Easy go-to recipes that are fast and healthy?
I’m the prototypical single white female. Twenty-five years old and just out of graduate school, I’m living a glamorous life in the big city of Chicago, Illinois. I’d love to tell you that with all my free time I go to gallery openings and get cocktails with my fabulous girlfriends, but the truth is much less exciting. Really, I’m working more than full-time and trying to exercise, be healthy, and basically figure out how to be a functioning member of society. Turns out that this adulthood thing is HARD. My issue isn’t with exercise so much as eating well and making good choices. Left to my own devices I tend to eat Cheerios or something pre-packed and from a box for every meal. Forget lean meats and fresh veggies, I pick something fast and easy that I don’t have to think about. I know if I put more effort into cooking that I’d eat much healthier (and probably save a lot of money on takeout) but even beginning something like that seems daunting. I need a collection of relatively easy go-to recipes that I could learn how to make and then expand on. Any suggestions?
It can definitely be a challenge to get into the routine of preparing fresh, healthy meals, especially if you’re cramped for time and you’ve only got your own mouth to worry about. My favorite just-for-me meal is cheese and crackers, and I could probably live on that forever with no complaints. Until the scurvy set in, of course.
I have a similar problem to you in that I get home late and don’t have the luxury of doing a lot of simmering or baking every night. A couple suggestions:
• Try making some big meals—soups, casseroles, whatever—over the weekend, when you’ve got time for prep work and cooking, then reheat throughout the week
• Make good use of long-storage items like frozen veggies, noodles, spaghetti sauce, frozen chicken breasts, etc, so things don’t rot/wilt and bum you out
There are so many resources out there for fast, easy, healthy meals, it shouldn’t be a problem to find some things that work with your own tastes and time constraints. Once you have a few staples that you enjoy and don’t mind preparing, you’ll know what kitchen items to keep on hand, and it will be easier to come up with some home-cooked meals instead of resorting to the Cheerio box each night. : )
Readers, what do you recommend for Marissa? Favorite recipe sites, books, or other? What are your go-to meals when you’re cooking for yourself?