Getting fast food for dinner is fast, but cooking a healthy meal is even faster with these tips!
Vegetables are SO good for you and you can pretty much never have enough, but I always had a hard time finding time to cook and eat my vegetables because I’m so busy. Luckily, I learned how to make amazing meals with tons of vegetables in five minutes or less, and I’m here to share it all with you!
Go to the store and buy all your favorite vegetables
Make a list on your phone of your favorite vegetables so you always know what you want when you go to the store. I always get zucchini, mushrooms, snap peas, asparagus, and avocados. There are so many ways to cook vegetables so load up! You can also sneak them into foods and smoothies and not even taste them. Try to switch it up every once in awhile so you don’t get bored of the same things.
Wash everything right when you get home from the store
Right when you get home from the store set all your produce next to your kitchen sink and wash it all. I learned that if I put everything in the fridge and don’t wash or prepare it I almost always forget about it or I am too lazy to prepare it when I’m hungry, so I end up wasting it. Washing it all at once means you won’t have to wash any of it for the rest of the week, so get it done right away and then you won’t have to worry about it again.
Cut everything up
Cut everything up so that when you need vegetables they are already prepared and ready to go. It’s best to do this all at one time so you only have one mess to clean up. It takes some extra time after you get home from the store, but it is so worth it once you’re done!
*TIP: Turn on your favorite music, watch a good movie, or talk with your family while you do this and it will make it way more enjoyable.
Put everything in containers
Once everything is cut up I put it all in containers and store them in the fridge. This has been super helpful and makes eating my vegetables way easier and faster. Whenever you need something to snack on there is always a container you can grab and whenever you want to make a meal there are plenty of different vegetables to cook with.
*TIP: Keep smaller containers of cucumbers, carrots, snap peas, or whatever you like to snack on in the fridge so you can easily grab them on the go or to take to work.
Now that everything is washed, cut, and stored in containers it is SO easy to make a quick meal. This amount of vegetables will usually give me at least five days of healthy meal options. My favorite thing to make is a huge pan of sautéed vegetables on top of quinoa and it takes barely any time at all, especially if your quinoa is pre-made and stored in the fridge. Some other good meals are stir fry, burrito bowls, and salads but Pinterest also has some super good ideas. Since vegetables are so versatile you can experiment cooking them in different ways and add herbs/spices to the dishes so you never get bored.
*Faster Tip For Your Fast Food:
If you want even faster veggies you can easily steam them in the microwave. I have only done this with asparagus and broccoli, but I’m sure it would work great with carrots, cauliflower, etc.
– Asparagus: take a handful of asparagus and wrap it completely in a wet paper towel and put it in the microwave for 2-3 minutes (Careful taking it out)
– Broccoli: Put your broccoli in a bowl and place a wet paper towel on top then tuck in the edges so the steam gets trapped. Microwave for 2-3 minutes.
And there you have 2 minute veggies! Super quick and easy snack.
These tips prove that even with a busy schedule you can still eat healthy and get your veggies in everyday! I hope you are able to take something away from these tips.
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