Have no time to prepare a healthy dinner after work? You aren’t alone. Most of my clients complain of simply not having enough time (and energy) at the end of their day to cook a healthy dinner.
This I’m-too-tired-to-cook mentality leads to unhealthy dinner choices from restaurants and fast food chains. And as you know, even if you exercise daily, if you consume more calories than you burn, you will gain weight.
Today I have 3 quick dinner solutions for you to use on those busy weeknights when you’re tempted to grab a less-than-healthy dinner from a to-go joint. These dinners are both tasty and fitness friendly, so you can stay on track with your results.
✅ Go-To Quick Dinner #1: Honey Mustard Chicken
4 large bone-in chicken thighs or breasts, skin removed OR use a plant based "meat" like Beyond Burger
¼ cup Dijon mustard
½ teaspoon minced garlic
½ teaspoon dried marjoram
1 Tablespoon honey
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Rinse the chicken and pat dry.
Combine the mustard, garlic, marjoram and honey together and evenly spread the mixture over each chicken thigh. Place the chicken in a glass casserole pan.
Bake for 30-45 minutes, or until cooked through while you take a shower and put on some cozy sweats! Enjoy!
✅ Go-To Quick Dinner #2: Leftovers Frittata
¼ cup milk or broth
¼ teaspoon dried thyme
1 cup chopped and cooked meat and/or veggies (use leftovers or frozen!) 🥦🥦🥦
Olive oil spray
In a large bowl beat the eggs, milk, thyme, and meat and/or veggies.
Place an 8-inch non-stick skillet over medium heat until hot and coat with the olive oil spray. Pour in the egg mixture.
Cook over medium-low heat for 8-10 minutes until the eggs are set. Place under a broiler for 3-4 minutes, until the top is golden. OR use the entire dozen eggs, pour into glass pan and bake for about 30 minutes at 350 (while you take a shower and put on some comfy sweats!😜) Cut into wedges or squares and serve. Top with a healthy sauce if desired: Salsa, Hot Sauce, Marinara, Sriracha or my favorite Shakshuka. Enjoy!
✅ Go-To Quick Dinner #3: Pan Seared Salmon
4 (6 oz) salmon or other fish fillets
sea salt and black pepper
1 Tablespoon olive oil
Dry the salmon fillets with paper towels and season on all sides with salt and pepper.
Place the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering. Reduce the heat to medium-low and press the salmon fillets in the pan. Press down firmly for 10 seconds on each fillet.
Cook for about 7 minutes, until it lifts easily out of the pan without sticking. Flip and sear the other side for 20 seconds. Serve immediately with steamed Broccoli or greens. 🥦Enjoy!
I hope you enjoy these quick-n-healthy dinner recipes that are designed to keep you on track and eating healthy even on the busiest of days.
Remember that exercise is vital to getting in and staying in shape – and I’m here to help you do that safely and effectively. Call or email me now for a complimentary consultation.
Let’s get you into the best shape of your life before the year is over!