6 Quick-Prep Weekday Meals

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What’s on your gotta-do list this week? If you’re like most of us, it’s a crazy mish-mash of everything….doctor appointments, kids’ lessons, laundry, or any of the other everyday things you do to keep your world on course. Who has time to cook a healthy meal? You do! These 6 quick-prep weekday meals will help you do it.

Yes, you’re busy, but that doesn’t mean you should sacrifice your health (or that of loved ones) when it comes to putting dinner on the table. We’ve all fallen into that busy-day trap of settling for quick take-out or reaching for boxed meals. Some foods are chock-full of artery-clogging cholesterol and waistline-expanding fat. Even when choices are labeled “healthy” they still often add too much sodium or sugar to our diet. And no matter which take-out or packaged foods you choose, chances are good they contain chemicals that your body wasn’t built to process (Hint: those are the ingredients with the unpronounceable names).

That’s why quick-prep weekday meals need to be a menu planning staple. You owe it to yourself and to loved ones to serve meals that nourish the body instead of pack on the pounds. What’s more, these recipes are packed with the superfoods, fiber, and protein you need to have energy—and who doesn’t need an added dash of that in their life?

So now is the time to make positive changes in your life. Add these fast-to-make weekday meals to your menu planning. Cruise the recipe links below and choose at least one to make this week. Several of these dishes take advantage of the busy woman’s best kitchen friend: the slow cooker. Recipes using the slow cooker are often easy to assemble and provide a warm, tasty dinner ready to go after a long day. Enjoy!

6 Quick-Prep Weekday Meals:

Slow Cooker Zucchini Ziti

1. Skinny Slow Cooker Zucchini Ziti
When you need fast-to-make weekday meals, give this healthy recipe a go. The mix of whole-grain pasta, low- and no-fat cheeses, and zucchini makes an easy dinner that won’t add stress to an already busy day—and for less than 200 calories per serving.

2. Southwestern Black Bean Casserole
With minimal chopping, this meal is perfect for busy weekdays. Combine ingredients as soon as you get home, and then bake for about 30 minutes while you help kids with homework, fold laundry, or catch up on emails. The casserole is hearty, too, so the other busy people in your family will walk away from the table with full, happy tummies.

3. Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Roast
This dish is a double dose of awesome; it’s made with a slow cooker, so it’s easy to make ahead of time, and it has just 178 calories per portion. Serve this with our low-fat (and gluten-free) Twice-Baked Potatoes.

4. Skinny Artichoke & Spinach Penne Casserole
Quick-to-make weekday foods don’t come much simpler than this casserole. It’s a chop-free recipe, which always makes dinner prep a breeze. Tear the spinach, combine the other ingredients, bake, and you’re on your way to a healthy recipe that clocks in at just 176 calories a serving.

Slow Cooker Cheesy Spaghetti with Turkey Sausage

5. Skinny Slow Cooker Cheesy Spaghetti with Turkey Sausage
This is one of those quick-prep weekday meals that pleases everyone. It has filling whole-wheat spaghetti and lean ground turkey (or substitute with ground chicken). Your loved ones may not even realize they’re eating healthy food.

6. Skinny Slow Cooker Savory Superfood Soup (featured in the photo above)
Chop up the veggies and combine all the ingredients in the slow cooker, and you’re good to go for a meal that’s low in calories, low in fat, and high in superfood vitamins and antioxidants.

Living healthy doesn’t need to be complicated. Check out 8 Easy Weight Loss Tricks and Portion Control: Simple Ways to Cut Calories for Weight Loss.

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