September 11, 2018

Healthy Meals in 15 Minutes or Less

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In my house, I am the queen of whipping up meals super fast! I can open up the fridge and figure out nutritious meals to feed my family quickly. I am never one for spending a long time cooking and wanted to share some healthy meal ideas with you that are ready in 15 minutes or less, really! Try this 15 Minute Cashew Chicken to start!

Alaska Blackened Fish Tacos features dry rubbed, blackened sauteed black cod with crunchy red cabbage, fresh lime juice and a creamy salsa dressing in a toasted corn tortilla!

1. Fish Tacos

Fish tacos cook so quickly! Just get the fish cooking and you can chop veggies and toast tortillas while the fish cooks. If you are not a fan of fish, use chicken instead. If you want the meal to take 10 minutes or less, used canned pinto beans or black beans and just heat them up with spices. This is one of our go-to meals!

2. EatingWell® Frozen Entrees

Frozen meals have come such a long way over the years! I was excited to see all of these different EatingWell Frozen Entrees at my Kroger and chose a few to sample. There are lots of different choices and they seem to have something for everyone.

My favorite by far is the Thai Style Peanut Chicken which is so, so delicious! The sauce is perfect and tastes like takeout but is pretty nutritious and you just have to heat it up in the microwave for 5 minutes. The texture of the chicken is good which can be a hit or miss with frozen meals. There are also enough veggies which I find is rare in frozen meals. I really enjoy these for a quick lunch or dinner.

These meals are created by EatingWell® magazine which is a favorite of mine! Their recipes are great so I knew that their frozen meals had to be good. Their goal is to help you eat better by using better ingredients that are better for you and better tasting. Each meal has 1 cup of vegetables, is rich in protein and in my opinion, is filling. They have 7 gluten-free options, 2 vegetarian options and offer 3 different types of meat.

I also picked up the Steak Carne Asada which my husband really enjoyed and the Butter Chicken Masala. I like to have Indian food on occasion but am not the best at making it yet so I loved having this no-cook flavorful meal at home.

They use real ingredients that are produced responsibly. They have a variety of comfort foods and ethnic cuisines. As you can see, we love the ethnic meals! I like having these especially for lunch when I am busy with work but need a quick bite to eat. These meals have no preservatives, artificial colors, flavors or MSG. They use Fresh-Seal® packaging to keep the food fresh.

Spinach, Tomato and Pine Nut Pasta takes 15 minutes to make and is loaded with sauteed spinach and fire roasted tomatoes, toasted pine nuts and shredded Parmesan cheese!

3. Spinach, Tomato and Pine Nut Pasta

I make this pasta all the time! When the pasta is cooking, you can make the sauce. To save time while the pasta is cooking, you can also use a canned pasta sauce. I like stocking up on the no-salt added versions when I can find them. This meal can be enjoyed as is or you can throw some chicken on top or make it a meat sauce.

Chai Whole-Grain Waffles are whole-wheat yet are light and fluffy and are packed with protein ans fiber and delicious warm chai spices. They can be made ahead of time and reheat well in the toaster.

4. Breakfast for dinner

I love breakfast for dinner and so do the kids. Often times, in the morning, we don't have even 15 minutes to make breakfast so I don't get a chance to make some of my favorites like waffles, pancakes, egg bakes, etc. Breakfast for dinner is a great opportunity to eat these foods. I like having a carbohydrate option like waffles, pancakes or potatoes. Protein choices include Greek yogurt, eggs, sausage or bacon, etc. If I'm making eggs, I add lots of veggies right in them such as spinach, tomatoes, broccoli, peppers and onions. Of course, fruit also goes well on the side.

Thai Coconut Red Curry is healthier and tastier than your favorite takeout dish and is ready in just 15 minutes! Loaded with nutritious vegetables and served with brown rice.

5. Thai Coconut Red Curry 

I love Thai food and this red curry dish takes 15 minutes or less. The sauce is super easy with just red curry paste and coconut milk. I like keeping cooked rice in the freezer and it reheats in just 3 minutes. You can feel free to use whatever veggies you have on hand as well as protein choices.

Have you tried the EatingWell meals? What are your favorite healthy meals that are ready quickly?

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