flat breads and crackers, vegetables, fruit, cheese, and different dips (i.e.hummus, tzatziki, baba ganoush, cottage cheese)
Doctor your soup
. Canned soup has WAY too much sodium, but you can makeit better for you by tipping in some cut vegetables (frozen is ok), lentils, or canned beans and then diluting it with water. Who wants to slave over a hot stove after a long day at work? These tips will help you geta
on the table quickly so that you have more of your evening tounwind.
It’s BBQ season!
Fire up the grill and throw on some lean meat (chicken breastor fish) and vegetables (corn and peppers are great, or you can “steam” yourfavourite vegetables in a foil packet with a little bit of oil or margarine). It’s aquick, low-fat way to make a meal.
Make an entrée-sized salad or have sandwiches for supper.
If you have a
, put all the ingredients in the night before (don’tforget to put it in the fridge!) and turn it on in the morning so you can come hometo a delicious meal.
Whole wheat couscous
is a grain that takes almost no time to cook. Mix equalparts uncooked couscous and boiling water (or broth, for more flavour) in a bowland let it sit, covered, while you prepare the rest of the meal. When you’re done, just fluff up the couscous with your fork.
, like salmon or tilapia, can cook up really quickly in a 350° oven or underthe broiler. Rub it with your favourite spices, like lemon juice, pepper, mustardand dill before putting it in for about 10 minutes. It’s done when the flesh flakeseasily with a fork.
is always a great fallback dish, but it can get boring.
If you’ve done your post-grocery prep (see tip #2), you should have some
chopped vegetables that you can add to a ready-made tomatosauce
. Better yet,
freeze or can some homemade tomato sauce asa weekend cooking project
! (See tip #3)
If you haven’t done your prep-work,
are still great, or you can even by
fresh, chopped “spaghetti mixes”
at the store.
Store-bought is good, but you can make your own just by chopping up some basil (or another favourite leafy herb), olive oil, garlic,parmesan cheese and pine nuts in a food processor.
Plain yogurt makes a great sauce
. Heat some up on low (to avoidcurdling) with two cloves of minced garlic (Mince it fine! We want it like apaste here; a garlic press would be great.) and top with pine nuts.