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Eating Healthy On-the-Go: How to Make Meals for the Week in Under An Hour

If the thought of sitting down to write out complicated meals that require following intricate recipes and spending hours at a time in the kitchen, all to “prep” your meals for the week makes you want to strangle a head of broccoli, then you’ve come to the right place. Because that is not what this post is about.

This post is about spending just one hour or less of your free time in the kitchen, prepping a few healthy meals for the week ahead. Of course, cutting down on time means cooking in bulk and therefore eating some of the same meals twice in one week, something I’m totally OK with. So if  you’re ok with that too, then awesome! Let me teach you my ways.

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Spinach and Sweet Potato Mash-up

Like many of my “recipes,” this dish happened totally on accident. In fact, it was a potentially dangerous cooking accident that will give you some candid insight into my true “skill” in the kitchen.

By looking at my food photos (or if you’re lucky enough, tasting one of my meals) you may come to the conclusion that I’m at least a somewhat skilled chef. And I guess that’s true, since like, I can make pancakes and cookies and French toast pretty well. But the real truth is that even though I can make it look effortless by presenting you with a pretty picture of the end product, I’m actually sort of a Kitchen Klutz.

Sure most of my meals taste great, but that doesn’t mean I don’t encounter a few mishaps here an there before ending up with the final product. I’m the instance of this dish, I left a sweet potato baking in the oven for about 20 minutes too long. This resulted in some of the skin starting to ooze and stick to the pan and extra, extra mushy potato.

The sad part is that I had actually set the microwave timer. But when it went off I was preoccupied with something else (probably Instagram) and I thought, “I usually undercook sweet potatoes, so I’ll just give it another 5-10 minutes to make sure it cooks all the way through.”

Well, it’s my own fault for not setting a new timer because 5-10 minutes came and went (time flies when you’re instagramming photos of your food!) and 20 minutes later I was hit by that sudden “oh crap I left something in the oven for longer than I should have” feeling. (Yeah, you know exactly what I’m talking about.)

But the good news is that most of the time, (except for a few REALLY un-fixable mistakes) most kitchen mishaps turn out to be a blessing in disguise. Like in this case, I was forced to mash up my most mushy sweet potato and what I ended up with was this sweet and savory rice dish that, if I’m being honest, I wouldn’t mind eating for dinner every night if I had to.

This dish unintentionally ended up being a perfect balance between sweet and salty and I’m glad that I also decided to add spinach at the last minute, making it even more colorful and adding just enough texture to balance out all of the potato and rice mushiness.

A few recipe notes before you get started. Above is a (Intagram) photo of the original version of this dish, which I made on the fly as and on-the-go meal. You’ll notice that the “official photos” included red kidney beans in the dish, while the original version pictures what the recipe below calls for, which is chick peas. I recommend using chick peas (they just worked better with the flavors), however, feel free to experiment with whatever type of beans you like!

Ingredients (for 1 serving):
1/2 extra soft baked sweet potato, mashed

1/2 cup brown rice, cooked and spiced with turmeric and cumin

1/4 red onion, diced

2 T olive oil

1/2 cup chick peas

1/2 cup tomato, chopped into chunks

1/2 cup baby spinach leaves

Optional: dash of cinnamon and feta cheese for topping


1. In a medium-sized pan, heat olive oil and onion over medium heat until fragrant.

2. Add the rice then toss in the chick peas.

3. Add the mashed sweet potato and stir until everything is well mixed.

4. Add the spinach and tomato and continue to heat over low-medium heat until the leaves are slightly wilted.

5. Optional: sprinkle with a dash of cinnamon and top with feta cheese to serve

*Multiplying ingredients to create additional servings will not effect the end product

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4 Easy Coconut Oil Recipes + Win a 32 oz. Jar of Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil {Closed}

If you don’t have a jar of coconut oil somewhere in your kitchen, then let me just tell you, there is something seriously wrong with your kitchen. Don’t feel bad. I used to be one of the unlucky ones. One of the outsiders who didn’t know that coconut oil is not only a great replacement for butter and other oils in so many recipes, but also, how divinely delectable it tastes.

If you’re in love with coconut oil as much as I am, then you’ll most definitely enjoy my Four Favorite Coconut-oil-incorportaing Recipes below. If you’ve yet to be welcomed into the wondrous world of this fragrant and flavorful cooking staple, well, what the heck are you waiting for?

(Continue reading below to find out how you can enter to win your very own 32 oz. jar of Tropical Traditions Gold Label Coconut Oil.)

1. Vegan Coco-nutty French Toast

2. Chocolate Swirl Brownie Cookies

3. Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes

4. Whole Wheat Sweet Potato Cranberry Muffins

Enter to win a 32 oz. Jar of Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil

Here’s how to enter:

1. Subscribe to the Tropical Traditions newsletter and then leave a comment below letting me know that you did so.

2. Bonus entries include: Following Tropical Traditions on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest, then tweet: @Hungry_Runner I’m ready to cook with #CoconutOil! I connected with @troptraditions to enter to win a 32oz. jar! (+ the link to this post)”

Entries will be accepted until Friday January 4th at Midnight.

Good luck my lovely Hungry Readers! What are some of your favorite recipes that incorporate coconut oil? Share them with me in the comments below!

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Whole Wheat Sweet Potato Cranberry Muffins

On Thanksgiving, I baked up a batch of The Lean Green Bean’s “Cranberry Sweet Potato Cottage Cheese Muffins” for my Read More

3 Healthy “Junk Food” Recipes

Pizza and doughnuts and Pop Tarts oh my! What, you thought I didn’t eat junk food? Ha! Yeah right. These Read More

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