Having healthy options in our fridge at the start of the week is my number two sanity saver behind working out. I do not require anything elaborate, but I need to have plenty of grab and go options that together, make balanced lunches, dinners and snacks. Otherwise, what’s the point of 5 a.m. workouts (and let’s be serious…it is Girl Scout cookie season)??
But during ski season we are gone numerous weekends in a row and I fall way behind on meal prep each weekend. The result is a lot of weird combinations at night and a reliance on canned soups, frozen meals and bagged salads at work.
Since we still have a few more weeks to go of enjoying the mountains on the weekends I’ve been doubling up on vegetarian crockpot recipes when I can to stock the freezer. However, I have a new go-to for lunches at work that I am totally obsessed with eating.
What’s my latest, “takes one minute, clean eating meal prep hack?” Spiralized zucchini + whatever sounds good to you.
I learned from the Inspiralized cookbook that zucchini noodles can stay fresh in tupperware for up to four days. I find this to be very true! Unlike cucumber noodles which get soggy fast, zucchini noodles hold up well and can be enjoyed cold or hot.
I buy two or three zucchinis over the weekend when I grocery shop and then spiralize them Sunday afternoon or evening. I trim and separate the noodles into individual storage containers and stack them in the fridge. I’ll also ask Mike to grill me some extra salmon or in a pinch, stock up on sustainably-caught canned tuna. When it’s time to pack my lunch I grab a container of zucchini noodles, a handful of tomatoes (and wash at work if the morning is mayhem), an avocado and my protein of choice. At lunch I assemble everything, usually cold, and drizzle the top with a little avocado oil and garlic salt.
The result? Well, it’s typically devoured in minutes and I feel satisfied without being bogged down for the afternoon. If I’m really hungry from an early workout I grab a few crackers to eat alongside the bowl of goodness.
The zucchini noodles can be “dressed up” countless ways to beat lunchtime boredom. Build a rice-less burrito bowl. Add some pesto and shrimp. Toss with hummus and roasted vegetables! Anything goes in my book as long as the prep time is close to zero.