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Weekdays Made Easy

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The freezer is a wonderful invention.  It makes my weekdays a whole lot easier.  I rarely have time to “assemble” my lunch before work, and I would rather not go out to eat because it takes up too much time, money, and calories.  I make it easy on myself by taking one day on the weekend or a weeknight to prepare most of my meals for the work-week.

I did some major cooking and baking on MLK Day since I had the day off from work!  I decided to make winter veggie burritos and used Jenna’s method for slow cooker black beans.

 Winter Veggie Burritos

  • black beans (canned or slow cooker style)
  • cheese
  • roasted sweet potatoes
  • steamed kale
  • super sweet corn
  • salsa

Roll all of the ingredients up in a tortilla.  During the summer I use zucchini and yellow squash in place of the sweet potatoes and kale.

Once you’re done rolling, you can wrap them individually in foil and place them in a bag in the freezer.

I ran out of tortillas, so I used brown rice instead.  Brown rice freezes nicely; you just cook it, let it cool, and then it’s ready to go in the freezer.

You can take them out the night before to thaw, or you can take it out in the morning and put it in an insulated lunch bag.  Mine is still frozen 4 hours later, without refrigeration.  It usually takes about 3-4 minutes to warm in the microwave.

Lunch is not the only thing you can prepare ahead of time.  I made blueberry muffins for my breakfast all last week.  The recipe comes from The Cupcake Calendar that my sister-in-law gave me (Thanks Ellen!).  It’s a neat little daily calendar that has a cupcake/muffin recipe for everyday.

I left six out for Vee and I to eat over the next couple of days and wrapped the rest individually in foil and put them in the freezer.  Just unwrap and nuke the muffin for 30-45 seconds in the microwave and you’re good to go.

Snacks can be frozen too!  I made hummus and put it in small freezer safe containers that hold about two servings each.  You can put the container in the fridge overnight to thaw.  Assuming that you freeze it right away, it will last two days in the fridge.

All in the name of time. Amen.

Do you any have meal-time saving tips?

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Grab and Go

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You know the drill.  Go to bed late, wake up late, rush to get ready.  Shower, smear on some makeup – no time for hair and then shiiiiit, you realize you don’t even have time to fix yourself lunch to take to work.  I hate when that happens because usually that means you don’t have time for breakfast either, and you end up wasting money on food that you either really don’t want or that is bad for you.  Oh, or is that just me?

Well, I’m here to save myself and maybe a few others from this cycle.  First, it’s always best to fix your lunch the night before.  I think we already know this, but it’s actually doing it that’s the hard part.  I’m still working on this. 🙂

I would however, like to share a few grab-and-go food items that might help us save some time when rushing out the door.

First is, Sabra Hummus Singles.  They are 2 oz. individual servings of hummus that are great for snacking or adding as part of your lunch.  I usually dip carrots, broccoli, and bell pepper in them.  I found these by the carrots and salad mixes.

The only thing I don’t like about it, is that I wish it was half of this size. They say a serving size is 1 oz., so one cup is actually 2 servings.  One cup is 170 calories.

Next, is the LARABAR Mini.  I eat these for snacks, but I love them because they are half the size of a regular LARABAR and only 100 calories each.  The regular size was always a bit more than I wanted to eat at one time for a snack anyway, so the minis are perfect.  I found these at Target.

And finally, I want to share Wholly Guacamole snack packs with you.  I love these so much!  These are probably the most convenient of them all.  I like to make a salad with romaine, corn, black beans, and cheese.  Then I use the guacamole pack as the dressing. Each pack is also 100 calories.

Of course you can cut an avocado and save it yourself, but it takes time, when there is no time.  Avocados tend to be hard to save because air exposure will turn them brown.  You can avoid this by squeezing lime or lemon juice on it.  Then put it in a container and put plastic wrap directly on top and surrounding it, so there is no air in between the lid and the avocado, then put the lid on.  This works for guacamole too.

Charlie says to be sure to take the time to stop and smell the guacamole.