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5 Fast, Easy, Healthy Summer Meals

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After more than a year and a half of a nutritarian lifestyle, I think I was starting to lose perspective. People eat basically healthy, I thought, so what’s with all the disturbing health news? I was brought back to reality when I saw this recent Meijer sale ad insert in the Sunday paper. It lists “5 days of family meals for under $50.” The meals are 1) toaster waffles with fake maple syrup, plain eggs, and orange juice, 2) pizza with soda, 3) bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwiches, 4) Meijer-marinated chicken and bell pepper skewers with instant white rice, and 5) rotisserie chicken with canned gravy, coleslaw, and Bob Evans mashed potatoes.

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Are these the kind of dinners the average American family eats each night??? Not one has a substantial amount of produce in it. The kebabs come closest, but then they slather the food in a marinade. And the marketing presentation that you can feed your family inexpensively with these kind of meals is absurd. I realize they are trying to sell their products, but who thinks it’s cheaper to buy a side of Bob Evans mashed potatoes rather than boiling a few russet potatoes and mashing them yourself? Nutritarian eating can be far less expensive than eating this processed junk; ever buy a bag of dried lentils or beans?

I know people are searching for fast, affordable, and tasty meals for their families, and I think the majority of people are concerned with the nutritional quality of their meals, but they don’t realize it can be fast and easy. So here are my top 5 go-to summer meals; none of them take more than 20 minutes to get on the table, they don’t heat up the house with an oven, and they have simple ingredients:

1. 10-Minute Tortilla Soup

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2. Loaded Fried Rice

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3. Easy Southwest Quinoa and Beans

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4. Rapid Ratatouille with Couscous

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5. A Big, Loaded Salad

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Here are a few other ideas for quick summer meals:

3-Ingredient Bean Burgers

Loaded Nachos

“McMuffin” Alternative

Smashed Avocado and Chickpea Sandwich

One Response to “5 Fast, Easy, Healthy Summer Meals”

  1. Laura says:

    Awesome!! We love fast, easy,and healthy!

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