Saving Time with Char
The weekend has come to a close. I am tying up loose ends so that the new week is off to a good start. Dinner is on my mind. I am thinking of a “multi-task” dinner, which means that while a load of clothes is in the dryer, I’ll get dinner ready. Not sure why I feel as though I am in a hurry, but I am hoping for an end-of- the-day trip to the gym, and truth be told, I am working on a season of “MADMEN” on Netflix. I need TV time, okay?
Here are the specs for this delicious dinner. Let me say that it helps to be a “batch” cooker, because I can easily pull things from the freezer for back-up.
Antipasto: A mélange of cucumbers, grape tomatoes, steamed kale, two tablespoons of hummus, and a few black olives, which were rinsed in warm water. Arrange everything on a bread plate, and make one for each person having dinner. Quick, easy, delicious.
Note: When kale comes into my house, I strip it, give it a massage and either sauté or steam it as soon as I get home. It is easier to store a container of cooked kale than it is to store a fresh bunch of kale. Keep it in an air-tight container, and use it for various meals, etc. .
Main Course: The rice cooker is busy making enough rice for the week. The steam basket in the rice cooker is getting some broccoli ready for dinner. When everything is done, I get a bowl and stuff it with rice, kale and veggies. A healthy sprinkle of nutritional yeast with some hot sauce, and dinner is a hit!
Note: Making rice for the week (or as long as it lasts) is a great time saver. You can use cold rice as a salad topper, sprinkle it on your fruit, or, have it ready as a side or main dish.
Dessert: Grab a ten ounce bag of frozen mango. Throw it in the Vitamix® (or a food processor, or a standard blender) and add about an 1/8 of a cup of almond milk (unsweetened), and make some mango sorbetto. It is the best dessert. Creamy and dreamy.
Note: If you want perfect “scoops” of the mango sorbetto, remove it from the blender, and place it in a food container. Put the container in the freezer for about 30 minutes…when you remove it, you can then use an ice cream scoop and make perfect scoops of this delicious dessert. Your friends will be impressed. Garnish with some sprigs of mint or diced, fresh mango.
The reality is that I spent ten minutes making dinner. It took me more than twice that to eat everything. My point, always, is that, preparing plant-strong meals doesn’t have to be a huge undertaking that ends up being a distraction and deterrent to your health goals. It should be fun to do, and fun to eat.
You might need some scaffolding in place, and that is mostly steaming and prepping rice and veggies for the week. Keep the fun in what you do, and you will always have time for yourself!