I thought of making the title of this post a little cuter or shorter but honestly… it is what it is.
I’ve talked about this before on my Instagram, but I am simply not a meal-prepper. I would love to be the type of person that proudly displays their thirty glass Tupperwares of meal-prep for the week. I salute these people. I am in no way one of them.
For one, I don’t often have the time nor the storage containers to cook for hours in preparation for my week. Also, my cravings are unpredictable, as are most of my weeknights – not only am I not sure what I’ll want to eat on a Wednesday night, but I also might not even be at home to eat it. Food waste is uncool and I’m not trying to contribute to that.
This is all to say, that it is a glorious thing to come home to some food at the end of the day, and tailor the rest of the food to your time and energy. This is why I have a mini-prep-method where I make three things in total: one savory entrée like a pasta, grain, or legume, one pan of roasted vegetables, and one sweet snack/dessert (usually, a no-bake). This little dada method (lol I hate myself) takes about an hour, maximum.
SO, for your convenience and in pursuit of your life goals and ambitions, I have compiled of options for you under each of these categories. I hope you enjoy this little method, and that it makes your life just a little bit easier. Because we all have enough things to worry about!
VEGETABLES (roasting formula)
I like to use broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, and sweet potatoes here. My simple formula is to preheat your oven to 400 degrees, toss the vegetables in 1-2 tbsp olive oil. Season with salt, pepper, and cumin. Roast in the oven for about 35 minutes, or as long as you’d like if you prefer a charred vegetable like me. Keep these in the oven while your savory entrée is workin’ it out on the stove.
SWEET SNACK / DESSERT
All I’m going to say about these is…crucial. It’s nice to have something sweet waiting for you in the fridge or freezer. Gotta have something to look forward to.
I hope you enjoyed this round up – let me know if you make any of these – and tag me @dadaeats on Instagram when you do!