Sometimes not getting your colorful fruits & veggies in is just a matter of not really knowing what to cook, or how to cook stuff. Or you are just cooking for one, or you are tired and don’t feel like doing the whole “elaborate meal” thing (that’s how you end up eating a bowl of cereal for dinner, correct?).
I would like to introduce you to the idea of “snack dinner” (or snack lunch, or snack breakfast, whatever). Have a variety of veggies, fruits, and some protein of your preference, and just lay it out like a picnic.
Example Snack Dinner
In this picture I have my weird but delicious dinner tonight: a purple potato (I got mine from the Good Eggs delivery service, but sub yam or sweet potato or red potato here, it really doesn’t matter too much, but check out how cool that purple looks!). I set the oven to 350, washed the potato, wrapped it in foil, and threw it in for about 50 minutes.
In the meantime I showered and puttered around doing stuff. When it was done, I crack it open, add some Kerrygold butter and pink Himalayan salt. Incredibly tasty.
The grapefruit is also from Good Eggs, but sub any fruit you want. I cut it in half. That’s it.
The salmon is smoked salmon that I bought (I only ate half, smoked salmon is salty!), but even if you did fresh salmon that’s easy too. Pat the salmon dry with a paper towel, generously salt & pepper, then heat up a pain, put some oil in, cook skin side down for 4 – 5 minutes then flip for 3 – 4 minutes.
The whole dinner is super lazy and super healthy.
It feeds me, alone, as Rich is working at the gym tonight. I served it on a small salad plate (yes, that’s a French Bulldog plate).
Other things for snack meals:
- Fresh veggies with hummus (carrots, celery, snap peas, radishes, raw broccoli, cauliflower, whatever you want)
- Rice crackers with a good cheese
- Hunk of rotisserie chicken
- Any random leftovers you have
You get the idea here? It doesn’t matter how the nutrients get in you. It doesn’t matter if Martha Stuart wouldn’t put the picture in her magazine. Also, it’s fun, it feels like a picnic.
If you try this out, send me a picture! For a free gift from Good Eggs, who delivers fresh organic groceries, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org