While I love to try new recipes and have "pretty" meals, the reality is life happens and I don't have the time, the ingredients, or the energy to follow a recipe. BUT sometimes the best tasting meals come from throwing together what you have left in the fridge/pantry! You can work with what you have (time included) and still create a balanced dish.
I kept my brother and his lovely girlfriend in mind with this post. Working 40+hrs/week and pharmacy school won't hold them back from creating tasty, healthy meals!
Here are a 5 of my go-to easy peasy meals for dinner (can serve as lunch options as well):
We tried the dark chocolate version-AMAZING. Check out this agave maple syrup! It was on sale at Whole Foods, so of course I grabbed it!
Brinner (breakfast + dinner = genius)
pancakes + eggs + fruit
No need to whip up pancakes from scratch- try Kodiak Cakes pancake/waffle mixes and just add water. I said no recipes and I'm sticking to it! (Get Kodiak Cakes at Target-just another excuse for a Target trip)
Scramble the eggs and add in veggies. You can never get enough! OR top your eggs with avocado for some healthy fat.
On our "honeymoon" (pictured above) we used Kodiak Cakes. YES, we did get pancake mix for a wedding gift and we LOVED it! Also we love our Klean Kanteen steel pint cups-coffee and beer approved! (just use a koozie, the steel gets hot) And one more related note-my bridesmaids all got these cute food canisters from Klean Kanteen.
That dark goopy mess is BBQ sauce. Insert Stonefire Whole Grain Naan to this pic. Trader Joe's has a nice variety of chicken sausage, but we normally buy Bilinski's Chicken Sausage. It's our go to back home because it is lower in sodium and fat, but we haven't been able to find it near us. (moping emoji)
1 package naan + sauce + veggies of choice + meat optional + shredded cheese
We like to mash avocado and drizzle with BBQ sauce for the pizza base. Our go to toppings are mushrooms, onion, peppers, spinach, and chicken sausage.
Preheat oven to 400. Place on oven rack for 10-15 mins (no need for a cooking sheet). Serves 2.
Stonefire Whole Grain Naan is what we use, but Whole Foods and Trader Joe's brand is great too!
I used Trader Joe's corn + wheat tortillas for the picture, but burritos stay together better with a whole wheat tortilla, so I recommend using them instead.
Black Bean Veggie Burritos
1 can black beans + 1 can corn + veggies of choice + shredded cheese + whole wheat tortillas
We like to add green/orange peppers, onion, spinach. Opt for low sodium/no salt-added canned goods.
Preheat oven to 350. Wrap the mixture into tortillas and bake for 10-12 mins. You can sauté the veggies before hand if you want them softer.
Insert rotisserie chicken or use leftover chicken instead!
cheese & crackers + rotisserie chicken + veggies & hummus + wine (if you are of age of course)
Wine down Wednesday doesn't have to just take place at a restaurant. Get in those after work comfy clothes, open a bottle of wine, and throw together these snack plates!
Wednesday. Hump Day. Is it almost Friday? These thoughts run through my head on Wednesday's. If you don't feel like making the kitchen a mess here is a simple meal with all the food groups-I'm counting the wine as a fruit serving. (As an RD I do not support replacing daily servings of fruit with wine)
Choose tuna canned in water and drain/rinse to wash away the extra salt added for packaging.
1 can tuna + 1/2 avocado + 2 whole grain english muffins + sliced tomato + spinach + hummus + cheese (optional)
A classic meal from childhood revamped for adults! Adding hummus/spinach and using avocado instead of mayo make it adult-like right??
Preheat oven to 350 or toast english muffins in the toaster.
Mash 1/2 an avocado with the tuna. Top 2 whole grain english muffins with hummus, spinach, sliced tomato, tuna, and cheese (optional). Bake 5-10 mins or until the cheese melts. Serves 2.
If you don't want to use the oven, just melt the cheese in the microwave (not too long, the muffins will get soggy) or simply leave out the cheese.
Message me ingredients you have in the fridge/pantry and I will send you a meal idea!