Five Easy Meals for One Busy Girl

20 Oct

When you�re running around, you need good fuel to keep yourself from getting run down. Next time your schedule prevents you from cooking, try this weeknight meal plan.

– Grilled salmon. Grill a 5-6 oz. steak for about 5 mins. on an electric or outdoors grill.
– Mixed green salad. Mix half a 5 oz. bag of mixed greens with the other salad veggies of your choice (bell peppers, avocado, tomatoes, etc.). Toss with 1 tbsp. olive oil, a splash of balsamic vinegar, and a dash of salt and pepper.

Sausage, pepper, and onion hoagies. From Rachael Ray’s 30-Minute Meals on the Food Network.
– Serve with sweet potato or regular potato oven fries. Cut two potatotes in 1/4″ sticks, toss with 1 tbsp. olive oil and a dash of salt and pepper. Bake at 500 degrees for about 20 minutes.

– Sesame-ginger chicken with steamed veggies and brown rice. Coat a skinless chicken thigh with a mixture of 1 1/2 tsp olive oil, 1/2 tsp sesame oil and 1 tsp minced fresh ginger. Sprinkle with 1 tsp sesame seeds. Wrap in aluminum foil and bake at 400� for 20 minutes. Unwrap and bake 25 minutes more. Serve with 1 cup brown rice tossed with 1 tbsp toasted pine nuts, and 2 cups steamed broccoli or cauliflower flowerets (or a mix) tossed in 1 tsp fresh lemon juice and a dash of soy sauce.
(Recipe from Self magazine’s Reach Your Goals meal plan.

– Veggie stir-fry and soba noodles. Heat up a wok or fry pan, then add 1 tbsp. of cooking oil. Toss in half a chopped onion and cook until it starts to soften. Add one or two chopped garlic cloves, cook for 1 minute. Add in the veggies of your choice in order of softness: harder vegetables like broccoli go in first, soft foods like tomatoes go in last. Let each veggie cook for a few minutes (about 2) before adding the next one. Serve with buckwheat soba (cooks much faster than rice!) and soy sauce.

– Top a premade pizza crust with a thick tomato sauce, grated mozzarella, and the veggie and meat toppings of your choice. Pop into the oven, following the directions on the crust. Serve with an easy mixed-greens salad.

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