6 Easy, Quick, Healthy Dinners!
On a mission to #eatright this Spring but don’t have the time? Look to these 6 cooking methods to get in and out of the kitchen and on with your life!
The goal here is to have your plate be half vegetables, a light handful of protein, a portion of grains the size of your fist and no more healthy fat than your 2 thumbs combined! Follow these portions for a well balanced meal at every meal.
A huge step to a healthy diet is being prepared. Not having ingredients on hand is a big part of it, but having everything decided can help you avoid less healthy meal choices.
The weather is looking good here in the tri-state, a perfect excuse to get outside and onto the grill! Kebabs are a fast, easy and flexible way to get that balanced meal we talked about. You just chop up your veggies, meat, seafood, potato etc. and pop it on a medium grill. Rotating when you see browning and meats are cooked. Just make a good effort to match foods on each kebab that cook in similar times, or cook your meats altogether on one, veggies on another! Once your foods are kebabed brush or drizzle some olive oil and add some salt and pepper.
Try some of these foods kebab style the next time you’re looking for a quick, easy, healthy meal!
- Zucchini and/or Yellow Squash
- Bell Peppers
- Red Onion Slices
- Boiled Corn On the Cob
- Sweet Potato Chunks
- Marinated Shrimp, Chicken, Pork, Beef, Fish or Tofu
- Bacon Wrapped Shrimp, Chicken, Pork, Beef, Fish or Tofu
When you think taco, you may be envisioning cheese and sour cream and wondering how that made it on our “quick healthy dinners” list. Truth is, authentic Mexican tacos are little more than soft corn tortillas with a grilled protein, cilantro and white onions! Sticking to that recipe, the most amount of effort you might need to put into a taco is cooking your protein and veggies!
Use lean turkey for your protein, a whole wheat tortilla for your grain and half an avocado for your healthy fat! Add veggies or a side salad for your greens! (or work some greens into the shell itself!) A nice pico de gallo is a great way to add some more veggie nutrients too.
3.) One Pan Roasting
Chop it, toss it, cook it. There are few things better than having your food ready to go in the oven by the time it heats up! The key here is similar foods that will cook evenly and quickly in a similar amount of time. You could also chop up all your foods to small bits to ensure a quick cook time. You may need to flip with a spatula 15 minutes in, but it’s worth it for a one pan dinner!
Some one pan combos you can try:
- Teriyaki Salmon, Green Beans and Sliced Carrots
- Sausage, Grape Tomato, Zucchini & Yellow Bell Pepper
- Lemon Butter Garlic Shrimp and Asparagus
- Marinated Steak, Broccoli, Potatoes
4.) Stir Fry
For this one it helps to have some rice ready to go, or you could use cauliflower rice which is ready much faster PLUS it’s healthier for you! Just pulse some cauliflower in a processor or blender, or run it through a cheese grater and sautée like regular veggies.
Start cooking with your meats (if using) or whatever will take longest. Put to the side, and sautée some onions (cut into slivers), and garlic. Add in sliced bell pepper, snap peas, broccoli, sliced carrots, asparagus, sweet potato chunks, you name it! Once veggies are cooked, mix in your rice and add your cooked meat/protein from earlier then you’re done! Don’t miss out, a successful sautéed meal really shines with some awesome spices or sauces like teriyaki, buffalo or balsamic!
Of course we couldn’t make it through this list without a nutrition packed salad! Clean your greens, prep your veggies, cook your protein, add some flavor and you’re off! Try not to restrict your salads to only veggies though. We only feel full when we get enough protein and fiber, so be sure to include proteins like meat, fish, nuts, hard boiled egg, cheese, quinoa or beans to fill you up. Be careful when it comes to dressings for your salad, as some can be unnecessarily heavy (like creamy dressings) or carry lots of sugar or sodium. We like to stick to red wine vinegar and oil. Don’t forget to add some avocado for healthy fat!
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The “most important meal of the day” can sometimes seem impossible to make time for! Problem solved with make-ahead egg muffins! Everything you love in an omelet put in a muffin tin and cooked for 15 min @ 350º F Try it and tag your pics with #BestMarket! #breakfast #breakfastofchampions #foodhacks #getfit #fitness #eatright #healthyfood #foodhacks #cooking #inthekitchen #foodtips #weightloss #lifehacks #shoplocal #buylocal #eggmuffins #nyeats #newyork #longisland #astoria #harlem #tribeca #hartsdale #newington #holmdel
Eggs for dinner? Let’s do it! When it comes to eating right with a time limit, eggs are excellent because of how fast they cook! Muffin tin frittatas are great for this because it’s 1.) a simple way to control your portions. 2.) Extremely flexible when it comes to the veggies, proteins, carbs you decide to add. 3.) They only take 15 minutes to cook at 350º F! 4.) 1 minute in the microwave warms them up to perfection, making them a perfect meal-prep food.
Try some of these combinations in your dinnertime frittatas!
- Sausage, Goat Cheese, Mushroom & Spinach
- Bacon, Cheddar & Broccoli
- Sausage, Kale & Cheddar
- Spinach, Caramelized Onion & Sweet Potato
Speeding Things Up
Tip 1.) Pick up some of our pre-sliced & diced veggies to cut cleaning, trimming and cutting time or do it yourself when you have some free time.
Tip 2.) Make a batch of brown rice / quinoa ahead of time and keep in the fridge if you know it’s going to be a busy week!
Tip 3.) Prepare your dinners for the week on Sunday. Or plan out a menu for the week that fits into your schedule.
Tip 4.) Keep frozen vegetables on hand. They are just as nutritious as fresh foods without the race against spoiling.
Tip 5.) Make more than you need. There is nothing wrong with leftovers from a healthy dinner!
April 18, 2017