Recipe Corner:Healthy Eats for Career Change Treats

I know, I know, it’s a weird blog post title, but I think it pretty much sums it up. When we’re trying to keep up with our 9-5 (or 8-6, or 8-7, or whichever time frame you fall into) AND make major career change moves, health and wellness are often the first things that fly out the window. Hence, this edition of recipe corner gives you some ideas for how to automate things in your favor to be able to get your ish done, while feeling good about yourself.

“I don’t have time to make or buy healthy food!” “It’s too much work!” “I’m lazy and have no recipes!” These are the things my clients say to me when we’re going through their Life Design work at the beginning of our sessions.

Now, I’m not a trained wellness professional, but you don’t have to be to know that what you’re putting in your body makes a HUGE difference regarding how you feel. Which then eventually.. you guessed it- gives you more energy to tackle your day while making time for the career change in your spare time. Consider adopting a version of this recipe corner idea to help you out here.

And you don’t have to be Giada de Laurentis to make this happen. In honor of Cinco De Mayo, here is my step by step recipe guide to eating healthily without breaking the bank or taking up lots of valuable time:

  1. Invest in a simple slow cooker. One with a high, low and warm setting is fine. 4-6 quart is best (and 6 quarts for sure if you’re cooking for 2+)
  2. Download the Wunderlist app. Forget about paper grocery lists- make a groceries list in your new app and add to it as you think of things you need or a recipe you want to make. My grocery list is done by Friday for my weekend shopping without a whole lot of effort.
  3. It’s all about the Google search, baby: Put in search terms like, “easy vegetarian Mexican slow cooker meals” or “easy vegetarian slow cooker enchiladas”. A ton of results will come up, so resist the urge to go down the rabbit hole and go with a site you trust or a recipe with lots of reviews. I like allrecipes.com, food.com, skinnyms.com realsimple.com and epicurious.com. I usually make sure the word “easy” is in there, so it pretty much is dump it in, set and forget.
  4. In honor of Cinco (!!) I made this recipe this week. Because I don’t understand making it in the shell (gooey and slopping in my mind), I just make the filling and don’t worry about all the toppings. I set it, forget it and then store it for the week. I’ll then warm up enchilada shells to go with it for lunch. Easy, quick, healthy (Hint: II limit or remove the cheese, don’t add salt, buy whole wheat tortillas or eat it bare and buy all low sodium ingredients- adapt it to make it even healthier!). BOOM. Done. Grab and go lunches.

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    Courtesy of www.realsimple.com

  5. Pin it! Or if you’re me, just save it somewhere. As you go, you’ll build up options that make it easy to just go in and pick one or two to make for the week.

2 thoughts on “Recipe Corner:Healthy Eats for Career Change Treats

  1. Nice! For me, getting back in touch with home cooking is also a stress reliever, as I have to be mindful when I’m cooking. And so it helps me distract me from compulsive thought processes about work or finding work.

    • YES! Me too, Kelly! It’s so true. My meditation training is showing me that cooking is a great way to practice mindfulness since you have to focus on one task at a time. Thanks for reading!

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