We all lead busy lives and the importance of eating healthy can often be overlooked. Preparing easy healthy meals can sometimes take a backseat.
If you have a family like me, you probably have to work a job (perhaps both parents) do the shopping, run errands, pick up the kids from daycare and run a household. All at the same time. Aarggg!
Having a few ideas for easy healthy meals up your sleeve can certainly take “a load off”.
One of the biggest problems people face when it comes to meal ideas and meal preparation is not having a basic plan. What do I mean by a basic plan?
Simple… You need to have a few things on hand. By that I mean; frozen meat like chicken breasts, steak, diced meat, ground or minced meat, fish.
Having these types of things in the freezer ready to go makes preparing easy healthy meals exactly that… Easy.
Keep things like fresh salad items in the cooler if it’s summer and potatoes, carrots, root vegetables and legumes on hand during winter. That way you can whip up a soup in next to no time.
Here’s Tip No1: If winter is on the way then perhaps it may be a good idea to invest in a slow cooker if you haven’t already. They’re fantastic kitchen appliances and are great for those hearty winter soups and heart healthy cooking. It’s so easy make up a large amount of soup and freeze it in single or double portions ready for defrosting and reheating. Homemade soups are always easy healthy meals and are often best prepared well ahead of time.
Tip No2: Cook meals well ahead of time. You can roast or poach a chicken for summer salads and have the meat in the fridge for a few days. All you do now is toss a little chicken through some lovely crisp leaves, a few juicy italian Roma tomatoes, a little homemade ricotta cheese with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. Man oh Man… I making myself hungry!
Tip No3: Everyone loves Pizza. Especially a healthy pizza recipe. I like to make my own pizza mainly because I know how healthy it will be. Can’t be bothered making your own homemade pizza dough? No problem. I like to use flat bread also known as Lebanese bread as the base. Wholemeal of course. Spread a little tomato paste and mixed herbs on the bread, layer on your own toppings like cheese, tomato, ham, cooked chicken, capsicum (bell peppers), olives and anything else you like. You can create your very own healthy pizza recipe.
It’s easy to come up with plenty of good ideas for easy healthy meals is you have a few things on hand. Having a few ideas for easy healthy meals up your sleeve can certainly take “a load off”.