Hello, ladies! Thanks so much for this topic! I could really use some inspiration. Because, disclaimer: I don’t really “cook.” Or “bake.” So I am so so sorry not to have any real, original recipes with ingredients and measurements for you.
Instead what I can show you is how I throw together some basic meals that don’t have me eating chicken for 6 meals straight. Each option is easy and flavorful. Some meals thrown together might seem basic, but the brands/seasonings I use might be new to you!
Sketti, Britt style:
– about ¼-1/3 box of Barilla whole grain + Omega-3 thin spaghetti. Yes, I pay more for the enriched pasta (sometimes Stop n Shop has a deal), and besides, it packs more nutritional punch than the 50-cent white flour kind.
– Newman’s Own Marinara or Trader Joe’s (TJ) Organic Tomato Basil Marinara. I like my sauces extra tomato-y.
1. Boil water.
2. Throw in pasta for 10-12 minutes.
3. Simmer 1/3-ish of the jar in a covered saucepan while pasta is going.
(I also try to avoid microwaving every dang thing)
Seasoned Lean Protein
– package of individually wrapped chicken or tilapia (Sometimes I will do the kind you get in the whole package and preserve the rest for future lunches/dinners)
– seasoning or sauce of your choice. I have some fun ones: Chipotle rub, Salsa mix (it’s hot! – dried tomatoes, peepers, onions, and other spices), and TJ Everyday Seasoning (I love the grinders. So flavorful without worrying about ratio of pepper and salt). And of course, garlic power, TJ lemon pepper grinder. I also like TJ Sweet Chili sauce (it’s pink!), TJ cacciatore marinade (if they have it…been out of stock for ages!)
– veggie of choice
– baked potato
– olive oil
– Prep your protein (thaw protein, mix up olive oil, and seasoning or brush on sauce)
– Throw in oven at correct temp (usually packages tell you) with the potato.
– Prep veggies (sometimes it’s just opening the bag of baby carrots and finding a container for the uneaten sticks. For dinner, I like to boil up some broccoli from the freezer)
– Season potato with TJ Everyday Seasoning (if you can)…sooo much better than pepper alone, and the blend of spices is just savory and rich enough that I do not miss butter or sour cream or cheese. Really, I don’t.
And that’s pretty much all I know! I might also whip together a salad with TJ’s “Power to the Greens” (kale, spinach, chard—basically every type of lettuce those health magazines call “superfoods”) and cherry tomatoes—maybe a few shavings of Cabot Chipotle Cheddar cheese for flavor and the little bit of fat needed for a healthy diet. 🙂