Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Easy Dinners on a Busy Day

On plan! Feeling good, and my little girl is better too. So, what's for dinner today?

I felt like having my yummy cabbage soup, but after a very long day running errands, shopping, going to a conference, and taking my girl to dance class, I came home famished with no desire to chop cabbage and brown raw beef. So I improvised.

1 cup chicken broth
1 cup raw bagged coleslaw mix (shredded cabbage)
1/4 cup of drained Rotel tomatoes that were in the fridge leftover from another recipe
2 Tbsp low carb pizza sauce that was in a jar in the fridge
garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, Worcestershire sauce
Bring to a boil, simmer 20 minutes, and eat!

It was fast and easy, required no chopping or meat-browning, and very satisfying.

If you keep prepped things on hand, you can throw together a healthy, low carb dinner in an instant! That's why I have my fridge stocked with chopped lettuce, hard boiled eggs, steamed vegetables, chicken broth and keep the freezer stocked with pre-measured, single serving baggies of browned meat and cubed cooked chicken breast. If you have these things you can make a fast dinner when you're tired:

throw some broccoli and chicken breast chunks in a pot with broth, heat and season to taste
put some cooked meat over a salad
dump a can of tuna into a bowl of cole slaw mix and add light mayo and seasonings (a favorite of mine)
mix some chopped boiled eggs with cooked cold cauliflower for a fake "potato" salad

Endless possibilities!

My soup warmed my bones and was so comforting. Another successful day. Hope yours was, too!

2 comments:

Mrs. Chupchake said...

Glad to hear you and your daughter are feeling better Lyn. I love the concept of creating a soup with ingredients at hand. I was inspired to do that over the weekend using leftover tortellini. I thought of your soup recipe and created a tortellini-veggie soup that was not half-bad.

lisa~sunshine said...

I always do easy dinners like this.. I cook different for me and my family because I eat WAY more veggies than they will.. having things on hand like this is the biggest learning experience I got from Clean eating..