I love tacos, pizza and margaritas like no other, but realistically, I can’t eat like that everyday. Too much unhealthy stuff ends up making me feel not the best. Honestly, Monday through Thursday, I really try to cook, meal plan and prepare every meal during the week. I also like doing meatless Monday, which you can find here. It makes our lives so much easier and prevents us from ordering out (and saves us money too). Anyone try to do this? I know our intentions are always good, but life does get in the way sometimes and we just need a burger, you know?!
I am sharing 5 healthy meals that we have often in my house during the week. Plus, they are easy and only require a few ingredients and time. Which are some of the two most important things while cooking during the week, am I right?
I have a serious obsession with chickpeas, so I could eat this for lunch or dinner at least once a week. It’s easy and versatile too. Brown rice, white rice or this 90 minute Uncle Ben’s Garden Vegetable Rice if you’re short on time (it adds small, chopped veggies good for fussy toddlers). Throw in a protein like chicken or shrimp, You can find the recipe here: Recipe: Rice, Asparagus, and Chickpea Skillet
I have a confession. I love salads. Like a lot. Playing around with the different variations is the best part. We try to have a salad at least once or twice a week. Premade salad kits are a great foundation because you can do so, so, much to them. That’s what I did with this Asian Chopped Salad Kit. I added steak that was marinated in soy sauce and a few other ingredients and done! Super easy. You can find the recipe here: Asian Chopped Salad with Steak. or below.
Here is another recipe where you can cut and roast the potatoes the night before. That way they are ready to go, just cook the beans and add the sweet potatoes in. But honestly, you don’t have to roast them if you are short on time. Just dice them and heat oil over medium heat in a nonstick skillet for 15 minutes or until tender.
Spicy black beans
Top with avocado, guacamole, feta cheese or pico de gallo.
This is something I learned from my husband and mother in law. Calabacitas in spanish means zucchini, so the base of this dish is zucchini, but they are some other veggies and layers of yum in there too. The recipe is meatless and it can be a side or main dish. There are countless options with this. The recipe is:
Optional: Tortilla chips for serving, shredded cheese or tortillas
If you are looking for breakfast ideas, here are three:
2. Scrambled eggs, kale and cottage cheese-The cottage cheese makes the eggs super fluffy with added protein.
3. Peaches and cream cheese toast– One of my favorite end of summer, early fall snacks or breakfast. Recipe here.
I hope you find some of these meal ideas helpful and I would love to hear any you guys have to keeping it lighter during the week. Add your comments below or message me on Instagram. They have definitely helped me get through some crazy weeks and I hope they do the same for you!
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