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Boy, did I labor over this title. I'm back to the rule #1 thing--no diet guru stuff for me. This is simply a labor of love. I'm sharing my favorite quick and simple meals that are also friendly to our waistlines. After that, I'm back to my regular gig. Deal?
Before I lay out my top 14 dinners, I have one point to make; you may think it a bit silly, but it's important to me. I have offered my top favorite family meals, along with my most common vegetable accompaniments. What I am leaving out is the fruit that often graces our meals. Sticking to organic fruit is a little tougher than vegetables, so I often need to take what I can get. The point is, I generally slice up a bowl of fruit, berries or fruit salad--a mixture--as our dessert wanna-be.
Here's the top two weeks of organic menu favorites at our house; links will take you to recipes:
- Pasta with homemade pomodoro sauce, topped with parmesan, green salad
- Stir fried chicken and sesame seeds with tons of veggies (onions, carrots, green beans--any kind will do, julienne broccoli stems (broccoslaw)) served over Texmati rice.
- Grilled Tilapia, mixed veggies
- Homemade vegetable (or meat) soup and bruschetta (turkey with rice, beef barley, chicken and vegetable) with homemade bread or muffins
- Grilled salmon with mixed veggies
- Homemade pizza with sweet peppers
- Chicken and garlic pasta with broccoli and onions
- Chef's salad, Greek salad or Mediterranean salad (lots of cheese variations available) with homemade bread
- Chicken and yellow rice, green veggies
- Sandwich night: Grilled pepper jack cheese sandwiches on rye and pumpernickel bread, carrot and celery sticks or grilled low-fat, all-natural chicken sausage with onions on french rolls.
- Roasted chicken with potatoes, carrots and onions
- Pasta with low-fat, all-natural chicken sausage, grilled with onions, grated carrots, broccoli, and topped with grated parmesan
- Grilled, marinated chicken kabobs with lots of veggies (onions, peppers, broccoli, squash)
- Grilled chicken breast over salad with carrots, cucumbers, onions, tomatoes and Romaine.
Out of 14 meals, two are fish, one includes an option for beef, three are vegetarian, 8 include rice or pasta, and 8 include chicken. All are heavy on the vegetables, except 'sandwich night'. Not a bad balance for low-fat, low-carb, high veggies in our heart-healthy meal choices.