Experiment #13: Cook One Healthy Day of Meals

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Breakfast

  1. A fast, dairy-free, high fiber Coconut Chia Seed Pudding by Din's Emily Olson LaFave
  2. Put 2 tablespoons of chia seeds into a jar with a sealable lid.
  3. Add 1/2 can of coconut milk (7 oz) and shake well.
  4. Wait 20-30 minutes for the seeds to expand. 
  5. Top with nuts, seeds, fruits and serve.
healthy lunch

Lunch

Farro + Kale Salad by A Beautiful Mess's Emma Chapman

  1. Boil 2 cups farro in 4 cups of salted water for 20 minutes.
  2. Drain, rinse in cold water, and set aside. 
  3. Chop leaves of kale into small pieces and massage with olive oil to soften.
  4. Chop a cucumber into very small pieces.
  5. Combine farro, kale, and cucumber with some sunflower seeds and cranberries in large bowl. Coat with some olive oil. 
  6. Make dressing by combining 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar and 1 tbsp honey.
  7. Dress salad and season with salt as needed. Makes 6 servings.

Dinner

We roast a lot of chickens in our house. That sounded violent. Let me say it another way. Perhaps a nice roasted chicken with a side of veggies for dinner?

We do this often because it's actually really easy. It makes the house smell great, and you get really useful leftovers. 

My approach, in sentence form: Put fennel, multi-colored carrots, broccoli, or other root vegetables under a dry chicken in a baking dish. Bake at 475 for around an hour. The veg act as a rack as well as making the whole thing a one-pan dish. 

If you're more comfortable with a step-by-step, go with the Molly Ringwald chicken I linked to above, or Gabi Moskowitz's 3rd date chicken. Both will treat you right.

If this experiment works for you, hit the heart to let others know they should give it a try!