Week of Healthy Meal Prep: June 10-14
Monday: Walnut-and Dijon-Crusted Halibut
Halibut is a versatile fish that can be grilled, poached, sautéed, broiled, or fried, but baking is probably the easiest and most foolproof way to cook it. Because it doesn’t have much oil, it is important to avoid overcooking. The oils from the walnut crust will help moisturize the fillet as it cooks, and the addition of thyme and Dijon brings bright herbal flavor to the breading and flavors the fish as well. Halibut can be pricey; if you prefer a less expensive catch, you can substitute cod or sea bass. To round out the meal, serve it with a side of Caprese Tomato Salad.
Tuesday: Flax-Boosted Meatloaf
Wednesday: Orange, Tofu, and Bell Pepper Stir-Fry
Fresh orange juice perks up this speedy stir-fry, becoming a sticky, glossy sauce for the colorful vegetables. A quick coat in cornstarch helps the tofu develop a supercrisp crust without needing to fry in lots of oil. It's a good idea to have every element at the ready by the stove before you start to cook, as the stir-fry will come together very quickly. You can use bell peppers or any vegetable you have on hand, such as broccoli florets, thinly sliced carrots, or sliced snap peas.
Thursday: Seared Salmon With Zucchini Noodles
If you like crisp salmon skin, this cooking method is for you. Just be sure when you place the salmon, skin side down in the pan that you don’t touch it for the full 6 minutes while it cooks—that’s the key for the crispiest browned skin around. After turning the fish, cook it to your preferred degree of doneness. The barely warmed vegetables are still crunchy and flavorful. Serve with lemon wedges, if you like.
Friday: Pan-Sautéed Lemon-Garlic Shrimp Salad
Shrimp is always a weeknight protein of choice, as it cooks quickly and is extremely versatile. The avocado-based dressing provides you with healthy fats to keep you full until breakfast!
Treat Yourself: Blackberry Gin Fizz
For the perfect layer of creamy froth on top of each cocktail, be prepared to shake the cocktail shaker (with no ice) vigorously; the half-and-half helps set the egg white for a more stable foam.