Meal planning and preparation
No amount of knowledge can outperform good planning and prepping. The following method will help you get through the week with ease, save you time and money and ensure you’re getting the most out of your vegetables.
Start by selecting the recipes you would like to prepare for the following week.
Look through your cupboards and fridge to see what is missing.
Make a list of all the ingredients to purchase.
Have a snack before heading to the supermarket to avoid grabbing unhealthy foods due to hunger.
Batch cook your vegetables in advance, portion and freeze.
Defrost your vegetable portion overnight to enjoy the next day.
Non-stick frying pan
Investing in a good quality non-stick frying pan has many benefits. Non-stick frying pans help cook food without the need to use oil/fat, saving you hundreds of calories. They are also much easier to clean.
Investing in some good quality air-tight, microwavable, freezer safe and dishwasher friendly Tupperware is key for portioning and transporting your meals to work.
Some of the recipes are made with ingredients that may seem unfamiliar such as:
- 1 kcal spray oil: 1 tablespoon of olive oil provides 150 calories, compared to 1 kcal spray oil, which provides 1 calorie per spray. Using spray oil will help with cooking, while still controlling your energy intake.
Nutritional yeast flakes can be added to food to give a cheesy, nutty flavour. They are also a good source of B12, folic acid, selenium and zinc. You can find them in any large supermarket chain.
- Cauliflower, kale and broccoli rice can be purchased ready-made from any supermarket chain. Vegetable rice can be a substitute for regular rice. They provide different flavours and textures for your dishes. You can also make your own varieties by grating the vegetables and steaming them.
- Spices and herbs: try to experiment with a variety of different spices and herbs to give your vegetables some extra flavour. Some examples include:
- Curry powder
- Garlic powder
- Onion powder
- Garam Masala
- Chili flakes
- Cayenne pepper
- Coriander (fresh/dried)
- Parsley (fresh/dried)
- Basil (fresh/dried)
Try steaming, poaching, microwaving and roasting rather than boiling to help preserve as many nutrients as possible.
Eat the rainbow
Different coloured vegetables have different vitamins, minerals and fibres. This is why it is important to include a variety of different vegetables in your diet. Try to incorporate some yellow, red, purple, white, green and orange vegetables into your diet.
Find out which non-starchy vegetables are in season here.