Sometimes life just makes it difficult to cook the way you want to cook. You’re short on time, short on energy and sometimes motivation is lacking. We’ve all been there, right? Instead of going out to eat every meal or relying on processed boxed meals, I like to have a plan B.

 

Here are 5 fabulous back-up meals to keep on hand for quick and easy prep without totally sacrificing good nutrition. 

  

Avocado Toast with Egg

Top whole-grain toast with avocado and egg. Another simple and even more nutritious option is to place the avocado and egg on a baked sweet potato slice or over a bed of black beans & quinoa. Serve with a side of mixed greens dressed with a little olive oil and balsamic vinegar. 

 

Pulled Chicken

Place 4 chicken breasts in a slow cooker along with 1 cup of chicken broth before you head out to work for the day. When you home, take a fork & knife and shred the chicken. Ready to be served in a sandwich, stuffed in sweet potato, or on tortillas. 

 

Spicy Black Bean Burrito

Heat a black bean veggie burger in the microwave then crumble into a whole grain tortilla  and top with salsa and a little shredded cheddar cheese. 

 

Flatbread Pizzas

Start with your basic nano bread, whole grain pita bread, whole grain tortilla or wrap then add your favorite toppings. Serve with a mixed green salad and viola a pizza meal you can feel good about. So much better for you than the store bought frozen pizza. Check out some fun & creative topping ideas in our blog: Fun with Flatbread Toppings.

 

Wild Sockeye Salmon with roasted potatoes and asparagus.

Simply place salmon on a large baking sheet and add asparagus (or other vegetable) and potatoes in the open space around the salmon. Drizzle olive oil over top everything and season with salt & pepper. Bake in the oven preheated to 400 degrees F for 15 minutes. *Buy baby red potatoes and slice in half. Potatoes need to be bite size for speedy cooking or place potatoes on a separate pan incase they require a little more cooking time. 

 

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