Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Do You Have 20 Minutes?

Shrimp, Vegetables, Israeli Cous Cous
If the answer is yes, then there is no reason you shouldn't be able to prepare yourself a healthy nutritious meal.

As I have mentioned I do not like to slave over the stove all day, but I do like to eat healthy foods with great flavors. I try to keep balance of vegetable, protein and whole grain in all of my dishes and am very pleased when I can be in and out of the kitchen in 20 minutes. While some of the dishes are raw, I cook plenty of meals in the same time.

Turkey Sausage, Broccolini, Whole Wheat Pasta

All of the photos in this post are meals I have cooked in 20 minutes or less each containing A Hint of Green!
 A few tips to assist in making a quick meal:

- Stock up on Vegetables - stop by the grocery store or farmers market for fresh vegetables once a week (you can use frozen as well, but I tend to get better flavor from fresh and tend to not need much seasoning)
Squid Ink Linguini, Clams, Calamari and Broccolini

- Have Protein Available - in a pinch you can defrost a batch of chicken or shrimp from a freezer if you don't have time to go to a store, take it out of the freezer and place in the fridge in the morning before you start your day, or if you forget you can defrost in a microwave
- Fill your Cabinets - brown rice, quinoa, whole wheat pasta all staples I like to keep on my shelves as should you

Mixed Vegetable and Chicken Salad

It is easy to make excuses... 
- I am tired
- I have no time
- Take-Out and Delivery are so much easier

But trust me, once you stop making excuses and start cooking your meals you will feel lighter and your wallet will feel heavier!!!

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