It’s always a good idea to have a few quick and healthy food items around to whip up when you are short on time. Being prepared can keep you from dialing up the pizza place or heading for the nearest drive-thru.
A few weeks ago, I had picked up a package of steamed lentils from Trader Joe’s. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with them, but they sounded like something I could keep around for a quick meal in a pinch. I liked the fact that the only ingredients were lentils, salt and water and that one serving (1/2 cup) included 8 grams of fiber, 9 grams of protein and 20% of my daily iron needs.
They ended up coming in handy one night when I only had to cook dinner for myself and had some vegetables to use up. I chopped up one eggplant, one red bell pepper, an onion and a clove of garlic. I sauteed all of the vegetables in olive oil until they were tender and then tossed in a handful of grape tomatoes for the last two minutes of cooking. The lentils heated in the microwave for three minutes. I tossed the vegetables on top and added some fresh basil. Dinner was delicious and ready in less time than it took to write this post. Jeff and I had the leftovers for lunch the next day and he enjoyed them too (even though he wants to make it perfectly clear to everyone that he is NOT a vegetarian).
What are your favorite homemade “fast-food” meals?