July 12, 2016

What to Eat When You Have No Time to Cook + Giveaway

Looking at our calendars for the next 2 weeks, we only have 1 day where we do not have plans. The summer especially is very busy and I would not have it any other way. The problem with that is that that being busy often leaves little time for cooking. I like to eat nutritious foods and therefore, sometimes have to think of creative ways to make sure that we eat healthy even when we have no time.

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Here are some of our to-go meals for when we are busy:

1. 80Fresh Meals

I tried out meals from 80Fresh months ago and love them! 80Fresh meals are ready to eat in 20 minutes or less and are delicious. Many meal services take much longer than that to make a meal- closer to an hour, so 80Fresh is awesome because it saves a lot of time. The food is pre-prepped and pre-portioned. Many of the items come chopped already to save even more time. They are super easy to make that anyone could make them.

When ordering, you just choose how many people you need to feed, how many meals you want per week and if you are a vegetarian or a carnivore. The menu will be emailed to you each week and you can make substitutions if you need to. Each week, there are about 6 meal options on the menu and it changes weekly.

My husband and I love these meals because they are pretty healthy, taste great and are ready in no time. We love the unfried chicken and the tacos al pastor (which we had another time). The Brussels sprouts are awesome and my daughter loved everything. This time, we had the unfried chicken again, steak with chimichurri and enchilada casserole. All were delicious, filling and we felt good after eating them.

My favorite items out of everything is the mashed cauliflower, brussel sprouts and unfried chicken (both with the spicy crema sauce). It was my first time having mashed cauliflower and it was so creamy. It was hard to tell that it was not potatoes. The

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This pizza panzanella salad is a fun change from your typical panzanella with pizza flavor in every bite! www.nutritionistreviews.com

2. Everything-but-the-kitchen sink salad

Yesterday when we got home from a morning activity, we were all hungry and it was lunchtime. We wanted to get Adalyn down for a nap right away so I made huge salads for all of us and it went over well. We have homegrown lettuce in our garden that I had Troy pick along with peppers, tomatoes and some leftover chicken. Feel free to use whatever you have on hand, especially all vegetables and leftovers. If you do not have something like chicken on hand, open a can of low-sodium black beans or chickpeas for protein.

These Mushroom Black Bean Burgers give store bought veggie burgers a run for their money! Simple to make and loaded with veggies and flavorful portobello mushrooms. www.nutritionistreviews.com

3. Veggie Burgers

We keep several kinds of veggie burgers in our freezer and when we need a quick meal, just heat up a few. I like a variety of flavors and brands. We top them with lettuce, tomatoes, onions and pickles. Adalyn likes these chopped up into pieces with dip of course.

Grilled Sesame Asian Shrimp and Vegetables takes 20 minutes to make and is marinated in a delicious tangy marinade and filled with vegetables for a perfect meal! www.nutritionistreviews.com

4. Stir-fry

I have written about it before that to save time, I make huge batches of brown rice ahead of time and freeze them in sandwich bags. When I need rice in a hurry, I just heat up the bag of rice for a few minutes and it is ready to go. Chop up your favorite vegetables and add low-sodium soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic powder and rice vinegar and top with peanuts and you have a delicious dinner ready to eat in 5 minutes.

This homemade veggie loaded rainbow flatbread pizza is ready in 20 minutes and is loaded with your favorite vegetables for a nutritious and fun meal! www.nutritionistreviews.com

5. Pizzas

We keep whole-grain flatbreads in our freezer so that we can make 10 minute or less pizzas. I top them with homemade tomato sauce which we have canned from last year, shredded cheese and whatever vegetables we have on hand. I like turkey pepperoni on them too or chopped up lunch meat ham. So easy and tasty!


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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by 80Fresh. All opinions are my own.

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  1. All of the meals look and sound delicious. I would really love to try the Salmon Cake (521 Calories / 24g Protein / 3g Fiber)! starla.batesATyahoo.com

  2. The Steak with Chimichurri Sauce looks really good. Thanks.

  3. What a great post with good ideas for a healthy, quick meal! The Chicken Pot Pie sounds yummy! Thankyou! cheryllmack.1@gmail.com

  4. I think the salmon because it isn't something I would buy to make . thanks! nfahey@d.umn.edu

  5. I think the Apple Balsamic Glazed Meatloaf sound delicious.

  6. Coffee rubbed pork chops with mango salsa

  7. I would be interested in starting out thew the Starter Package, 3 dinners for 2 people first and foremost.


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