My family and I are on a mission to eat healthy, aka cook a lot at home. It doesn't only teach our toddler that eating at home is the best but it also saves a lot of money and extra calories! Weekends are the hardest because let's face it you are on the go most of the time. When we have family outings on weekends that means we will be gone all day so no one to cook dinner at home. Thus, I make sure that meals are prepped in advance so I can have quality time with my little one. Here is how I cooked five healthy dishes in two hours including prep time and clean up time!
I utilize a lot of kitchen gadgets so I can cook most dishes at the same time for convenience. Here are my favorite two that make healthy cooking and meal prepping so much easier.
Time to Cook!
Heat the oven to 350 degree. I started by marinating the chicken first. Wash the chicken, throw it into a bowl, and add spices (salt, pepper, Everything Spice) and then pour the marinade all over the chicken and massage it in. Let sit for 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, start on the fish. The one I had was already cut into pieces so I washed it and then marinated it with salt, pepper, and coconut aminos. On each one I squeezed lemon. Lay each piece out on a baking sheet with oil on already and sprinkle with sesame seeds and capers. Wash two sweet potatoes and cut thinly and into small pieces. Add sweet potato pieces around the salmon and bake for at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
Afterwards, saute the chicken in a pan. While the chicken is cooking check on the salmon and take it out of the oven when it is ready. Make sure to keep the oven on for the asparagus. Since I had so much chicken I had to split it into two big pans. Once both sides are slightly cooked transfer it to the instant pot. Add tomato sauce, chicken stock, bay leaves, salt, pepper, ketchup and mix it all together. Close the pot and hit the poultry button (15 minutes).
While that was cooking I washed and cut the end parts of the asparagus. Put it on a baking sheet with oil and cover with coconut aminos, salt, and sesame seeds. Let bake for 15 minutes or until soft.
I bought the butternut squash in packets at Trader Joe’s because they are already cut up and easily steamed in the microwave. I then added four cups of chicken stock to the Vitamix, added steamed butternut squash, salt, pepper, and curry powder. Hit ‘SOUP’ on the Vitamix.
Phew! That was a lot of dishes but now I am happy to know that we are weekend ready! What are your favorite healthy dishes to cook? Share your secrets how you meal prep for the weekends!
Hi my name is Kseniya Gershberg and I am a busy mom of a 3 year old boy. My goal has always been to create fast, nutritious, and delicious meals for my family. I come from a family who loves to cook and I wanted to make sure I kept the tradition going when I started my own family.