4 Fast Food Recipes That Are (Actually!) Healthy

Fries just aren’t cutting it this time.

From Brooke: When you are a woman who works, the demands on your time can seem endless. The to-do lists at home, at work, for family and friends often collide in a moment of panic and you wonder how it’s all going to get done. There are days my schedule feels so tight that if one tiny thing goes wrong, if one meeting runs late, if traffic isn’t just right, the whole schedule will come crashing down on my head like a house of cards. In those moments when we are stressed or tired, it’s easy to look for shortcuts—anything to save us time and give us a break. Too often that results in picking up fast food on the way home or ordering take out. Let me let you in on a secret: fast, fried or fake foods will never make you feel better. The idea that they save time is a marketing ploy we’ve all fallen for before! Healthy meals don’t have to take a lot of time to prepare. Some of my go-to dishes take less time to make than waiting for the delivery guy to show up. The time I spend in the kitchen is an opportunity to disconnect from the constant voices in my brain telling me to hurry up. I turn on some music and focus on how it feels to do something good for my family. These four lifesaver recipes allow me to feed my family a complete, healthy meal without sacrificing good nutrition or spending lots of time in the kitchen. 4 Fast Food Recipes That Are (Actually!) Healthy

MACADAMIA CRUSTED MAHI MAHI WITH ROASTED ASPARAGUS
By Brooke Thomas from The Thankful 30 Serves 4 Fish is one of the easiest meals to make; it's packed with nutrients and lean protein. This whole meal can be done in 30 minutes, start to finish!

 

Ingredients 4 wild-caught mahi mahi filets 1 cup chopped macadamia nuts
(use a handheld chopper to save time) 1 cup coconut milk ¼ teaspoon sea salt ¼ teaspoon pepper Coconut oil to coat baking dish Bundle of asparagus 1 tablespoon EVOO Sea salt and pepper to taste Fresh garlic to taste
Directions For the fish: Preheat oven to 400. Lightly coat a 13 x 9 dish with coconut oil. Pat fish filets dry. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Pour chopped nuts in one bowl and the coconut milk in another bowl. Dip one side of the fish in the milk, then dip in the nuts and place it in the baking dish. Repeat for all filets. Bake the fish for about 15 minutes. For the asparagus: Trim ends and lay evenly on cookie sheet. Sprinkle with EVOO, sea salt and pepper. Toss with a little fresh garlic. Bake at 400 for 12-15 minutes.

 

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4 Fast Food Recipes That Are (Actually!) Healthy

HUNTER STYLE CHICKEN
By Brooke Thomas from The Thankful 30 Crock Pot Serves 4-6 This is also great served over zucchini noodles or sweet potatoes. Normally, I use fresh herbs but the dried spices make it easier to throw together on your way out the door for a busy day.

 

Ingredients 1 large onion 1 red or green bell pepper (keep peppers and onions cut up
in the fridge so they’re easy to grab) 1 cup chopped mushrooms 2 cloves garlic 1 teaspoon dried oregano 1 teaspoon dried basil ¼ cup dry white wine 3 pounds chicken 1 (16-ounce) can organic diced tomatoes 1 (8-ounce) can organic tomato sauce 2 handfuls fresh spinach
Directions Thinly slice onion and put at the bottom of the crock pot. Place chicken on top and add tomatoes, sauce and wine. Then add mushrooms and peppers. Toss in garlic, oregano and basil. Add salt and pepper to taste. Cover and cook 6-8 hours on low or 3-4 on high. The last 15 minutes, add 2 handfuls of fresh spinach to wilt down before serving (you might have to stir it a little bit).

 

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4 Fast Food Recipes That Are (Actually!) Healthy

QUINOA CASSEROLE
By Brooke Thomas from The Thankful 30 Crock Pot Serves 4-6 This takes just 10 minutes to throw together! For an added flavor boost, cook the quinoa in vegetable or chicken broth
instead of water.

 

Ingredients 4 cups quinoa 3 cups broccoli, chopped 2 cups sweet peppers, chopped ¾ cup chopped onion ¾ cup organic corn or mushrooms 5 chopped garlic cloves 1 tablespoon onion powder 1 cup black beans, drained and rinsed Water to cover plus 2 cups more Optional: goat cheese to top
Directions Add everything together in a large mixing bowl and combine. You can add salt and pepper to taste or other seasonings if you like. Toss it in the crock pot. Cook on low for 6-8 hours.

 

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4 Fast Food Recipes That Are (Actually!) Healthy

15-MINUTE BISON BOWLS
By Brooke Thomas from 360 Your Life Serves 4 This meal takes only as long to make as it takes to brown the meat!

 

Ingredients 2 ½ pounds of ground bison, all natural 2 avocados 4 Roma tomatoes Shredded organic goat cheese or Mexican blend cheese Optional: organic shredded lettuce (my husband likes to put it in the bottom of his bowl). Salt and pepper to taste. Chili powder, for a little more spice.
Directions Saute bison in pan with seasonings to taste, until done. While the bison is cooking, dice tomatoes and avocados. Combine the bison, tomatoes, avocado and cheese. Serve in individual bowls.

 

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