eat well | easy dinners and grocery list

Meal planning takes the stress and last minute decisions out of dinner and helps to keep us on track with healthy meals.  But we also know finding the time to dig through recipes and putting that list together can be difficult.  So this week, we took care of the planning for you with five dinners- try one or two or all of them!  These recipes are simple, delicious and packed with nutrients.  They bring a variety of vegetables (we know it's easy to get stuck in a veggie rut), use some healthy staples that we try to always have on hand (frozen chicken, frozen veggies, spinach, olive oil, black beans, etc.), and are delicious for the entire fam- even our toddlers dig into these meals! Two of the meals are vegetarian and the others you can adjust to your needs (subbing gluten free pastas or tortillas, using different meat or no meat, etc). Depending on how many you're cooking for you'll have to adjust the list but we think you might just already have some of these items on hand. We hope this gives you some direction and inspiration for a healthy week!

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Dinner Grocery List: 1 bunch asparagus, 1 bag broccoli (fresh or frozen), 1 large bag spinach, lettuce mix or your choice, cabbage mix (or a head of lettuce and cabbage), red and green bell peppers, red onion, yellow onion, mushrooms, snow peas, 4 cloves garlic, 1 bunch cilantro, basil, 2 bags whole wheat pasta (or brown rice pasta), whole wheat tortillas, whole wheat hamburger buns, 2 cans black beans, 2 cans tomato sauce, frozen chicken, tilapia (fresh or frozen), 1 lb ground turkey, 1 bag sweet potatoes, olive oil, parmesan, lemons, lime, chipotle powder, oregano seasoning, Asian salad dressing.

Recipes links: Asian Chicken Salad Sloppy Pizza Joes (we took out the sausage links in this recipe- not needed), Sweet Potato and Spinach BurritoLemon Asparagus Pasta, Tilapia w/sweet potato and veggies* recipe below

*Season tilapia with olive oil, pepper, salt and fresh lemon juice.  Bake at 400 degrees for about 10 minutes.  Serve with steamed veggies (whatever you have leftover or in the freezer) and a baked sweet potato (try our 6 minute version here).