How to manage your time and prepare a salad to go
Are you most of the time during the day out of the home and you don’t have enough time to prepare your meals in order to eat “healthy”? If you have a full-time job, these are the right tips for you, how to manage your time and prepare food for work – a salad to go.
You don’t need a precise recipe for a salad. You can change the recipe depending on what ingredients you may have in the kitchen – your lunch can taste different every day. In that way, you won’t get bored eating the same thing day after day. Feel free to combine different ingredients, depending on your personal taste.
All you need is some proteins, vegetables, and dressing
Proteins – such as meat, fish, eggs or other substitutes. Let’s tell the truth – almost nobody has time to cook every day. That’s why, whenever you cook meat (for example), try making as much as you can, slice the meat into pieces and freeze it. If you freeze the meat while it’s fresh, it will remain fresh when you defrost it. You can prepare the meat during the weekends or whenever you have more time to cook. Then, you can defrost it using the microwave (yes – it’s not that healthy using the microwave, but it’s still convenient when you are busy).
Vegetables – for a salad base. Whenever you buy vegetables, clean them first and store them in the fridge. It can be hard sometimes, however, when you’re tired, you’re certainly not in the mood of going through the whole process of cleaning and cutting the vegetables. Always have in the fridge leafy green vegetables – lettuce, arugula, cabbage, etc. Combine the leafy greens with other types of vegetables – cucumbers, tomatoes, bell peppers, etc.
Dressing – olive oil and lemon juice (or vinegar) are the basic ingredients for every type of dressing. Add spices and other ingredients like parsley, ginger, toasted sesame seeds, pepper, yogurt, sour cream, cheese or mustard to enhance the flavor of your dressing. You can store the dressing in the fridge for 1-2 days.
Packing – in salad containers. It’s important to store the salad and the dressing in separate containers to have a fresh meal. Combine them before you are ready to eat. There are a lot of different jars, small containers for dressing or meal containers with a built-in dressing holder. If you pack a salad in a jar, the idea is to start with the dressing on the bottom of the jar and work your way up through the lighter ingredients, until you end up with the salad greens. When you are ready to eat, shake the jar well and put the salad into a bowl.
While preparing a meal every day for work may be hard at the beginning, eventually, it becomes a routine that you don’t even bother doing. The portable salad recipe is short and easy: have always cooked meat and washed vegetables, and make your own homemade dressing. Use these simple tips to make your life healthier even if you are busy.