Healthy Ideas for the Lazy: Vegetables in a Bag

Although I enjoy cooking, I am the first one to admit, spending hours preparing food is not my idea of a good time. And I am particularly lazy when it comes to preparing vegetables. Sure I know vegetables are good for me and I actually enjoy eating them, they just seem to be equally easy to forgo preparing when time gets tight.

This is why one of my favourite “convenience” products are Eat Smart bagged vegetables. Most convenience, pre-packaged food tend to detract from your pursuit of optimal health; however, pre-cut and pre-washed vegetables are godsends. All you have to do it open the bag and eat – how easy is that?

In fact, one bag a day (which will cost you only $2-$2.50) is a great way to add 4 servings of vegetables to your diet. Extrapolate that out to a week and for around $15 dollars, you can excuse-proof your required vegetable consumption. From a cost-benefit perspective, this is the type of lifestyle change that yield the biggest benefits to your health and physique.

And as always, to help you make eating more vegetables a reality, here’s a quick and easy recipe for you to try:

Peanut-Chili Stir Fry (Peanut butter stir fry recipe)
Makes 4 servings

1 bag of mixed or stir-fry vegetables
3 chicken breasts
1 tsp coconut cooking oil
1/2 cup peanut butter
3 TBSP garlic-chili sauce
3 TBSP E.D. Smith’s Syrup (for you carb counters) or 2 TBSP honey

  1. In a frying pan, heat 1 TSP of oil.
  2. Chop chicken into bite-sized pieces and add to pan.
  3. Cook until golden-brown on the outside.
  4. Add vegetables to pan and cook.
  5. In a cup, combine peanut butter, chili sauce and syrup.
  6. Add 1/4-1/2 cup water (more if desired) and stir well.
  7. Add peanut sauce to the pan, reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.

*adjust ingredients as needed to achieve preferred balance between chili and peanut butter
** you can also add more vegetables as desired

Per serving: 490 calories, 22 g fat, 22 g carbohydrates, 51 g protein

There you go, pretty simple. To speed this recipe up further, you can use pre-cooked chicken breasts. Toss toss everything into a pan, cover with the sauce and heat for 5-10 minutes.

Give it a try and let me know what you think.

Till next time, train hard and eat clean!

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