WIAW: simple meals edition

I am tired. Recruitment has been going on from 9-5 every day and I am also juggling applications, Nina, internship, work, and life chores (cleaning…bills?….). So, I’m going to spare you the details and simply throw some easy meal ideas at you. Ready?

Breakfasts

Lately, mornings have been very rushed, so I have had lots of protein smoothies, a few bowls of oats, and an amazing whole grain bagel with lox.

Lunches

Arugula salad with roasted figs, squash, and ricotta

Recipe: Serves 1

2 cups arugula

4 fig halves, roasted (bake sliced fresh figs at 400 degrees for 25 minutes)

handful cherry tomatoes

4 oz grilled chicken

3/4 cup carnival (or butternut) squash, baked

drizzle of fig vinaigrette

1/3 cup ricotta cheeze

1 tbsp goat cheese

fresh ground pepper & salt

drizzle of balsamic vinegar

Directions – Ahead of time, roast the figs at 400 degrees for about 25 minutes. Grill chicken breasts on the stove top until white all the way through. Bake the squash at 400 for an hour, or until easily pierced. [I prepared two chicken breasts, 4 squash, and about 20 figs ahead of time for the week.] Keep in the fridge.

To assemble the salad, simply combine all the ingredients, except the balsamic, in a bowl and toss. Drizzle on the balsamic, add a twist of fresh ground pepper and salt, and enjoy.

Eggplant, Onion & Tomato Stacks with Garlic Chicken

Recipe: Serves 1

4 oz chicken

garlic powder

extra virgin olive oil

2 slices of egg plant

1 tomato

1/3 cup onion, sliced

1/2 cup mozarella

1 tbsp feta

handful fresh basil

oregano, thyme, fresh ground pepper & salt

Directions – Preheat the oven to 400. Bake the eggplant for 5-10 minutes to slightly soften. Set the oven to broil.

While it is baking, thoroughly cover a chicken breast in garlic powder and a bit of salt. Saute in a non stick pan with some of the onions on medium heat. Once the chicken is lightly browned and white all the way through, remove from heat.

Rub a bit of olive oil onto the eggplant rounds and top with the sliced onion and tomato. Top with fresh basil and a layer of cheese. Add the oregano, thyme, pepper, and salt. Broil until the cheese is lightly browned. Enjoy!

Grilled chicken, roasted squash, and havarti sandwich with blueberry jam

Recipe: Serves 1

4 oz grilled chicken (or you can use sliced turkey!)

1/2 cup roasted winter squash

2 slices whole grain bread

1 slice havarti cheese

Trader Joes garlic aioli mustard

1-2 tbsp blueberry jam

Directions – Lightly toast the bread. Top with grilled chicken or sliced turkey, squash, and havarti cheese. Broil until the cheese is lightly browned. Slather on a layer of mustard and jam. Add a dash of salt (always). Enjoy!

Dinners

Chicken and vegetable stir fry in a miso coconut sauce

Recipe: Serves 2

1 chicken breast

4 heads of baby bok choy

1/2 cup mushrooms

1/2 cup japanese eggplant

sesame seeds

shredded coconut

1 tbsp coconut oil

2 tbsp tamari sauce

Directions – Heat the coconut oil in a large pan on the stove top on medium heat. Add the chicken and let cook for 2-4 minutes, until mostly white. Add the vegetables and the tamari and let cook until the chicken is completely opaque and the vegetables are soft. Prepare the sauce. Add the sauce to the pan and stir. Plate the stirfry and top with sesame seeds and coconut shreds.

For the coconut miso sauce-

2 tbsp Artisana coconut butter

1 tbsp honey

1 tbsp rice vinegar

1/2 tbsp tamari sauce

1 tsp white miso paste

Directions – Stir it all together!

Thai chicken and basil stir fry

I used this recipe from All Recipes. The only alterations I made were using light coconut milk (because that is what I had) and instead of making rice, I made brown rice noodles. I also omitted the fish sauce and added an extra shake of salt and a dash of sugar. Honestly, it wasn’t that great. I think I can make it over better!

And that concludes my

Good night!

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27 thoughts on “WIAW: simple meals edition

  1. You sound incredibly busy… stop putting me to shame! 😀 I really should be looking for jobs that use my newly received degree, but I just can’t be bothered at the moment. I kind of have my heart set on a post grad. But we’ll see. Some of this food looks literally amazing. Actually, scratch that, all of this food looks literally amazing.

  2. If all my rushed and simple meals looked like those, I would be a happy lady! I love all the roasted squash. I had my first acorn squash since this winter/spring and although it wasn’t the best it was still delicious and made me excited for these to be in season! Good luck with the craziness of life!

  3. Still looks amazing! If it’s simple to make-even better 😀

    Have fun with the crazaynesssss 😀 😀

  4. girl, i am so impressed that you bust out upscale gourmet like NO OTHER even when you’re so busy and multi-tasking and micro-managing. that takes talent. which is why i want to live with you. end of story.
    we never got around to vid-chatting but looks like both of our lives are a pretty crazzzzzy right now. understandable. that’s how life should be lived anyway 😉 when we both have some FREE TIME vidchatting would be AWESOME

  5. lovefriend, you are the goddess of single serve recipes. I love you for it!

    p.s. why did no one tell us that real life wasn’t perfect?! mehh. Hang in there, my girl!

  6. I’m feeling you girl…I’ve been so overwhelmed lately. But all of this? Just delicious, my friend, but with you in the kitchen…I’m not surprised! Thank you for sharing another delicious eat. I hope you have a blessed Saturday. I’m off to celebrate my grandparent’s 60th! Much love.

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