Mon | A giving gift
Did you get a slow cooker for Christmas? Get it out of the box and crank it up to make Slow Cooker Beef & Barley Soup (recipe below). There are two ways to look at healthy eating in the new year: Make more dinners at home, and make more healthful food. This recipe satisfies both.
Tues | Fish wrap
Get yourself some mild fish fillets (cod, snapper, mahi, tilapia) for single-serving fish packets to bake or grill. Layer thin slices of lemon on a square of foil and put the fish on top of them. Add sliced onions on top of that with some soy sauce, olive oil and salt and pepper. Fold foil and cook packets until fish is opaque (about 20 minutes). Serve with rice or more veggies.
Wed | Rotisserie chicken
Chicken is pretty healthy until we start ladling on the creamy calories. Tonight, carve up the simple bird and eat it as is. Simmer sliced zucchini with stewed tomatoes as an accompaniment and serve with a salad.
Thurs | Dinner salad
Look for tuna or salmon chunks (they're cheaper) at the fish counter. Saute them in a bit of olive oil and serve over a bed of greens with sliced red onions and strips of green, yellow or red pepper. Dress with a sesame vinaigrette. Crispy bread sticks are a good foil.
Fri | Meaty mushrooms
Finish up your week of new year healthy eating with grilled portobello mushroom burgers. Take the stems off the big caps and brush with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Grill until soft and serve on whole wheat buns with butter lettuce, chopped tomatoes and feta cheese. Get a boxed mix for tabouli, the parsley salad, and serve it on the side.
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