Thursday, October 13, 2011

Quick and Healthy Meal Ideas

Since I like to eat healthy, I find it frustrating when I’m at a loss for recipe ideas. When you consider that most whole foods must be chopped fresh or cooked ahead of time, it helps to prepare at least some ingredients ahead of time. Below are some do-ahead tips so you can put together quick healthy meals in a few minutes for a main meal or side dish. You’ll need some good glass storage containers with lids if possible.

 Pre-cook brown rice, quinoa
 Quarter and steam small potatoes
 Make some hard-boiled eggs
 Chicken, other organic meats
 Spaghetti sauce
 Home-made salad dressing
 A variety of beans

Here’s one of my salad recipes. It won’t leave you feeling hungry!

Potatoes and Field Greens Salad with Herbed Dijon

You‘ll need: Pre-cooked potatoes, chopped hard-boiled eggs, chopped bacon, (optional), and cherry tomatoes

Add more vegetables like French green beans and artichokes for variety.
Rinse and spin dry the salad greens. Place all of the above ingredients atop the salad with a little Himalayan salt and fresh ground pepper.

Herbed Dijon

1 clove of garlic, crushed
1 tbsp. Dijon mustard
1 tbsp. real maple syrup
1 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
1 tsp. rice vinegar
2 tbsp. water
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
Blend thoroughly in a high-speed blender or food processor.

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