Do you think it’s impossible to stick with a nutritious, supportive diet if you don’t like to cook? Many of you know that I do not enjoy cooking and preparing food, but I love to eat! That doesn’t mean I go for the carb fix and make pasta or sandwiches.
You Can Eat Healthy Foods And Save Time
I stick with simple recipes that have minimal ingredients; eat food that doesn’t need to be cooked, like many vegetables; and cook larger quantities of food in advance that can be eaten cold or re-heated later (I usually make more dinner than my family needs so the leftovers can be eaten at breakfast or lunch the next day.)
Another tip to simplify and shorten your time in the kitchen is to buy and eat food that has been pre-sliced and diced. An example is fresh fruit and veggies that have been peeled and cut up into bite size pieces. Now there are no excuses for not eating nine servings of fruit and vegetable!
Some other foods that are now available in prepared forms (washed, peeled and/or cut up) are red onion, celery, peppers, sweet potato, turnips, red cabbage, and shredded carrots. You can even get bison burgers already in the form of a patty and ready to go on the grill. Instead of buying full chicken breast, buy the thin sliced breast so it saves prep time and cooking time. Another item I like to buy is organic spices that have been blended, such as, Healthy Solutions Spice Blends for white fish or chicken. It is free of salt, sugar, MSG, it’s gluten free and has no fillers or preservatives.
The recipe on the back of the bag calls for any white fish, mayo, cheese, seasonings and bread crumbs or crackers and, of course, I modify this.
Easy Fish Recipe
Here is one recipe that makes my life easier and I am still able to eat healthy, wholesome food.
- 1 1/2 pounds Cod (check out the Seafood Watch Program, A Consumer’s Guide to Sustainable Seafood at http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/cr/seafoodwatch.aspx)
- Mayo – just enough to barely cover one side of the fish
- Healthy Solutions Spice Blends for Haddock Fillets/Chicken
Place the cod on a baking pan, mix some mayo and spices together and spread it on the fish. Place in 350° oven until fish flakes easily.
I usually serve this with a mixed green salad (with e.v.o.o. for dressing – no vinegar) and fresh broccoli that has been cut into bite size pieces or frozen broccoli that I cook on the stove top. Squeeze lemon over the fish and broccoli.