These meals check many boxes. These are whole food, gluten free recipes which are stupid fast to make and beyond cheap. I’m too lazy to do the math but I’m 99% sure these meals cost $3 total for the whole day. Two of the recipes took less than 10 minutes to make!
I love minimal eating just like I love maximal eating. I pretty much just want to enjoy all food so I’m been elevating boring food by giving it a new context. Minimal eating means there’s smaller pockets of flavor and a simpler flavor palate. By contextualizing a bowl of oatmeal without sugar as minimalist it actually challenges my brain to look for something small and minimal. Without that frame work I just notice what is isn’t there, “isn’t sweet, isn’t familiar, isn’t, isn’t, isn’t”.
I’m surprised by how quickly I’ve been able to switch over to eating “no sugar added” oatmeal. Granted it does need to have banana and cinnamon to make it not taste like cardboard but I’m so pumped to be enjoying the simpler things.
I found a book at the library called “How to want what you have”. This is a theme I’m super interested in right now. I be fair I always want what I have but its nice to savor what I have instead of forgetting what I have and looking too much ahead. So the long and short of it is that not adding sugar to my plain ass oatmeal has been really grounding for me 🙂
Oatmeal + Bananas – 5 minutes
I like overnight oats more than hot oatmeal but every single time I’ve planned over night oats 100% of the time I resist eating them the next day. Childish but true. Here’s the oatmeal hack of my dreams! Overnight oats are ready in 5 minutes. No need to wait overnight!! Did everyone already know that? I just figured this out a couple months ago. Since discovering this I’ve eaten more oatmeal in 2 weeks than I had in 10 years. Really!
Oatmeal is like 10 cents a serving!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The amount of almond milk you add to the 5 minute oatmeal really depends on what you’re going for. I like to add too much almond milk but only if there’s lots of banana slices added to the oatmeal. It’s like that saying “i like my cream and sugar with coffee”. You may want less liquid. If there’s less banana slices then all the liquid just seems soupy with the oats. Cacao nibs and coconut flakes takes this to the max but today we’re going mini so we can save the toppings for next time.
70g oatmeal (quick cook works fine), 1/2 ts cinnamon, 1 large banana (160g), 1 cup almond milk
- Mix oatmeal with cinnamon
- Add in almond milk and top with banana slices
- Let sit for 5 minutes. ENJOY
Sweet Potato + Beans – 10 minutes
I think I first heard of this combo on a Chocolate Covered Katie blog post. Dude sweet potatoes are amazing. Actually sweet potatoes are better than yams in our household but 9 times out of 10 all you can find at most grocery stores are yams (labeled as sweet potatoes). What you see here is actually a yam.
I love cubed, oiled and baked sweet potatoes! But if you’re making a baked sweet potato there’s no need to put it in the oven for 40+ minutes. I just learned that you can microwave a sweet potato in less than 10 minutes. And the flavor is perfect. I might have a week where I just live on quick “baked” microwaved sweet potatoes because with a meal like that there’s not pots to clean.
*since plates get super hot in a microwave after a few minutes I microwaved my sweet potato in a silicone baking dish. Dude why hadn’t I thought to do that sooner?
1 sweet potato (425g), 1/2 can rinsed beans, 3-4 TB salsa
- Microwave sweet potato for 4 minutes. Flip over and microwave 4 more minutes. Cook time depends on potato size. Test using a toothpick to make sure the sweet potato is 100% cooked.
- Heat up 1/2 can of beans (rinsed) and add to sweet potato
- Top with salsa and cilantro garnish. ENJOY
Quinoa + Broccoli – 20 minutes
I love quinoa with coconut oil. I could eat a mountain of quinoa with coconut oil and spices. I generally use the same spices when I make quinoa but feel free to use what you like.
1/2 cup dry quinoa (100g), 1 cup water, 1 TB oil (I use coconut), salt, spices (I used turmeric & chipotle), freezer steamer bag of broccoli
- Cook quinoa with water for 15 minutes. *After 15 minutes I had to add a few drops of water.
- After 15 minutes turn off the stove for 5 minutes and let quinoa sit with the lid on. Microwave broccoli.
- After 5 minutes add oil and spices to quinoa. Serve with broccoli. ENJOY