Good morning! Today is Sunday – or for some of us – Meal Prep Day as well. I used to prep entire meals… but you know sometimes they get boring. The same sloppy joe, taco meat, chicken in marinade…. I thought I would try INGREDIENT prepping instead! What is ingredient prepping? Instead of spending time creating whole meals, you prepare the ingredients instead. Here are some of the ones I do now:
- Zucchini noodles (try this recipe, or my new simpler version is to saute a diced red bell pepper, add half a can of diced tomatoes with a tablespoon of pizza/Italian seasoning, then add zoodles) – Just remember to put paper towels at the bottom of the zoodles to absorb excess moisture)
- Sweet Potato Toast
- Hard-boiled eggs
- Peel and cut oranges – store in glass jars
- Brown or wild rice
- Cooked chicken or ground turkey
- Roast vegetables: asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower, etc.
- Chop celery and store in water for snacks
- Slice Cucumber for kids snack
- And of course… Sweet Potato toast!
Once all of the ingredients are prepped – you can just add your condiments or sauces and create more meals from these like… chicken and rice bowls, chicken salad, Korean rice bowl, spaghetti and sauce, egg salad sandwich, etc.
Here is the recipe for today:
Instead of bread, the sweet potato replaces all that and acts as bread! Lots of fiber, vitamins and fewer carbohydrates. Here is a list of some amazing toppings we have tried:
- Add butter just like you would toast
- Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar
- Smashed Avocado
- Top with Everything but the Bagel Seasoning (AMAZING!!!!)
- Honey and Bananas
- Honey and Pecans
- Fried Egg or Scrambled Eggs
Sweet Potato Toast
- 2-4 large sweet potatoes
- Cooking spray (I use olive oil)
- Salt and pepper (optional)
- Everything but the Bagel Seasoning (optional but tasty!)
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.Coat a rimmed cookie sheet with cooking spray or parchment paper.
- Wash and peel the sweet potatoes. Cut off the ends. Using a large sharp knife, cut the sweet potato into 1/4"-1/2" slices lengthwise - so you get large slice of "toast". I slice the potato in half usually and then cut the other two sides.
- Place the sweet potatoes onto the cookie sheet. Spraying with olive oil cooking spray. Flip and spray the other side. Now, you can add salt and pepper or Everything but the Bagel seasoning if you like. Bake 15-25 minutes. I like mine dark brown and caramelized. The potato should be cooked thoroughly and poke through with a fork quite easily.
- Allow to cool on a cooling rack. Eat immediately or store in the fridge for 3-5 days.
- **When re-heating, just place it in the toaster oven like a piece of toast. If you have a pop-up toaster, this will work as well but just check to be sure the sweet potato is large enough to pull out easily. Time will depend on your toaster.