the bachelor's guide to eating healthy

>> Wednesday, January 20, 2010

a little bachelor friend of mine came to me with a dilemma.  he wants to eat healthier and enjoys cooking, but doesn't know what ingredients to keep on hand so he can whip something up quickly after work. fear no more, sis is here to help.  i've come up with a list of ingredients you should always keep in your pantry and a few recipes to get you started.  the key to making quick, easy and healthy dinners is to plan ahead and try new flavors to change things up a bit.

balsamic vinegar
dijon mustard
canned tomatoes
canned beans (chick peas, black beans, white beans)
grains and pasta (brown rice, couscous, quinoa, whole wheat pasta)
fresh and frozen vegetables (spinach, sugar snap peas, broccoli, asparagus, potatoes, bell peppers)
dried herbs (garlic and onion powder, oregano, basil, chicken seasoning, steak seasoning)
chicken broth
chicken, fish, and steak

recipes to try:
steak and pasta salad
this is a great meal to throw in anything you have in the fridge. switch up the veggies and cheese to your liking.

chili rubbed steak tacos
these tacos would be great served with simple mixture of rice, black beans and cilantro.

baked salmon with dill
serve with roasted asparagus and couscous.  mix couscous with chick peas, evoo, lemon juice and s&p.

balsamic poached chicken
this recipe takes a little bit longer, but it would great for a weekend or even a date night.  its elegant, easy and certainly tasty.

tomato soup with chick peas and pasta
serve with hearty, crusty whole wheat baguette to soak up the juices. throw in a simple side salad to round this meal out.

garlic shrimp in tomato sauce
utilize canned tomatoes and fresh herbs to create a delicious homemade sauce.  serve over whole wheat pasta.

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