DH and I are starting to eat at home a lot more to save up for baby. I LOVE cooking but don't have tons of time after work. What are your favorite easy, healthy weeknight meals? Budget friendly is also a plus!
I make chicken stir-fry with steamed brown rice probably once a week. I sautee chicken, onions, peppers and zucchini in a tiny bit of oil and add some teriyaki sauce. Its quick, cheap and decently healthy. Sometimes I spice it up with some other veggies or make it with beef or shrimp.
IDK how health you'll consider this because I am NOT a healthy eater but FI and I enjoy doing something quick and easy on weeknights like using the 2 for 1 subway coupons we have and last night we split a to-go box of chinese: chicken and rice om nom nom.
Grilled chicken, sweet potatoes, & asparagus
Whole wheat pasta, marinara, & turkey meatballs (+spinach salad)
Taco Salad (ground turkey, lettuce, salsa, black beans, and grilled bell peppers)
Stir fry (chicken, broccoli, bell pepper, & mushrooms) over brown rice.
Clean Eating is SUCH a good magazine with tasty, healthy, and budget friendly meals! I really recommend it!
Fish fillets (cod, tilapia, any white fish really) with some black pepper, lemon juice, and a sprinkling of parmasean cheese. Bake. Add a side of steamed brown rice and steamed veggies.
Barilla plus pasta (has protein & omega 3s without the gritty texture of whole wheat pasta) with any tomato-based sauce with a side salad or veggies. DH likes to add an intalian seasoned baked chicken breast on top as well.
Home made veggie pizza- get a whole wheat roll out dough, any tomato-based pasta sauce, and slice some zucchini, squash, red peppers, and part skim mozzarella cheese for toppings.
We get a lot of Cooking Light recipes from myrecipes.com, and also recipes from eatingwell.com. We're also a big fan of the cookbook "Cook This, Not That." Two of my favorites are any kind of healthy frittata and black bean burgers - they're really filling and low calorie!
This time of year? Lots of crock pot soups, stews and chillies!
@preppybear: Ooh, thank you! I was big on the Abs Diet before I got pregnant, and "Cook This, Not That" is by the same publishers :) I will have to pick it up!
I am loving all these ideas! Keep 'em coming!
I pick up the large pack of chicken tenders from Costco. Lately I've been absolutely addicted to the buttermilk dry brine from Williams Sonoma (post Thanksgiving sale for 4.99!)
Pan searing the tenders and sauteed vegetables with brown rice!
Also whole wheat pastas, lots of veggies, Chinese spicy hot pot, etc.
Frozen tilapia fillets with steamable veggies! Super easy- just throw a couple pieces of fish into your skillet and put the lid on. I do a few minutes per side and they are ready to go. Usually I cheat and just throw one of the Mrs. Dash seafood spices on it (low salt ones!). Dinner in less than 15 minutes! My other new favorite, favorite, favorite recipe that is super healthy: http://pinchofyum.com/skinny-veggie-lasagna. Only 200 calories a slice and if you get the "oven-ready" lasagna noodles you don't have to boil the noodles before you throw them in. Very filling-- DH and I had it for supper/lunch 3 days :) I love finding new recipes on Pinterest!
I know its getting a little cold out, but our favorite easy/healthy dinner is grill chicken or pork chops with a steamed/roasted veggie and a salad. Dinner takes maybe 20min to make and it is decently healthy.
We use this chicken marinade (1/3 of the recipe): http://www.food.com/recipe/delicious-grilled-chicken-marinade-231897
Most times when we have pork chops we either use some bbq sauce at the end or marinate them in soy, garlic, ginger, veg oil, and sriracha sauce.
@ellebeerob: I bough it off Amazon on a whim, and lately we've been using it for meals every week!! A lot of heartier recipes, but you have to watch his suggested serving sizes.
someone mentioned earlier about the barilla pasta plus- it's fantastic.
we get those fish fillets that come individually packed inside of the bag. we like cod and tilapia as well. i thaw them in cool water while i cook a side like black beans and brown rice or couscous and roasted broccoli. :)
Tilapia parmesan, chicken quesadillas/chicken enchiladas, stirfry (using frozen veggies), veggie omelets, quiches.
My best source for healthy recipes is SparkRecipes. You can even search by calories, amount of time needed, etc. And the comments posted by people usually offer great tips for adapting the recipe.
Check out skinnytaste.com and dinneralovestory.com!
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