Easy & Healthy Meals for a Week

Overview

No one wants to slave over the stove after a busy day of work and running errands. The bright side is that there a tons of healthy gourmet meals that are easy to prepare and leave you feeling great. You'll love having a variety of dishes that you can tweak to make completely tasty meals every day.

Breakfast

Rushing to work or to take the kids to school doesn't leave a lot of time to prepare a healthy meal. Prepare a quiche and either freeze or refrigerate it and have it for several days. Mix 3 eggs, 1 1/2 cups milk, 1 tbsp. all-purpose flour, 1/2 cup chopped cooked onion, 1/2 cup sliced cooked mushrooms, 1/2 cup chopped fresh spinach, 1 roasted bell pepper, 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes, and half a cup of feta cheese. Pour into a prepared pie crust and bake at 350 F for 45 minutes. Slice for easy-to-get portions for the week. Another great meal on the run meal is pumpkin bread and fruit. Bake pumpkin bread and slice. Heat up a portion each day and top with slices of mangoes and bananas with low-calorie whipped topping. A lot of Asian breakfasts include brown rice and a fried egg. Make a whole batch of brown rice and just wake up in the morning and heat. Cook your egg so that its yolk is a little runny and break on top of the rice.

Lunch

It is becoming more common for employees to take shorter lunch breaks or work longer hours. Like clockwork, as soon as lunchtime rolls around the smells of fast food waft into the office space. Fight temptation by bringing healthy meals. Turn your nose up to delivery pizza by making healthy delicious pizza at home. Make whole wheat dough and shape it into a personal pizza, or make one large one. Spread pizza sauce and cover it with such traditional ingredients as onions, garlic, olives, mushrooms, bell peppers, chili peppers or capers. Top with goat cheese and bake. You can be inventive when it comes to making your own pizza by using pesto sauce and drizzling on hummus when your pizza comes out. Barbecue pizzas are a growing trend. Lightly coat with a sauce and use chopped chicken and low-fat mozzarella. Other quick ideas consist of making soups, wraps or salads to bring for lunch.

Dinner

The quiet solitude of home is easily disturbed by frantic food preparation. Keep you dinner choices simple. Fish is quick and simple to make. Place your fish of choice in a baking pan with white wine, capers, lemon juice and fresh tarragon and bake. For a side, have prepared whole wheat pasta with a marinara sauce that is low in sugar. Another easy side dish is orange beets. Take 8 cups of beets, 1 1/2 tbsp. orange zest and 1 1/2 tbsp. canola oil. Bake at 400 F for 40 minutes. Sprinkle with 2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar and 1/2 cup goat cheese. Cook for an additional 6 minutes. Making your own healthy meals at home will not disappoint your waistline or taste buds. Use a variety of spices to replicate different cuisines. You'll have cooking healthy cooking down in no time.

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