I’m a big fan of experimenting in the kitchen and love to play around with different flavours and textures. That is how I discovered my love for almond butter dipped prunes. Seriously…give it a go and thank me later.
But during the week my free time is virtually non-existent. Anyone feel me? Between work, drinks with friends, yoga classes, and the new season of Queer Eye…how does one get anything done?
In an age of outsourcing, here are 5 foods that I refuse to prep myself. They’re too tedious, time consuming, or all around unappealing to prep. Thank you modern world for providing these luxuries so I can spend time on what really matters…finding more things to dip in almond butter.
This one is embarrassing because I own a spiralizer. But I’ve come to realize that the best intentions with zucchini, beets, or sweet potato leaves sad wilted vegetables. Spiralizing opens up a world of pasta alternatives. My go to? Zucchini noodles with avocado pesto, topped with cashew tofu ricotta. Drool!
I’m not a huge fan of beets in general. It’s a personal preference that my food doesn’t taste like dirt…but I do it for the liver support, anti-inflammatory properties, and a good amount of fibre. What I refuse to deal with is a kitchen that looks like a murder scene. You can buy beets cooked and peeled! I add these to salads, and I’ve even made beet brownies with them!
Butternut squash cubes
This fall fav is rich in fibre and antioxidants and is amazing for soups, sauces, and stews. But I’ve almost chopped my hand off several times attempting to peel and cube one. So outsourcing it is! Throw in those pre-chopped cubes with some carrots, onion, apple, curry powder and ginger. Blend it all up and boom butternut squash soup!
This stuff is cool! A great alternative for those looking to cut down the processed carbs, but I like to frame it as a way to sneak in more veggies, and a super healthy cruciferous one no doubt! Making cauliflower rice is time consuming and the little bits of cauliflower flinging everywhere infuriate me to no end. I buy it already “riced” and use it to make vegan mushroom risotto!
Leafy greens are incredible for magnesium and folate, two nutrients that are low in people who have mood issues. Depression and anxiety I’m looking at YOU! Leafy greens are also tedious to wash and chop. If you’re more likely to eat kale if it’s already in little pieces then buy it that way!
Some nutrients (such as Vitamin C) will degrade the longer it takes food to get to you, but in these cases make a judgement call. If you’re never going to eat a beet unless it’s already cooked for you, then better to go the pre-prepared route. It’s still a real, whole food!