As you can see from my meal plans, I am not 100% fruits and vegetable healthy all the time. I strive for balanced meals that provide nutrients, filling power and good taste! This week we had one day out to dinner, so I am going to share some of my dining out tips in addition to my weekly meal plan this week.
Monday– Oven baked chicken is one of our favorite meals. I struggle with chicken at times because it is easy to over cook and can be kind of boring. My oven baked chicken is SO easy and fool proof. I take chicken breasts and slice them in half lengthwise so they are thin. Then I dip them in an egg wash (1 egg whisked up with some water, salt and pepper) and then dip them in seasoned bread crumbs. They go onto a sheet pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray and then cook for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. The roasted veggies follow the same formula from my roasted broccoli/ Brussels sprouts the past 2 weeks.
Tuesday– I am not going to try to convince you that turkey bacon tastes like regular pork bacon. It totally does not. But it is a lot lower in calories and has some good flavor. It made for a great BLT. I added avocado to our sandwiches this week. For me it completely replaces mayo, but you can still add both. The sweet potato fries I use are Alexia brand. I found mine at Costco but I believe they are carried at other stores. Or use a different brand.
Wednesday– Out to dinner days! These days happen and are so enjoyable. I always recommend cooking at home the majority of the time as it is more affordable and healthier. But eating out is a great experience, relaxing and delicious! Here are 3 tips for making the most of eating out…
- Think about your pattern. Are you eating out regularly or once in a while? I would never tell you to only order healthy foods when eating out because that takes away from the experience. But if you are eating out 2-3 times per week you want to think about making some healthier choices. Maybe that means fries once and side salads twice…see what I mean?
- On that note…salads are a great healthy entree but they can be sneaky. Whenever possible, choose grilled proteins over fried. I always get my dressing on the side. You will always be given less than when they dress it for you. And you can control the amount.
- Look for balanced meals. Often times restaurant foods are protein and carbohydrate based, missing the veggies. If you can find something with a lean protein, whole grain and vegetable you’ll likely be eating a healthy and filling meal.
Thursday– Okay I am getting long winded. Hopefully you are still with me. I used leftover chicken breast and broccoli from Monday that I prepped but did not cook. I used this recipe as a model for this dish. I added onion, green pepper, broccoli, carrots and water chestnuts for my veggies. I skipped the fresh ginger and orange zest. I bought the La Choy ginger orange teriyaki sauce at Meijer and it turned out delicious!
Friday– Calzones! So fun! I love the frozen pizza dough balls. I find mine at meijer by the frozen bread. I leave it in the fridge for 1-2 days until it is thawed/ puffed up. But this time I took it out of the freezer Friday morning and then left it on the counter an hour before I used it and it was fine. For my calzones I rolled out the dough (I just use my hands) and cut it into 4 pieces. I add pizza sauce, cheese and toppings to the middle of the dough triangle then fold it over to make a pocket. Use a fork to close the seams and then brush the top with melted butter mixed with garlic powder and oregano. They cook for 20 minutes at 450 degrees.