Busy Gal’s Five-Minute Dinner: A Healthy “Fast Food” Trio

Today is one of those days where I found myself pressed for time in the kitchen, let alone to breathe in general. With work at 6 a.m., then straight to a meeting with a client for a health coaching session, and hours of freelance writing in Starbucks, I knew I wouldn’t be home for dinner until at least 8:15 p.m.

However, I didn’t want to let my action-packed day get in the way of my dietary choices, as I know very well that the more wholesome and balanced the meal, the better I feel overall (mind, body, & soul).

As you know, I’m usually a huge fan of 100% home-cooked, all-natural meals for ideal nutritional benefits, but today I had to be a little flexible due to the time crunch. Instead of settling for ordering in (or dining out), to-go sushi, or bland pasta, I chose to make the most of what I had on hand with a little help from Trader Joes.

Here’s what made my plate:

1. Salad with organic arugula + extra virgin olive oil + fresh lemon juice + feta + fresh mint + dried basil + raw pumpkin seeds

2. 1 c. Trader Joe’s Lentil Soup with Ancient Grains (delicious vegetarian/gluten free blend of lentils, quinoa and amaranth in a wholesome broth)

3. Piece of low-sodium Ezekiel bread toasted with Grade AA Natural butter from Whole Foods + Himalayan Pink Salt

For a lazy evening, this trio came out pretty darn fabulous, not to mention nutrient-packed and 100% satisfying. You see, sometimes it’s worth skipping the admittedly tempting takeout as a ‘rescue’ and simply making the most of what you have.

Stay tuned for more healthy tips on making quick ‘n’ easy dinners when pressed for time!


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  2. Caitlin Says:

    It’s great to have healthy stuff on hand! I often come home from long days like that and am so grateful to have a big batch of beans or broc that I already had cooked up (by my mom..haha) to use for quick meals.

  3. Rachel @Healthy_Chicks Says:

    @Caitlin Yes, definitely smart to have healthy options on hand! I love having a ton of fresh fruit, veggies, rice, and spices for whenever I need a quick, healthy dinner : )

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