Welcome to Busy Women Mealtime Makeover! Whether you are one of the lovely busy ladies participating in the makeover or just interested in taking your meals up a notch – girl, do I have some rockin’ recipes for you! From now until March 2nd, I’ll be featuring twelve new delicious makeover-friendly recipes. These recipes are from other busy women like me and you! This week, we are focusing on eating more winter foods. (And if you want to join in and get the entire makeover PDF complete with meal plans, shopping lists and recipes, videos and photos of me cooking for added support, weekly emails with additional recipes and kitchen tips and tricks and access to our online forum, you can totally start a few days late – click here and sign up!)
I love sweets and so does my friend Cameron. Cameron is a health coach and a mama to a beautiful baby girl. Cameron and I agree that just because you have a sweet tooth, doesn’t mean that you have to give them up. The trick is making something just as yummy with healthier ingredients. Join Cameron for a free program, Naturally Sweet, starting March 26th. You’ll get recipes, videos, a mini-cookbook and more!
Cameron, you are busy, right? How do you get a decent, healthy meal on the table?
As a new mama to a 5 month old, my days are busy indeed! I love cooking and so I make time to put about 4 homemade dinners on the table per week (the other days we eat leftovers or go out). Since I work from home, I also make my own breakfast and lunch. Having a stocked pantry and freezer for me is key. I like to buy food in bulk, staples like quinoa, organic chicken and fish, beans and rice. I then get fresh produce a couple times per week at the store. I start prepping in the early since I don’t usually get a long chunk of time to cook. For example, in the morning I may set out the meat to defrost, later while my daughter naps I may chop veggies or cook rice, and before my husband comes home from work I’ll do the finishing touches like saute kale or bake the fish.
Why do you make healthy, real food a priority?
I was lucky to grow up with a mom who valued healthy, real food. I spent countless hours shopping with her as a child at our local food co-op. We always had to stir our peanut butter, never had white bread and even had a limit to the grams of sugar we could get in our cereal! That foundation of healthy eating has served me well my whole life: I love vegetables and whole grains, and I just feel better when I eat good food. It’s that simple.
What is your favorite thing to make when it is cold outside?
When it’s cold outside I love making comfort food. These days I’ve been experimenting with how to make healthy versions of traditional favorites like jambalaya, chili, mashed potatoes and muffins. I believe you can have the best of both if you make a few adjustments like adding in whole wheat flour to your cookies or kale to your mashed potatoes.
What is that one thing that busy people can do this winter to eat a little healthier?
Find a dark, leafy green you like and learn how to cook it at home. It could be kale, chard, collards, or spinach. They are so delicious but so many of us don’t know what to do with them! We need to change this.
What is your favorite gadget in the kitchen?
That’s a great question. I just got a Kitchenaid mixer and that is hands down my favorite “tool.” I also really like to have good pairing knives and a good vegetable peeler. I don’t think you need to many gadgets though. Most of the time I just use my hands!
Sweet Potato Apple Crumble
2 granny smith apples, diced
2 sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
4 tbsp maple syrup
1/3 cup raisins
4 tbsp butter or Earth Balance
1 cup oats
1/2 cup brown rice flour
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp clove
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 cup chopped nuts
Preheat oven to 375. In medium bowl, mix oats, brown rice flour, nuts, clove, nutmeg, 1 tsp cinnamon and 2 tbsp maple syrup. Add butter and mix until well combined. Place apples, sweet potato and raisins in 9×13 inch baking dish. Add remaining maple syrup and cinnamon. Mix until evenly distributed. Cover with oat mixture and bake for 35-40 minutes until topping is brown. Serves 8.