Easy healthy meals should be the standard for busy families. Working moms don’t have the time to plan gourmet meals, but there is no reason fast food has to become the normal dinner. With a little pre-planning, and some strategic shopping, you can have a five day menu planned that offers essential nutrition and is still flavorful. These meals are also simple to prepare on a weeknight.
Day One – Fajitas
- Rotisserie chicken (store bought is fine)
- Sauteed veggies such as peppers and onions
- Flour tortillas
- Brown rice
Create fajitas by shredding chicken and serving with the sauteed vegetables. Skip fattening additions such as sour cream and cheese, but feel free to add fresh avocado slices if they are available. Serve fajitas with simple brown rice.
Day Two – Chicken Pot Pie
- Leftover shredded chicken from the day one meal
- Frozen mixed vegetables
- Cream of chicken soup
- Pre-packaged pie crust
- Salt and pepper to taste
Start by cooking frozen vegetable in a dutch oven until heated. Add chicken and soup and cook for an additional five minutes. Add mixture to a pie dish and cover with the pre-made pie crust. Cut holes in the top to vent and cook in the oven according to pie crust directions.
Day Three – Easy Steak and Potatoes
- Flank steak strips
- Red potatoes
- Frozen corn
- Adobo seasoning
- Salt, pepper and rosemary
- Olive oil
Cut potatoes in chunks and coat in olive oil. Season with salt, pepper and rosemary. Arrange potatoes on a pan sheet and cook in the oven until tender. Season steak with olive oil and adobe, then cook in a cast iron pan until done. Cook frozen corn according to directions. Serve and enjoy!
Day Four – Healthy Soft Tacos
- Small flour tortillas
- Lean ground beef
- Fresh cut tomatoes, onions and shredded lettuce
- Low fat Mexican cheese
- Salt, pepper, cilantro and taco seasoning
Cook ground beef thoroughly with salt, pepper and taco seasoning. Serve with fresh veggies, cilantro, cheese and tortillas. This meal is so filling and nutritious it does not need a side.
Day Five – Homemade Sausage Pizza
- Prepackaged pizza dough (sold at most health food stores)
- Canned organic marinara sauce
- Fresh cut tomatoes from day four
- Mozzarella cheese
- Italian sausage
Cook Italian sausage thoroughly and set aside. Spread dough using flour and a rolling pin. Spread marinara sauce and sprinkle on a small amount of cheese and the fresh tomatoes. Add the cooked sausage. Cook in the oven according to the pizza dough directions.
There are some great ideas for easy healthy meals, with a little planning ahead you can save a lot of time in the kitchen everyday!