Eating Like A Minimalist For A Day (Vegan)

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 🙂

Eating Like A Minimalist For A Day - Vegan - Quick, Cheap, Fast, 5 Minute Overnight Oats + Bananas, 8 Minute Microwave Sweet Potato, Quinoa + Broccoli - $3 Budget, College Friendly - Rich Bitch Cooking Blog

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.

Eating Like A Minimalist For A Day - Vegan - Quick, Cheap, Fast, 5 Minute Overnight Oats + Bananas, 8 Minute Microwave Sweet Potato, Quinoa + Broccoli - $3 Budget, College Friendly - Rich Bitch Cooking Blog

70g oatmeal (quick cook works fine), 1/2 ts cinnamon, 1 large banana (160g), 1 cup almond milk

  1. Mix oatmeal with cinnamon
  2. Add in almond milk and top with banana slices
  3. Let sit for 5 minutes. ENJOY

Eating Like A Minimalist For A Day - Vegan - Quick, Cheap, Fast, 5 Minute Overnight Oats + Bananas, 8 Minute Microwave Sweet Potato, Quinoa + Broccoli - $3 Budget, College Friendly - Rich Bitch Cooking Blog

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?

Eating Like A Minimalist For A Day - Vegan - Quick, Cheap, Fast, 5 Minute Overnight Oats + Bananas, 8 Minute Microwave Sweet Potato, Quinoa + Broccoli - $3 Budget, College Friendly - Rich Bitch Cooking Blog1 sweet potato (425g), 1/2 can rinsed beans, 3-4 TB salsa

  1. 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.
  2. Heat up 1/2 can of beans (rinsed) and add to sweet potato
  3. Top with salsa and cilantro garnish. ENJOY

Eating Like A Minimalist For A Day - Vegan - Quick, Cheap, Fast, 5 Minute Overnight Oats + Bananas, 8 Minute Microwave Sweet Potato, Quinoa + Broccoli - $3 Budget, College Friendly - Rich Bitch Cooking Blog

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.

Eating Like A Minimalist For A Day - Vegan - Quick, Cheap, Fast, 5 Minute Overnight Oats + Bananas, 8 Minute Microwave Sweet Potato, Quinoa + Broccoli - $3 Budget, College Friendly - Rich Bitch Cooking Blog1/2 cup dry quinoa (100g), 1 cup water, 1 TB oil (I use coconut), salt, spices (I used turmeric & chipotle), freezer steamer bag of broccoli

  1. Cook quinoa with water for 15 minutes. *After 15 minutes I had to add a few drops of water.
  2. After 15 minutes turn off the stove for 5 minutes and let quinoa sit with the lid on. Microwave broccoli.
  3. After 5 minutes add oil and spices to quinoa. Serve with broccoli. ENJOY
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9 comments

  1. I’m so glad youre enjoying oatmeal this easy way! It took me a couple tries to get the right ratio but I figured out I can add hot water to old fashioned oats and let them sit covered and they’re ready in less than 5 minutes! The hot water plumps them up so well that you feel like you’re eating double! Overnight oats are the best shit ever! They’re so creamy 😍 They’re nothing like the thick overcooked or sometimes slimy oats 😂 Do you ever add frozen berries to your oatmeal?! Man I feel like I sound obsessed with oatmeal 😹 I do miss oats! They just might be my first meal after I’m done with this keto experiment!

    Have you ever had sweet potatoes cooked so long they caramelized on their own? You’ve got to try it! Not enough people know about this! If you cook them at a higher temp than normal (375°- 400°) and way past doneness ( 60-90 min) they get super sweet naturally! The high temp and overcooking releases this sweet syrup 😍😍😍😍😍😍

    Also love the new layout on here and all the changes so far! Can’t wait to see what’s next!!

    • Thanks for the compliment on the new layout. I’m uploading the chit chat version as we speak 🙂

      I’m not sure if I’ve done the 90 minute cooking the sweet potatoes but I’ll definitely have to give them a it! In general I cook potatoes longer than most people recommend. Who are these people who cook potatoes for 30 minutes?!

      I was putting frozen blueberries in my oatmeal then I discovered frozen pineapple in oatmeal. Right now this 5 minute no-heat oats with bananas are my FAV!

      I think I want to post keto/low carb videos more often. I might do one next. I have some recipes I’m pumped to try making.

      How is your keto experiment going? I need all the info!!!

      • Frozen pineapple?! That sounds pretty awesome! I’m excited for new keto recipes, you find some really good recipes/ideas all the time!

        I started out this little keto experiment feeling so sure that I was going to gain weight or that I would not be able to stand eating that way. I was super scared of eating fat! Weight loss has been a little slow since the initial loss but my clothes are starting to fit a lot better and I have more confidence! What I love the most about eating keto is that I am not thinking about food all day everyday like I used to and I can go for so much longer in between meals! Eating like this has completely taken away any cravings for fast food and so much sugar! I plan on eating like this until I am no longer overweight and my main focus is to try to get my body used to eating the right portions. I’m thinking my stomach should get used to less food. My main goal is that I never binge again.

        • Trader joes has these frozen little bits of pineapple so it’s not like taking a huge bite of fruit. it’s like the perfect sprinkle of sweetness. but it’s been a long time since I’ve had those.

          I’m glad keto is going to smoothly for you. Yeah, I just filmed the keto video today. It should be up next week. I’m a week ahead!!!!!! I have another video that I’m uploading first that I’m almost done editing.

          Since I filmed today I ate the food today as well. Ahhhhhh so good!

          Yeah binging is the worst.

        • Trader joes has these frozen little bits of pineapple so it’s not like taking a huge bite of fruit. it’s like the perfect sprinkle of sweetness. but it’s been a long time since I’ve had those.

          I’m glad keto is going to smoothly for you. Yeah, I just filmed the keto video today. It should be up next week. I’m a week ahead!!!!!! I have another video that I’m uploading first that I’m almost done editing.

          Since I filmed today I ate the food today as well. Ahhhhhh so good!

          Yeah binging is the worst. It’s nice to feel like you can trust your behavior to comply with your demands. 🙂

          • Awesome! Sounds like everything is going so great for yall! Ahead of the game 😎 You eat all kinds of yummy food all the time! Your wallet and your tummy is grateful 😊 I have to get into Trader Joes! They have the best tahini!!

  2. Thank you so much for uploading a chit chat virgin of the video! I was hoping the mini podcasts wouldn’t be removed from your uploads. Can you tell that’s my favorite part? I really appreciate the time and effort you put into your videos and photography.

    • dude that means a lot to me! I’m 99% sure that everyone who follows my youtube channel is doing it for the chit chat 🙂 so I wouldn’t get ride of that.

      I’m going to do double uploads, one music/one chit chat from now on. Chit chat for you guys and music video for the search engine.

      I love storytelling!!

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