1) Roasted Vegetables – A large sheet pan of roasted vegetables make it really easy to get vegetables in daily. When I am pressed for time I raid the salad bar for pre-cut veggies or purchase pre-cut bags of carrots, cabbage, and butternut squash to use for the week. 20-30 minutes in a 400 degree oven and I have 10-14 servings available to use as a vegetable hash, side dish for dinner, or to add to a filling soup.
2) Veg Crudités – veg and hummus is a mainstay snack for me midweek. Hummus is rich in fiber and quite filling when paired with fresh veggies. Mini peppers, snap peas, baby carrots, and cucumber slices all show up as hummus vehicles. With 1 cup of raw veggies being a serving, it’s easy to get 2 servings at snack time.
3) Breakfast Frittata or Homemade Sausage Patties – One of my favorite frittata recipes comes from PrepDish, a fantastic food plan subscription service that I lean on during busy weeks to make food prep easier, this frittata recipe has become a favorite: Mediterranean Frittata
Homemade Sausage Patties are a great, portable protein source for grab and go food in the morning. You can prep the meat and freeze it for up to 3 months, thawing and cooking enough to get you through as many days as needed. Here is a tasty recipe you can try that I adapted from RealSimpleGood.com:
- 1 lb pasture raised ground pork or turkey
- 1 1/2 tsp ground sage
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp white pepper
- 1 tsp paprika (use smoked paprika or hot paprika to kick it up a notch)
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1/2 small onion, diced
Place the ground pork in a medium sized bowl.
- Mix onions and garlic into ground pork.
Mix the seasonings together in a separate bowl, then pour the seasonings in with the pork and mix together well. Make sure the seasonings are evenly incorporated throughout the pork.
Shape the sausage into 4-6 patties.
Heat a pan over medium heat then add the patties, cooking until completely done, about 5 minutes per side.
This recipe is easily doubled or tripled, and can be frozen in patty form either uncooked or cooked.