Quick, Easy, Nutritious and Delicious Dinner Ideas

It’s not such a great idea to go to bed on a full tummy. Nor is it a good idea to quickly throw together a meal via the microwave and sit down on the couch with eyes on the TV and dinner on your lap.

Whether you’re finding it a challenge to find the time to prepare a healthy nutritious dinner after a full day’s work at the office or household chores, or lack inspiration about what to cook, following are two versatile “recipes” that you can adapt to suit you and your family’s tastebuds. Quick and easy to prepare, nutritious and delicious, perfect for taking the stress out of dinner time, salads and soups are the way to go.

SALAD SUGGESTIONS

My number one tip here is to experiment with flavors that you enjoy. Salads needn’t be boring iceberg lettuce + tomato + cucumber.

Step 1: Check out all the lovely greens at your local growers market or health food store: arugala, watercress, kale, chard, red lea lettuce, endives, radicchio, pea greens, baby spinach, beet greens, mustard greens and sorrel, for example.

Step 2: Add a combination of any of the following veggies: shitake mushrooms, grated beetroot, pumpkin, potatoes, carrots, celery, cucumber, tomatoes, avocado, haloumi cheese, a boiled egg, walnuts and chia seeds.

(Fish or meat if you must, but remember to choose sustainable fish and grain-fed meat that is free from hormones and other health hazards. Go to http://www.eartheasy.com for a list of sustainable seafood choices.)

Step 3: For the dressing: extra virgin cold pressed olive oil + apple cider vinegar with a little cracked pepper and sea salt. Or if you prefer creamy dressings, try this healthy version: extra virgin cold pressed olive oil + the juice of a fresh lemon + a teaspoon of dijon mustard + a handful of coriander + a tablespoon of tahini and a little cracked pepper and sea salt.

SOUP SUGGESTIONS

Step 1 – the base: start by adding vegetable stock or miso paste mixed with hot water to each soup bowl

Step 2 – noodles or rice: add a small serving of cooked buckwheat noodles, udon noodles or brown rice.

Step 3 – seasonal vegetables: add a small serving of lightly steamed vegetables such as bok choy, broccoli, kale, carrots, celery, mushrooms and/or daikon.

Step 4 – protein: add a small serving of tofu, tempeh or an egg (fish or meat if you must, but remember to choose sustainable fish and grain-fed meat that is free from hormones and other health hazards. Go to http://www.eartheasy.com for a list of sustainable seafood choices.)

Step 5 – seasoning: add finely sliced ginger, garlic, coriander, spring onion, a sprinkle of sesame seeds, and a splash of tamari and sesame oil.

*** the above is an excerpt from the Be Happy Be Healthy Be Genki ebook ***

2 responses to “Quick, Easy, Nutritious and Delicious Dinner Ideas

  1. Great idea Samantha. I would even say throw away that microwave. It alters fats and sugars and you can get the same effect by heating up in a saucepan.

    • I agree with you 100% Vicki, about throwing the microwave away. Microwaves also alter the chemical structure of protein so that it is unrecognisable for utilisation by the body. How the microwave was approved fit for human use is something I will never understand. What really shocks me is when baby milk is reheated in a microwave.

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