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Healthy dinner ideas for the busy girl

Suzi Milovanovic has been a mother of all kinds: stay at home mom, work from home mom, and go-the-office working mom. She blends all these perspectives in her contributions to various local and national print and online publications, tel...

Healthy on the go

Sometimes when pressed for time, you might skip breakfast, overindulge on the coffee, have a candy bar at mid day, or pick up some take-out for dinner on your way home. News flash: caffeine, sugar, empty calories and a fat-laden dinner are not the basis of a healthy diet.Check out these healthy, easy dinner ideas for the girl-on-the-go!

 

1Eggs

Turn your morning staple into a delicious, quick and satisfying meal! Cook 'em up how you like – scrambled, boiled or in the skillet and add your favorite fixings like tomatoes, cheese or ham on top or to the side. Eggs are fast, healthy and economical all in one. Check out this fabulous sample recipe mixing eggs and pasta!

Creamy pasta and egg skillet

Courtesy of the American Egg Board

Ingredients

  • 7-ounce package small shell pasta, cooked and drained
  • 2 cups cottage cheese
  • 1 teaspoon dried marjoram leaves
  • 2 cups frozen broccoli, cauliflower and carrot vegetable blend (defrosted)
  • 4 medium eggs

Directions

  1. Coat a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray and place over medium heat.
  2. Combine pasta, cottage cheese and marjoram in skillet.
  3. Toss to coat evenly then add vegetables and toss together to mix.
  4. Cook, stirring occasionally, until mixture is heated through and begins to sizzle, about 5 to 10 minutes.
  5. Make 4 indentations (about 2-inches in diameter) in mixture with the back of the spoon.
  6. Break and slip an egg into each indentation.
  7. Cook, covered, over medium heat until whites are completely set and yolks begin to thicken but are not hard, 5 to 7 minutes. Enjoy!

2Gourmet grilled cheese

Grilled cheeses don't have to be reserved for the kids! Choose bread that's hearty enough to satisfy grown up appetites like multigrain or rye. To make the sandwich, spread the inside surfaces with course or Dijon mustard. On the bottom slice, place a piece of Havarti cheese with a few slices of Black Forest ham or turkey on top, followed by another slice of cheese. Add a little fun by placing thin slices of apples (like Granny Smith for flavor) in between and toast in a skillet with a little butter until the cheese melts and the bread is golden brown.

3Soup's on

Hearty, robust soups like chowders (clam, corn or potato), stews and pureed soups make for a very filling meal and are comforting on cold winter nights. Looking for something less substantial? Try a broth or cold soup like cucumber, gazpacho or avocado. While generations before us may have had the inclination to make soups from scratch, these days there are a large number of varieties to choose from that provide just as much nutrition. If you still like adding your own ingredients, save time and try the ready-made broths and add your own flavors to it.

4Mini meatloaves

Love meatloaf but find yourself in a bit of a time crunch? Make them mini and you'll have a healthy, satisfying dinner in no time. Press your favorite meatloaf mix into regular or jumbo muffin cups and bake at the same temperature as always. For moist meatloaf, pack the mixture loosely and don't over-handle. Ramp up the nutritional content of your meatloaf by adding grated carrots, zucchini, or chopped peppers. Make this ahead of time and put some away in the freezer for the next time you're pressed for time!

Healthy doesn't have to mean slaving over a cook top, nor does it have to mean boring. Dinner can be fast, easy and healthy even for the busiest of girls.

A gourmet grilled cheese recipe

How to make a gourmet grilled cheese sandwich

Grilled cheese fans will love this grilled cheese sandwich from celebrated chef Terrance Brennan. Use gourmet cheeses and bread and Terrance's special extras to to make the best gourmet grilled cheese sandwich you've ever tasted.

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