I’ve finally realized I’ve reached that really special age in life: My friends are starting to get married. The only thing that concerns me in this situation is not that I need to start fiancée hunting, but that my bank account is going to slowly deplete for the next five years until I’ve bought every steak knife set at Bed, Bath, & Beyond. Let’s consider some unique gift ideas for the bride and groom.
Are you spending too much money on lunch? Are you too lazy to make something for yourself every day? Well, I have a solution for you – make meals in bulk! It’s an old college trick of mine. Make any of these meals on Monday, and you’ll have lunch all week! And the best part about these five options – they’re all pretty healthy! It’ll save you money and time by cooking in bulk as well. So check out these five healthy recipes to make in bulk.
Three words I’d use to describe pasta salad: delicious, refreshing and delicious. I wish all of you could come try my mom’s pasta salad, it’s literally addicting. But I can give you a recipe that’s quite similar (find it here). It’s extremely simple and only uses a few ingredients. My suggestion is to toss in some skinless grilled chicken for it’s a great source of protein and nutrients.
This is not Garfield’s lasagna. This is healthy, vegetarian lasagna that should not be eaten all at once like the famous fat orange cat. This is just like how your Italian (well, she doesn’t have to be Italian), grandmother used to make it, but just take out the meat. I know, I know. It’s just not the same without the ground beef, but give it a shot. It’s light and tasty, and you’ll feel much better after eating it.
Minestrone is another one of my mom’s recipes that I wish you could indulge in. But this recipe is pretty darn close for a great-tasting soup you can enjoy. Minestrone soup is full of vegetables like beans, carrots, celery, tomatoes and in this recipe, zucchini. This is a tasty, hearty and filling soup that you can enjoy day after day.
This was THE go-to meal for me in college. My roommates and I would pool our nickels and dimes, head to the grocery store, buy the largest and cheapest package of 73/27 (lean/fat) ground beef and cook up about 25 tacos. But college is over and you can’t eat without a care anymore. Good news though: It’s quite easy to enjoy this Mexican treat a bit healthier. A quick swap of ground beef to ground turkey, and boom, you’re looking at a healthy snack that you can enjoy for the whole week. You can also use that delectable seasoned turkey meat for other tasty eats like nachos or salads.
Pick your protein. It’s fairly easy to make and I guarantee you’ll surprise yourself at how good your stir-fry will be. There are so many ways to go about stir-frying. Whether you pick Chicken, shrimp or just vegetables, you’ll find that they’re all very tasty. And don’t limit yourself to the ingredients in the recipes; if you like pea pods, add some pea pods! If you can’t live without bell peppers, chop em’ up and toss em’ in there!
I’d suggest making a few of these on a Sunday, so you have some variety through out the week. Minestrone Monday. Turkey taco Tuesday. OK – well that’s all of the possible alliterations, but you get the point.
Do you have any other healthy bulk recipes? Share in the comments section below!