I like to be simple when it comes to food, especially if I’m the one making it. I definitely don’t claim to be a nutrition guru, but when I find meals that are healthful, delicious, and easy to make at home, I hang onto them. Eating well, as I’ve found, doesn’t have to be expensive and time consuming. Here are some of my staples:

Stove top oatmeal – This is what I have for breakfast pretty much every morning (unless I get too tempted by the bakery across the street) and I’ve got the recipe and method down to perfection.

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Here’s what you need for one serving:

1  cup water

1/2 cup old fashioned oatmeal (I use Bob’s Red Mill Old Fashioned Oats)

1 banana (sliced)

1/2 cup almond milk

1/2 cup frozen blueberries

1 tbsp ground flax seed

Bring water to boil in a sauce pan. Stir in oatmeal, reduce heat to low. Once the oatmeal begins to absorb the water, stir in banana slices and cinnamon (stirring in the bananas early cooks them through a bit more and adds more sweetness). Once the water has been fully absorbed, stir in almond milk, frozen blueberries, and ground flaxseed. Leave on heat for another two minutes, stirring occasionally, then serve.

Running On Veggies Peanut Butter Banana Bread – Awesome for breakfast or a pre/post-run snack. It’s a vegan recipe and sweetened only by dates and bananas. I can’t get enough.

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Running On Veggies Peanut Butter Banana Bread

Bon Appétit’s Brown Rice and Beans with Ginger Chile Salsa – This may be my favorite homemade meal ever. The mashed black beans are insanely good and the avocado and ginger chile give it texture and zest. I use It’s The Famous! salsa in place of the ginger chile if I’m pressed for time.

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Brown Rice and Beans with Ginger Chile Salsa – Bon Appétit

Quinoa & fresh veggie bowl – This was inspired by a meal I had at Street 14 Café in Astoria, OR. It was so simple and easy to recreate. Place the following ingredients in a bowl in this order. 1/2 cup of cooked quinoa. Layer with fresh spinach. Top with fresh diced bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, feta cheese, and kalamata olives. Drizzle a little bit of olive oil on top.

Scott Jurek’s Minnesota Winter Chili – Best homemade chili I’ve ever had! And it’s vegan! I’m obsessed.

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Scott Jurek’s Minnesota Winter Chili

Deena Kastor’s Caramelized Onion & Fig Pizza – By a foodie runner for foodie runners. Perfect for a weekend night, especially if you’re prepping for a long run in the morning. My college XC teammate Sara, who now owns her own bakery in Lima, introduced this one to me.

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