Multimillionaire vitamin queen Jessica Sepel has shared her top five dinner hacks that will help her make healthy meals when she doesn’t have the time to prepare an elaborate and time-consuming meal.
The 32-year-old — whose range of vitamins sells one product around the world every seven seconds — said she understands that cooking for hours in the evening isn’t at the top of everyone’s priority list.
So there are five things she does day in and day out to make sure she’s getting the right amount of nutrients without wasting too much time.
Multimillionaire vitamin queen Jessica Sepel (pictured) shared her top five dinner hacks that will help her make healthy meals when she doesn’t have time to make an elaborate meal.
The first thing Jessica recommends is to embrace a ‘one pot meal’, which means less washing up when you’re done (pictured)
1. Embrace ‘one pot’ recipes
The first thing Jessica recommends is to embrace a “one pot meal,” which means less washing up when you’re done.
‘I am very fond of one-pot meals. They are really family friendly and so easy to whip up,” Jessica wrote on her website.
“Just throw everything in the pan, pop it in the oven, bake and come back to dinner ready to serve.”
Some of the nutritionist’s favorite one-pot dinners include one-pot pumpkin pasta, one-pot lemon and herb chicken, and one-pot teriyaki salmon.
The second thing Jessica told you to do to make healthier, quicker meals is cook once, eat twice (pictured)
2. Cook once, eat twice
The second thing Jessica told you to do to make healthier, quicker meals is cook once, eat twice.
“Make your meals work harder for you, in one word: leftovers,” Jessica said, adding that this is a life-saver.
In reality, all this means making extra for dinner so that you have something to eat for lunch the next day.
Jessica likes to make something savory like spaghetti bolognese in the evening, then top it up with added salad for lunch the next day.
This is how you make Jess’s one-pot pumpkin paste
For four people
Jessica shared how she makes her favorite one-pot pumpkin pasta (photo)
¼ Kent pumpkin, peeled and diced
1 red onion, peeled and cut into wedges
5 cloves of garlic
3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
¾ cup smooth ricotta
¼ cup (60 ml) milk of your choice
3 cups cooked chickpea pasta, or pasta of your choice
1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius or 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Place the pumpkin, onion and garlic in a large roasting pan. Drizzle over the extra virgin olive oil and season generously with sea salt and black pepper. Toss to coat. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes or until pumpkin is tender and tender.
3. Remove the cooked onion from the pan and chop finely.
4. Peel the garlic cloves and mash them together with the pumpkin until smooth.
5. Add the onion back to the bowl, along with the ricotta and milk. Stir until incorporated.
6. Stir in the cooked chickpea pasta or your pasta of choice.
7. Garnish with basil leaves and shaved Parmesan cheese.
Source: Jessica Sepel
3. Shopping on Sunday
You may think it makes no difference if you go to the grocery store, but Jessica said you can save a lot of time during the week if you plan your meals on the weekend and go grocery shopping on Sunday.
“Literally set aside an hour in your weekend schedule (and even add it to your calendar if it helps), and spend this time going out and buying all your groceries for the week ahead,” Jessica said.
Buy everything from your fresh produce to lean protein, whole grains, and snacks.
While shopping, think about the types of foods you can make with your groceries. Having a plan often means a faster dinner.
When you got home from a grocery store, Jessica (pictured) said it was time to do some prep; she likes to make things that can be used in different ways, like a batch of roasted vegetables
4. Do some food prep
When you got home from a grocery store, Jessica said it was time to make some preparations.
“For example, you can fry a large batch of roasted vegetables, chop up some salad ingredients that you can use in different ways, or cook a packet of regular chicken breasts that you can use later with different flavors and sauces,” she explains.
The key when preparing food is to keep it as simple as possible so that you can add flowers later.
5. Make friends with your freezer
Finally, Jessica said the secret to really quick, healthy dinners is in your freezer.
“Don’t feel like eating the same meal for a few days in a row? Or maybe you prepared a batch of soup or sauce? Most of these can be frozen in portioned containers in the freezer, ready to use whenever you need one,” she said.
You don’t have to serve the same meal the same way. For example, you can freeze leftover bolognese and serve it with mashed potatoes instead of pasta.
This way you always have some variety in your meals.