For a long time I’ve had this dream of having an abundance of healthy meal ideas that were as fast as freezer pizza, in my pocket ready to whip out. For example, putting salmon and stir fry veggies on a roasting pan, and blending coconut milk with red pepper flakes, and ginger as the sauce to go on top, is super fast and healthy.
I listened to this podcast episode on the Crunchy Supermom Show with a lady who runs a nutrition consultant business called Rebel Health. Anyways, she had some really cool things to say like that we think healthy food is complicated and takes a lot of time, but it’s actually just food. Her meal planning strategy is to think of a protein, a vegetable and optionally a carbohydrate.
I’m really excited about this. I made a meal plan for the first time in a long time and I think the meals are easy enough that we’ll stick to it. If you just do a vegetable and a meat and you use frozen pre-chopped vegetables, you just have to put everything in a roasting pan and season it. I’m excited to see where this takes me. I decided that my addition to her template is to think of a sauce or seasoning. So you think of a protein, a vegetable and a sauce/seasoning, and that makes a meal! She optionally adds a carbohydrate. I feel like carbohydrates (besides sweet potatoes, which Colton hates) are what take longer to prepare, especially if you follow the Weston A Price rules for consuming grains. I’m hoping that if I make sourdough bread in the bread machine, we can incorporate it in our meals and snacks in a pinch. If I make it during my designated chore time, it’s not that hard to get it done. In the bread machine it’s really quick, it’s just a matter of setting aside the 5-10 minutes. On the other hand. I might look into buying sprouted flower and sprouted rice. That would make everything super easy.
I’m creating a list of all the sauces and seasoning themes I can think of. I feel like that’s the hard part in this planning method, and when you get it right it’s what makes it fun and tasty.