meal prep

More Time Savers

Hello everybody, I hope you are having a great week so far. I'm keeping the same theme going as my last blog post...saving some time. I was talking about this with a client last week and she saw this same concept on one of the morning news shows. I love it! 

Making a double batch of roasted cauliflower that can be served at 3 meals with a different presentation each time saves us some time and gets us out of a rut.

Night one can be a simple side dish of roasted cauliflower. However with some unique spices, it doesn't have to be bland! 

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Night two use leftover cauliflower as part of a salad.

This salad is beautiful and so nutritious with lots of different flavors. That is where the extra roasted cauliflower can come in handy! This salad has a few steps so having the cauliflower done is a bonus. Click here for the recipe.

Lastly, for night three (or as part of a great lunch) soup is amazingly easy to make with leftover roasted cauliflower. Modify the recipe as needed depending on how much leftover veggies you have.

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Turmeric Roasted Cauliflower Soup

Step one: Roast Cauliflower 

Cauliflower chopped into uniform pieces mixed with red onion, olive oil, cumin and turmeric makes for a great side dish for night one. Add 3 (whole slightly smashed) garlic cloves per tray of veggies (reserve for the soup recipe on the last night).

Step Two: Use leftover Cauliflower from Night one to add to salad for dinner tonight!

Although the salad recipe doesn't call for turmeric to be added to the cauliflower, it does call for it in the soup recipe so I just add it when roasting the initial batch of cauliflower. Tumeric contains curcumin a polyphenol with antioxidant and anti inflammatory properties.

This salad calls for parsley as a green. Its a great source of Vitamins A, C and K, folate and Iron.  Give the parsley a try either as the sole green for the salad or in addition to other greens. I like using a variety of greens especially when you can use up what you have on hand. I love arugula, mixed greens and different varieties of kale in addition to the parsley.

The healthy plant based fats in the tahini dressing helps our body absorb the fat soluble vitamins found in the greens. Tahini (basically ground sesame seeds) gives a unique flavor to the salad. Sesame seeds are a good source calcium and magnesium. The dressing is quickly made in a blender or food processor with tahini, garlic, water, lemon juice and spices. If you don't like the heat, go easy on the cayenne pepper and add to taste. 

 Can of chickpeas drained and rinsed with some garlic powder smoked paprika, cayenne pepper and I added some chili powder as well. Saute' 5 minutes in a skillet with olive oil and add to the salad. A great source of soluble fiber to help with cholesterol lowering!

Can of chickpeas drained and rinsed with some garlic powder smoked paprika, cayenne pepper and I added some chili powder as well. Saute' 5 minutes in a skillet with olive oil and add to the salad. A great source of soluble fiber to help with cholesterol lowering!

Step Three: Use leftover cauliflower to make a flavorful soup.

I promise you the soup has very few steps and having the cauliflower already made, makes it a snap to get cauliflower in a different way. Basically chop onion or combo of onion, leek and celery, soften in a stock pot (5 minutes or less) with olive oil and the add vegetable or chicken stock and the leftover cauliflower, simmer 15 minutes and puree.

Don't worry about making the recipe exactly as it says. The recipe only calls for chopped onion but I love to add celery and the white part of a leek. After I made the salad the night before, I put the leftover cauliflower and chickpeas in one container in the frig. I wasn't then going to then pick out the chickpeas so...I added them all the leftovers to the soup. I left out the coconut milk since the chickpeas thickened it nicely. A little cilantro and cashews made a nice garnish for the soup. Click here for the recipe.

I love the variety of flavors and textures you can get from the same vegetable. I hope you do too!

 

Enjoy in good health!

Chop Once, Eat Twice

Hi there! It's been awhile since I last posted. Life at home and at work is full and busy. So thought I would jump back in to posting with a quick and appropriate topic! When life is busy, streamline as much as possible! 

I was making dinner the other night and didn't feel like roasting vegetables and didn't want to make a salad either so I decided to make a veggie tray to serve with dinner. Chopping extra veggies for a salad makes a lot of sense and saves time for the next day. You can certainly prep more food than enough for just one extra day, but you get the idea. Here is an article from Cooking Light magazine for more tips on meal prep. Pre chopped vegetables are best used within a couple days, not for the whole week.

 

 Carrot, Orange Bell Pepper, Radishes and Persian Cucumbers.

Carrot, Orange Bell Pepper, Radishes and Persian Cucumbers.

 The veggies felt way more special with the hummus I picked up from the  Westlake Village Farmers Market  on Sunday. I LOVE this Kale Almond hummus from the  Moms Products Hummus stand . Check them out if you are a local!

The veggies felt way more special with the hummus I picked up from the Westlake Village Farmers Market on Sunday. I LOVE this Kale Almond hummus from the Moms Products Hummus stand. Check them out if you are a local!

 My arugula salad the next night with mushroom, red onion pizza on Trader Joes Cauliflower crust. YUM!

My arugula salad the next night with mushroom, red onion pizza on Trader Joes Cauliflower crust. YUM!

I have shared other recipes on my Pinterest page that work well with the Chop Once, Eat Twice theme. Red, yellow, and orange peppers can be Italian one night and Mexican the next! It can also be as simple as making extra roasted vegetables to enjoy at dinner one night and then thrown into a salad or a wrap the next day, or making extra brown rice or quinoa to use for a few days. Soup is a great way to eat several times from one chopping day!

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  Giada's Roman Style Chicken,  go heavy on the veggies by doubling the peppers and tomatoes.

Giada's Roman Style Chicken, go heavy on the veggies by doubling the peppers and tomatoes.

What are your life hacks to eat well and save time? Would love to hear. :)

Take good care! Have a Wonderful Weekend!

Be Well!

-Brenda