There are some meals that may not seem like they would be healthy when it comes to fast meals, but the idea here is to have food combinations that have a good balance of fruits, vegetables, lean meats, and whole grains. These can be creative meals, fun meals, and something different for the whole family. Some of them are fast to make, but require some prep time. Some of them are fast because you just toss the ingredients in the crockpot for the day while you’re at work and then enjoy when you get home. There aren’t any full recipes here, just some good ideas for the chef in the family to whip up on their own.
Sandwiches can be quick and easy to make and they can have any combination of foods added to them. People that can’t have gluten can make theirs on gluten free breads and buns, while other people have options from hoagies all the way to rye bread. Be creative. Try using apple slices on chicken sandwiches. Include nuts and dried berries in your tuna or chicken salad when you slather it on a sandwich. There are so many options.
If a cold sandwich doesn’t sound good, consider making it into a panini. Panini Perfect has advice on finding the best panini maker for the home.
Soup takes some prep time, from chopping vegetables to cutting meat, but all the ingredients can be tossed in a crockpot on low and left to cook all day leaving a meal completely ready when everyone gets home from work. Soup can be made with whole grain noodles for a healthier twist, or even wild or brown rice. Try using quinoa for some extra health benefits.
When it comes to liquid for soup water can be bland and call for lots of extra spices. Instead of water and bouillon (which is extremely salty) use a good organic broth. Make sure to add in any veggies you can, and try different colors.
If bread seems like too much on the carb end of things, wraps can be a great exchange for them, and even allow more space for all the extra fruits and vegetables. Instead of flour wraps opt for some healthier grains. Another great thing to do with tortillas and wraps is making quesadillas. Use dairy-free cheese or low-fat cheese for the healthiest option.