(Closed) What's your favorite 'lean' go-to meal?

posted 5 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper

@WillyNilly:  that fish bake sounds phenom!

My go to one is not anything super special– but I love salads, so I make a huge salad with grilled chicken, strawberries, feta cheese, craisins, and sometimes I add pecans or walnuts and a strawberry vinag. dressing …or I could eat it plain!

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

My favourite right now is a spinach orange salad I whipped up when low on other ingredients.  I went on to add chicken to it.  Basically it’s a base of baby spinach leaves with 1 – 1/2 sliced & peeled oranges on top with a balsalmic and brown sugar dressing topped with some pecan, sunflower seed, and raisin trail mix.  Crunchy, fresh, juicy.  I went on to marinade chicken breast in orange juice and then grill and slice on top.  This is the only way I can get my FI excited for a salad dinner.

I also like to quickly grill some prepped eggplant and put that together in foccacia bread with pesto, a little feta, fresh tomato, and red onion.  Mmmm!  For FI, eggplant gets subbed for some chicken breast.

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper

@WillyNilly:  Marzettis ( I think that it how it is spelled) has a good one that is gluten free I use sometimes! I am not allergic to gluten, but my DH has pretty bad stomach problems so our diet is 1/2 gluten free and whole foods and then 1/2 junk I would say haha. We definitely have our cheat meals, but when I cook it is always on the ” lighter” side.

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2014

Chicken breast with wholemeal rice and rainbow veggies in soy and sweet chilli

Post # 9
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Busy bee

Chopped onion, garlic, mushrooms, cocktail tomatoes (grape or cherry also work), and lean ground turkey sauteed, with a few handfuls of argula thrown in when the turkey is almost cooked through, just till the arugala is wilted.

I put that mixture on top of whole wheat pasta, and throw on some fresh mozz. My FI doesn’t think it’s “saucy” enough, so he’ll add a little organic marinara sauce to his.

@WillyNilly:  I am borderline obsessed with Annie’s Goddess dressing. It’s so good.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Today was the first day I made it, but it was SO GOOD that I’ve no doubt this will be repeated weekly.

I bought a small package of Raley’s brand (a local chain) basmati rice, barley, and lentil mix – it just calls for boiling it and serving it with olive oil, but I cooked it in chicken broth and added some chopped onions, and the last couple minutes I added cherry tomatoes and red bell pepper. I topped it with some high-quality olive oil and salt / pepper – and it’s like a party in my mouth! I’ve already eaten two servings and am thinking about more! 

It’s the best vegetarian meal I’ve ever made.

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Lol, yeah, I guess that’s important info!  I salt the eggplant to drain excess water and then wipe the salt off as best I can.  This I normally do this well in advance and keep it in the fridge, because TBH I could eat eggplant any time, any where.  Then I pepper the eggplant and brush it with olive oil, put it on the BBQ (or, in the event of -30 C, the pan) and slow cook it on low for 3 – 5 minutes, then I turn up to heat to sear the edges for about 1 minute.  While the egg plant is slow cooking, though, I slice up and pepper some slabs of tomato, and thinly slice some red onion, and cut the foccacia bread to make sandwich slices.  I put some pesto (okay, not some, A LOT – I love that stuff) on the bottom half of the foccacia and sprinkle it with feta (goat cheese would be phenomenal on this – it’s just too expensive for me where I live for the quantities I would eat!!).  If I’m using the BBQ, I go out just in time to sear the eggplant and take it off, then I warm the foccacia bread for a few minutes on the BBQ.  If I’m doing the eggplant in the pan, I usually just broil the foccacia.  Then I assemble like a sandwich with the eggplant being like the meat and eat, eat, eat.

Usually takes me 10 minutes or so (including my dilly dallying).
 

Absolutely amazing with a homemade soup like spiced squash or cream of… anything (my fav. being greenbean).

 

Edit: Totally just subscribed to this topic.  Love the ideas here and it’s always good to get more quick & healthy meals in the busy day!

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I like salads with chicken on the side! and then some sort of hot veggie.. corn/green beans/sqaush, etc! mmm!

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Whole wheat pasta with tendercrisp asparagus, parmesean, and a poached egg to serve as the sauce.

Post # 14
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Busy bee

One of my go-to meals when I don’t have much time is to microwave a sweet potato, in the skin, until it is “baked.” While I’m taking the skin off, I microwave some canned organic chili beans. I put the sweet potato in a bowl, mash it a bit, and then put the chili beans on top of that, and sprinkle it all with a little cheese. It’s not the super healthiest meal, but it’s not bad and it’s quick and tasty.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Salads with baked potato on the side – either topped with low-fat sour cream or tzaziki.  FI makes this mustard vinaigrette that is to die for.

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