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Healthy eating can be a struggle for those with busy lives. When you have kids to
get to soccer practice, and an 8 a.m. meeting or upcoming deadline, it can be easy
to turn to fast food. The good thing is, eating on the go doesn't have to be unhealthy.
Check out our recipes below for quick breakfast, lunch, and dinner ideas!
Prepping the night before will take the stress out of breakfast time. Even if you
wake up late you should at least take something to go because people who skip breakfast are more likely to consume
unhealthy foods and beverages and tend to overeat throughout the day.
Read more about how breakfast can improve your health.
Here are some ideas for stocking your pantry or preparing quick-to-fix breakfasts.
Craving a breakfast sandwich? This recipe only takes 6 minutes to prepare! That's
less time than you'll spend in the fast food drive-thru! Prep veggies the night before
or use frozen for extra speedy prep.
Tip: Use pre-chopped or frozen veggies to speed up prep.
Saturated Fat: 2g
Buy apples (or any other fruit) while they are in season and on sale and make batches
of these muffins to put in the freezer for later. You can also substitute whole wheat
flour to make your muffins heartier and more nutritious.
Total Fat: 1g
Sat. Fat: 0g
Dietary Fiber: 2g
Freezer meals are another good way to decrease your time in the kitchen throughout
the week. Although this method isn't for everyone, it may be beneficial to those willing
to spend a little extra prep time during the weekends to save time during the week.
You can prepare multiple recipes, or just one, and save them for those days when you're
short on time. Certain recipes, such as soups and casseroles, tend to freeze better
Freezer recipes are also great for those with short lunch breaks!
For extra flavor top these burritos with sour cream, pico de gallo, or cheese. This
is a good recipe to prep with friends and family so everyone can customize their own
To freeze: Spoon bean mixture only into tortilla, roll tortilla, and individually wrap each
burrito in plastic wrap and place in freezer.
Reheating InstructionsMicrowave only: Remove frozen burritos from plastic wrap. Place on a microwave-safe
plate, covered with a microwave-safe bowl, and defrost at high power for 3 to 4 minutes;
uncover, and microwave on high 3 to 4 minutes longer. Add lettuce and tomato as desired
and serve immediately
One-pan or one-pot recipes aka "one-pot wonders" are a great way to speed up your
dinner routine. It is easy to see the appeal in throwing ingredients into one pot
and letting them simmer while you take care of other things. While the prep work is
usually quick, the cooking times for this style can vary. Examples include casseroles,
soups/stews, pastas, foil-wrapped meals, and many more.
Try this simple and cheap chili recipe next time you're short on time.
*Bean Variations: 15.5 oz. can of kidney, pinto, red, or black
**Corn Variations: 15 oz. or 10 oz. package of frozen corn
Sodium: 418 mg
Carrots and green peas are the vegetables featured in this recipe, but you can swap
them out for whatever is in season or on sale.
Nutrition Summary for 1 serving (1 cup)
Total Fat: 2g
Sat. Fat: 1g
Dietary Fiber: 6g