last week, i was hunting down ideas for sunday food prep, and on sunday, i plan into action. i made a variety of yummy dishes that fit the bill for various niches in my meal plan, so packing lunches this week was an absolute breeze. you bet your booty i’ll be doing sunday food preps as often as is humanly possible. it was a great way to switch things up a bit, also.
i’ve been instructed to have just a bit of carbohydrate-action for one of my afternoon meals, and i’ve been filling the need with quinoa (because it’s easy and i can make a ton of it at one time), but this week, i spiced things up (literally) with a new item: sweet potato chips with chili powder and sea salt.
first, i sliced up the sweet potatoes in to “chip” size pieces:
i threw them in a bowl with about 1.5 tablespoons of olive oil (just enough to coat the three potatoes i chopped), chili powder and sea salt to taste. i lined them up on a baking sheet, and threw them in the oven at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes, flipping them halfway through. when they’ve cooked to satisfaction, it helps crisp them up a bit to place them on a cooling rack.
while all this was going on, i was simultaneously working on my quinoa salad for the week (quinoa + veggies, in the right proportions = complete protein!) i started by soaking my chopped beets in olive oil, balsamic vinegar and a bit of salt.
after letting them soak for a bit, i threw THOSE in the oven at 400 degrees as well. the beets take a bit longer, and the time always varies for me. i just constantly check on them, flipping them around to make sure they roast evenly. on this occasion, they took about 45 minutes to get to the consistency i wanted them to be.
once they cooled, i took the beets and added them to a batch of quinoa i’d already made (i LOVE our rice cooker for hands off quinoa cooking!), along with some crumbled goat cheese and chopped red cabbage.
in between all of these tasks, i had chicken soaking in olive oil and hot sauce…
after i felt the flavors had soaked in enough, i threw it in the oven in a pyrex baking dish at … you guessed it – 400 degrees, for about 20 minutes.
i took a quick break for some coffee and historical perspective while i waited for my eggs to hard boil …
after all that, i had a hefty clean-up job, but it was worth it to have a LOT more extra time throughout the week.
what kinds of foods do YOU prep before the week starts?