With everyone being so busy these days, especially on the go moms, it’s hard to find time to prep and cook a healthy, delicious meal at dinner time. Although my twin daughters are now 20 and living on their own, I know all too well the running around that goes into afterschool activities. By the time dinner comes around, you’re too exhausted to think about cooking a healthy meal that the kids would eat too. Here are a few of my top time saving tips and quick “one pot” recipes for having a healthy dinner on the table every night without having to resort to the ever-so-unhealthy drive through!
1) Invest in a slow cooker—so many “one pot” meals can be made in advance. One of my favorites is turkey chili. In the morning add to the slow cooker; ground turkey, canned tomatoes, canned beans and seasonings. Set it and forget it until dinner time! Serve with a pre mixed side salad and voila!
2)Purchase “convince” items at the grocery store. Save time by buying pre-chopped veggies, pre mixed and washed salads. Other time saving pre-cooked items you can find are rice and rotisserie chicken.
3) Keep it SIMPLE!! The biggest thing I teach my clients is eating healthy doesn’t have to be complicated or difficult. Cook food in batches. This way, you can make several meals from them. You could cook 10 chicken breasts on the BBQ Sunday night or in the slow cooker. You can then use the cooked meat for meals during the week such as; chicken stir fry or fajitas (see my receipe below)
4)Cook extras for leftovers the next day for lunch. Some meals are also great to make double batches and freeze for a future dinner.
Here are a few of my favorite quick “one pot” healthy meals;
One Pan, Easy, Chicken Fajitas!
4 chicken breasts
1 red pepper
1 yellow pepper
1 red pepper
3 tablespoons taco seasoning mix
1 tablespoon chili powder
Whole wheat wraps (we used low carb and Ezekiel torillas)
Plain, non-fat Greek yogurt (in place of sour cream)
- Line a large baking pan or tray with aluminum foil and preheat oven to 400 degrees.
1.Cut the chicken into bite sized chunks and place on one side of the pan.
2.Chop peppers and onions and add to the other side of the pan
3.Season the meat and peppers with Taco Seasoning mix and chili powder
4.Cook everything on the pan in the oven for approx. 25-35 mins or until the chicken is no longer pink.
5.Add chicken mix to your tortilla and top with whatever toppings you choose!
Low Carb Turkey Spagetti:
Turkey Sauce Ingredients and Directions:
Cook together in a large pan or you can add to the Slow Cooker; -2lbs ground turkey Breast -1 bell pepper -1/2 medium onion chopped -1 cup chopped mushrooms -Italian spices, salt & pepper -garlic salt Once meat is cooked, add in; -2 cans diced tomatoes -2 smaller cans Low Sodium tomato sauce **for an extra kick, I added Franks hot sauce to mine when I served it
Spaghetti; 1 large Spaghetti squash -cut in half lengthwise -microwave on a plate face up(approx 10-12 mins) -clean out seeds -use a fork to clean out the squash into spaghetti strands
I also have many people ask me for easy, healthy food that they can take when they travel or for snacks. Chicken muffins are one of my favorites when I’m travelling or out and about because they are so easy to make!! Once they are made, you can put them in Tupperware or zip lock baggies and take with you. They are a quick, easy snack when on the go and freeze well too!
1 lb. ground chicken or turkey 1/2 cup oats 1/2 cup egg whites 1 whole egg 1/2 onion chopped 1 pepper (or any veggies you have!) Any spices. I used Mrs dash & garlic salt. 1)Mix all the above together in a bowl 2)separate into a muffin tin
3)Makes 12 muffins-approximately 2 oz per muffin!