No Food Prep: Veggie Edition
Vegetables are packed with micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) that are responsible for a lot of our bodily functions. They affect our mood, energy levels, how our muscles/organs function, how we sleep, and so much more. Red veggies help with heart health, yellow with skin health, orange with inflammation, green with cleansing your body, blue/purple veggies supply you with antioxidants, and white veggies help your immune system (the same goes for fruit by the way!).
A lot of people struggle with finding recipes to cook vegetables, and they can be even more time consuming to prep. Here are my finds at the grocery store to help you get more veggies in your diets with the least amount of effort and work.
LOTS of frozen, steamable veggies in the frozen food aisle!
There are SO many options at these two stores
Frozen rainbow cauliflower (super easy to cook, just toss in a pan for 10 mins and stir occasionally)
Microwavable broccoli florets
Frozen microwavable mushrooms
Microwavable frozen asparagus, and more
CECE'S VEGGIE NOODLE CO.:
Butternut squash spirals
I've even seen carrot spirals (although these were at Trader Joe's, not Cece's)
Brussels SPROUTS (brussels and red bell peppers)
root fusion (carrots, beets, apples, sweet potatoes)
broccoli remix (broccoli, chickpeas, yellow peppers)
super greens (kale, spinach, swiss chard)
cauliflower and green beans
Italian blend (carrots, broccoli, beans, red peppers, cauliflower)
cut green beans
mixed vegetables (corn, green beans, carrots)
whole asparagus (microwavable)
GROCERY STORE BRANDS:
Prepped and steamable brussel sprouts
Prepped and steamable green beans
Most of these pair great with hummus
As long as you have a knife on hand, you'll be good to go!
A veggie platter works too! Carrots, peas, celery, grape tomatoes, pre-cut broccoli.
ALL pre-cut BROCCOLI, cauliflower, carrots
Toss on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Season and roast for 20-30 mins or until done. Some of these are even steamable in their bags.
The peas you can eat right out of the bag.
Fresh Express has several types
other brands I saw were Taylor Farms
Lots of stores have pre-made salads too
Spinach and romaine lettuce require zero prep - maybe a quick chop.
Bonus - you can saute spinach in only a few minutes!
alfalfa sprouts or bean sprouts - zero prep!
Author: Megan Markoff, Black Iron Nutrition Coach, @megmarkoffcoaching