There is a lot of talk about lunches around this time of year. However, I think of dinner, and extra curricular activities like soccer, cub scouts and homework. How do you fit a quick healthy meal into the mix?
The most helpful piece of advice I heard long ago was to post a list of quick healthy meals somewhere handy, and always keep those ingredients in your pantry and freezer. Then, on busy days, plan one of your quick go-to meals. It doesn't always have to be spaghetti (not that there is anything wrong with that)!
Quick, healthy, and convenient do not always go hand-in-hand, so I am going to share a partial list with you of what is on my quick list as well as the products you will need to have the meals pantry ready.
These are quick meals that require some fresh ingredients.
From the freezer
Many meals can come from one bag of pre-cooked chicken.
How many times do recipes call for cooked chicken? The problem is the same as always for convenience products: too much salt or sodium. The sodium on pre-cooked frozen chicken can range from over 600mg per serving to about 230mg per serving. Two brands found locally that hit around the 230mg mark were the Kroger brand cooked diced chicken, and the Tyson grilled whole chicken breast. To find other lower sodium chicken products, check the labels. Here are some good ideas on how to use this product for quick healthy meals.
Enjoy these meals or create some of your own quick meal ideas!
Until next time, shop well, eat well and live well!