My go to is grilled protein plus a veggie side. This is generally a meal I can pull off with about 15 minutes of active time and is flexible. Usually I grill fish for hubby, and steak, pork or chicken for me. Varying the veggie sides keeps it from getting old. I usually do one or two sides, something green and something more starchy if I am hungrier.
So…. here is how I pull off a yummy meal with 15 minutes of work. 3 Examples! All serve 2
Protein with sweet potato coins and sauted spinach
Heat oven to 425. While it heats, chop 2 sweet potatoes into 1/3″ coins. Toss with a tablespoon of coconut oil and some salt. Spread in a single layer on a baking sheet covered in salt. Set your oven timer for 30 minutes. Go watch TV, play with the dog, do laundry or whatever. When the alarm goes off, pull the pan out and flip the coins. Go turn on the gas grill. Season your meat and fish with seasoning of choice. Put it on the grill. Set your timer for 3 minutes. Turn on the pan for the spinach. Plop in some olive oil or butter and a clove of garlic squeezed thru a press. Timer goes off. Reset for 3 minutes. Flip your proteins. Come in and empty a bag of prewached spinach into the pan. Saute and season with salt and pepper. Go grab your meats. Divvy up the spinach and sweet potaoes. Eat. Add a dollop of aioli if desired. The sweet potatoes are great with that.
Spaghetti and Protein
Take 2 medium zucchinis and peel into strips. You can make it ribbony with a vegetable peeler or I have this thing that makes fettucini type strips. Put the strips in a collander and sprinkle with salt. Put the collander in the sink to drain. Go do something for 30 minutes. Come back, put a saute pan on the stove with 1 T olive oil and 1 T butter. Go turn on the grill. Come back and toss 2-3 gloves of crushed garlic and a tsp (or to taste) of red pepper flakes. Saute. Go pop the protein on the grill. Come back in and pour the zucchini onto some paper towels. Pat dry and put the strips in the pan. Saute. Go out and flip meat. Keep sauting. Go grab meat. At this point, your noodles are done. You can add some cream, parm, both or neither. Viola, dinner.
Heat oven to 425. Take a bag of brussel sprouts. Cut in half, toss in 1 T olive oil, 1 T balsamic and salt to taste. Place on a large sheet pan covered in foil. Only use half. Take an acorn squash. Quarter it. Poke holes in the flesh with a fork. Put some coconut oil on the flesh. Sprinkle with pumpkin pie spice. Put on the other half of the pan. Pop in oven. Set timer for 35 minutes. Go do something fun (work out?). After 35 minutes, turn the grill on. Grill your meat. Bring it in, pull out the pan. Eat.