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!


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..