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 waistline. The good news is, you don’t have to sacrifice eating healthy just because you’re busy. Listed below are several delectable dinner ideas that can be prepared in minimal time.
Best with thin cuts of meat or ground meats. Add chopped veggies such as carrots, peppers, mushrooms, or asparagus. Start by preheating a 12-inch skillet over medium heat for 5 minutes, add 1 tablespoon of oil and protein, cooking until browned on one side, flipping and repeating until cooked throughout. Remove protein, add more oil (if needed) and veggies. Sauté until fork tender. Top with fresh herbs.
- Shrimp with snow peas, carrots, scallions, basil and tamari
- Ground beef medley with chopped asparagus and red pepper
- Pork chops with mushrooms, onions and kale
Under the Broiler
Best for thin cuts of meats, poultry or seafood such as salmon fillets, chicken tenderloins or skirt steak. Perfect for veggies such as asparagus, peppers, tomatoes, small mushrooms or sliced portobello. Start by preheating the broiler. Spread desired protein on an oven-proof rimmed baking sheet. Broil foods for about 3-6 minutes per side, depending on thickness.
- Salmon fillets with asparagus and mushrooms
- Chicken tenders with red peppers and broccolini
- Portobello mushroom pizzas with tomatoes, cheese and olives
Look for organic chicken with minimal ingredients. Enjoy with salads or veggies.
- Chicken with sliced tomatoes, mung bean fettuccine noodles and pesto
- Chicken spinach salad with avocado and grapefruit
- Chicken with carrots, carrots, cucumber, red peppers, hummus and olives
Fresh salads are great with cooked or leftover meats, poultry, fish or seafood.
- Turkey salad with spinach, bacon, tomato and avocado
- Canned sardine salad with green beans, red potatoes and tomatoes
- Sliced roast beef with arugula salad, red bell peppers and raw milk cheese
Slow Cooker or Crock Pot
Best for thick or tough cuts of meat such as pork shoulder, beef roast, or chicken thighs. Surround the meat with firm veggies such as carrots or potatoes. Add enough broth or other liquid to cover the ingredients 2/3 the way up. Stir in tender veggies such as kale during the last 10 minutes of cooking.
- Pulled pork tacos with red cabbage and creme fraiche
- Beef stew with carrots, mushrooms, onions and kale
- Goat shoulder roast with sweet potatoes and spinach
A Sous Vide also provides an easy option for cooking proteins and veggies.