Getting healthy meals on the table can be a struggle if you’re in a hurry and didn’t plan ahead. Instead of grabbing or ordering takeout, stopping at a fast food restaurant or eating cereal for dinner, I challenge you to whip up a quick, nutritious dinner. You’ll want to have the freezer and pantry stocked. After that it’ll be easy.
To create a quick salad, start by purchasing pre washed packages of greens like lettuce blends, slaw, or spinach. Choose toppings like cherry or grape tomatoes, pre sliced mushrooms, shredded carrots, pre sliced beets, quartered artichoke hearts, sliced water chestnuts, canned garbanzo or black beans, olives, hummus, avocado or guacamole, nuts or seeds, and etc. You can put almost anything on a base of greens. What you choose will determine how filling your salad is so if it’s your dinner make sure you include some protein.
Have a supply of frozen vegetable noodles like zucchini, carrots or butternut squash on hand. Top with pasta sauce or frozen mixed vegetables with soy sauce and spices. Frozen mixed vegetables can also be used to make a simple stir fry. Serve them over a quick cooking grain like quinoa or a frozen riced vegetable.
Other quick, healthy meals include buddha bowls, burritos, wraps, low sodium soup, or pizza made on a frozen cauliflower crust.
The key is to have ingredients on hand so you don’t have to think too much about what to make. Just pull out items from the freezer and pantry, decide what combination you want, and in about 15 minutes volé, dinner.
Eat for you health today and every day!