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Healthy Leftovers = Excellent Time-Saver

I wouldn't trade the craziness that is having 2 kids for anything in the world, but I am still as committed to my healthy lifestyle as I was before I had children and now it takes some serious strategic planning to get it all done (fellow parents...I know you know what I'm talking about here). As a result, "time saving" has become my middle name.

Even if you're not a parent, I'm sure you're busy and pretty pressed for time each day...school, work, house duties...the list goes on and on, and unless you implement some useful time saving strategies to ensure you get in your healthy meals and your exercise, the day has a way of getting away from you.

This week, I'm going to share some of my favorite time saving tips to make sure I have healthy food available most of the time. I say "most" of the time because nothing is ever perfect, right?

Leftovers, leftovers, leftovers.

Leftovers

I know that’s not exactly an earth-shattering revelation, but many times people are not maximizing the time that they are cooking and making enough food to have again for breakfast, lunch and/or dinner the next day. Yes, I said breakfast and have been known to have leftover chicken legs and spinach at 6am. I would say that 9 times out of 10 during the week, my lunch is what I ate for dinner the night before, but I will eat it cold over a salad…baked chicken, grilled beef, broiled salmon...all of these are absolutely delicious over a yummy salad along with my Famous Salad Dressing.

Freeze the leftovers.

Turkey Veggie Meatballs

I did this just last night. I made Turkey and Veggie Meatballs for my son for dinner and I made enough for his dinner, lunch the next day, and a whole batch to put in the freezer. He and I both absolutely love these meatballs and knowing that I have them already prepared in the freezer has saved me many times in a pinch. If I think ahead, I'll pull them out of the freezer the night before and put them into the fridge to defrost for the next day. If not, they defrost really well in a pan with coconut oil on very low heat (takes about 15 minutes).

Here's a delicious recipe I tried last week that the whole family loved. The best part is it took me all of 10 minutes to prepare.

Baked Chicken with Garlic and Italian Herbs

Ingredients

    Baked Chicken with Garlic and Italian Herbs
  • 4 chicken thighs or drumsticks
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1 tsp rosemary
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1-2 large sweet potatoes
  • Sea salt and pepper, to taste

Directions

Preheat oven to 400ºF.

Remove skin from the chicken. In a bowl combine olive oil, salt, pepper, basil, oregano, rosemary, and chopped garlic. Toss chicken in the garlic mixture and place in a 9x13 baking dish.

Peel and cut up sweet potatoes. Toss in the bowl with remaining garlic mixture until coated.

Layer sweet potatoes over top of chicken. Bake for 45-60 minutes, turning once halfway through.

This chicken was super easy to make and absolutely delicious. Remember, if you're going to make a mess in the kitchen and take the time to cook a delicious meal, be sure to make plenty for leftovers and freezing.

Stay tuned for many more "time saving" tips and quick and easy recipes this week!

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