I wanted to devote a post to my latest love… weekend skillets.
What is this? you might ask. Well, quite frankly it’s a food smorgasbord that a little extra a.m. time on the weekends allows for. Basically, you chop up, season, and saute a host of different vegetables to pair with eggs and/or other protein rich source (fish, other meats, or something plant based such as edamame or mushrooms), optional healthy grain or seed sources, such as quinoa, and condiments like hot sauce or salsa. Top this off with a healthy fat, such as a sliced avocado, and there you have it, a skillet breakfast at it’s best. Sometimes, depending on flavor combination, I even drizzle a little cold olive oil on top of the finished dish for added savor. Another skillet option is to combine a cooked base with a topping of fresh, raw ingredients.
As part of my personal protocol, I have been focusing on a concept PFFC balance (protein, fat, fiber, carbohydrates). Conceptually, this acronym serves as a guiding principle for planning meals, at a macro-nutrient level. The goal is to apply the principle to each meal and snack through out the day. When food options are appropriately selected, such as dark leafy greens for the complex carbohydrate category, micronutrient and fiber intake goals can also be achieved.
The science suggests that following an appropriate PFFC balance across meals and snacks throughout the day can contribute to better hormonal balance and blood sugar stabilization. Therefore, it is further supportive of optimal health though nutrition. The skillet presents an easy way to make this happen. I have also learned that if I eat this in the morning, I can go most all day and only need to rely on snacks. For my fitness and social activity routines on weekends, this is really helpful.
I found the break down PFC Balanced Eating Part 1: What is PFC? from Dietitian Cassie clear and easy to apply (2016).
The skillet makes planning PFFC easy. Not only is it fun to prepare and eat, it also allows me to partake in a fantastic life hack! It might come as no surprise to you that I am fanatic about brown bag lunches. Not only does this help me stay on track with my nutritional goals, it is a cost-effective measure. As a customer of a regional CSA (community supported agriculture) share, I am even more committed to coming up with my own food preparation tactics as well as recipes. What I have learned when making the skillet, I can easily perform extra chopping to be used in other recipes. Previously I had been committing a pretty significant block of time on Sundays to do all my weekly food preparation. However, the addition of a skillet breakfast on Saturdays allows me to split of my prep time and has ultimately saved time over all.
Dietitian Cassie also addresses ways to budget this approach to eating on the Healthy Simple Life website, PFC on the CHEAP part 1 (2014).
Healthy Simple Life. (2014). Retrieved from PFC on the CHEAP part 1: http://healthysimplelife.com/pfc-on-the-cheap-part-1/
PFC Balanced Eating Part 1: What is PFC? (2016). Retrieved from Dietician Cassie. Real Talk. Real Food. Real Life.: http://www.dietitiancassie.com/pfc-balanced-eating-part-1-what-is-pfc/