With after-school activities, late workdays, and long commutes, it’s no wonder so many people resort to a drive-thru or pizza place to feed their families in a flash. Unfortunately, these convenient options can be hard on your wallet and your waistline. The good news is, you don’t have to sacrifice eating healthy just because you’re busy. Listed below are seven delectable dinner solutions that require minimal time.
1. Rotisserie Chicken
An excellent no-cook option, grabbing a rotisserie chicken at the market is an easy way to pack in protein without spending much time in the kitchen. Look for an “organic” bird with minimal ingredients added. Chicken tastes great tossed in salads, added to green wraps, or paired with veggies. Leftovers make a great grab-and-go lunch.
2. Salad or Wrap
Boost nutrients by making the switch from grains to greens by enjoying more salads and wraps made from lettuce, leafy greens, cabbage family veggies and sea vegetables. Spruce up your greens with rotisserie chicken, sous vide salmon or slow cooked pork. Add a spoonful of Primal Kitchen dressing for fabulous flavor without having to mince garlic, dice onions or chop herbs and spices.
3. Slow Cooker
A “crock pot” is terrific for turning tough cuts of meat into forkfuls of tender goodness. Simply add meat, starchy veggies and liquid to a slow cooker before you head to work and you’ve got a delicious meal awaiting you at the end of the day. Complete the meal by stirring in tender vegetables such as kale or spinach during the last 10 minutes of cooking. Top with fresh herbs before serving.
4. Sous Vide
In addition to a slow cooker, a Sous Vide provides an easy, hands-off option for cooking meats, poultry, fish, seafood, eggs, vegetables and fruits. Especially succulent, sous vide protein is delicious served with steamed vegetables, tossed in salads or rolled in wraps. The Sous Vide can make any home cook look like a master chef in no time.
5. Quick Broil
Broiling is best for tender cuts of animal proteins such as salmon fillets, chicken tenderloins or skirt steak and perfect for thin vegetables such as asparagus, peppers, or mushrooms. Start by preheating the broiler for 5 minutes. Spread ingredients on a rimmed baking sheet and broil for 3-6 minutes per side depending on the thickness of your ingredients.
6. Simple Sauté
Superb for thin cuts of meat and vegetables. Start by preheating a 12-inch skillet over medium heat for 5 minutes. Then, add a tablespoon of oil and protein. Cook until browned, flip and sauté until cooked throughout. Remove protein, add oil and veggies. Cook until fork tender.
7. Gluten-Free Pasta
Cook up some spaghetti squash (fall/winter), zucchini noodles or “zoodles” (spring/summer) or gluten-free pasta such as brown rice, quinoa, mung bean fettuccine or black bean spaghetti. Toss your gluten-free noodles with protein, veggies and a sauce or cheese. Enjoy chicken with zucchini noodles, peppers, pesto and arugula. Try leftover meatballs with spaghetti squash, spinach, tomato sauce and mozzarella.