Friday, August 14, 2015

Fast & Healthy Dinner Ideas!

Recently, I have been making some pretty delicious dishes for dinner. Matt and I recently moved in together, so I have been making the effort to make dinner at least 4-5x a week, he works really long hours, so it's fun to share a meal at the end of each night! (he makes breakfast on the weekends, and we go out to eat sometimes too!). It's easier for me to control my salt-intake this way as well, and overall we eat a healthier diet you save a lot of money...and I love leftovers for lunch!

All of these meals have taken under 30 minutes (with many of them only take about 10 minutes to throw together):

Spinach salad with blueberries, cut-up strawberries, goat cheese, a Trader Joe's corn & black bean burger cut up...and oil & balsamic vinegar on top!

This recipe was especially awesome this week! I made spicy zuchinni noodles (spiralized the zucchinis) sautéed in olive oil with herbs...then topped that with baked chicken breast cutlets--they have mixture of 1/2 cup mayo, 1/4 cup parm cheese, pepper, oregano, basil, rosemary, and thyme, plus about 5 tablespoons of Panko Crumbs (no seasoning ones for less salt)...mix together then spread on top of chicken (which i put some olive oil under)...then bake for 20 minutes at 375 degrees...then broil for about 4-5 minutes to get the tops nice and crispy!

Filet Mignon, Trader Joe's Sweet Potato Gnocchi (men LOVE this) --which is microwavable and doesn't have TOO much salt in it...and freshly steamed asparagus (secret: I buy mine at Trader Joe's, and their packages are fresh asparagus but you can microwave them in the packaging...saves so much time!):

egg scramble with onion & green pepper & a sprinkle of gouda cheese...and from time to time i treat myself to some bacon (which I bake in the oven):

Green Beans, Turkey Burger with Gouda, and salad with walnuts!

I love making baked chicken with very low-salt lemon-pepper seasoning on top (just baked for around 20-25 minutes in oven at 375) since it's such a quick and easy dinner and delicious--with broccoli & Trader Joe's vegetable polenta (again, a low-salt option).

This one takes more effort & time, but it's SO worth it...the other week I had a girl's dinner with Meredith & Emily, and Emily made an amazing salad...and I made a spiralized zucchini & cauliflower dish with a lemon-parm greek yogurt sauce and crispy prosciutto! It's probably one of my absolute favorite dishes to eat: