Week of Healthy Meal Prep: February 25-March 1
Monday: Turkey Sliders With Crunchy Green Apple Slaw
Sliders make any burger night more fun, especially since you get double the patties and double the creamy, crunchy slaw. Look for ground turkey rather than ground turkey breast—the former has a bit more fat and flavor from dark meat while still keeping a lean profile. Poblano chiles have a mild to medium heat that gives the sliders their oomph, but you can use sweet bell pepper. If you like, quick-pickle the cucumber slices the night before: Microwave 1 cup rice vinegar, 3/4 cup water, and 1 tablespoon sugar at HIGH; pour over cucumber slices, and refrigerate overnight.
Tuesday: Zucchini-Ribbon Pizza With Chicken
This speedy pizza gets topped with a crisp, lemony zucchini ribbons, making for a perfectly balanced bite every time. Use a vegetable peeler to get wide ribbons from the zucchini. Ground coriander has a distinct lemony flavor that perks up the rotisserie chicken and the zucchini.
Wednesday: Cheesy Pasta With Broccoli and Olives
This creamy pasta gets its flavor depth from wine, lemon zest, parmesan, and crushed red pepper. It’s super satisfying thanks to all that fiber (nearly 40% of your daily goal)! Even better, it’s easy enough for a weeknight, but pretty enough for company. Buy pre-cut broccoli to cut down on prep time. If your family can’t stand to go meat-free, add grilled chicken breast or sauteed shrimp.
Thursday: Cod With Shiitake-Bacon Crust and Arugula Salad
Shiitake mushrooms have a bolder flavor than most mushrooms, with an almost smoky quality that amplifies the flavor of the bacon.
Friday: Lemon-Pepper Pork Chop With Roasted Green Beans and Lemon-Caper Rice
The homemade lemon-pepper seasoning used on the pork chop offers a wonderful burst of flavor, while the rice soaks up the caper-y dressing. Warm the roasted green beans in the microwave or wrap in foil and heat in a 350°F oven for 15 to 20 minutes. You can prepare the rice while the pork marinates and the beans warm through.
Treat Yourself: Double-Chocolate Cereal Treats
Satisfy your sweet tooth with these portable 100-calorie treats that are full of chocolaty goodness. Boasting full satisfaction and a dose of whole-grain goodness, they’re ready to eat in a fraction of the time needed to prepare typical sweet treats. For added protein and a fun flavor variation, replace ½ cup cereal with ½ cup chopped toasted nuts.