Sometimes when I’m making myself a meal, the most important part is that I’m tricking myself into eating something that is good for me and on track with my macros. Let me explain. When I plan out my meals and macros, my dinners might look something like:
6 oz. ground beef, 6 oz. sweet potatoes, 1 c. broccoli, 1 oz. cheddar cheese, 1 tsp. coconut oil
…or something like that. It’s usually very “piecy,” if that makes sense. This protein, this veggie, this fat, and so on…
Some days I can go to the kitchen and put all of those items individually on a plate, eat them up, and be just fine. Some days I want to hurl my plate across the room and throw a little baby fit if I have to eat ONE MORE plain chicken breast!
On those days, I need to “trick myself” into thinking I’m eating something a little more adventurous or a little more “comfort style.”
One of the biggest ways I have been able to fool myself into being at peace with my macros is to make “skillets” out of those “piecy” meals. And by “skillet” what I really mean is “throw everything into a pan and cook it together.”
Yep. That’s right. That’s my secret. I know it sounds silly and too easy to be true, but trust me. I am the queen of planning and prepping out an entire week of strict macros, and then going to Q’doba 4 out of 7 meals because what I had in the fridge didn’t “sound good.”
I’ll give you a couple little ideas here, then I’ll leave you with a recipe. When you’re making these, start with a hot pan, then add onions first (if you are using them) and cook until softened or golden. Then add the meat and cook through. Then add your starchy veggies (like potatoes or sweet potatoes or whatever) and cover and cook nearly through. Then add your other veggies that might not take quite as long as the potatoes (like broccoli) and cook through. Then add your extras like cheese or sriracha or soy sauce or spices or herbs or whatever.
Don’t literally throw everything in the pan, raw, all at the same time and expect it to all cook appropriately. Maybe that’s common sense to you and maybe it’s not. But now you know. Oh, and lightly season each addition to the pan with salt and pepper as you are going. You’ll thank me later.
Okay, enough yapping. Here’s a super easy recipe, just for you!
Ground Beef and Veggie Skillet
6 oz. ground beef
¼ c. onion, diced
4 oz. sweet potato, diced
1 c. broccoli, cut into florets
1 oz. shredded cheddar
½ oz. parmesan cheese
Heat a large skillet over medium high heat and add a splash of oil.
Add the onion and cook until golden. Season.
Add the ground beef and cook through, seasoning with salt and pepper too.
Add the sweet potato and turn the heat down to medium. Stir then cover and cook 6-7 minutes.
Add the broccoli, season, stir and cover. Cook 3-5 more minutes.
Stir in the cheese and take off the heat.