beth

Quick, Healthy Dinner Ideas?

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There are five of us in our family, and two of the kiddos are incredibly picky due to autism. Everyone eats at different times (husband works nights, I work days, kids eat early.) I've given up on big family meals around the table - for the time being. I've recently lost 15 pounds, and I'm on track during the day at work - but I get home, I'm tired, and by the time it's my turn to eat - uninspired. 

 

I'd appreciate any quick and healthy dinner inspo! Thanks!

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Hi Beth!

 

I've got a few quick and healthy recipes that you might like. The first one is a copycat version of PF Chang's chicken lettuce wraps (http://damndelicious.net/2014/05/30/pf-changs-chicken-lettuce-wraps/). There isn't a lot of cutting and chopping prep; you basically throw everything together and you've got a delicious meal in less than 20 minutes!

 

I love a good baked chicken and this easy lime chicken recipe (http://www.gimmesomeoven.com/easy-lime-chicken/) is great served with rice (white or brown, whichever you prefer) and veggies. The only things I changed to this recipe was add 1 tbsp. of brown sugar for a touch of sweetness and I added lemon juice since I didn't have enough lime juice.

 

The last one is a creamy caprese quinoa bake (http://www.halfbakedharvest.com/creamy-caprese-quinoa-bake/). I'm sure you could replace the heavy cream with plain Greek yogurt if you wanted to make it even healthier.

 

I hope this helps! =)

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Do you ever visit skinnytaste? I am the hugest fan of her blog--I would estimate that I cook from it 5x/week on average, lol! A lot of her recipes are super quick and easy. Also, now that it's getting chilly, I've been busting out my crockpot a couple of times a week. Can't beat coming home and having dinner basically ready to go!

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Hi both! Thank you for your replies! Meugenio, I am now starving! And allieoxenfree - YES, thank you - I always forget about skinnytaste... and my slow cooker!!

 

Yay!

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Congrats on the weight loss, Beth!

What helps me is prepping big batches of healthy meals on the weekends, that I can grab and heat up during busy weekdays for lunch or in the evening, when I am way too spent to even think of cooking.

I usually do some sort of stir fry full of veggies and spices, or a lentil & quinoa dish with additions based on what I am craving (I might do a Thai, Italian or Mexican inspired one).

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Congrats on the weight loss, Beth!

What helps me is prepping big batches of healthy meals on the weekends, that I can grab and heat up during busy weekdays for lunch or in the evening, when I am way too spent to even think of cooking.

I usually do some sort of stir fry full of veggies and spices, or a lentil & quinoa dish with additions based on what I am craving (I might do a Thai, Italian or Mexican inspired one).

 

Thanks angieeatspeace! I decided to try doing just that this weekend. I made a simple tomato sauce for the week to use as a base for soups or with eggs, and a sort of veggie stew with garbanzos for protein. I portioned everything out for the week, and I just have to cook up some quinoa or brown rice at home if I want to add it. I didn't think to cook some quinoa ahead of time. Thanks for the suggestions! A stir fry sounds yummy right now!

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Thanks angieeatspeace! I decided to try doing just that this weekend. I made a simple tomato sauce for the week to use as a base for soups or with eggs, and a sort of veggie stew with garbanzos for protein. I portioned everything out for the week, and I just have to cook up some quinoa or brown rice at home if I want to add it. I didn't think to cook some quinoa ahead of time. Thanks for the suggestions! A stir fry sounds yummy right now!

 

I am so glad this worked out! Hope it makes your week run smoother.

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I totally agree with angieeatspeace. I try to batch cook on a Sunday afternoon and then freeze portions (stews, casseroles etc).and then for the most part during the week, I just grab something from the freezer the night before and then just do rice and veg. I particularly like turkey chilli with sweet potato and kale as that just needs sautéed veg with it so only takes 5 mins! Stir frys are good too and I also like tray bakes (virtually no washing up!). I do chicken stuffed with grated courgette, sun dried tomatoes and a little cheddar, baked with peppers, courgette, onion etc. last night I did a tray bake with cod wrapped in a slice of Parma ham with some breadcrumbs mixed with Parmesan and parsley on top. I'm planning to get a slow cooker this winter so would love any tips and recipes if you have any.

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A good one I came up with last night...

 

Add all of this to a tupperware container and shake:

 

  • Spinach - hand full
  • Sprouts - hand full
  • Tuna - 1 can
  • Blue Cheese - just a few crumbles
  • Balsamic Vinaigrette - to taste

Then, heat up some corn tortillas and you've got some pretty good tacos. 

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So this isn't really a recipe but I do have a really quick and easy dinner that I'll do when its just me.  I heat up a bag of frozen veggies (usually one of those steamer bags), add protein like some beans or canned tuna, add some sauce (my favs are a scoop of tomato sauce or a few squirts of soy sauce and sriracha), and stir it all up in a bowl and eat.  This isn't fancy but it is quick, filling, and pretty healthy.  

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Thanks everyone! I'm hungry now! :)

 

I ended up cooking more than I needed for last week, so threw the extra sauce and "stew" in the freezer for future use. So handy!

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How much prep and cooking time do you consider as "quick"?

 

andiphant - that sweet potato mash looks great, and that's so great you found a compromise for the kids to both love.  Do you have tips to make the prep faster with the peeling of four pounds of carrots and sweet potatoes?  

 

I just made a carrot ginger soup last week that entailed 2 pounds of carrots and 2 onions, and that prep alone took at least 30 minutes. I peeled while watching TV, so I didn't mind (so maybe up to an hour while multi-tasking).  I discovered starting with about 2.5 pounds of unpeeled carrots will yield 2 pounds trimmed and peeled carrots at the end.  

 

I also tried to skip peeling carrots once while making a stew and scrubbed the outside. I figured the blender would hide the skin.  But the stew turned bitter, so I think peeling is still key.

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