Let’s face it, we’re busy and we have lives, most of you are probably busier than I am. I have no children, I have a terribly pampered cat and I feel guilty if I don’t spend enough time with my friends and family frequently, to the point where I very rarely get time to myself. Naturally there’s boyfriend as well, but he’s mostly self-sufficient and I’m not required to do too much in that area, apart from think of food ideas.
The hardest thing for me is to think of new and exciting things to cook for dinner, mostly because we don’t do take-out anymore so when we’re in a rush and tired and need food, we need quick things to cook. Not easy at the best of times.
Sometimes I’ll have beans with egg on toast. I can hear the yawns and I haven’t even pressed ‘publish’ yet. It’s not that bad, its rather nice but at the moment my fridge is bare, there is nothing in the fridge, last time I looked there was lettuce that had clearly seen it’s day and a plum… When you open the fridge you literally hear crickets *pause for cricket sound*, so I’ve headed to the internet for inspiration and ideas.
And when I say inspirations and ideas, what I really mean is recipe’s with awesome pictures, minimal ingredients and easy steps that have already been created by wonderful and talented cooks!
Today I have found for recipes to take me through next week
- Spiced Cauliflower Fritters with Coriander Lemon Yoghurt Sauce (vegetarian – should be fine to adapt to gluten-free)
- Rustic Leek and White Bean Soup (vegan and gluten-free – adapt as you wish)
- Sesame Tofu with Broccoli and Cashews (I love how this is written)
- Butternut Squash and Chickpea Cakes (vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy free)
Three of them are from the same blog, I tend to find a good recipe with great pictures and I go with it. I’m sure I’ll find more along the way as I google my way through the day. My tip with marinating (I was spell checking and it came up with uriniating – wtf?) is to do it before you go to work, that extra 15 minutes early you get out of bed will make it possible to have a nice dinner when you get home and it’ll be there waiting so you’ve got no excuse to grab takeout or otherwise you’ve just wasted money on takeout and money on food that you already bought.
We don’t want to be wasteful… now what about some desert? Have some fruit! Don’t you hate it when people say that? If you must get that sugar hit, minimise it with honey (natural) or sprinkle some icing sugar on some raspberries (more than a teaspoon is taking the piss).
My fav blog is Chocolate Chilli Mango, she’s got the low down on putting protein in EVERYTHING and making it rock! I’ve made the Raspberry Paleo Muffins, the protein bars (both versions) but because I’m not sure about where I stand with chocolate I haven’t made any more!
This stuff has flavour! The more prepared you are the more time you have for exercise…