15 minutes to make –
- leftover tomato salad – cherry tomatoes, avocado, olive oil, lime juice, cilantro, jalapeño, s&p
- ButcherBox breakfast sausage and a plantain cooked in the fat in the same pan as the sausage
I like to get as many vegetables as possible in…
Read the full recipe on PaleOMG.