One of the meals that I am slowly trying to get away from is also the easiest meal for me to make! Zap some dogs, zap some beans, plop some salad on a plate. Done! The meal literally takes about five minutes from start to eating. So what is it? We refer to it as the “hot dog meal.”
Baked beans eaten with FSTG (food should taste good) chips, potato salad eaten with cucumber, and a "hot dog." No utensils necessary! Come on, yummy! No? Well, to each their own. =)
Earlier in the day I’ll make my own potato salad with red potatoes, mustard, (unclean) relish and (unclean) mayo. Now using greek or plain yogurt for the mayo is pretty easy, but what to do about the relish? I use a tablespoon for the salad, and I use a bit more on top of my “hot dog.”
I’m sure I could make my own relish, but I use just over a tablespoon a week. I have found “clean” eating to be the hardest when it comes to meals like this. I love relish! But I don’t use it enough to convince me to take the time to make my own. Then what would I do with it? Freeze it and attempt to scrape out enough for me to use each week?
The other “unclean” part that so far has been hard for me to fix is the baked beans. I only eat about a third of a cup of beans. I could make up a batch of my own beans I suppose, but it seems like it would take a lot of effort to make them in my slow cooker and then put them…somewhere to portion out the tiny amount I have each week. Ugh, silly can of easy to dish out and zap in seconds, beans!
The easiest part to change? Definitely the “dogs.” I can make my own veggie burgers so I’m sure I could my own veggie dogs. I could probably even use the same recipe, although I’m not sure how exactly I would cook them…..
I just eat the most random things I guess and it seems easier to try and clean up my existing meals than to create so many new ones. I am so new at this “clean eating” thing that sometimes I just feel like I am in over my head. So I give up for a night and just make one of my usual staples.
The other thing that I’ve still had problems with is finding a salsa recipe I actually like. Plus it makes up a ton and I use…maybe two tablespoons a week? I don’t really feel like making up a salsa batch each week, but then I also don’t know how to store salsa so that it will last, and also be easy for me to dish out my small portion.
I just enjoy things in small doses? I don’t know! How do people do this? The dinners I make are completely different from one another. I don’t reuse the same items. I like the variety.
So I guess my question for today is: what are your dinners like? Do you make up a batch of something at the beginning of the week that you use throughout? Do you ever worry about the chemicals you’re consuming?