Well, I love to cook and am pretty comitted to healthy eating.
Yet, in the spring/summer/early fall I cook much much less and rely often on convenience foods or fast, easy meals...
(my dh and I run a business that is seasonal, I also have 2 young kids, am a practioner of Oriental Medicine, etc etc etc...so that time of year gets hectic!!)
Some quick, easy meals I like to make are:
brown 1 lb turkey or beef in a skillet, then transfer to pot
add 1 can cooked, rinsed/drained kidney beans, 1 can crushed tomatoes w/ liquid, and packet of chili seasoning... simmer for 20 minutes
(make a pan of cornbread from a mix to serve on side or some brown rice)
*top w/ shredded cheese, sour cream, minced onions, etc
either brown some turkey and add taco seasonings or add taco seasonings to 1 can rinsed and drained black or pinto beans,
have shredded cheese, chopped lettuce, guacamole, diced tomatoes, sour cream, onions, cilantro, etc and fill your choice of taco shells
buy a rotisserie chicken from deli, serve w/ tossed green salad and warm crusty bread w/ butter
cook large ravioli, rinse, drain
toss w/ marinara sauce, minced garlic, fresh parsley, shredded parmesan
put in casserole dish, top w/ shredded mozerella
bake at 350 for 30 minutes
serve w/ salad
shrimp and broccoli stirfry:
buy large peeled headless shrimp (let thaw in fridge) and bag of broccoli florets
add 2 Tbsps coconut oil to skillet, once warmed, add shrimp and broccoli,
toss in some crushed garlic, cook for about 8 minutes, stirring often
and then add stirfry seasonings (if in a hurry I use a premade seasoning, such as Annie Chungs shitake stirfry sauce or Thai kitchens peanut sauce)serve over brown rice
Make a big cobb salad:
mixed greens, hardboiled egg, blue cheese, a little cooked bacon, cherry tomatoes, carrots, cucumber, red pepper... dressing, yum!!
Wild rice casserole:
cook 1-2 cups wild rice, mix w/ organic cream of mushroom soup, toss in cooked chopped chicken breast, green beans, mushrooms, chedder cheese, salt and pepper, sprinkle top w/ bread crumbs, bake at 350 for 35 minutes
3 bean salad:
mix 1 can cooked garbanzo beans, 1 can cooked kidney beans, 2 cups steamed green beans, a few tablespoons Italian vinegrette, fresh parsley, diced red pepper, 1/4 cup aged parmesan, serve
mix 1 large can salmon, diced green onions, a tsp dill, an egg (beaten), 1/2 cup bread crumbs, salt
form into patties and pan fry each side 5 minutes in small bit of canola or coconut oil
serve w/ tartar sauce and whatever sides you choose
Hummus and whole wheat pita bread, greek olives, salad topped w/ feta and roma tomatoes
choose large whole wheat tortillas, fill w/ chicken breast, romaine or spinach, tomatoes, parmesan, ceaser salad dressing...
we also make turkey wraps w/ turkey breast, garbanzo beans, spinach, goat cheese or feta, greek olives, red pepper slices, and Italian dressing