You may have forgotten your News Year resolution but at least your Instagram feed is keeping your intentions in mind. When it comes to eating a better, planning your meals is one of the most simple tricks. However, it is easier said than done. Sunday’s are meant for relaxing not cooking all day, right? Here are 4 easy dinner ideas that won’t steal quality time from your weekends but will prepare you for a healthy week!
1. Salsa Chicken
If you have a slow cooker, this meal idea takes about 10 minutes total on hand prep work. It’s one of my favorite because it is affordable and easy. Just place two pounds of chicken breasts into a slow cooker with a jar of salsa. Cook on low for 6-8 hours. After 5-6 hours, pull the chicken apart with two forks. Let it sit for another 1-2 hours. This versatile dish is great on top of greens for a mexican salad, with quinoa and black beans for a burrito bowl, or in between tortillas with some cheese and veggies for a delicious quesadilla. I like to use Joseph’s tortilla’s which have just 70 calories. You can also use this recipe as a starter for chili. The options are endless. Check out my favorite Taco Salad using Salsa Chicken here.
2. Turkey/chicken Mini Meatloafs
Fitness/Bikini competitors are known for their impeccable meal planning strategies. Seriously, just follow one or two on Instagram and you will see what I mean. Jamie Eason turned me on to her turkey meatloaf recipe 3 years ago and I’ve been playing with it ever since. Double this recipe to make 6-8 servings. I’m also a big fan of this paleo Buffalo Chicken meatloaf recipe from PaleOMG.
3. Power Bowls
Power bowls are made up of a starchy side like quinoa or brown rice and topped with tons of veggies. To meal prep your power bowls, cook enough 5 servings of quinoa or brown rice. You have the option to roast vegetables like broccoli, squash, onions, mushrooms, and beets or you can just stock up your freezer and stir fry the veggies in just 5-10 minutes. Top with some non-gmo organic tofu for extra protein. For a sugar free sauce packed with flavor, make a batch of this Garlic Tahini Amazing Sauce that will make you crave veggies every night. Raw, vegan and gluten free, this sauce will keep in the fridge for over a week. Packed with superfoods like garlic, ginger and fresh lemon juice, the sauce helps your body digest your meal and absorb the nutrients.
What is your go to meal prep recipe?
Guest Blogger, Kristin McGee is certified in Yoga, Pilates and Fitness—and dedicated to a program of healthy eating for all. She has just introduced her latest DVD, STRONG SEXY SVELTE: Three Total Workouts for a Rocking Body all focused on Fitness for the Mind and Body! .