Ever pin or print out a recipe only to find that you would need to sacrifice half of your day to make it? While there’s nothing wrong with time-consuming dishes, menu planning for busy days means finding recipes that don’t steal too much time from your schedule. These 7 easy-to-prepare workday menus will keep you fueled, eating clean, and on-the-go.
Breakfast: Pick Me Up Breakfast Smoothie
Lunch: Roasted Pear Sandwich with Baby Spinach
Dinner: Slow Cooker Skinny Spaghetti (Pictured Above) Easy menu plans don’t come any more simple than this slow cooker recipe. It’s a perfect busy night meal, plus it delivers the comfort food factor that so many of us love. But don’t let the comfort food label fool you. This has only 219 calories per serving. Meatless Quinoa Meatballs pair perfectly with this healthy spaghetti.
Breakfast: Overnight French Toast Casserole
Lunch: Easy Chicken Noodle Soup
Dinner: Easy Baby Back Ribs Yes, you can enjoy baby back ribs while choosing a healthier, fitter lifestyle. We used our Skinny Ms. Barbeque Sauce to create this recipe, which has all of the taste of traditional ribs, without the fat, calories, or guilt. It’s also a dish that’s easier than you might think.
Breakfast: Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Oatmeal
Lunch: Greek Pita Sandwich
Dinner: Skinny Artichoke & Spinach Penne Casserole Nothing says weekday meal plans like a tasty, but good-for-you, casserole. This version combines superfoods like artichoke and spinach, with whole-wheat penne for a filling dinner.
Breakfast: SkinnyLicious Protein Smoothie
Lunch: Skinny Burrito in a Jar
Dinner: Blackened Sockeye Salmon Add omega-3 fatty acids to your healthy lifestyle with this delish dish. The seasoned salmon cooks for just 5-6 minutes per side, so that you can indulge in a Skinnylicious entree in less time than it takes to run for high-calorie take-out. Serve it with a salad and Twice-Baked Potatoes.
Breakfast: Banana Blueberry Bars (Tip: Make ahead for an easy grab-n-go breakfast.)
Lunch: Taco Salad
Dinner: Skinny Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Roast This skinny version of a weekday dish favorite has just 178 calories per serving. We made it with the Set N’ Forget Slow Cooker, which has a probe that goes directly into the chicken thigh for simple cooking.
Breakfast: Banana Grape Smoothie
Lunch: Open-Faced Tuna Sandwich with Avocado
Dinner: Turkey Veggie Burger Fire up the outdoor grill, indoor grill, or skillet, because it’s burger time! With lean, protein-packed turkey and clean-eating ingredients such as fresh zucchini and carrots, this is a weekday dish that’s bound to become a staple.
For healthy sides, check out Skinny Ms. Side Dish Recipes.
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