The Lazy Cook’s Guide to Healthy Eating

lazy-cooks-guide-to-healthy-eatingI went from eating mac & cheese on a daily basis to eating much healthier foods…on a daily basis. Here’s how a simple diet helps me stick to my goals. 

It’s been almost two months since I went vegan and almost one since I went wheat-free. I eat more healthy now than I ever have – and ever thought was possible! The secret for me has been embracing the fact that I’m a profoundly lazy cook.

It’s not that I’m a lazy person in general (although some might argue otherwise), it’s just that I can never get excited about the time-consuming and usually expensive process of researching recipes, tracking down ingredients/tools, preparing everything, and (worst of all) cleaning everything up afterwards… While I’m not hardcore enough to go Paleo and eat raw beef brains and the like, I respect that those folks are like, “Eh, do we even need to cook the damn thing?”

Instead, here’s a certainly not perfect, but definitely sustainable meal plan format that I use (I create a small degree of variety by picking different ingredients each week):

  • Breakfast: Vega shake, oatmeal with fruit, agave syrup, and nuts/seeds
  • Snack I: Almonds and a square of Theo dark chocolate (which is vegan)
  • Lunch: Green salad (pictured) with quinoa, tofu, veggies, olive oil, and seeds
  • Snack II: Hummus (!) with veggies and/or corn chips
  • Dinner: Rice & beans, usually with avocado
  • Dessert: SO Delicious coconut ice cream with no added sugar (which is amazing!)

It seems like a lot, but my portion sizes are pretty small (going wheat-free helped curb a lot of my food cravings). I try to batch cook the quinoa and rice & beans dish to last a few days. There’s still some food prep (and cleanup…) involved, but the familiarity helps me do it quickly and efficiently. And, as I’ve stated before, I’m down with “Meh” food (although most of it awesome, dare I say crave-worthy, now that I’ve gotten used to not eating bad carbs all the time…)

Would this kind of diet work for you? If you’re a lazy cook, do you think this would this help you to make and stick to healthy dietary changes?

 

 

Author: Leah Pogwizd

Bassist, Instructor, Writer

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