For many, the first thing that comes to mind when you're just not in the mood to cook is fast food or ordering takeout. But what if you want to keep it clean?
The truth is, I actually want to eat a healthy nutritious meal most days. Unfortunately, most days, I am also really, really lazy. And if not lazy, then busy. Does this sound familiar?
This is something we all struggle with at one point or another. We racked our brains and reached out to our community. Here are the top suggestions from our dedicated That Clean Life members.
1. Keep it simple.
Who says you always have to have a big meaty dish for dinner with all the fixings? Why not have poached eggs on avocado toast for dinner that you can make in less than 15 minutes?
2. Throw it on the BBQ.
For a full meal that's quick and easy, toss your choice of meat and veggies in olive oil and sea salt then throw it on the grill. Or fold it in a foil packet! Lunch or dinner is served in minutes plus you can sneak in a good dose of sunshine.
3. Buy pre-made salads.
Want the crunchiness, variety and freshness of a salad but don't want to do the prep work? Consider buying pre-made salad from the grocery store and replace the dressing with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Or set aside some time to make a huge salad that will last you all week. Don't forget to keep it simple - I usually stick to a really basic mixture of spinach, tomato, cucumber and feta.
4. Dump it in the slow cooker.
We love love LOVE dump dinners because they save time, money and a whole lot of hassle. Basically, dump dinners are crock pot recipes you've prepared ahead of time into freezer bags. They're perfect for the cottage, new parents, sick friends, when you anticipate a busy week ahead, or when you're just plain lazy. In the morning, dump everything in the slow cooker and you pretty much have dinner ready by evening.
5. Make a huge batch and freeze.
When you do actually feel like cooking, get into the habit of making double or even triple the recipe serving size and freezing the leftovers. Future you will be oh, so thankful.
6. Load up leftovers onto a tortilla pizza.
This strategy is a favourite among our members. Repurpose your various leftovers from the week by spreading them over a brown rice tortilla. Bake it in the oven at 410 until crispy (about 10 minutes) and voila! A brand new meal :)
Check out our Tortilla Pizza Roundup on the blog for some delicious ideas!
7. Overnight oats forever.
Mornings are often lazy and hazy which is why I love throwing together a batch of overnight oats. You can literally make a week's worth of breakfast in 5 minutes. My favourite is our Blueberry Overnight Oats recipe.
Did we miss anything? What are your go-to strategies for keeping mealtimes healthy when you're too lazy or busy to cook? Share your meal planning stories, tips and secrets in the comments below!