Meal Prep: Gluten Free Pasta and Organic Veggies

I’m no cook, like at all. I literally started cooking maybe two or three months ago, but now I’m trying out other recipes besides chicken and other meats. I want to eat more veggies, besides salads, because those are getting old real fast, so I decided to make pesto pasta and add a bunch of vegetables to that! Since I don’t really have time to cook throughout the week, because my commute to work is about two hours one way; I still need time to go to the gym, have a life, and sleep at some point, I decided to start meal prepping on Sundays. It saves me time and money meal prepping, and it’s easier to eat healthy and be mindful of what’s going in my body because I already took the time to think about those things on Sunday.

I’ve also discovered a love for Whole Foods, also known as “Whole Paycheck”, but when you think about all of the healthy options that you have to choose from, you end up saving money in doctor’s fees and other medical bills, so is Whole Foods really expensive? Hmm… Plus, prepping your own meals is actually cheaper, compared to ordering/eating out all the time. Fun Tip: Whole Paycheck…I mean Whole Foods actually has an app that helps you save on items that are being featured at that time. What I love about their app compared to Safeway,  for example, is that you don’t have to add coupons to your library. Instead the Whole Foods app just pulls from the coupon database and picks the discounts according to what items you’re purchasing; so theoretically you’ll never miss out on savings because you never have to worry about finding the coupons yourself! And most of the time the coupons can be used for produce and meats which is awesome because that tends to be the most expensive, especially when by local, organic, grass fed, and all that great stuff.

Here’s what I put in my Pesto Pasta:

Tinkyada Pasta Joy Ready Organic Brown Rice Pasta Spirals (Wheat & Gluten Free)

Organic Onions, Red Bell Peppers, Tomatoes, & Zucchini 

Belani Basil Pepper

It took about 1-2 hours to cook including prep of cutting the vegetables, letting the water boil, and mixing the pasta with all of the ingredients I chopped up. For me, I’ve always been nervous to cook because i wasn’t sure if I’d be any good at it, but it’s really not as difficult as it looks, and if you make the time to learn and do it.

 

Marah Renee

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