If you’ve read our How to Hungryroot post, you know we created Hungryroot to make it easy—fast, delicious, convenient—to eat healthily on an everyday basis. All our foods are designed to be combined into nutrient-rich, balanced dishes. We like to think of them as building blocks for your healthy lifestyle. And as you get more familiar and comfortable with our food, we encourage you to tailor Hungryroot around your own lifestyle and needs. The more time you spend with Hungryroot, the more confident you’ll be with the ingredients, and can easily mix in other staples from your fridge and pantry. Here are some ideas to get you started.
Think building blocks
While we pair foods together to make your life easy (and delicious), we also design all our food to be flexible and mix-and-match-able. As you explore our fresh-cut veggies, sauces, proteins, and mix-ins, you can start using them in the ways that suit your lifestyle and tastes. Can’t get enough of the spicy Thai Peanut sauce? Feel free to pair it with any of your favorite vegetables. Looking to bulk up your go-to greens? Add a veggie burger or your favorite Hungryroot bean salad. There are no rules, only what feels and tastes good to you!
Meal prep, simplified
If we had more time, we’d spend Sunday cooking up giant batches of grains, sauces, and proteins for the week. But that’s not the case. That’s where Hungryroot comes in. We’re your low effort, high reward path to a week’s worth of healthy meals. Try preparing several Hungryroot meals at a time so that you can have both a tasty dinner and leftovers for #nosaddesklunches at school or work. You can also save time by batch cooking our veggies all at once: Toss Broccoli Rice, Brussels Sprouts, and/or Sweet Potato Ribbons with a bit of olive oil, salt and pepper and roast them for425º for 15-20 minutes until lightly browned. Pop them in the fridge (tip: label the containers with ingredient name and prep date) so they’re ready when you want to add them to grain bowls, egg scrambles, or whatever you like.
Need an easy breakfast to grab with you on your way to class? Combine any or all of our oats with your milk of choice at night and then add toppings in the morning for tasty and filling overnight oats. And if you have a sweet tooth but want to be mindful about it (don’t we all?), try making our Banana Nut Brownie Bites and packing a couple in your lunchbox and freezing the rest.
Add in your faves
While all our dishes can stand on their own, you can also use them as the foundation of your meal and add extra protein or jazzy extras (our term for fun ingredients that, you know, jazz things up).
To stay full and energized, try adding healthy fats like nuts, seeds, olives, or avocados. We like a sprinkle of roasted pumpkin seeds on our Smoky Avocado Superfood Salad, a swirl of almond butter in our Banana Bread Overnight Oats, and sliced avocado on top of our Kohlrabi Edamame Pesto Pasta.
If you’re a workout junkie and need extra fuel to keep you going through the day, add your favorite protein—leftover roast chicken, oil-packed tuna, or a veggie burger.. We love our Pad Thai Fried Rice with a fried egg on top, and our Kohlrabi Edamame Pesto Pasta with shrimp or salmon
About those jazzy extras: ry freshly chopped herbs, fresh lemon or lime juice, or a sprinkling of feta or ricotta salata. You can also start experimenting with spice mixes like dukkah, or splash on your favorite hot sauce. To get you started, try squeezing lemon on our Mean Green Lentil Medley, topping our Sweet Potato Pad Thai with fresh cilantro and scallions, and sprinkling our Zucchini Noodle Eggplant Bolognese with parmesan cheese (or cheeze).
Garnish our Watermelon Gazpacho with cilantro, tomatoes, and cucumbers.
Your life, your food
Whether you’re vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, or an omnivore, we’re here to make sure you can achieve a minimally processed, whole foods diet (at least most of the time—we love Oreos as much as the next kid). As Hungryroot evolves, we’re committed to making it simple to customize your account to meet your specific dietary needs or restrictions. Soon, we’ll add filters to allow you to see only nut-free, soy-free, vegan, or gluten-free options, and we’ll continue to add foods that broaden our variety while also meeting your needs. And you can always refer to our allergen guide if you need to customize your box to avoid specific allergens.
Additionally, you can prepare and eat Hungryroot the way that fits your lifestyle. Our cooking instructions include a recommended amount of oil, salt, and pepper, but we know that doesn’t work for everyone—you can try cooking our veggies in vegetable broth or water instead of oil or feel free to splash on as much of that heart-healthy olive oil as you like. That goes for how you enjoy Hungryroot, too. If you’re craving dessert for breakfast, go ahead and dollop a scoop of brownie batter on your oats. You’ll be adding extra protein and fiber to your morning routine so it’s a win-win.
We can’t wait to see how you Hungryroot. We hope you’ll join our community on Facebook and Instagram—and share your dishes with us @hungryroot using #hungryroot!