Here are four healthy and quick meals that are compatible with the Trim Healthy Mama lifestyle. The ideas for today’s What’s On My Plate include:
- two S meals for breakfast and lunch
- two E meals for dinner and a snack.
There’s a common misconception that if you want to follow the Trim Healthy Mama lifestyle you need all kinds of special ingredients and you spend tons of time cooking. Now, there are definitely some ingredients that I like to use now that I hadn’t used before! (I stopped using a bunch of things too… 😉) Maybe that needs to be in another post?! But I really can’t spend tons of time cooking! Sometimes I’ll put more effort into preparing a meal, but day to day? Nah. Ain’t nobody got time for that!
Today I’m focusing on a few quick meals and some tips to help you spend less time in the kitchen.
Let’s get to it!
A Day of Quick Meals
Breakfast | THM-S
I love finding ways to make my mornings easy! You can see two of them on this plate:
- Baking an entire package of bacon or turkey bacon on the weekend to have for during the week
- Boxes of baby spinach
If your family is anything like mine, bacon is popular! So I actually will bake TWO packages of bacon on Saturday or Sunday morning. Then I put 8-10 pieces aside for my breakfasts for the next week. My kids and husband know to
keep their grubby paws off not eat mom’s bacon. 😉
So getting this breakfast ready means frying two eggs. While the pan heats up, I empty one small box of baby spinach onto a plate and microwave it for a minute. Then while the eggs are cooking, I add two slices of bacon to the plate and give it another 30 seconds in the microwave. Put the eggs on top, and add some salsa and pre-shredded cheese.
Voila! A delicious breakfast that took about 5 minutes total to get ready that morning.
Lunch | THM-S
Lunch is another meal that needs to be easy to throw together. This salad takes advantage of some other things I like to prep ahead either on a weekend or a less busy weekday. My husband and I both like chicken salad, tuna salad, and egg salad. I generally make a big batch of one of those to keep in the fridge.
I also like to make a batch of hard-boiled eggs to keep on hand for a quick and easy snack. I buy packages of cut up kale, but you can use any packaged salad greens you prefer. And I also love the bags of mini bell peppers! Sometimes I use them as scoops for the salad, but they are also so easy to slice up on top of a salad.
Thanks to having some prepped items on hand, lunch took less than five minutes to get ready!
Snack | THM-E
During the winter, I often like to have a cup of coffee or tea in the afternoon with my snack. This parfait is just some plain nonfat Greek yogurt with a little sweetener and vanilla added. I topped it with 1/4 cup of Ezekiel cereal and added some sliced strawberries.
Dinner | THM-E
Dinner was another super quick meal. I bought a rotisserie chicken and I chose some white meat without the skin for my plate. Since I was eating sweet potatoes which are a healthy carb, I kept my fat under 5 grams total.
I like to cook sweet potatoes in my Instant Pot. You could do them in the microwave too, but since I usually cook 6-7 at a time, it’s faster in the pressure cooker. By cooking more than I need, I have some for leftovers which makes another super easy lunch. The broccoli was steamed in the microwave for the last 5 minutes while the sweet potatoes cooked.
My family loves when we have sweet potatoes because we pull out all sorts of toppings: butter, craisins, raisins, mini marshmallows (for the kids), brown sugar, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, etc. Each person has their own perfect combination. I happen to like my sweet potatoes with a savory topping like Shawarma or jerk seasoning.
This was another meal that took maybe five minutes of active cooking/preparing. If I had a little more time, I would maybe have baked chicken breasts from scratch? But rotisserie chickens are a staple around my house!
A Little Prepping Makes Quick Meals Possible
Keeping healthy staples on hand like plain nonfat Greek yogurt and lots of veggies helps keep me on track during the busier times of the year. And some simple prepping on an evening or weekend is the key for getting quick meals on the table! You can get some more ideas for easy meal prep here.
I’d love to hear how you navigate busy days and nights! Leave your favorite tips in the comments section.😎
More quick meal ideas can be found here:
- What’s On My Plate
- Keto Mongolian Beef Egg Roll in a Bowl
- Bacon Cheddar Biscuits (S)| Keto-friendly
- Chocolate Hazelnut Chia Pudding | THM-S
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