Timesavers

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This weekend has gone by so fast!  We ran errands, relaxed, and spent time with friends.  The weather has been perfect, and it looks like the end of next week is going to be awesome!   The Spring leagues have already started around here.  While walking around Piedmont Park this morning, we saw people playing softball, ultimate frisbee, and soccer. 

Sunday is a great day to make some meals and/or snacks for the week.  With healthy options available, there is no excuse to make unhealthy choices throughout the week, and it saves a ton time to prepare food beforehand.  I was very excited to go to TJ’s today because I was prepared with meal plans for the week.  Planning is key! 

The one part that I dislike about grocery shopping is having to clean our produce especially since produce fills up most of our cart (yay for nutrient dense foods).  A few weeks ago, I read that it is good idea to scrub your produce, and Tyler’s mom gave us a new tip today which is to soak your produce in water and white vinegar.  I tried it today, and I could not believe all of the “stuff” that came off of our fruits and veggies.  I am a believer!  Thanks, Janis! 

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Here is our beautiful produce after taking a bath in some vinegar and water and being scrubbed to death!

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After everything was clean and dry, I cut up some peppers, onion, and mushrooms and placed them in the oven to roast for about 15 minutes at 400 degrees.  Timesaver #1!  I plan on using these in wraps this week for lunch.

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Timesaver #2 comes from a recipe I found on the Whole Foods website.   It is a recipe for Apple-Cinnamon Oat Squares.  These will be great for a quick breakfast or snack.  Tyler is always looking for an afternoon snack that has some staying power.  FYI…the squares are baking right now, and our apartment smells like apple crisp! 

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Apple-Cinnamon Oat Squares

(recipe from the Whole Foods website)

Ingredients

2 cups unsweetened almondmilk
1 1/2 cups steel cut oats
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup ground flax seeds (not whole flax seeds)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 (about 1 pound) Pink Lady apples, cored and grated

Method

Preheat oven to 350°F. Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl. Transfer to a foil- or parchment paper-lined 9-inch square baking pan, press down and smooth out the top and bake until firm and golden brown, about 1 hour. Let cool in pan; cut into squares and serve warm or at room temperature.

Whole Foods has a ton of recipes that are easy, healthy, and delicious! 

I have found that prepping a few things on Sunday is key to eating well throughout the week.  We never eat out during the week because we always have something good to eat at home that takes little to no time to prepare.  It is worth taking the time and effort on Saturday or Sunday to plan out your meals for the week, go to the grocery (not on an empty stomach), and then cook up a storm.  Be sure to include an assortment of plants!  In fact, I am reading a book right now called Eat For Health by Dr. Fuhrmen.  To be honest, I read the book in one day, but I keep going back to it for ideas.  Check it out!

One more thing…has anyone tried this yet???

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I need to get the oat squares out of the oven!  Happy (sunny) Sunday!

do you like to cook a few things on Sunday?

what are some of your favorite timesavers?

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4 responses »

  1. So fun hanging with you guys and our “$8 smoothie” this weekend:) I love all of your tips – white vinegar has done wonders on my jeans, mildewed towels and coffee maker…but now I’ll try as a veggie wash! Love multi-functional products. Have a great week! xo

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