When it's getting late and the kids are asking "what's for dinner", your first thought might be to grab take out. But wait a minute... there IS a better way.
With just a bit of pre-planning, it is possible to create delicious, easy AND healthy options on those evenings when you need to put a meal together FAST!
Here are three ideas for super fast, delicious AND good-for-you meals:
Tuna + Chopped Celery + Chopped Egg + Pepper + Mayo =
A delicious tuna salad that may be served with several whole grain crackers, along with sliced tomatoes and cucumbers.
Serving of canned black beans (warmed up and well -drained), topped with fresh snipped cilantro + shredded cheddar + chopped left -over chicken (optional) + your favorite salsa =
A protein packed meal that is ready in minutes. Feel free to vary the toppings: other ideas include sliced black olives, pieces of avocado....even thin slices of jalapeno peppers!!!
One slice of whole grain toast + mayo + 3 strips of crisp bacon + 2 slices of tomato + a handful of chopped lettuce + 1 or 2 slices of avocado =
A yummy open -faced BLT sandwich. Serve with raw carrots dipped in hummus.
Tips for Being Able to Throw a Meal Together FAST:
Plan ahead: Make a grocery list so that you will have needed items on hand.
Think about meal BALANCE: Meals must provide a protein source and should include one or more veggies. If a starch/grain is included (such as pasta, rice or bread), remember to stick with only one to two small servings.