No matter what your fitness goals, everyone has struggled to keep up with preparing healthy meals during the week. Whether it's lack of time or lack of options, it's tempting to throw your hands up and order takeout.
But the key to maintaining healthy eating habits throughout the week is to plan ahead and prepare a few staple items that you can spice up and turn into multiple meals throughout the week. We're not talking traditional meal prep either. We're talking an opportunity to take the essentials and turn them into your own culinary creations without too much time and effort.
Make the most of what you’ve got. Here are 16 exciting ideas to spice up your weekday meals.
Here are 16 exciting ideas to spice up your weekday meals.
1. Make a Healthy Sub
Spread lean steak over rye/whole wheat bread for a hearty but healthy sandwich. Pair with a mixed salad.
2. Make a Healthy Taco
Take ground turkey, add salsa, avocado then add to a whole wheat tortilla.
3. Make a Healthy Bake
Take steak place into a baking dish or cast iron and crack eggs/egg whites then bake for several minutes.
4. Make a Healthy Lasagna
Layer some steak with thinly sliced eggplant, zucchini and sweet potato in place of pasta.
5. Make a Healthy Sauce
Take chicken, diced mushrooms, fresh or canned tomato, garlic, and onion. Combine on a medium heat. Add to brown rice/whole wheat pasta.
6. Make a Healthy Chicken Salad
Add chicken to a bowl of thinly sliced carrots and cucumbers. Drizzle with garlic, chili and lime juice.
7. Make Healthy Chicken Cakes
Combine shredded chicken with cooked rice and any leftover vegetables. Fashion into little palm-sized cakes, then bake until crispy.
8. Make Healthy Mediterranean Bowl
Mix chicken with feta, diced avocado, basil, pine nuts and sliced bell peppers. Drizzle with olive oil and lemon juice.
9. Make a Healthy Omelet
Toss any kind of vegetables into a 3-egg omelet for a quick, healthy and protein filled meal.
10. Make a Smoothie/Juice
Take some spinach or kale and add to your blender with some vanilla protein powder, berries or any other fruit you have on hand.
11. Make a Soup
Add some vegetables to a large pot with stock. Throw in a little garlic and onion for extra flavor!
12. Potato Hash
Roast sweet potatoes can be reheated then added to an omelet for a healthy hash.
13. Sweet Potato Dessert
Sweet potatoes also leave you with an excellent base for a dessert. Top with some cinnamon, brown sugar and peanut butter.
14. Healthy Fish Cakes
Combine white fish/salmon with a starch like mashed potatoes. Form into patties, add some breadcrumbs then bake for 10 minutes or until crisp.
15. Healthy Protein Pasta
In a bowl, mix salmon, cooked veggies and pesto (basil, garlic, oil, salt, pepper). Eat over whole grain/brown rice pasta.
16. Fish/Seafood Tacos
Add fish/shrimp in a pan with salsa and chili to keep it moist. Add to a tortilla.
Do you have a healthy, weeknight recipe that you want to share?