Routines… We are all familiar with them. Most of us go through the same periodical sequence every day: wake up, go to the gym, head to the office (where we run ourselves to the ground)- Afterwards you’re so exhausted that the only thing you want to do is lay down on the couch, put your feet up and totally “veg” out. The last thing you want is to be in the kitchen for an hour cooking dinner for yourself… Because we are programmed to follow a daily regime we tend to get stuck in the same eating habits. However, just because our routine doesn’t change day-to-day doesn’t mean our meals shouldn’t.
Last weekend I was visiting my sister in NYC. She was telling me how difficult it is cooking for herself 5 days a week. By the time she gets home from a workout class it’s already 9pm. I can imagine her frustration, buying food for yourself when you’re 20 something and somewhat broke is not fun…..
Thus, I decided to help her and whoever finds themselves in the same predicament. Here are 8 ingredients you can use throughout the week for 5 completely different meals.
- Spaghetti squash
- Chicken sausage
- Goat cheese
- Sweet potatoes
*TIPS: Use Sunday night as a “prep night”. Cook whatever you can to eliminate time during the week
- Cooked spaghetti squash lasts for 5-7 days
- Chicken sausage usually comes cooked so cooking time is not long
- steaming vegetables takes 5-7 minutes
- Cooked sweet potatoes last 7 days
Meal #1: Spaghetti squash w/ chicken sausage, sauteed onion & tomato sauce
Meal # 2:Quinoa bowl w/ chicken, steamed kale, steamed sweet potatoes & goat cheese
Meal #3: Zucchini noodles w/ tomato sauce
Meal # 4: Spaghetti squash w/ chicken sausage , kale, zucchini & goat cheese
Meal # 5: Stuffed sweet potatoes w/ balsamic onions & goat cheese