Thursday, July 26, 2012

One Week of Easy Healthy Dinners

It is not hard for me to come up with seven easy healthy dinners, because easy is all I know how to do! I have very limited skills in the kitchen, but I have learned that eating healthy can be quick, easy and delicious, even for a kitchen dummy like me.  I think the healthy dinners that hubby and I eat these days taste better and are more satisfying than those old days of frozen pizza, boxed pasta meals and fast food.  Those unhealthy meals were just filling the hungry hole and we weren't really even enjoying them.  We told ourselves we ate them because of convenience.  Well, being fat and unhealthy is not that convenient for me. Besides, I'm here to show you cheap, quick & easy can be healthy and delicious.  As I have said before, this is not a food blog and I am not a cook (although hubby seems to think he has the skills akin to a professional chef, but that is still up for debate).  I'm not here to provide exact recipes or techniques, because I don't know them!  I'm just here to help you get those healthy eating ideas flowing.  I hope you enjoy them. 
I love crock pock meals because nothing is easier than throwing a bunch of ingredients into the crock pot and coming home from work to a fully cooked meal.  No fuss.  We usually will make a crock pot meal on Monday and eat it for lunch and dinner most of the rest of the week. The possibilities are endless and they vary, but here is a typical crock pot meal.  Yes, that is a dollop of Greek yogurt on top of my food in the picture.  It is so good, I don't even miss sour cream.
  • Chicken
  • Canned tomatoes & green chilies.  Check the ingredients on the can to make sure nothing extra is added or use fresh.
  • Low sodium black beans
  • 1 cubed sweet potato
  • Jalapenos
  • Green peppers

Spicy Chicken Crock Pot Meal
I came home from work one day a couple weeks ago and hubby had this cooking for us.  It is easy enough, we season and cook up the raw shrimp in one pan, cook veggies in another, then combine. I need to get a Wok.  Don't add extra sauces, drowning your stir fry in heavy sauces defeats the purpose of a healthy meal.  Try a low sodium soy sauce on the side, if anything.  Let me see if I can remember what was in this thing. 
  • Shrimp
  • Sugar Snap Peas
  • Red peppers
  • Bok Choy
  • Yellow Squash
  • Water chestnuts

Yummy Shrimp Stir Fry

An easy dinner staple in our house.  Season some fish and bake it, toss some cauliflower in olive oil and roast it.  Sometimes we have salmon and asparagus instead.  You get the idea. Done in under 30 minutes.

Grilled Mahi Mahi with Roasted Cauliflower

It doesn't get much easier than this meal.  I buy all natural frozen turkey burgers.  You just cook them on the stove top, each side for 8 minutes.  I add a slice of tomato, lettuce, avocado and brown mustard and eat it with a fork and knife.  You'll see here I paired it with an orange my favorite all natural carbonated beverage, La Croix.  Sometimes I add vegetables.  Less than 15 minutes from pan to plate.

Delicious Turkey Burger
Yay! It's Friday and if it is dinnertime, that means I am done with the work week! WooHoo! Time to celebrate with this delicious dinner.  This is the only one all week that takes a little more prep work, but still super easy.  You can find my version of a recipe here.  

Turkey & Spinach Stuffed Mushrooms

Like most people, I love the week-ends! This is the time I allow myself to loosen up the reigns a bit in regards to my eating.  I usually have an indulgence meal for lunch one day, not called a "cheat" that implies it is not part of the plan.  For dinner, lets have steak and veggies on the grill.  Maybe pair it with a glass of vino?  Just watch your portion sizes.  Sometimes we grill vegetables, sometimes we steam frozen edamame.   Either way, YUM-O!

Steak & Grilled or Steamed Veggies

We had our fun with steak and wine on Saturday, it is time to get back on track to prepare for another healthy week of eating.  This is a fun delicious way to grill.  Chicken skewers are made with green peppers, red peppers & onions.  The shrimp skewers are made with pineapple. Season the meat, thread on skewers, throw 'em on the grill and eat 'em up.  So delicious and easy and there usually is enough left-over to bring to work for lunch on Monday.

Shrimp & Chicken Skewers
There you have it, one week of easy healthy dinners.  I hope I got your creative healthy juices flowing.  What healthy meals do you have for dinner?  Seriously, let me know, I need some ideas!

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