Meal Prepology: How To Make Four Dishes From Sweet Potatoes, Spinach And Chickpeas
It’s meal prep time! If you need some inspo on how to make four separate one-serving dishes from the same ingredients, we got you. This week, we’re all about that meatless life. We’re using sweet potatoes, spinach and chickpeas to spice up our meal prep lives in the best way possible. You only need a few extra ingredients for each dish and you’ve got yourself a seriously incredible lunch or dinner.
What you need:
- 2 big sweet potatoes, cut into bite-sized pieces
- 2 bags of spinach
- 2 cans chickpeas, rinsed and dried
- Olive oil
- Garlic powder (optional)
Place the sweet potatoes and chickpeas on a foil-lined baking sheet. Drizzle olive oil, season with salt, pepper and garlic powder (optional) and mix the produce around to make sure everything is coated. Then, reposition potatoes and chickpeas in a single layer. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes or until golden brown, tossing periodically through the cooking process.
Meal #1: Sweet Potato and Spinach Frittata
Extra Ingredients: Two eggs, splash of milk (optional but makes frittata fluffier)
Beat the eggs and optional milk in a bowl, then add a handful of spinach and 1/4 of the sweet potatoes and mix. Pour into greased mug or small bowl and microwave for a minute and a half, mixing the eggs every 15 seconds with a fork. Let sit in the microwave for about two minutes after cooking, then enjoy!
Meal #2: Chickpea, Spinach and Sweet Potato Stew
Extra Ingredients: Low-sodium veggie broth, more garlic, more salt, more pepper, cumin (optional)
In a small saucepan, heat two cups of veggie broth on high. Add two big handfuls of spinach, 1/4 of your sweet potatoes and 1/3 of your chickpeas (since you didn’t use any in your first dish!). You can eyeball these measurements — it’s not important to have everything precise. Add garlic, salt and pepper to taste and add a teaspoon of cumin, if you have it. Once the soup is boiling, turn down to a simmer for about 10 minutes. Pour into your fave bowl and enjoy!
Meal #3: Perfect Salad with Spinach, Chickpeas and Sweet Potatoes
Extra Ingredients: Dressing of choice, or go with our easy homemade recipe: juice from half a lemon, 2 Tbsp. olive oil, 1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar, 1 tsp. Dijon mustard
In a big bowl, add two to three big handfuls of spinach, 1/4 of your sweet potatoes and 1/3 of your chickpeas. Feel free to heat up your sweet potatoes and chickpeas ahead of time and then toss with the spinach.
To make your homemade dressing, add lemon juice, olive oil, balsamic vinegar and dijon mustard to a small Tupperware container and shake vigorously until combined. Pour over salad and enjoy!
Meal #4: Colorful Buddha Bowl
Extra Ingredients: Rice or rice noodle base (optional — you can just make another salad if you want to), pre-made peanut dressing or use our recipe: 2 Tbsp. olive oil, 2 tsp. soy sauce, 2 tsp. peanut butter, 1 tsp. Sriracha, 1 tsp. honey
If you’re making a separate base, make sure that it’s cooked and dry before adding in a big handful of spinach, the last third of your chickpeas and the last fourth of your sweet potatoes. Then, pour your dressing on top and enjoy!