You’re busy, your time is precious, and by the end of the day take out is easy and convenient. Finding the energy for cooking in the kitchen after a long, busy day may seem impossible. While meal-prep can be time-consuming, there are several healthy meals that take 30 minutes or less to prepare and cook. Here are three easy and delicious dinner ideas to help you get through the week.
Not only is this recipe super filling, but it is also a great vegetarian option. First, wrap two 10-inch tortillas in foil, and place them in a heated oven for 15 minutes, at 350 degrees F. Next, heat canola oil in a skillet over medium heat. Mix chopped onion, bell pepper, garlic, and jalapenos and add them to the skillet. Drain one can of black beans, rinse them well, and add them to the skillet. Cook for three minutes, while stirring. Next, cut three ounces of cream cheese into cubes. Add the cream cheese to the skillet, and a dash of salt. Cook for two additional minutes, or until the cheese melts. Lastly, add fresh cilantro to the mixture. Spoon the delicious and healthy filling evenly down center of your warmed tortillas. Roll them up, and serve them immediately, with a side of fresh salsa.
Tips: When cooking for one, halve the recipe, or save the second burrito for a quick meal another night. Consider buying pre-cut vegetables to save time. This recipe can also be made in a slow cooker.
For the complete Delicious Black Bean Burritos recipe, visit All Recipes.
Aluminum foil packages are ideal for whipping up a quick dinner in the oven with fresh and healthy ingredients. For this recipe, preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Drizzle two large squares of aluminum foil with olive oil, and make a small pile of your favorite freshly chopped vegetables in the center of each. Sprinkle each pile with the herbs of your choice. Next, spread a half of a teaspoon of tomato paste or pesto over each salmon filet. Place a salmon fillet on top of each vegetable pile, then close up the foil pieces, leaving a small gap in the top of each package to let steam escape. Place your foil packages on a baking sheet in the oven for 30 minutes, or until the salmon is cooked through, and the vegetables are tender.
Tips: When cooking for young children, swap out the salmon for a milder fish, such as Cod. You can add thinly sliced potatoes to your packages for heartier healthy meals, or serve your fish with a side of brown rice. If cooking for one, add the ingredients of the second package to a tossed salad for lunch the next day.
For the complete Salmon and Veggie Packages recipe, visit Delish.
This healthy recipe is perfect for Asian cuisine lovers who crave Chinese takeout on a regular basis. Start with two pounds of thawed, boneless chicken breasts. Heat one tablespoon of sesame oil in a pan over medium heat, then stir in two cloves of finely minced garlic. Place the chicken in the pan, and brown for four minutes on each side, or until fully cooked. Remove your chicken from the pan, and slice it into strips. Add another tablespoon of oil to the pan, and add your favorite freshly chopped vegetables. Continue cooking until the vegetables begin to soften, stirring often. Add the chicken back to the pan to reheat, drizzle your stir-fry ingredients with teriyaki sauce, and serve over brown rice noodles.
Tips: This kid-friendly recipe makes four servings, but if you are dining alone, use one chicken breast and adjust the recipe accordingly. Consider buying steam-in-bag frozen vegetables to save time. Microwave them according to the package directions, and add them to the chicken at the end of cooking.
For the complete Chicken Stir Fry recipe, and other delicious dinner ideas, visit Food Network.
Life after divorce can be stressful, but cooking delicious and healthy meals should not have to be. Plan your weekly menu the weekend before, and gather ingredients ahead of time. Then take satisfaction in knowing you produced nutritious, quality meals for yourself or family without spending all evening in the kitchen.
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