Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Simple, Healthy Mix & Match Meal Plan

I don't know about you, but I get into the "WHAT IN THE WORLD DO I COOK FOR DINNER" rut...a lot. I love to cook and try out new recipes but sometimes I just need something SIMPLE and healthy. A meal that  I don't need to think about. A meal that requires very little chopping and very few ingredients! Sound good??!

Below are some healthy mix and match meal plan ideas.
Consider this your "Chinese Menu" for easy dinner planning! All you do is choose ONE item from each of the categories and BOOM--a healthy dinner is planned! The printable "menu" is at the end of this post. Most of the items are super simple to prepare, but just in case you need further explanation, here is how I'd prepare each one ~

Easy Healthy Dinner Ideas

  • Teriyaki Salmon
    • Whisk honey, garlic, lime juice and soy sauce in a bowl, pour over salmon and bake at 375 10-15 minutes until cooked through.
  • Flank Steak
    • Rub steak with garlic, salt, pepper and balsamic vinegar. Grill (or cook in skillet) until desired doneness.
  • Pesto Chicken
    • Cut chicken into large chunks and cook in a skillet with 2 tablespoons pesto
  • Pork Chops
    • Rub thin cut pork chops with your favorite spice blend (i love lemon pepper!) and cook in a little olive oil until cooked through.
  • Chicken Sausage
    • Cut into large chunks and cook in skillet until browned.
  • Shrimp
    • Stir fry quickly with garlic and olive oil; finish with a squeeze of lemon.
  • Roasted Broccoli
    • Drizzle with olive oil and salt pepper. Roast at 425 for about 15 minutes. Serve with a squeeze of lemon and Parmesan cheese
  • Mixed Greens
    • Topped with Balsamic + Olive Oil
  • Stir fried green beans
    • Stir fry with a little soy sauce and pepper until crisp tender
  • Sauteed spinach
    • Cook spinach in a skillet until wilted; add salt/pepper to taste
  • Roasted asparagus
    • Toss with olive oil/salt/pepper. Roast at 425 until crisp tender.
  • Roasted sweet potatoes
    • Toss sweet potato chunks with olive oil, salt, pepper and a drizzle of maple syrup. Roast at 425 until tender.
  • Quinoa 
    • I love the steam in a bag kind!
  • Brown rice
    • Minute Rice!
  • Pasta
    • Whole wheat is best but any kind will do!
  • Black Beans
    • Canned, drained and rinsed and heated through

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