Life seems harder with three kids. Actually, life was hard even with two kids. But with three, I feel like giving up when it comes to eating healthy. I would rather grab from the secret Ding-Dong stash, or eat whatever is free or $1. Which ends up being whatever I can mooch off my mom and friends at their houses, or a quick drive through this one place that has big yellow arches outside.
I'm making this list for me as much as it is for you.
Trader Joe's Stir Fried Shrimp (frozen section)
One bag of this is only $4.29. I don't personally use the flavor packet. Instead, I like to use a 1 tablespoon of the Soyaki sauce (make your own out of amino acid and honey if you want to keep it super clean.) I found that one tablespoon is enough to give it enough flavor, you could also add more. Then, I do my usual drizzle of Siracha.
Tip: One packet is enough for one [hungry] or two people. Actually, technically, it says it is 2.5 servings. Whatever, man. Serve on top of cauliflower rice or brown rice. I usually have a couple bags of frozen brown rice in the freezer that I can just throw in the microwave when I'm ready to use it. Yup, I still use a microwave.
B.A.S (BIG ASS SALAD) Term by JILL FIT
BAS is a term that fitness/business expert, Jill Coleman, came up with. She has some great articles about nutrition and life, check it out here.
Here's what you do: Pick a protein. Pick a green. And throw whatever else in there that you can find. What kind of protein do you have? Left over chicken? Steak? Eggs? Deli meat? Chop it up, throw it in a bowl. Then add any greens: broccoli, arugula, lettuce, chard, kale, cabbage. Chop it however you like, but I personally like my greens cut into small pieces. Then, throw in whatever else you may find: carrots, celery, tomatoes, mushrooms, beets, green onion, seeds, nuts, etc. I like to use homemade dressing with a little vinegar, mayo and sugar. I know that's not the healthiest... but that's just what my taste buds like right now, and I'm not going to fight with them more than I have to.
Tip: A salad chopper will save you a lot of time. This one is great. Just make sure you don't try to chop too much at one time -- that's how mine broke the first time.
Protein and veggies - on the bbq grill
I'm only including this because at my house, my husband does all the grilling, so all I need to do to get that ready is to slice up the necessary veggies and marinate the necessary proteins. We often times use foil to wrap up the veggies so they don't burn on the BBQ.
Here are a few ideas and combos:
- flank steak marinated in Soyaki sauce & green beans with butter, S&P
- chicken breast or thighs marinated in lemon/honey brine & asparagus topped with butter, S&P
- ribeye (my fave!) & onions and mushrooms grilled on the stove
- bunless burgers with grilled pineapple slices
Tip: Just remember to marinade 2-4 hours before it's ready to be put on the grill.
Chicken soup with veggies
My mom makes this for my kids, especially when it's cold outside. It is surprisingly quick and easy to make.
Boil chicken tenderloins in water. Boil until it's cooked. While you're waiting for chicken to finish cooking, chop up celery, carrots and onions. When the chicken is pretty much done, throw in your mirepoix, lower the heat to simmer and put the lid on. Let it simmer on low for at least 10-15 minutes, and it's ready to eat. You can either shred the chicken, cut into cubes, or serve them as tenderloins.
Tip: Adding cilantro and little pieces of tomato at the end makes it extra yummy. You could also serve it with spiralized zucchinis noodles. Add siracha and hoisin sauce, if you want to eat pho all the time, like I do.
pizza with premade pizza dough
The other day, my friend brought over frozen pizza that had kale and sweet potatoes on it. It felt healthy. Um, I know pizza isn't healthy, but this is just me being real. Pizza is going to stay on the menu, as long as we have children living in our house. So why not try to make it as "healthy" as possible, since it's not going anywhere! If you have time, I would really recommend trying the eggplant/cauiflower crusts. They are really tasty, in my opinion.
I grab premade pizza dough from Trader Joe's. (It's $1.19) I get the white flour kind because if I'm going to eat flour, I'm going to eat the good stuff. I don't usually grab the pizza sauce right next to the dough, because it's kind of pricey for something so simple to make with a 99 cents can of tomato paste. Just add salt and oregano to tomato paste and it tastes just as good. Don't forget to grab whatever cheese you want to use while you're at the store. My go to is whole fat mozzarella. Grab whatever veggies and protein you want to put on there.
Tip: Now for the semi-healthy part. Roll out your pizza dough until it's thin. I like it thin because it's less flour in a bite, and it turns out a bit crispier. I also add greens: kale, arugula, spinach. You'll need to play around with it, but usually, I like to add the lighter greens (like arugula and spinach) at the end of the cooking time. This way, it doesn't get all shriveled up, but the heat from the pizza still makes it calm down. Kale, you'll probably need to cook with it on there.
What is your favorite go to meal when you need something healthy, quick and simple? Tell me below in the comments! And if you liked this post, please share it with your friends!