Turn 5 Main Ingredients into 25 Dinners

Posted by Rebecca Bitzer and Associates in Articles on Wed, Mar 21, 2012

Too busy to cook dinner every night? Trying to not spend a ton of money at the grocery store? Here’s how you can take 1 main ingredient and turn it into 5 new dinners. Cook this main ingredient when you get home from the grocery store, wrap individually and freeze it, to use in 5 different weeknight meals.

1) Chicken

  • Grilled chicken parmesan with mozzarella and tomato sauce
  • Chicken stir fry with brown rice, broccoli, and sauce of choice
  • Chicken paninis with spinach, roasted tomato, and pesto
  • Breaded and baked chicken strips with buffalo sauce served over salad
  • Chicken kabobs with zucchini, mushrooms, and peppers, marinade and BBQ on a stick

2) Ground Turkey

  • Turkey Chili
  • Turkey Burgers with carrot fries
  • English muffin pizzas with spinach, cheese, and ground turkey
  • Turkey meatballs with whole wheat pasta with basil and olive oil
  • Italian turkey meatloaf

3) Eggs

  • Sweet potato with spinach and egg scramble
  • Savory omelete with goat cheese, spinach and onions
  • Egg salad sandwiches made with light mayo and terragon
  • Add hard boiled eggs to a Greek or Caesar Salad
  • Quiche feta, salmon, and dill

4) Black Beans

  • Healthy baked nachos with black beans, avocado, and salsa
  • Mix with rice, veggies, and tofu for a vegetarian stir fry
  • Make homemade black bean burgers
  • Process to make a bean dip for veggies and pita chips
  • Black bean soup

5) Salmon

  • Make fish tacos with whole wheat tortillas, cabbage, and yogurt sauce
  • Top with salsa and serve with roasted vegetables
  • Make salmon cakes
  • Teriyaki salmon with pineapple and snap peas
  • Salmon chowder with vegetables
About Kait Fortunato

Kait Fortunato is a Registered Dietitian at Rebecca Bitzer & Associates, where she helps clients prioritize their health so they can better enjoy life. Kait specializes in working with children and families to help make meal times enjoyable and ensure that everyone achieves adequate nutrition. Kait can help picky toddlers try new foods, work with overweight children to learn healthy habits and safely improve their weight, and aid busy families in coming up with quick, tasty, and nutritious meal ideas for eventful weeknights. Website: http://dietitianindc.blogspot.com/ Twitter: @DietitianinDC Email: kait@rbitzer.com

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