In the pursuit of getting big, sometimes quick and easy meals on-the-go are necessary, and there's no better place to start than with a food dehydrator. Recipes for this kitchen essential are simple and don't involve much work. By packing these foods up in your meal management system
, you will get tons of nutritional value without taking up much space. Dehydrators are an awesome way to preserve your meals without an unhealthy amount of salt and with the same nutritional value as fresh foods.
For the vegan version of this Middle Eastern classic, take two cups of chopped carrots, a cup of sunflower seeds, a quarter cup of flax seed, a cup of parsley, a few tablespoons of onions, a clove of garlic, salt, and a touch of curry powder and ground cumin. Place the carrots in a food processor until it becomes a paste and add the remainder of these ingredients. Put this mixture in a bowl and add about half a cup of sesame seeds and mix. Clump the mix into puck shaped discs and Dehydrate for anywhere for a maximum of twelve hours. Want a tasty sauce for dipping? Use a food processor to mix cashews, garlic, salt and lemon juice together for an awesome treat.
Couscous w/ Tomatoes
Another option for your meal management system is a recipe for couscous with dehydrated tomatoes. Couscous is a great rice-like grain that gives you energy and increases your endurance on cardio-heavy days. To make this dish, chop tomatoes until you have about one cup worth of these superfruits. Season these to taste and dehydrate. For the couscous, add one and a half cups of water to a pot, bring it to a boil and add about half a package of couscous. Once the couscous is ready, heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a pan and stir in the tomatoes along with a few cloves of pressed garlic and about a cup of chopped green onions. Once these are softened a bit, add cilantro, basil and the juice of half of a lemon. For a more a hearty option, stir in a few sliced Portobello mushroom caps for some different texture.
If you're looking for food dehydrator recipes that will create perfect snacks for your meal management system, try creating your own fruit leather at home. For delicious and sweet fruit roll-up style snacks, mix apple sauce and a box of whichever fruit flavored gelatin mix you like best. Spread in the dehydrator and let it dry. If you aren't a fan of apple, other fruit purees can be substituted; try a puree of berries or other superfruits for the antioxidant benefits.
As another great dehydrator snack, jerky is protein-packed and will be helpful when recovering from a killer day in the gym. This recipe calls for steak, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, salt, pepper, smoke flavoring, garlic and red pepper flakes. After cutting one or two pounds of steak into strips, add to a bag and marinate. After several hours, place in the dehydrator and wait for it to dry. Place this jerky into a clean bag and let it continue to dry out for several hours. Whenever it's ready, add it to your meal management system for a delicious snack.
All of these food dehydrator recipes are a great way to add as much nutrition as possible to meals without heightening sodium intake. These meals are a must for anyone who is looking to bulk up, while still eating well. Pack these meals and snacks into your 6 Pack Bag the next time you're headed to the gym or have a long day and want to curb hunger.
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