Many people think that cooking healthy meals has to be a difficult and time-consuming task. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth. (And even if it was true, isn’t the extra effort worth it?) Others of you, meanwhile, are new to this whole Primal Lifestyle and are looking for quick and easy recipes to help you adjust to this new, healthier way of life!
We have heeded your call for more recipes in last week’s “ Dear Readers: What do You Want? ” If you’re game, read on to learn ten Primal – and truly easy – quick meals.
But first a note: The quickest way to speed up the mid-week meal process is to do some work on the back end. It doesn’t have to mean devoting a whole day to cooking the meals for the week, but it does require some degree of planning ahead. For example, if you have all the ingredients on hand, you turn the process of creating a meal into nothing more than compiling a series of ingredients. So what ingredients should you stock?
• Veggies of any kind (and you’ll save a ton of time—and encourage your family to consume them as snacks—if you pre-wash and slice them!)
And now for the recipes…
An Italian breakfast dish, we’ll pull out the pasta and replace it with a ton of hearty – and healthy – vegetables that will keep you satiated through lunch! And, to make it more grab-and-go, we’ll be making it in muffin pans!
Primal Strawberry Smoothie
Short on time? This one will definitely take you less than 5 minutes to throw together (and it’s easy to drink when you’re on the move!)
Quick Cottage Cheese Pancakes
You’ll fool even the kids with this healthy pancake alternative.
Kitchen Sink Soup
If you make this with leftovers you have on hand, it’s really just a matter of throwing it together, letting it simmer and forgetting about it!
“Kitchen Sink” items: Feel free to include as many of the following items as you deem fit:
2 stalks celery, chopped
Chicken Club Wrap
As good as the sandwich from your favorite diner, with none of the guilt!
Protein Salad Dip
You’re leftovers have never tasted better when you use them as a dip for your fave chopped veggies.
Chicken with Goat Cheese and Arugula
This recipe comes from Endless Simmer.
Leftovers A la King
If you’re in the market for some true comfort food – that won’t make you pack on the comfort pounds – this easy leftovers recipe will be just the ticket.
Quick Cauliflower “Rice” - 1 large head of cauliflower (how easy is that!)
It doesn’t get much easier than pizza – and this one is healthy too!
Slice the eggplant lengthwise, making probably 6-8 slices about ½ inch thick. Place on a greased cookie sheet and place under a broiler. Broil until light brown. Remove, flip and cover with tomato sauce, basil, oregano and mozzarella cheese. Place back under the broiler. Feel free to add more toppings here – peppers, onions, pepperoni, diced ham – whatever your favorite pizza is, feel free to add it here! Should serve 3-4 people depending on how big your eggplant is.
Easy Chicken Enchiladas
We say chicken, but steak would be just as good if you have it on hand!
First prepare enchilada sauce. In a medium skillet, warm butter and oil. Add all dry ingredients, whisk in two cups of water and tomato sauce. Stir continually until sauce thickens. Adjust spices accordingly and set aside. In a second skillet, heat chicken in a quarter cup of enchilada sauce. Bring to simmer. In a mixing bowl, add eggs and half and half and beat until well blended. Heat up small skillet, spray with non-stick spray and add just enough egg mixture to coat pan. Allow to cook through, about 1-2 minutes. Repeat till all mixture is gone (you should get about 6 crepes). Inside a baking dish, place one of the egg crepes and coat with a small amount of sauce. Add chicken, a small amount of cheese and roll. When all are rolled top with remaining sauce. Sprinkle chopped scallions and cheese on top and bake at 350 for 10-15 min or until cheese melted and bubbly.
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