With half marathon training in full swing, one of my favorite go-to lunches has quickly carried over into dinner. With daily workouts immediately following my full workday, I don’t have the time to prepare an elaborate meal once I get home and shower. Nor does my hunger grant me the patience… I’m usually too ravenous to wait for anything that takes over 10 minutes. Does this race to make a home cooked, hearty, and nutritious meal in minutes sound familiar?
My favorite meal of the moment consists of a large salad (I like baby field greens mixed with arugula which adds a spicy, nutty flavor) topped with good stuff like fruit (I switch off between slices of apple, mango, and pear), pre-shredded carrots, edamame, and onion drizzled with olive oil and vinegar. Sides include cottage cheese and either a sweet potato or these great little pizzas topped with spinach that I discovered from Trader Joes. They are delicious, 140 calories each, and since they are precooked they take approximately 5 minutes in the (toaster) oven.
Although sweet potatoes take approximately 45 minutes to bake, prepare them ahead of time for dinner and they take but a minute to reheat in the microwave. Or, if you’re home you can use my lunchtime method: I pop mine into the toaster oven at work approximately 45 minutes before I plan to take my lunch.
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees
- Rinse desired number of sweet potatoes under water. Pat dry.
- Take a fork and poke random holes all over the potatoes
- Set on tin foil in oven and bake for approximately 45 minutes. Bake time will vary by size
These are so easy to prepare, high in nutrients, and naturally flavorful (I don’t even add butter!) that they have become a staple in my diet. I am, however, considering experimenting with home baked sweet potato fries. Do you have a home baked sweet potato recipe I should try?