Save Time: Upgrade a Meal

July 12, 2017

I love to "upgrade" an easy meal. I usually cook every night with one night for healthy take out but I really don't want to be slaving over a stove all day when I could be enjoying my family. That's where upgrades come in! What is an upgrade? Basically, I take an easy to make meal and upgrade it to a healthy, better, more nutritious option.

Here are some examples.  

Vegan/Gluten Free Mac and Cheese from a box (the kids like Daiya). I will add broccoli, tomatoes and a sprinkle of hemp seeds.

Boxed Spanish Rice. For this, I add pinto, black beans and guacamole. On the side some romaine lettuce.

Vegan/Gluten free Frozen Pizza. I like the Amy's Brand for this, contains no fake cheese. For this, I add olives, nutritional yeast and spinach before cooking.

Simple gluten free pasta with tomato sauce. I use Rao's jar sauce to make it super easy. Then I mix in finely cut kale or spinach, olives, nutritional yeast, artichoke hearts, broccoli, peas.

Boxed or canned soup (I like the Pacific brand). I add in more veggies like carrot, celery, broccoli and peas and some chickpea miso.

Sweet potatoes. I give these to the girls with broccoli and tomato sauce. T and I like our as regular white potatoes.

Oatmeal. Quick and easy oats topped with almond butter, frozen blueberries, maple syrup, chia seeds.

I hope I could give you some ideas for lessening your time in the kitchen without sacrificing nutrition! ;) xo 


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