When it comes to food and recipes, I’m all about food hacking. Actually, these days more than ever. I need be resourceful (ahem… frugal) with our food, I need it taste good, but I also need it to be nutritious. Is that too much to ask for?
Ha, well I think not. I’ve learned it takes a little effort at first; seeking out all types of food hacks. But once you find them, they are effortless and effective!
1. Using pre made pancake mix to make protein muffins. All I do here is mix 1 cup flapjacked buttermilk protein mix with 1 coconut milk or corepower banana and maybe a few nuts/seeds. Mix and pour in muffin pans. Bake at 350F for 15 minutes. I have also put them in the microwave for a quick mug in a muffin. You can see more Flapjacked tips here.
2. I don’t like iced coffee. It gets too watered down for me. But, I will make an iced latte or protein shake with frozen coffee or espresso ice cubes. If we have leftover coffee in the pot, then I pour the coffee in trays and freeze for later. Then just pour over milk, almond milk, or a smoothie mix. VOILA!
3. You know we’ve been eating a TON of fish lately. One of my favorite ways to add more flavor to grilled fish or to make it more tender is to use cedar planks. I soaked the cedar planks in chardonnay for an hour, marinated my sablefish in a gluten free tamari sauce, then set them on the grill on medium heat for 12- 15 minutes. What can I say, I’m a wine hack too!
4. This last one is my favorite. Have you ever accidently burnt your rice due to a crappy pan or some how dried out in the fridge? Well, we have. Yes, we still eat it as is (hello, resistant starch), but I also like to make rice balls with the crispier rice.
Here’s what you do. Mix your left over rice (1-2 cups) with 1 cup chopped dates and coconut (or nuts). Add in ½ cup honey and a little protein powder or coconut flour and mix again. If it’s not sticky enough, add more honey. If it’s too sticky, add more protein powder or flour. You can also use coconut syrup to keep the sugars lower. Roll into balls and then let it sit in fridge. These are great for post run or workout carbs and refuel.
If that doesn’t sound good to you, throw the rice in a bowl, add coconut milk, heat in microwave for 30 seconds, add banana, fig, and cashews. = BREAKFAST is served!
Now that you’ve got food hacking on the brain, check out these 40 food hacks from buzzfeed. You’ll be itching to try them all! Like this one!
The Walking Taco
Favorite food hack? Do tell!