5 nutritious recipes for when there’s just no time. – Food Pharmacy

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5 nutritious recipes for when there’s just no time.

We often wake up feeling confident and ambitious. But when we remove the dust from our eyes, we discover that we have lots of kids, jobs, activities, homework, laundry and bills to pay. And somewhere, deep in the jungle, we realize that we’re not making lasagna today. It will have to wait until another day. Or decade. Or life.

But it doesn’t mean that we automatically serve pasta and “blodpudding” (a Swedish dish made of animal blood) for dinner. Nope, it’s all about having a great plan B.

Plan B:1 – Porridge
Most people tend to have oat flakes at home. And water generally runs from the tap. Place some water and a cup or so of oat flakes in a pot on the stove, and heat at low temperature. Serve with whatever you have on hand: a mashed banana (preferably green), 1 tbsp cinnamon, 1 tbsp flax seeds, 1 tbsp coconut oil, a grated apple or frozen berries. And boom, in the blink of an eye – a healthy porridge for the whole family.

Plan B:2 – Smoothie
At the risk of winning buzzwords bingo, we’d like to strike a blow for smoothie. As green as it gets (but kids seem to prefer pink). Let 1 banana + 0.5 cup berries + 0.5 cup milk do the trick (and secretly add half an avocado and some baby spinach leaves to the jar before you press start). No kids at home? Start with lots of green leaves, then throw 1 apple + 1 avocado + 1/2 lemon + an inch ginger + 2 cups water into the jar. Last time we added a raw Jerusalem artichoke as well. We survived!

Plan B:3 – Banana pancakes
Here we go again, the good old banana pancakes. We know you’re tired of hearing about them, but when the need arises, they’re actually pretty fabulous. You need 2 mashed green bananas + 4 eggs, for two servings. Pan-fry at low temperature in coconut oil. Feel free to add, let’s say, oat flakes, cinnamon, chia seeds or blueberries to the mixture.

Plan B:4 – Ice cream
Yes, you heard us right. This is actually one of the best ones. The base is always something frozen (1 frozen banana or 0.5 cup frozen berries), something liquid (like coconut milk, yoghurt or juice) and something tasty (1 tbsp cacao, 1 tbsp cardamom or 1 tbsp nut butter). Play around and see what happens! Mix in a blender and eat on the spot!

Plan B:5 – Omelette
Have any eggs at home? Good, you’re almost there. Beat the eggs with some water (1 tbsp per egg), and pan-fry at low temperature in coconut oil. Season with herb salt, freshly ground black pepper, and fresh herbs. Serve with raw vegetables, such as tomatoes, avocado, beans or carrots. And be proud of yourself for not eating Swedish blodpudding today.

Runner-up (plan B:6) – Leftovers
Always a runner-up… We assume you have leftovers in the fridge. This is also a reminder to always double the recipe when you cook, and stash away for later. When the kids ride their skateboards in the living room, and tear down wallpapers, you desperately need those leftovers from last night’s dinner.

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