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Easy meal ideas (part 2)

Today I’m sharing a few more easy meal ideas that are simple to make and are healthy and tasty.  If you are anything like me, every so often you find yourself getting stuck in a cooking rut and feel uninspired by the dishes you make on a regular basis.  That’s when I typically start to hunt for new ideas.  If you missed the first part of my easy meal ideas post, you can find it here.

1. Spinach beet salad 

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I make all my salad dressings from scratch and balsamic vinaigrette is one of my favorites.  It’s 1 part balsamic vinegar, 2 parts olive oil, salt, pepper, and honey.  The best part about salads is that you can add any ingredients that you like.  If spinach is not your favorite, you can use mixed greens, arugula, or baby kale.

2.  Egg muffins

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Egg muffin ingredients
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Healthy egg muffins with tomatoes, mushrooms, turkey, and apple chicken sausage

I like to make egg muffins on the weekends for brunch and save any leftovers for busy weekday mornings.  They take virtually no time to make and are enjoyed by kids and adults alike.  My three year old had fun making these with me on Saturday.  To make about 9 muffins, use 12 eggs.  I used 8 eggs and 4 egg whites.  If you want a skinnier version, you can use 6 eggs and 6 egg whites.  Heat the oven to 350 degrees and grease the muffin tins with oil.  Beat the eggs and mix in your favorite ingredients.  Pop them in the oven for 20-25 minutes.  Serve immediately.

3.  Winter chicken vegetable soup

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Winter chicken vegetable soup

When the weather is cold, there is nothing better than a bowl of hot soup.  I like to buy rotisserie chicken on a weekly basis because chicken meat is so versatile.  I typically make my own chicken stock from the chicken bone in my slow cooker the night before.  When I get home from work, I heat up the chicken stock and add in the kale, corn, and chicken meat and cook for 20 minutes.  You can improvise and use whatever you have on hand: tofu, sausages, cooked white beans, chickpeas, Swiss chard, etc.

4. Lentil Salad

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Lentil salad with tomatoes and parsley

I cheated on this recipe and used steamed lentils.  Just add bell peppers or tomatoes and toss with balsamic vinaigrette.  If you don’t like parsley, use basil instead.

What are your favorite easy but healthy dishes?  The prep time of most of these dishes is under 30 minutes, which is a win in my book.

Happy cooking!

-Melissa

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