It’s Friday. You’re tired. It’s been a long, busy week checking stuff off your never-ending to-do list. The LAST thing you want is to figure out what to have for dinner — chopping, prepping, and cooking a meal from scratch. Guess what? I give you permission to drop the dinner struggle and NOT COOK DINNER tonight!
The solution isn’t googling ‘quick easy recipes’ and scrolling while your eyes glaze over. The solution is: “The Snack-y Dinner!”
This dinner will take you about 10 minutes to make. All it takes is a little chopping, a little organizing on the plate, and you’ll be good to go!
I always talk about the idea of balanced meals. This means making sure you’ve got fibre, a protein, and a fat in each meal. These three components will help keep you energized, satiated, and feeling good! When you’re planning your “Snack-y Dinner,” make sure you’ve included at least one item from each category. Add a few of these things to your weekly grocery list or use up what you’ve got at home in the fridge and pantry already.Fibre:
- Veggies of choice (cucumber, carrots, bell peppers, celery, grape tomatoes); if you’re really short on time, energy, or brain space, you can always pick up a veggie platter from the grocery store
- Jarred artichoke hearts, roasted peppers, pickles
- Whole-grain crackers (I love local company, Eve’s Crackers or brown rice crackers)
- Sourdough bread
- Fruit (sliced apple or pear, berries, dried apricots or dates)
- Hard boiled eggs
- Smoked salmon
- Preservative-free deli meat (I love Two Rivers from SPUD Grocery Delivery)
- Smoked sliced tofu (sounds weird, I know, but trust me, it’s so yummy!)
- Guacamole or mashed avocado
- Nuts or seeds (I’m really digging Ayoub’s Lime & Pepper Cashews, also available from Spud)
- Spread’em Cashew Dips
- Cheese (The Farm House Natural Cheeses are another local fav)
Also, some of you already know that I am the hugest wine fan, and that I particularly love BC wines. So, I thought I’d share my current favourite to pair with your meal. My husband and I have been obsessed with Bartier Bros. Rosé since we first shared a bottle in Osoyoos a couple years ago. And I know what you’re thinking … but yes, nutritionists drink wine too!
Cheers + happy Friday!