Between the triple-cream cheeses served at cocktail parties, the free-flowing alcohol at parties, and course upon course of rich foods served during the holidays, your body is probably not running at its peak.
To help ease you back into your old healthy routine - or to help kick-start a new one - we've put together some of our favorite healthy and filling meals that you can make ahead on Sunday for a week's worth of dinners that won't have you eating ice cream out of the pint, exhausted, when you get home from work.
Lighter dishes you can make on Sunday for a couple of weeknight meals.Roast Chicken
The smell of roast chicken wafting through the house is a comforting scent that reminds some people of home - often a memory triggered when thinking about comfort meals.
Roasting is a chicken at home is really quite easy; all you need is some salt and pepper, and a baking pan with at least 1½-inch sides. For a more flavorful option, you can also roast the chicken on a bed of carrots and onions, or stuff it with apples and lemons - the choice is yours, as
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- The Daily Meal | Shine Food – Wed, May 8, 2013 4:29 PM EDT
Between the triple-cream cheeses served at cocktail parties, the free-flowing alcohol at parties, and course upon course of rich foods served during the holidays, your body is probably not running at its peak.Read More »from 5 Easy and Healthy Make-Ahead Recipes for Weeknight Meals
Maryse ChevriereInspired by Slow Food's $5 Challenge, the Editorial team decided to create a dinner for two that would fall under 10 dollars. While it ended up being a lot easier than we thought, we did face a few obstacles when determining the guidelines for this challenge.Read More »from Dinner for Two for Under $10
First, do we ignore pantry staples like butter, olive oil, salt, and pepper in the overall price? We settled on yes. Do chili flakes, nutmeg, cinnamon, and other common spices fall under pantry staples as well? Yes, again.
Another tricky question that came up: Since we are only making these recipes for two, how do we determine the pricing when buying packages of pasta, for instance, when only half is used? The way we dealt with this issue is that the price of the meal should be $5 per serving, leaving us with a grand total of $10 for two people. This way, you could cost out the ingredients based on how much you used, not on how much the packaging was. If you were making one of these dishes for four people, then the total cost
Breakfast is all too often forgotten or skipped during the workweek, but on the weekend, it suddenly takes on a charged, almost obsessive appeal for people when it gets pushed to a few hours later in the day and gets renamed brunch. And that's because nobody wants to wake up for breakfast.Read More »from The Best Breakfast for Dinner Recipes
So we thought: Why not push back breakfast even farther? Why not make it for dinner? Perhaps then, people will start having breakfast every day of the week.
We're talking about a quick and easy meal here. Cooking dinner generally requires a bit more commitment than cooking breakfast, we think, so breakfast is a logical choice for anyone who may be reluctant to cook in the evening. Eggs, for example, in any shape or form, are one of the quickest things you can whip up in the kitchen. Fancy a basic cheese omelette? Ten minutes. (Five if you're practiced or a seasoned French chef.)
All of the recipes featured here can be made at home for about $20 or less, excluding the cost of small amounts of basic
Thinkstock/iStockphotoLet's face it, we as human beings are pretty much always looking for an easy way out, especially when it comes to cooking, and buying frozen foods is one route we often take.Read More »from Dinner Ingredients that Are Worth Buying Frozen
There's no arguing it - frozen fruits and vegetables are convenient. They're pre-washed and often available pre-chopped, and they come in compact little boxes or bags that will sit in your freezer and wait patiently for you to remember that you even bought them, whenever that may be. On top of that, most frozen foods are cheaper than their fresh counterparts, and the savings only increase if you're the type that regularly throws out the two-day-old "fresh" broccoli you brought that began to brown before you could use it.
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But even with convenience and cost covered, there's still a bit of guilt associated with buying frozen. Everyone's crazy about farmers' markets and CSA's these days, so we should always buy fresh, right?
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Popcorn - it's addictive, satisfying, and a must-have for any movie-watching night. Whether eaten delicately kernel by kernel or devoured by the handful, popcorn is something that never gets old. But sometimes, one can't help but wonder if there is something more out there. Sure, there's nothing wrong with hot popcorn coated with real melted butter, but there are many other ways to dress up popcorn.Read More »from Sweet, Savory, and Spicy Popcorn Recipes
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Take, for instance, this Popcorn with Sriracha Butter and Parmesan. Sriracha, if you've never had it, is a popular condiment often served with Chinese and Southeast Asian dishes that's all at once spicy, tart, and ever so slightly sweet. Together with freshly grated Parmesan, it's absolutely dynamite.
Or, if sweet and salty is more to your liking, don't miss out on this fantastic Posh Caramel Corn Recipe, which attempts to replicate Harry and David's popular Moose Munch snack. It makes for a perfect gift, but we won't judge you if you keep it all to yourself.
Find out why eating breakfast can lead to a healthier and happier youDo you find yourself dipping in and out of consciousness by midmorning? Suddenly, your boss starts to sound like one of the adults from Charles Schulz's Peanuts and, for the love of God, you can't seem to keep your eyes open. The funny thing is, you got plenty of sleep last night, so why are you so tired? Well, if you skipped breakfast, you might have set yourself up for a day of failure.Read More »from Why You Should Eat Breakfast
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"Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper," is an old saying that rings true to this day. Often, we ditch the breakfast routine in order to catch an early train or to cut back on the calories. Some even find it hard to will themselves to eat that early in the day. But hear you me, friend: Breakfast is not the enemy.
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Skipping breakfast not only completely ignores your body's needs, but it also deprives it of so many positive benefits. Eating later in the day can ruin your body's
- The Daily Meal | Shine Food – Tue, May 7, 2013 4:52 PM EDT
Flickr/cookbookmanFirst an 101-year-old lady proved to us that four drinks a day is totally OK, and now an 105-year-old is saying bacon is her secret to long life. Say what?Read More »from 105-Year-Old Woman Claims Bacon is the Secret to Long Life
According to HLN, 105-year-old Pearl Cantrell credits her lengthy life to her love for bacon, as she eats the cured pork meat every day, which got her through "decades of hard work."
Naturally, this goes against every other study out there that says that processed meats actually decrease life span. The most recent study found that 4 pounds of uncooked bacon a day would actually kill a human, which is, admittedly, a lot of bacon.
Other studies have pointed out that eating an additional 1.7 ounces of processed meats leads to a 19 percent increase in pancreatic cancer risk.
Cantrell has, however, outlived three of her seven children, endured years of physical labor working in a field, and is still up and running (and eating bacon every day). We'll just add it to our list of supposedly life-lengthening foods (including Roquefort
Every meat lover dreams of cutting into a perfectly grilled steak and sharing the experience with friends and family, but they probably don't dream of paying restaurant prices. Instead, save some dough and make your own perfectly grilled steaks at home. With a few tips from the pros, you'll be able to achieve restaurant-quality results without breaking the bank.Read More »from Best Steak Grilling Tips from the Pros
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We consulted a couple of experts for their advice on how to achieve consistent, flavorful results every time you hit the grill with some steaks. John Schenk is the corporate executive chef at Strip House Steakhouse, with locations in Houston, New York City, and Las Vegas. Prior to his role at Strip House, he served as executive chef at Monkey Bar and Mad.61 at Barney's New York. His simple, memorable advice will ensure juicy, tender, flavorful steaks each time.
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Jan Birnbaum is the executive chef and co-owner of the critically acclaimed EPIC Roasthouse located in San
Thinkstock/iStockphotoMany mornings are met with an egg; sometimes afternoons and evenings are, too. An egg is a "power-packed capsule of great nutrition," says Jim Chakeres, vice president of the Ohio Poultry Association, and just one egg gives you a large dose of all of the protein, vitamins, and minerals that you need on a daily basis. An egg outranks other forms of protein in nutrition by a landslide, and not only is it a superior form of protein, but it just so happens to be one of the cheapest. If that's not enough reason for you to work one into your daily diet, then maybe hearing that an egg can help you with weight loss, because starting your morning with an egg will cause you to eat fewer calories throughout the day, will.Read More »from How to Cook the Perfect Egg
How to Make the Perfect Eggs Benedict
An egg's nutritional qualities are not new news, but what is really important to the Cook editors when it comes to an egg is that it's cooked right. Egg-eating veterans know, and if you're new to eating eggs then you'll soon learn, that
Nothing is better than a quick weeknight dinner after a long day at work. Editors here at TDM couldn't agree more, which is why we put together some of our favorite meals to make in 30 minutes or less.Read More »from Dinner Recipes in 30 Minutes or Less
While you could go with a tried-and-true pasta dish, try switching it up a little and instead pick a protein like pork chops or tilapia and create a quick meal around it, either with some vegetables or a lightly dressed salad.
To get you started, try the recipes below:
Jane BruceOrange Spaghetti
This indulgent pasta dish was a tradition in my family growing up...
- Jane Bruce
Ali RosenQuinoa-Crusted Tilapia
Tilapia and quinoa pack a dual punch: they're healthy and quick to cook...
- Ali Rosen
Will BudiamanBroiled Pork Chops with Spicy Pineapple Salsa
Here's a quick and easy weeknight meal for two that takes less than 30 minutes to put together...
- Will Budiaman
Yasmin FahrKale, Mango, and Avocado Salad
I used to always avoid salads with fruit in them, thinking that the fruit just didn't belong there...