Weeknight Dinner in 20 Minutes

10 May

The need for convenience is something that most people can agree on.  These days, everyone has such a busy schedule that anything that can make life easier is welcomed.  However, when it comes to food, convenience usually means unhealthy fare such as fast food or overly processed frozen dinners.  But it doesn’t have to.  There are ways to prepare a quick, nutritious meal in 20 minutes!

One of my favorite speedy meals involves chicken sausage.  It has such great flavor, it’s filling, and it cooks up in a matter of minutes.  The trick is to be careful of what sausage you buy.  Some brands contain artificial ingredients and preservatives which are not necessary and provide no nutritional benefit.  My brand of choice is Applegate Organics.

They don’t use antibiotics on their chicken and all the ingredients are organic.  Check out these stats!

My favorite way to cook the sausages is on my handy, dandy George Foreman grill.  The grill heats up the sausage evenly and retains the moisture so that your finished product is warm, succulent, and tasty.

And you get those neat little grill lines!  (If you don’t have a grill, you can easily cook them up on a skillet.)

Next up is some whole grains.

Pasta from a box is nothing new and it is so easy to prepare!  Annie’s is all organic with a pretty decent list of ingredients.

Here are the stats:

Now, the easiest part of this meal is steaming some broccoli on the side.  Do you have 5 minutes?  Because that’s all it takes. 

Let me give you a play by play of how to complete this meal in 20 minutes.

  • Pre-heat grill & boil water (for the noodles) – 5 minutes
  • While the noodles are cooking, put the sausage on the grill & chop broccoli – 10 minutes
  • In a smaller pot, bring about 2 tablespoons of water to a boil.  Throw in your broccoli, cover the pot and steam – 5 minutes
  • Done!

So next time you need to eat in a hurry, consider the fact that there are healthy options out there!

What’s your favorite dinner to prepare when you’re short on time?

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2 Responses to “Weeknight Dinner in 20 Minutes”

  1. Matt @ The Athlete's Plate May 10, 2011 at 7:44 pm #

    LOVE that chicken sausage 😉

  2. Michelle May 11, 2011 at 10:07 am #

    Yay! Ever tried the spinach & feta flavor? I bought it recently but haven’t tried it yet!

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