Like all great weeks, this one coming up is full of terrific people, meaningful work, and energizing activities -- but a little short on cooking time. I am thrilled to have some volunteer stage management time at a gala [with just the coolest non-profit group I've ever had the privilege to work with] and lots of really invigorating meetings with clients and wellness folks around New York. Not to mention the start of my husband's grad school orientations, an upcoming half-marathon, and all of the other incidentals that manage to wedge their way into a week. (You know the ones I mean - I know you do!) I'm also thrilled to have set aside a little time this weekend to put together a week's worth of meals -- lunches AND dinners -- to ensure we're both well-fueled to tackle the craziness.
This little investment of time once a week is a helpful tool I've discovered makes an enormous difference in my stress level throughout the week. (After all, eating healthfully shouldn't be stressful: it should help you feel prepared to manage other stresses as they come up!) I've blogged about our weeks of prep before, but let me say again: shopping once, cooking once, and being able to eat the fruits of your labor multiple times is a huge timesaver! It's one less thing to do each day, one more way to prevent eating mindlessly on the run, and a really zen-like experience to cap off a busy weekend, especially if you like to cook. (If you don't like to cook - give it a shot! It's a little like arts and crafts, but with far more delicious results than glitter and paste.)
Here's the rundown of our stock-up for the week. Many of our ingredients are complements of the NYC Greenmarket, which are accessible all over the city. The fridge is overflowing [feeling so lucky]:
[clockwise from left]
- baked curried sweet potatoes
- stir-fried broccoli [using extra tempeh marinade]
- 'buffalo chicken' tempeh
- chickpea-hazelnut-avocado-red quinoa salad
- black beans
- baked butternut squash
- sauteed crimini mushrooms, onion, and eggplant
- coconut kale
- plain baked sweet potato fries
All of these can be combined in countless ways: adding a little spice can change many of these versatile ingredients into something entirely different. Enjoyed on their own, too, these plant-based beauties are naturally delectable. Lunch. Dinner. Done.
Whatever will we do with all this extra time?!
Let me know if you experiment with any of these this week: I'm always fascinated to see how everyone gets creative with combinations!