So I'm a full time student and a full time employee and commute about 3-4 hours a day. I don't have a lot of time to cook meals that take more than 20 minutes. Anyone have any quick, easy and healthy meal ideas? I'm always stuck at the same 140 and I need to get rid of it quick for my wedding in a year!!clynnsky by:
Well, you said quick, easy, and healthy, and did not specify delicious, so here are some of the things I eat:
- Plain non-fat yogurt with flax, chia seeds, wheat germ, oat bran, whatever I feel like sprinkled on top
- Egg whites (I buy them in the cartons now so it's REALLY fast and simple, but I used to separate the egg yolks out manually)
- Oatmeal w/ milk, nuts, fruits, etc.
- I often take some frozen chicken breasts and stick them in the oven on a non-stick pan and defrost/cook them on a fairly low heat. I throw some pasta on the stove, or rice in a rice cooker. If I can't take the blandness, I throw on some salsa, hot sauce, or whatever's handy.
- Frozen veggies are quick and super easy and I always have quite a bit of them each day.
- LENTILS. They are SO EASY and SO NUTRITIOUS. I eat them every day - toss in some onions and curry powder, or chili powder, or just experiment till you find something you like. They're so cheap and I can just throw a whole bag of them on the stove and simmer them for a bit and I get a delicious healthy meal that lasts a few days.
- Salmon is amazingly easy. I just wrap it in some tinfoil and make a quick healthy sauce from whatever I have on hand: garlic, spicy brown mustard, lemon juice, dill, parsley). Spread the sauce on the raw salmon, stick the tinfoil in the oven and you're done. Too expensive for me to do it all that often, but it's one of my favorites. I assume tuna steaks would be similarly easy.
Those are some of my daily staples... hope this helps!
First off, congratulations on your wedding! This will be an exciting year for you as you plan your dream day!
I do a lot of what I call "prep-ahead" meals when I have a day or evening off. I prefer things that can be safely frozen--you can pull it out to thaw the night before, and all you have to do when you get home from work/school is pop it in the oven. Portion out enough for 2 meals, and you also have lunch for the next day! Do a web search for "freezable healthy meals" and you'll get lots of hits! Make sure any containers you use are freezer safe. Glad makes oven-wear that is freezer and oven safe, and can be reused if you wish.
A simple on-the-go breakfast or snack I like is "mini quiches":
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
1 carton egg whites (or 12 eggs worth if you like to separate eggs)
Fresh or frozen spinach, however much you prefer
Chicken breast, chopped (you need to cook it first: bake, pan cook, grill, etc)
You can add cheese if you'd like, but remember that fat-free cheese doesn't like to melt very well.
Divide whites evenly into 12-cup cupcake tin (with or without wrappers)
Add spinach to taste. Tear up if using fresh.
Add chicken and cheese if preferred (could use other meats or just eggs if you'd like!
Stir in each cup to blend together.
Bake for 12-16 minutes. They will rise way up above the muffin tins, but will relax as they cool.
Pop into snack sized zippered baggies (1 or 2 each) and you have an easy, quick snack or breakfast! They can be frozen, so making a whole batch won't waste any if they aren't eaten.
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