One of the things I have LOVED about Hello Fresh meals is the reminder of how delicious simple, seasonal meals can be. 10 ingredients or less is all it takes to make a hearty and filling, yet light and flavorful meal. Summer time brings out ALL the ripe, juicy fruits and vegetables that make mealtime even more simple and delicious. Here are a few of my summer favorites and easy recipes to enjoy them. Some meals don’t even require turning on the oven!
Peas and Beans
Have a delicious week of sweet, simple, summertime meals!
I love cooking. Creating. Serving. Eating. Stirring a big pot of risotto is calming to me, and having a prepped and stocked fridge makes me insanely happy. However, some seasons are just not easy for finding time to mix and stir and simmer and bake. My child’s bedtime routine takes up most of the time I used to use to make dinner. And we now eat at 9 pm after she is in bed. Cooking at that point is out of the question. This mama is hungry! So how to make meals easy without getting takeout all the time?
1. Stock that freezer!
As we started depleting the freezer reserves once we got home from the hospital, I started taking a few hours one day a month to make 3-4 more meals to restock for the coming weeks. Having an ever stocked freezer makes last-minute meals super easy, and any dinner can be freshened up with a quick side salad.
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2. Get a meal delivery service.
We get a vegetarian Hello Fresh box almost every week. I can easily add an extra protein for the husband and omit any cheese for me. Meals are simple enough they can be made in 30 minutes or less, and if I’ve prepped everything before bedtime, dinner takes even less time to get on the table after baby is asleep.
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3. Use prepared grocery items.
The best time saver for easy, healthy lunches? Bagged salad kits from the grocery store. I usually ditch the dressing and make my own simple vinaigrette with oil and vinegar or swap in salsa or tahini. Toss some precooked lentils or beans in, and a hearty, filling, and fresh meal is ready in 5 minutes. Most grocery stores have a ton of prepared convenience foods in the produce section that can be taken advantage of. Yes, it costs a little more for someone else to chop and season and assemble, but sometimes the time savings may weigh out the winner.
Happy Monday! Since we are at the end of the month, and weekly menus are still consisting of Hello Fresh boxes, I thought I’d share a bonus Monday recipe that’s been on repeat this past month.
My go-to favorite oatmeal in the winter is creamy pumpkin steel cut oats topped with drippy creamy peanut butter. But once the holidays are over and pumpkin becomes harder to find, the thought of boring plain oatmeal is just not as appealing. This variation came about as I was thinking toward Spring and muffins and smoothies and warmer weather breakfast options. However, I still wanted the creamy, heartiness of oatmeal.
This morning glory oatmeal combines the classic flavors of carrots, coconut, dried fruit, and nuts with the comforting homeyness of chewy steel cut oats. Perfect through the wintery cold months or anytime of year you are craving a bowl of oats.
1 Tbsp vegan butter
1 1/2 c steel cut oats
1/4 c coconut sugar
1/2 c unsweetened applesauce
1/4 c unsweetened shredded coconut
1 Tbsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp sea salt
1 1/2 c unsweetened almond milk
2 c water
1 c carrots, shredded
1/2 c raisins
1/4 c walnuts
Heat a large pot over medium heat. Add vegan butter and let melt. Add oats and toast, stirring until well coated in the butter and starting to brown.
Add coconut sugar, applesauce, coconut, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt and stir to combine.
Slowly add almond milk and water, 1 cup at a time, stirring to mix in as you pour.
Stir in carrots, raisins, and walnuts. Let simmer over medium-low heat until all liquid is absorbed and oatmeal is thick, about 20 minutes. Stir often to prevent sticking.
Ladle into bowls and garnish with toppings of choice (Extra nuts, raisins, or nut butter is always recommended!)
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Per serving: 330 calories, 54 g carbohydrate, 10 g fat, 9 g sugar, 120 mg sodium, 18 g sugar