Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Eating Healthy on a Budget (and other important oven cleaning tips)

By now it's probably no secret that I love eating healthy (and balancing it out with pizza at the end of the week). I'm all about finding balance in my life, and even though my life feels hectic right now, I feel like food is the one thing I can control all the time.

That being said, I'm also not in a position where I can buy tubs of hummus and expensive organic ingredients every week. So these past few months I've been trying to find creative ways to cook at home without spending a fortune and keeping it healthy. (I'm stressed just typing all of that!)

Let me start by saying I'm one of those people who will buy something and justify the price of it by saying "well if I use this 3 times a week it's really paying for itself. It'd be silly not to buy it."

This is the first time in my entire life that I have genuinely gotten the value out of a product in. one. week...

A couple weeks ago I bought a spiralizer off Amazon that doubles as a vegetable peeler, and you guys, I've never felt so alive. The day it arrived I went out and bought one zucchini (to test it out, I wasn't going to make a ton of zoodles just to throw them out if I didn't like them). BUT THEY ARE THE GREATEST. Everyone has been raving about "zoodles" this year and I am officially on that bandwagon.

I'm not event exaggerating when I say I had them 4 times in 2 days. They're that good. I even made them for Patrick and he liked them too! (And even if he was lying I'm okay with it)

Now that I've sufficiently ranted long enough (sorry, I haven't even had caffeine yet), I want to show you the amazing dinner I made last night with my spiralizer, zucchini and sweet potato! 

-1 zucchini
-1 sweet potato, washed and peeled
-1 Tbs pesto
-1 big handful of kale (precise. I don't really measure)
-1 tsp of crushed red pepper to taste

Set your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Using spriralizer, peel your sweet potato and place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet, and bake for 10 minutes. (I sprayed mine with a bit of cooking spray and sprinkled with kosher salt and pepper)

When your oven starts smoking and the fire alarm goes off, transfer the sweet potato to a nonstick pan and cook until slightly softened.

Next, set a reminder on your phone to clean the oven tomorrow.

Here comes the lazy step. Put kale in a microwave safe bowl, drizzle with olive oil and heat until wilted (about 45 seconds)

Peel your zucchini with the spiralizer and add them to the pan.

Add kale, pesto, and toss together. Top with crushed red pepper and THAT'S LITERALLY IT.

So simple. This is my favorite meal when I want something fast and healthy, but you can add meat if you'd like, a fried egg on top. Get creative! Buying zucchini and a sweet potato cost me a whopping $1 (I had the other ingredients already). 

Let me know what your easy go-to recipes are! I know I'll be posting more!