Fast and Easy

People say that they don’t cook because they don’t have time. It is much easier to pick up the phone and order, or to get in the car and drive through. Eating out doesn’t have to equate to unhealthy food. Sometimes, there are considerably healthy options when you are ordering from an establishment. In my opinion, it is absolutely alright to order out once in a while, but it is crucial that we cook our own food the majority of the time.

For one thing, eating out is EXPENSIVE. It is really east to spend $15.00 on a single meal. A home cooked meal will more than likely cost you half that amount.

When we cook our own food, we have complete control. We know exactly how much of each ingredient we are putting in. We can add extra greens, omit excess salt, and make sure that the dish has JUST enough spice :)

If time is of the essence, make sure you are prepared! Here are a few suggestions on how to make home cooking easy and fast :

  1. Frozen vegetables: Open the bag, spray a pan, cook…Voala! Veggies cooked in under 5 minutes
  2. Pre-cook grains: Whenever I cook quinoa or brown rice, I make enough to last me for the week. Put it in a Tupperware and store it in the fridge. It re-heats really quickly, and you don’t have to waste your time making and remaking the same thing.—-(Use About 3 cups of water to 1.5 cups of grain when cooking)
  3. Easy Proteins: When I’m in a rush, my go to proteins are: eggs, black beans, and frozen shrimp. Eggs can be cooked in a mug (spray with cooking spray, pour 1/2 cup egg whites and microwave for 1 and a half minutes). Beans can be thrown on anything, and frozen shrimp cook in about 5 minutes.

Here is my favorite quick meal. It is satisfying, fast, and extremely cost-effective :)


Vegetable “fried” Quinoa

  • 1/2 cup liquid egg whites (or 3 whole egg whites)
  • 1/2 bag of frozen veggies (I used asian blend)
  • 1/4 cup quinoa
  • 1 tsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1-2 cloves of chopped garlic
  • 2-3 tbs soy sauce
  • 3 tbs water
  • optional: fresh chopped ginger, sriracha sauce

Spray a pan with Non-stick spray. Cook veggies and garlic with 3 tbs of water (cover for about 3 minutes). While veggies are cooking, spray a coffee mug with non-stick spray, and microwave eggs for about 1 1/2 minutes.  Chop the egg whites into small pieces and add along with  soy sauce and quinoa to pan and stir. (Add optional sriracha).

Transfer to a bowl, stir in sesame oil, use chopsticks (because they are fun) and ENJOY!!!

Food cooked at home always tastes better :)


Decisions Decisions!

“What do I want for dinner tonight?”

This question plagues us every night. You ask yourself: Do I want Sushi? Perhaps some pizza would do the trick. Or maybe I should just screw a traditional dinner and eat ICE CREAM!!! (I have done this before…sorry mom).

Last night, as I was pondering my choices, I came to a dilemma. I wanted an omelette. No, I wanted veggie stir fry. No I DEFINITELY wanted an omelette….but stir fry sounded SO good.


Well, I decided not to make a decision. I would have both. Yup, I was going to make sure that I could have my omelette, and also enjoy the vegetable sensation that is the Asian Stir Fry.

image-92Perhaps this isn’t the most gorgeous picture, but I promise this tasted like heaven.

Stir Fry Omelette

  • 4 egg whites
  • chopped asian Inspired veggies of choice (I used shiitaki mushrooms, bean sprouts, carrots, pepper, kale, onion, broccoli sprouts and green pepper)
  • 1/4 cup cheese of your choice
  • 1/4 cup quinoa
  • 1 tbs soy sauce
  • Sriracha (if you like spicy)
  • 3 tbs water

Spray a pan with cooking spray. Cook the veggies by adding water and “Stir Frying” them. Once veggies are cooked, drain excess water and push them to one side of the pan. Next, pour egg whites over the veggies and the “empty space” in the pan. Add cheese to the veggie side. pour the soy sauce and sriracha over the eggs. Flip the egg to make an omelette! Serve over quinoa. ENJOY!!!




Sometimes the dilemmas in our lives lead to great discoveries…:)