Dinner can be tough. We get home from a long day of work and child care and exercise and errands and whatever else we fit into the daylight hours. Sometimes the last thing we want to do is create a home cooked meal - and let's face it, the kitchen can certainly be intimidating! Instead of reaching for the takeout menu, check out some of my favorite clean, simple and delicious meals below. You can make all of them in under half an hour, no matter how many mouths you have to feed, and with minimal clean up.
Fish in a Package
Take a non-fishy fish fillet like sole or tilapia. Put it on top of a piece of parchment paper (or aluminum foil) that is large enough to fully wrap the fish. Top with chopped cherry tomatoes, 1 tablespoon of capers, a squeeze of lemon and a sprinkle of freshly ground pepper. Close up the parchment or foil, place the package on a baking sheet and bake in a 375-degree oven for about 20 minutes. Serve on top of steamed spinach. It can also be served with a baked sweet potato.
Healthy breaded chicken 2 ways
Take boneless, skinless chicken breast. Dip it in egg, then dip it in a bowl of gluten free breadcrumbs or unprocessed bran (or Fiber One or All-Bran cereal that’s been whirled in the processor or blender) to coat. Bake in a preheated 425-degree oven until the chicken is cooked through. Then:
Make chicken parm lite. In the last 10 minutes of cooking, cover with one-half cup marinara sauce (I love the Cuina Antica brand because it has no added sugar) and sprinkle with shredded, low-fat mozzarella cheese. Serve over steamed spinach or shirataki noodles.
Make chicken Milanese. While the chicken is baking, slice cherry tomatoes. Use olive oil spray to lightly coat some portabello mushrooms, and then grill the mushrooms. Once the mushrooms are done, add balsamic vinegar. When the chicken is done, place it on a plate adding arugula, cherry tomatoes, and a little bit of chopped garlic and balsamic vinegar on top. The mushrooms are an excellent side dish.
Take a 4 oz. piece of salmon and take a pinch of salt/pepper and squeeze of lemon and place on top of al foil on a baking sheet in the toaster oven. Broil the salmon for 10-13 minutes until it is cooked through (and depending on how well-done you want it). You can also try with some Dijon mustard, tzatziki or a marinade (look for one with no sugar added, like Tessemae brand) on top as an alternative. Serve with steamed veggies and a baked sweet potato.
Dinner at home is taken care of, but what about all those nights out?
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