Maybe you’re on an elimination diet and don’t know what to eat.
Or maybe you’re so fatigued that you haven’t moved from your bed all day.
Or maybe you’re just running around and have little, to no time, to think about making dinner.
There are many reasons why life gets in the way, but that doesn’t mean we should just opt for fast food or processed, boxed (or bagged) food. It’s in all of these instances that we NEED to be using our food as medicine and gain the fuel we need from what we’re consuming. There are a ton of easy ways we can get the nutrients we need from a delicious meal that takes no time at all to prepare!
Check out this week’s Ask Juls for my easy go to meals!
Meal Idea 1: Stir-Fry Your Way
I’ve written about this recipe before because it’s so so so soooooo easy.
Basically just stir-fry every and any veggie you have in coconut oil or EVOO (maybe a splash of sesame oil for flavor!), use left over protein (like chicken or shrimp) you have in your fridge or throw a protein you have in with the veggies your sautéing.
Use coconut aminos instead of soy sauce, as they’re SO much better for you and you won’t compromise your already compromised body with soy.
Serve your stir-fry over brown rice or cauli-rice.
The more veggies you pack in this dish, the more phytonutrients you’ll be receiving. Which is a GREAT thing!
Meal Idea 2: Roasted Veggies + Breaded Chicken
1) Go into your fridge (and pantry for sweet potatoes if you have them!), take every vegetable you have and chop it up. Onions, peppers, brussels sprouts, carrots, sweet potatoes, mushrooms, tomatoes, kale, EVERYTHING!
EVOO + garlic + salt + pepper + dill (or whatever herb or spice you like) = throw it in the oven for 400* and flip every 15 minutes. Mine usually takes about 45 minutes to roast the thicker/denser veggies.
2) Cover chicken in mayo (make sure the mayo doesn’t NOT contain soy, like this one), bread with almond flour + spices (I like salt, pepper and garlic) + tapioca starch/arrowroot powder = in the oven at 350* for 25 minutes.
- Make a “flare box”. A friend of mine gave me this idea a few years back. Make a box, or a shelf in your pantry or fridge, or a drawer in your kitchen, that has easy, nutritious foods in it for when you’re not feeling well. Then, it makes it easy to just go grab these items. Get ideas from my snack post!
- Make sure you’re hydrated and are drinking lots of water or tea.
- Mix up some smoothies or protein shakes (make sure you’re NOT using whey protein though).
- Use your crock pot! Throw in some veggies, chicken broth, spices and chicken – allow it to cook all day and voila! Delicious, nutritious dinner!
Dinner doesn’t have to be a 5 hour prep event. Check out pinterest for some super easy meal recipes too! When you’re feeling well, take a few minutes to write down a list of meals that you know are easy to make. Perhaps print out the recipes or collect them all to put in a convenient location so when you’re not feeling your best you can easily reference it!
The absolute VITAL time to be using food as medicine is when we’re rushed or don’t feel well. Make the RIGHT choices for your body. Your body will thank you and will then be able to focus on healing!
Wishing You A Pain Free Day!
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