3 Simple Make Ahead Recipes
By Tasha Edwards of Hip Healthy Chick
As a fitness professional who is always on the go and mother of two active children, I find myself constantly searching for quick, healthy and easy options I can take with me or make in a minimal amount of time to soothe my raging appetite. I am not a fast food person, and I love fresh ingredients. My family and I also have different food preferences, so I have found a few things that help us meet in the middle: sauces, smoothies and soups.
I follow a plant-based diet, but my family does not. We often share grains and vegetables but eat different proteins. One can only eat so much tofu and tempeh, so I learned to use/make different marinades to change the flavor.
Usually at the beginning of the week, I will steam a bunch of tempeh, and my husband will grill chicken breasts. Then, we decide how to use it during our weekly meals. I like to marinade my chicken, and my children like to dip. One of the sauces I use is a spicy Orange Chipotle sauce. I often brush the tempeh and grill it, but it can be used as a marinade as well.
Orange Chipotle Sauce
2-3 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, depending on how much heat you like
2 tsp of adobo sauce from the can
2 medium tomatoes (or 1 large)
2 tsp honey Juice of two oranges
1 tsp chipotle orange salt (sea salt is fine)
2 tsp cilantro
Cumin to taste
Add all of the ingredients to your jar and blend until smooth. I used the Batters cycle.
Some nights, when returning home from the gym, I’m exhausted and don’t want to eat. Other times, I wake up in the morning, exhausted from the gym, and I don’t want to cook. That’s when smoothies come in handy. Everyone in my house LOVES smoothies. I deal with a lot of bursitis in my Achilles, and dark leafy greens, ginger, turmeric, the bromelain in pineapple, and the omega 3’s are inflammation fighters. I used that information to create my inflammation fighting smoothie. My kids (both athletes) drink it up!
1 cup pineapple
1 cup strawberries
2 cups spinach
1 inch piece of fresh ginger
1 tsp turmeric
1 tbsp hemp seed
5 pitted dates (or a sweetener of your choice if you so choose)
½ cup of water (more if you’re using frozen fruit)
Handful of ice (if you are not using frozen fruit)
I used my Blendtec’s Smoothie cycle, and it came out perfectly.
What I LOVE about the Blendtec is the Soup cycle. I am always cold, and there is nothing like a quick, healthy, delicious soup to warm you up. Years ago, I learned to use potatoes as a method for making quick soups, boiling the potato and then adding sautéed vegetables (broccoli, squash, mushrooms, etc.), blending them together and then having a “creamed” soup.
In recent years, I learned that cashews make the creamiest, most delicious soups. Here’s a recipe for my daughter’s favorite tomato soup. We just add protein on the side and a salad and dinner is served!
½ cup of cashews soaked for at least an hour
½ cup of sundried tomatoes soaked for at least an hour (reserve soaking water)
2 medium tomatoes (or 1 large; my favorite is heirloom)
2 cloves of fresh garlic
½ tsp Italian seasoning
1 tsp minced onion
½ cup water
I used the Soup cycle on my Blendtec and wow! I loved that I didn’t have to keep checking it and checking it. When it went off, it was done, smooth and hot! Meal time has become less complicated, more healthy and more fun.
Having a Blendtec has made experimenting (and clean up) less of a hassle and more exciting. I wish I could carry it in my gym bag! With so many options, Blendtec makes it easy to eat on the run without the guilt.
Raw veggies can be thrown into the jar of the Blendtec. Raw carrots, beets, celery, potatoes, broccoli, etc. will be blended/pureed by the Blendtec to make soup, sauce, marinades, dips for your favorite recipe. The soaking/roasting of items changes/enhances the flavor(s).
Comparing this to vitamix. You can put raw vegetables in vitamix and it will break them down and make soup, but not get so hot that it is no longer considered to be a raw food. Blend tech requires a lot of extra prep work it seems soaking things and softening them before you can put them in the blender. Is this correct? I can’t just throw raw veggies in it would be to hard on the machine? Just curious. Thanks in advance for clarification.
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