It’s a new year with new opportunities and after a hectic and busy holiday season, thinking of a lifestyle overhaul can be a bit daunting.
Small steps really make the biggest difference and we are here to make your new changes a little easier! We’ve come up with a few recipes and exercise ideas to help you start 2014 on a fresh foot!
Below are a few of our favorite winter meals which are great for the busy professional on a budget! These recipes can be made in advance and the leftovers are great for work.
Breakfast: Sweet Potato Hash
This is a great make-a-head breakfast. You can make a large batch of this and portion it out for the week. You can even make your favorite style eggs to go with it each morning. This dish can can be heated up at work in the microwave or toaster oven. Starting your day off with good protein and healthy vegetables has never been so easy!
2 Medium Sweet Potatoes, halved
1 Cup Bell Peppers, diced
1 Cup Onion, diced
1 Jalapeno, deseeded and diced
2 Tbsp. Fresh Parsley, chopped
4 Chicken Sausage Links, sliced
Salt and Pepper to taste
¼ tsp. Onion Powder
¼ tsp. Garlic Powder
¼ tsp. Paprika
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Slice each sweet potato in half and rub with olive oil. Place flesh side down on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Sprinkle the potatoes with kosher salt. Bake until fork tender for about 20-30 minutes, depending on the size of the potato.
While the sweet potatoes are baking, prepare the vegetables and heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet. Sauté the onion, bell peppers and jalapeno until they start to caramelize. Add in the chicken sausage (we used al fresco) and cook until they start to brown. Stir so all sides of the sausage can brown. Season with salt, pepper and parsley.
Dice the sweet potatoes after they have finished cooking. Add to the skillet of vegetables and stir to combine. Season with garlic powder, onion powder and paprika. Serve with eggs cooked your favorite way.
Lunch: Hearty Vegetable Soup
This nutrient rich soup is perfect for lunch. Bring this rich soup to work with you and you can still go and grab a nice sandwich or salad with your co-workers.
3 Cups Red Potatoes, diced
4 Large Carrots, diced
1 1/2 Cups Celery, diced
Half of a Large Yellow Onion
1 Cup Frozen Peas
1 Cup Frozen Corn
1 Cup Frozen Green Beans
1 Can Diced Tomatoes
4 Cups Beef Stock
2 Cups Chicken Stock
2 Cups Vegetable Stock
2 tsp. Old Bay
2 Bay Leaves
1 Cup of Parsley, chopped
1/2 Head Cabbage, quartered and sliced
1 Small Can Tomato Paste
2 Tbsp. Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper to Taste
Start by heating the olive oil in a large dutch oven. Next, sauté potatoes, carrots, celery and onions until they just start to soften. Add in the tomato paste and stir to combine. Cook together 2 minutes. Next, pour in the can of diced tomatoes and add a large pinch of salt and the old bay. Add in all the stocks and bring soup to a boil. Cover and cook for 7-10 minutes or until vegetables are fork tender. Stir in the chopped cabbage and half of the parsley. Cover and cook another 5 minutes. When cabbage is cooked, stir in peas, corn and green beans. Cook until heated through, about 2-3 minutes. Stir in pepper and remaining parsley. Taste and adjust seasoning to your liking. Remove the bay leaves. Serve and Enjoy!
Dinner: Italian Baked Potatoes with Kale & Tomatoes
The potatoes for this dish can be baked ahead of time so you can easily portion them out and heat them as needed. The same is true with the sautéed kale and tomato topping.
** Tip: If you’re making all of these dishes, bake the sweet potatoes for the breakfast hash and the russet potatoes for the Italian baked potatoes at the same time.**
2 Russet Potatoes, halved
4 Cups Kale, chopped
2 Garlic Cloves
1 Can Diced Tomatoes
1 8oz Can Tomato Sauce
2 Tbsp. Fresh Basil, chopped
1 Cup Shredded Part-Skim Mozzarella Cheese
Salt and Pepper to Taste
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Slice each potato in half and rub with olive oil. Place white side down on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Sprinkle the potatoes with kosher salt. Bake until fork tender for about 30-40 minutes, depending on the size of the potato.
While the potatoes are baking, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large pot. Sauté onions until they start to soften. Add in the garlic and sauté 2 minutes. Add in the chopped kale and stir carefully. Keep stirring until the leaves have wilted down, about 5 minutes. Add in a can of diced tomatoes, undrained. Stir to incorporate. Add in the tomato sauce and stir to incorporate. Season with salt and pepper. Taste and adjust seasoning if desired. Stir in fresh chopped basil.
Once the potatoes are done cooking, cut a small sliver off the skin side so they sit flat on the cooking sheet. Top each potato half with the kale and tomatoes. Top with the mozzarella cheese and broil until the cheese starts to turn golden brown. Make sure you watch them so you don’t burn the cheese. If you’re making these to eat throughout the week, heat the oven to 350 degrees. Top each potato half with the kale and tomato mixture and top with the cheese. Cook until the cheese is melted and the potato is heated through. About 15 minutes. You can also do this in the microwave.
“New Year, New You” Workouts
If you’re looking to be a little more active this New Year there are a variety of simple things you can do to make that happen.
We’ve noticed that a lot of our clients have formed walking groups. Some even utilize vacant offices in their buildings – per the property manager’s approval.
If a vacant space isn’t available you can easily use the stairs to get your heart rate going. Set new goals each week with how many floors you’re able to go up. If there is a communal bulletin board around, post a sign to see if you increase the size of your group.
Not able to sneak in exercise during the work day? Check out our Healthy 2014 Pinterest board for some quick and easy workouts you can do before work or bed.
Contact Your Concierge
We have even more time-saving options for our clients! Contact your concierge to learn more about our CSA boxes which get delivered directly to your office (not available at all properties) and our personal chef who can help make your meals for you!
Remaining efficient at work, getting healthy and becoming stress-free has never been so easy. We hope your New Year is off to a great start!