Meal Prep for the Week: Vegetables

Staring at a fridge full of produce and having nothing to eat is akin to staring at a wardrobe full of clothes and having nothing to wear. Tweaking the previous year's capsule wardrobe to my current uniform wardrobe has really streamlined my getting dressed for the day.

I am eager to tweak my current meal prepping system, and move closer to my goal of eating (and being) healthy.

Last year's weekly meal prep involved cooking a bunch of meat-based dishes and storing meal portions in the freezer. Dinners for the week would consist of these newly cooked dishes as well as defrosted ones from previous weeks, adding some veggies as needed. But there are times when we get home late, so we forget or have no time to prepare veggies to go with our meals. Or I'll get hungry at non-meal times and be too lazy to make a healthy snack so I end up eating chips for lunch.

This week's meal prep tweak was to prepare some veggies to have throughout the week with or without any meat dishes. I was very slow and it took me over 3 hours to prepare these:

Kale & Cabbage Salad
This salad was the bomb. I followed this recipe from Clean & Delicious. Having the salad divvied up between individual serves was very handy.

Celery & Carrots Crudité with Fat-Free 
Hummus and Vegan Cheese Dip
Ready-made crudités and dips make great snacks. It would be even more convenient to have the crudités & dips divvied up into individual serves. I also used the vegan cheese dip on plain pasta for a yummy vegan version of mac & cheese.

Baked Sweet Potato Rounds
I loved these as a snack, or to bulk up a leafy salad, or even as a not-too-sweet dessert. It's delicious cold or hot (after a quick minute in the microwave). I will have to make more of these next time.

Blanched Broccoli & Cauliflower and Chopped Kale
Blanching veggies was not worth the effort. It took too much time and effort to make with an extra pot to wash up later, and it didn't payoff. Since the broccoli and cauliflower were still too raw and tough, we had to microwave them anyway.

Overall, I enjoyed the meal prep and I had healthier meals this week. I plan to do it better and quicker next week.


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