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 plain old leftovers and turn them into your own culinary creations without too much time and effort.
Make the most of what you’ve got. Here are some exciting ways to spice up your weekday meals.
1. 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.
2. Healthy Protein Pasta
In a bowl, mix salmon, cooked veggies and pesto (basil, garlic, oil, salt, pepper). Eat over whole grain/brown rice pasta.
3. Fish/Seafood Tacos
Reheat fish/shrimp in a pan with salsa and chili to keep it moist. Add to a tortilla.
1. Make a Healthy Sauce
Take any leftover chicken, diced mushrooms, fresh or canned tomato, garlic and onion. Combine on a medium heat. Add to brown rice/whole wheat pasta.
3. Make a Healthy Chicken Salad
Add leftover chicken to a bowl of thinly sliced carrots and cucumbers. Drizzle with garlic, chili and lime juice.
4. Make Healthy Chicken Cakes
Combine leftover shredded chicken with cooked rice and any leftover vegetables. Fashion into little palm-sized cakes, then bake until crispy.
5. Make Healthy Mediterranean Bowl
Mix leftover chicken with feta, diced avocado, basil, pine nuts and sliced bell peppers. Drizzle with olive oil and lemon juice.
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