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7 Quick And Healthy Dinner Recipes For Busy People

7 Quick And Healthy Dinner Recipes For Busy People

If you’ve ever done a search for healthy dinner recipes, you’ll find that all the dinner ideas seem to be formal, Chef Cazzarana-type culinary works of art. As if modern people (like you and I) have time to whip up some snazzy hot meal with fresh-from-the-garden vegetables in Williams-Sonoma cookware every night! Most of us are usually happy to get dinner over and done with so we don’t have to listen to the zombie sounds from our stomachs while we get on to other things.

However, eating healthy is not just a beautiful concept, it is a way of life that can improve your overall health if done consistently. With a little patience and preparation, it is possible to cook and eat healthy, wholesome meals at dinner time. These meals don’t involve delivery pizza or microwave glorified lunchables. Without taking much time from your schedule, you can fix these meals for yourself, some friends, or for your entire family.

Here are 7 healthy dinner ideas for busy people just like you:

1. One Sheet Pan Parmesan Crusted Salmon with Roasted Broccoli

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    How easy is it to throw everything in one pan and let it cook together? This recipe from Cooking Classy has vegetables and meat all in one. It even is topped off with a crummy crust, lemon juice, and parmesan cheese.

    2. Slow Cooker Cheesy Italian Tortellini

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      I’m with Betty Crocker on this one because I am so in love with cheese-filled Tortellini. With seven simple ingredients, you can put this together in the slow cooker on low in the morning or at noon time, and guess what? By dinner time, your food is hot and ready to serve.

      3. Fully-Loaded Sweet Potato

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        So if you’re not a big eater at dinner time because you don’t like to feel your stomach loaded right before you go to bed, this is a small scale dinner for you. This idea from Food Matters has all the garnishes you could love and takes just a little over an hour to prepare.

        4. One-Pan Italian Sausage and Peppers Pasta (Gluten-Free)

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          This is a helluva easy recipe from Iowa Girl Eats. Vegetables, meat, and pasta constitute this 30 minute dish and it’s all topped off with provolone cheese. Or maybe you could top it off with any cheese you like. Voila! While the quality of marinara sauce can be overstated, the shallots and cheese certainly bring out the taste.

          5. Chicken Milanese

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            Half Hour Eats presents this idea that takes just 20 minutes. Crispy chicken breasts join together with cool salad ingredients (like arugula) to create an inviting and lovely dinner, just for two, or for an entire crew.

            6. Mocha Hot Chocolate

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              I know. I know. This is not exactly a dinner but I couldn’t resist. Coffee flavored hot chocolate served up with your favorite biscotti is, well… the perfect dessert after a wonderful dinner. Come on, after all, it only has three simple ingredients. Go ahead. I know you want to.

              7. Slow Cooker Chicken Burrito Bowl

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                No. 2 Pencil serves up a snazzy idea of soft chicken combined with flavorful Mexican seasonings. With this recipe, you can throw everything in the slow cooker in the morning and forget it until dinner time. This makes great leftovers to freeze and works with burritos for tomorrow’s lunch.

                Featured photo credit: James Colquhoun / Food Matters via foodmatters.tv

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                Last Updated on December 2, 2018

                How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

                How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

                Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

                The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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                The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

                Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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                Review Your Past Flow

                Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

                Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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                Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

                Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

                Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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                Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

                Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

                We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

                Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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