5 in 5

February 16, 2012

5 meals that take less than 5 minutes of prep to pull together.
Do you ever have those weeks where you feel like you don't want to or shouldn't go to the store because you have plenty of food in stock, but you are not sure what to make? This week was one of those weeks. Here are some ideas to help you concoct some easy and healthy dinner meals. My definition of easy is that you do not have to keep looking at the recipe to make sure you got it right or spend your time in a dictionary while cooking. Here is what I came up with –

1.)    Baked chicken with veggies

One of the best bonuses of being back in Texas is shopping at HEB. They have such great products and with their HEB frozen natural chicken you cannot go wrong. They are packaged individually which is great so they don’t get freezer burnt and you don’t have to cut off any fat. No matter how I cook them, they are juicy. They are kind of pricey - $9.99 for a box of 5 chicken breasts, but they are worth it.
I put a little barbeque sauce on mine, bake it in the oven for about 25 minutes, throw a steamable veggie pack in the microwave, and boom, you have dinner!

2.)    Tacos

Brown some lean beef or ground turkey (for an extra healthy option), sprinkle on taco seasoning, add some black beans and mexi-corn (both drained) and put on a whole wheat or corn tortilla.

3.)    Chili

Brown lean beef or ground turkey (use ½ for tacos and ½ for chili the next night if you are only cooking for 2), put it in the crockpot with 2 different kinds of beans (I like to use Ranch Style with Jalapenos and Kidney Beans, but you can use whatever you have one hand), and add chili powder, minced onion, garlic, pepper, cumin and whatever else you like. Cook on low for about 6 hours and serve with crackers or chips.

4.)    Chicken and Rice

Click here for the Campbell’s Healthy Request Cheesy Chicken and Rice Casserole (there are many difference versions. Add some cream of broccoli soup if you want!)

5.)    Taco Soup

There are a lot of variations of this recipe as well. My new favorite is one that I found on (great resource!) and is called Turkey Chili Taco Soup.

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