Who says you have to write off pasta in order to be healthy? In fact, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends we enjoy grains, with the goal of making half of all grains we eat in a day whole grains. And the good news is that whole grain pastas makes this easier than ever to achieve! Here are 6 tips to help you pick the perfect pasta for your meal plan for the week...
6 TIPS TO MAKE PASTA A PART OF YOUR MEAL PLAN:
QUINOA: 4 WAYS
Food prep is one of the essential steps in The Meal Planning Method. Food prep can save you time, stress and makes weeknight cooking easier. One of the ways, we encourage you to food prep is to prepare an ingredient simply and change it throughout the week depending on your menu. Today, I am sharing 4 ways to prepare quinoa.
Quinoa (keen-wah) is a seed and considered a whole grain. It is high in protein, fiber and magnesium.
Quinoa is great addition to your food prep list. Start by preparing the simple quinoa recipe below. Then, throughout the week, add flavors and ingredients to add variety to your menu.
These dishes can be eaten as main entrees (make sure there's protein!) or as side dishes. Also, try these recipes where you may normally eat rice. It's a great way to try something new and in a familiar way.
(recipe adapted from The Kitchn)
Get an extra dose of protein with the addition of black beans here. This recipe is full of flavor and vitamins and minerals with the addition of tomatoes, avocado, peppers and cilantro.
Get an extra dose of protein with the addition of chickpeas here. This recipe is full of flavor and vitamins and minerals with the addition of tomatoes, cucumber, and parsley
This a great way to use up fresh herbs. This can be eaten as a side dish or add a protein such as chicken for a complete meal.
What is your favorite way to serve up quinoa? Share with us by commenting below or by using hashtag #MealPlanningMethod.
#1 TIP FOR EATING HEALTHFULLY
2017 is in full swing! Today, I wanted to share with you one of our top tips for eating healthfully throughout the entire week (and year). Keep scrolling.
Food prep is my #1 tool to eat more healthfully throughout the week. Let's be real. Life gets busy and we don't have the time to make this delicious and healthy meal from start to finish one night after work. Amiright? BUT - with a little food prep you'll be able to, but with much less stress and time.
What does food prep even mean?
Food prep is essentially the preparation of foods to be eaten throughout the week. I like to think of this as meal components, but not complete meals. Let me explain. Often times, we see on social media, the internet, wherever, meal prep being done as complete meals cooked and stored for each day of the week. This definitely works. But, our lives typically don't look the same everyday. So why should our food? Our tastes and preferences can change daily, too.
By incorporating food prep you are able to tailor the foods you have ready to your day, your family and what you are in the mood to eat. Below, I am sharing 3 tips + some food ideas to get started food prepping today.
MIX & MATCH
As mentioned above, prepping meal components is a quick and easy way to tailor the meal to the day. Think of it this way: 1 food = multiple recipe ideas. For example, you cook rice on your food prep day. This can turn into a burrito bowl for one day, a side dish the next and even turned into dessert for a rice pudding. 1 dish = 3 ways (or more...)
Eating the same thing over and over and over and over again is going to get real boring real fast. By using 1 ingredient, multiple ways this helps to increase variety in your eating.
YOU GOT TIME
Time is one of the biggest barriers we hear. And we get it. Life is busy. That's why this can actually save you time in the long run. Trust us on this and give it a chance. Food prep does not have to be an all day ordeal. It truly can be 15-30 minutes. Whatever time you have, use it!
What can I do in 30 minutes you may ask?
That's a lot of food in a short amount of time.
Being prepared. What I mean by this is having the storage capacity and containers for the food prep that you do. We love Pyrex and mason jars here at MPM. Having the rights storage containers and equipment makes food prep even easier. We suggest to get glass and plastic of all different sizes. Check out this post for some of our Essentials.
SOME IDEAS TO GET YOU STARTED:
5 ingredient homemade hummus
Food Prep using the muffin pan
Snacks to Pack
No Bake Bites
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