Simplify your meals
When you’re trying to eat healthily, it’s very easy to make things too complicated. Every diet plan comes with a special list of food and special recipes to rock your world. The problem is changes like this are very hard to sustain. Even when you have discreet shopping lists and meal plans for a given week you are still having to retrain your brain and build new habits.
One of the easiest things I’ve found is to create a standard basic salad that we eat with most dinners. It’s not complicated, the ingredients are easy to find, typically in season and can be customized if we want to get fancy. There’s no dressing by default, we’ll often change up the dressing we use to match our meal.
Our basic salad (serves 2)
1 Romaine Heart Chopped
1/2 cup cherry tomatoes
1 medium cucumber chopped.
- Mix salad. Season with salt and pepper. Toss with dressing of your choice.
The Joy of Simple Proteins
To match with our salad, I keep easy proteins on hand. Chicken breasts, pork tenderloins, lean ground beef, frozen shrimp, cans of tuna, frozen. Treat your proteins well. Chicken breasts are poached or roasted. Cook them in salsa for an easy mexican meal. Pork tenderloin cook quickly in the oven. Shrimp poach quickly.
Simplify dinner time, have these proteins cooked and ready to go in the fridge. If you cook a couple nights worth on Sunday, and your weeknight dinners are easy. Simply reheat your protein, make your salad, and warm up a carb if that’s part of your plate. (I often bake sweet potatoes or cook rice on Sunday so it’s easy to eat midweek.)
How we Simplify Grocery Shopping
What makes this brilliant, is how easy it all comes together for grocery shopping Plan how much protein you are going to serve per person each day, (between 4-8 ounces usually) calculate how much salad you’re going to eat (for us that’s 1 romaine head per day). Start there with your cart. Get your salad, your protein, then fill in around the edges. Planning on salsa cooked chicken? You might opt to add a little sour cream, avocado and black beans. Making hamburgers with lean ground beef? I’d use the salad as the base and top the burger with some cheddar cheese, pickles and a little thousand island dressing.
Very often I’m taking advantage of the extra pantry items we already have, making sure to maximize what we have and make easy economical choices.
Source: Almost Dinner