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Current Top 5 Tips for Quick Meals

Posted Apr 29 2013 9:34pm

Before I get into the bulk of this post, I want to thank you all for hanging in there with me as I try to find a balance of work, working out, making dinner, keeping up with the house and blogging.  When I started working full time, my top priority was to maintain living a healthy lifestyle within an extremely busy schedule and blogging had to be put on the back burner for the time being (unfortunately, since my blog is fairly new!).   I assure you that I am working towards including it in my weekly routine as best as possible. I’ve barely had time to read any other blogs (really sorry to my blends- blog friends- that I’ve been neglecting.  I promise I’ll be back to reading you shortly!). Anyway, I’m definitely rambling now and overall I just wanted to say thanks for those of you who have stuck around.  I’ll figure it out sooner or later! <3 <3

With my busier lifestyle now that I’m working, I am being forced to come up with some pretty interesting fast and furious meals.  Currently, my favorite top 5 tips for getting a quick and easy meal are below.

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1.  Salmon.  Salmon is on the menu quite a bite because, really, does it get much easier, quick or healthy than broiling salmon for 7 minutes?  For this meal I topped the salmon with a diced mango and jalapenos, and topped some spinach with whatever was left in the fridge on the side(looks like leftover mushrooms from the night before and the last of some noodles hanging out in the back).  Aldis grocery store sells 4 filets of wild caught salmon for less than $5 (check the freezer section!).  I’ll pull 2 pieces of salmon out of the freezer before I go to bed and when I get home from work the next day I pop it out and throw straight in the over.  Easy peasy!

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2. Canned beans. Quinoa and black bean bowls are quite a lifesaver.  There was once a day when I would only buy dry beans and I’ve recently seen the light in canned beans.  When I’m strapped on time, starvvvvinnnnggg (typically right after a night workout) and need something healthy- I’m only a can opener, drain and strain away from glory.  Throw randomness all into a bowl, top with avocado and a dollop of plain yogurt, and dinner is served.

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3. Frozen Veggies.  That’s right.  Cheap, fast and zero prep time.  I’ve been throwing frozen veggies in a pot of water, straining, adding a few shakes of my favorite creole seasoning and call it a night. You get your veggies and a little cleaner kitchen when you’re done, too.

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4.  Leftovers.  Technically, this has always been a tip of mine, but it’s even more true now.  Now when I take the time to make dinner in the kitchen, I try to make enough that there will be leftovers for at least lunch for both me and the hubby the next day.  And if that moment that you think you have leftovers in the fridge, go to grab them before work in the morning and there isn’t any- you can still count on the classic almond butter and jam.  A little trip to memory lane never hurt anyone ;)

IMG_2710 At least make sure it’s on whole wheat bread  ;)

IMG_2703 5.  The biggest timesaver of all time: A GRILL!!!! Ever since Michael and I moved to Ohio, we have been dying to buy a grill.  We finally took a dive and bought a used (but still totally functioning) grill.  And I’m in absolute heaven.  Quick meals, virtually no dishes, and that crazy mouthwatering char.   IMG_2704 Open faced grilled chicken sammies with goat cheese, cherry tomatoes and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar with grilled asparagus is the first thing I made on our grill and I’m hooked.

IMG_2655 Grilling on the deck has increased our time watching gorgeous sunsets with a glass of wine in hand and less time cleaning dishes in the kitchen.  Everyone’s dream come true :)

I hope I’ve given you some ideas for fast, furious, and healthy meals.  Let’s eat!

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