Week of Healthy Meal Prep: March 25-29
Monday: Healthy Honey-Garlic Chicken
This super-speedy alternative to takeout yields nicely crisped pieces of chicken breast cloaked in a flavorful Asian sauce. Perhaps the best part about this recipe is that you don’t have to shop all over town for specialty ingredients. To keep it crunchy, sprinkle the honey-garlic chicken with scallions and sesame seeds at the end. It also works well with chicken thighs. Round out the meal with a side of steamed vegetables and rice.
Tuesday: Orzo Salad With Spicy Buttermilk Dressing
This dish is bright, creamy, and packed with fresh veggies. The more veggies you add, the further this easy pasta dish will stretch. It's great as a make-ahead lunch or dinner, too. Just keep in mind the spice grows stronger the longer it sits. If you have a sensitive palate, you might want to scale back on the ground red pepper. Just add a dash and stir well before you eat. If you prefer to make this dish a whole-grain option, skip the orzo (or look for whole-wheat orzo) and use farro instead. It will hold up especially well with the buttermilk dressing.
Wednesday: Grilled Mahi-Mahi With Lemon-Parsley Potatoes
Look for fish caught off the U.S. Atlantic coast for the most sustainable option. If you can’t find it, tilapia or swordfish would also work. If you have time to fire up the grill instead of using a grill pan, skewer the potatoes before cooking so they are easier to flip. You can also skip the microwave and use refrigerated red potato wedges (such as Simply Potatoes) instead of fresh.
Thursday: Rotisserie Chicken and Roasted Cabbage Wedges With Blue Cheese Breadcrumbs
This recipe offers a delicious change of pace from boiled or braised cabbage. Hefty wedges roast at moderately high heat until lightly caramelized on the outside and tender within. And they’re embellished with the most delicious, deeply flavorful crispy breadcrumbs. You’ll want to go with a bold blue cheese here—something like Roquefort or Maytag. And if you can find good rye bread, you'll notice the difference. Round out the meal with a store-bought rotisserie chicken.
Friday: "Huevos' Soy-Cheros
In this vegetarian take on huevos rancheros, cooking crumbled tofu in a skillet achieves the fluffy texture of scrambled eggs, while turmeric adds the quintessential golden hue. Our version saves 20g sat fat over the classic and provides 35% of your daily fiber goal.
Treat Yourself: Glazed Lemon Buttermilk Cake
This cake is great with a cup of morning coffee or mixed berries and a scoop of sorbet for dessert. Use a whole teaspoon of lemon extract for more intense lemon flavor.