If you believe that quick, easy meals are not healthy, listen up! You can make easy meals quickly that also increase your health and fitness. You’re still better shedding that ‘couch potato’ role you’ve been playing, but you needn’t spend hours at the gym every day to stay in shape.
Here are some suggested tips on how to make delicious, but healthy, meals without spending your day in the kitchen.
Quick, Easy Healthy Meal Suggestions (Favored by the Food Network)
- Grapefruit Brule – Loosen its segments after you cut it in half. Sprinkle the halves with 2 teaspoons of fine (or superfine) sugar. Get out your kitchen torch and caramelize the sugar covering. You could make this dish even healthier and more attractive to your palette by garnishing with some healthy berries (raspberries or strawberries). Prep time: 10 minutes or less.
- Grilled Veggie Wrap – A break from sandwiches and/or salads, this quick, easy, and healthy lunch will refuel and retune your body’s engine. Prep time: 15 minutes; total time 23 minutes.Preheat your grill, place 2 (cut in ¼ inch slices) zucchini pouring olive oil over them after sprinkling with salt and pepper. Grill until they’re slightly browned and tender (about 4 minutes per side). Spread ¼ cup of hummus over each of wrap. Add 1 tablespoon of pine nuts on top, while adding 3 zucchini, 2 red pepper pieces, ½ cup of spinach, and a few sliced onions. Roll up each piece of bread wrap and diagonally cut them in half.
- Herbed Chicken Marsala – Total Time: 35 minutes, including 15 minutes’ prep and 20 minutes’ cooking time. Assemble four 4-ounce boneless, skinless chicken breasts, lightly salted and peppered. Get 1/3 cup flour (whole wheat), 1 ½ tablespoons olive oil, ¾ cup chicken broth (low sodium variety), 1/3 cup sun-dried tomatoes, which are finely chopped or sliced thin, ½ teaspoon chopped rosemary, 1 or 2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley, 10 ounces sliced white button or baby bella mushrooms, and 2 teaspoons unsalted butter.Pound chicken cutlets, which sit between 2 plastic wrap pieces, until they’re about 1/3 inch thick. Then sprinkle with a bit of salt and pepper. While heating the oil in a large skillet, put the whole wheat flour on a plate. Fully coat the chicken with flour. Fry chicken until fully cooked and golden (approximately 4 minutes per side). Add ½ cup chicken broth, sun-dried tomatoes, and rosemary to chicken drippings in the skillet; then cook about 5 minutes. Add 1/3 cup marsala wine, bringing the mixture to a boil. Add remaining broth and the butter, simmering about 30 seconds. Spoon the mushroom sauce mixture over your cooked chicken, sprinkle with parsley and serve.
These suggestions are fast, easy, and healthy dishes for you. Try them out; you’ll like them – and feel healthier, too.
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