So it’s Sunday night and you are thinking about the week ahead.  It’s going to be another busy work week but  you spent the weekend doing your grocery shopping and meal prep for healthy lunches for the week to come.  Right? You are all set?  Great job!  But, are you ready for the unexpected late night on Tuesday when you are delayed at work and get home a little later than normal?  It’s a familiar scene, you are rushing home and you are famished.  You had a healthy lunch and a snack at 3pm, but its now going on 8pm and you don’t have a plan for dinner.  UHg.  Why does it seem like life and stress can so easily get in the way of our best intentions?

Don’t distress.  I want to share a few of my easy to prepare, quick recipes for a healthy meal at home – and yes, even when you are tired and stressed out, you can pull these meals together.  And, you will feel so much more satisfied than if you opt for  calling in pizza delivery, or hit the drive thru window.  Cooking healthy meals at home really can become a habit – one that is practical and second nature, so it never feels like a chore to eat healthy.  Here are a few of my favorites and they don’t require strange ingredients or chef skills and I hope you’ll pick a few you like to be on your regular menus when you need something good and fast!

Breakfast for Dinner – Even the breakfast haters often enjoy eggs for dinner.  You can keep it very simple with scrambled eggs and whole wheat toast and a few fresh berries, or even better, saute some veggies in a little olive oil (red peppers, onions, spinach, mushrooms, asparagus  – whatever you like) and add the eggs for an omelette.  It’s a one skillet meal.  Need some cheese?  If you go light, it won’t hurt a thing.  Add a little feta, or mozzarella or even sprinkle a little parmesan.

Have a burger – I still love hamburgers.  Try to get the leanest cut of meat and grass fed if you can.  Make your burger as thin as you can and you can bake it in the oven on a sheet pan or grill it.  For additional flavor, mix in some seasonings and spices and even some sun dried tomatoes, shredded mozzarella, and diced onion.  Serve the burger with a side of broccoli, quick cooked from the freezer and maybe add a baked sweet potato.  Yum!  All easy and with the help of the microwave, yet, none of the artificial stuff you get from frozen entrees.

Taco Salad – You can use ground turkey, chicken, or low fat beef for this recipe.  The turkey taste great and you can quick prepare it in a skillet with diced red peppers and onions.  Season with cumin, and garlic powder, and crushed red pepper and salt and pepper.  Prepare a plate full of dark green lettuces and top with the seasoned turkey mixture.  Then add healthy toppings like: black olives, peppers, tomatoes, fresh salsa, avocado slices, and a dollop of plain greek yogurt.  Don’t forget the squeeze of lime!

Have a great week!  Be healthy and blessed!

Shannon