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.
MACADAMIA CRUSTED MAHI MAHI WITH ROASTED ASPARAGUSBy 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!
(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
HUNTER STYLE CHICKENBy 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.
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
QUINOA CASSEROLEBy 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.
15-MINUTE BISON BOWLSBy Brooke Thomas from 360 Your Life Serves 4 This meal takes only as long to make as it takes to brown the meat!
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