Quick, Easy, Healthy Meals
My clients and I are constantly struggling to find quick easy meals that are healthy, tasty and don't require a long list of ingredients. I find it unreasonable to expect someone to come home and cook an extravagant meal when there's about an hour between arriving home and then heading out to a soccer practice, or if working late means all your energy was left at the office. So what are we striving for when looking for a "healthy meal"? A healthy meal consists of at least 3 of the four food groups. So the typical "dietitian dinner plate" looks like this: half the plate is vegetables, 1/4 starch, 1/4 protein. It's kind of corny, but it really does do the trick every time. The most simple nutrition solutions tend to be the ones that really help someone lose weight or feel better.
So that then means: how do we achieve the "easy meal"?? Of course, Greatist, the site that has a fix for everything, came up with a fabulous list of healthy meals in 12 minutes. Here's an example of one that fits the bill for meeting all your nutrition requirements, but is a relatively easy weeknight dinner:
Kale and Cauliflower Pasta
Bring a small pot of water (with a lid on it) to a boil (about 4 to 5 minutes). Add 1 serving angel hair pasta (a small handful) and ¾ cup cauliflower florets. After 3 minutes, fish out the cauliflower and add to a trying pan over medium-high heat with ½ tbsp. olive oil, ½ shallot (chopped), 1 clove garlic (minced), and a handful of kale (stems removed and roughly torn). Cover and cook 4 minutes. Add cooked pasta, 1 tbsp. grated Parmesan, and ¼ cup reserved cooking water and toss to combine.
Healthy eating really doesn't need to be complicated. Fresh ingredients always give the the best flavours and the best nutrition. Keep it simple!
Check out the full list of easy breakfasts, lunches and dinners here: http://greatist.com/health/52-healthy-meals-12-minutes-or-less