Help me come up with ways to make my meal plan appealing!
March 22, 2010 7:19 AM Subscribe
I recently started working with a nutritionist, and have been given a framework for all my meals, but the actual meal planning is up to me. So far, everything has been really easy to incorporate into my lifestyle except for dinners, so I am hoping that the hive mind can help me come up with some tasty ideas that fit in with the guidelines I've been given...whether they're recipes, resources for recipes, or just tips on how to turn a "grilled chicken breast" type meal into something that's actually appealing.
My dinners are supposed to consist of lean protein (poultry, lean meat, beans, tofu ... I don't eat seafood), 2 or more vegetables, healthy fat (such as olive oil), and an optional 1 cup of pasta/rice/whatever (or 1 tortilla, etc.).
The main focus has been on eliminating processed foods and refined sugars. This is tough because until now almost all my dinners have been processed foods or heavily focused on starch (frozen meals or pastas). The past week we've tried grilling and stuff...and it's ok, but boring. I don't think I can deal with eating grilled chicken breast and vegetables unless I can find a way to make them somehow REALLY REALLY TASTY without using a lot of extra fat and sugar.
So...how would you turn these guidelines into really tasty meals? Bonus points for meals that are really quick and/or easy ... I don't mind cooking if it's for something really good, but I tend not to love cooking after work.