Meal prepping: the thing every Instagram influencer and cooking show personality seems to advertise. This trendy habit, which involves batch-cooking meals to tide you over the week, has been touted to save money and time. Most days, we’re already strapped for time: people juggling work, life and family often swear by the healthy habit. This is especially true during Ramadan, where preparing large meals at Iftar and Suhoor may make you want to drop everything and eat out at one of the UAE’s many iftar buffets. Fortunately for us, there’s an alternative to all that stress at the stove.
Banana pie smoothie
Overripe bananas? Dates you don’t know what to do with? Toss them in the freezer! This make-ahead smoothie takes virtually no time to prepare and serve. The oats serve as a great source of fiber- something you’ll really need this Ramadan, as it helps keep you full and is integral to a healthy gut. You can even freeze them for up to a week to make those 4 am meals that much simpler.
Batch-boil eggs for a delicious breakfast that provides healthy proteins and fats
Even if you otherwise eschew meal prep this Ramadan, you’ll definitely want to follow this tip. Eggs are an incredibly versatile ingredient- serve them with toast for a balanced breakfast, or have them in a breakfast burrito for an easy but filling meal. Healthy fats are an essential component of satiety, and can be found in eggs, avocados, olive oil and nuts.
Hydrate partially through vegetables with this cauliflower tabbouleh
Naturally, you should be hydrating as much as possible during Ramadan (aim for two glasses of water at suhoor!) and this tabbouleh helps you do just that in a much more delicious manner. Tomatoes and cucumber help you retain water while zesty lime kicks up the flavour of this dish. This dish serves 6, so pack up leftovers (or eat it all yourself!) for the next day.
This date granola is about as simple as it gets
Amanda Saab, the first Muslim-American to compete on Masterchef, knows a thing or two about having to cook on a strict deadline. She tells the Huffington Post, “Don’t overdo it. But stick to a few areas — a carb, a protein, fiber.” Make this delicious dish ahead of time and enjoy it the morning after, and after, and after (it keeps for up to a month!).
Don’t just stick to the sweet stuff- add some more savoury in with this breakfast casserole
This decadent spinach thalaga casserole makes delicious meals so much easier- and healthier! Featuring protein from the turkey, cheese and eggs as well as healthy fats from eggs, this 6 person meal will keep you fed for days. Whip it up, throw it in the refrigerator and use when needed for delightfully tasty, simple meals. Who knows, it might even have you looking forward to that pre-dawn alarm!