4 healthy (and easy) formulas to take the guesswork out of dinner tonight


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“I’m not asking you to reinvent the wheel.”

I repeat this mantra to myself each night when it’s time to decide what to eat for dinner. I’m never more indecisive than when I’m hangry. And despite the wealth of enticing eats from my Trader Joe’s haul, I often find myself unable to make a decision when it comes to preparing an easy dinner. Thanks to food blogger (and meal prep heroine) Amanda Meixner, however, I may have finally discovered a way to take the guesswork out of chow time.

In a post from Sunday, Meixner shared what may be the only foodstagram you’ll ever need: A slideshow featuring four formulas, each with an equally a nutritious mealtime solution. Each equation contains just four steps, allowing for mixing and matching with your favorite greens, starches, proteins, and healthy fats.

Dinner just got easier with 4 formulas from meal prep master Amanda Meixner.

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Easy dinner 1: raw greens + cooked veggies + fat + protein

Example meal: Egg bowl

Raw Greens: Large handful of arugula
Cooked Vegetables: 5 baby gold potatoes, stir fried red cabbage, fennel
Fats:  1/2 an avocado, drizzle of olive oil, 2 tablespoons of raw walnut halves
Protein: 2 sunny-side up eggs

Easy dinner 2: fibrous vegetable + starchy vegetable + protein + healthy fat

Example meal: Salmon bowl

Fibrous vegetable: bok choy
Starchy vegetable: 8 baby gold potatoes
Protein: wild salmon
Healthy fat: mashed avocado, dash of olive oil, pesto

Easy dinner 3: veggies + sweet potatoes + avocado + steak

Example meal: Steak bowl

Veggies: roasted tomatoes and asparagus
Sweet potatoes: mash them!
Avocado: squeeze lime juice on half an avo
Steak: Make sure your serving is no larger than a deck of cards

Easy dinner 4: greens + potatoes + turkey and bacon patty + smashed avocado

Example meal: Turkey bowl

Greens: Stir fried brussels sprouts and spring onion
Potatoes: 5 roasted baby potatoes
Turkey and bacon patty: Combine ground turkey thigh, bacon bits, dried rosemary, thyme, and garlic
Smashed avocado:  Drizzle olive oil and apple cider vinegar on top

Now all you need is an easy dessert. Here’s how to use Trader Joe’s dehydrated strawberries to make the dessert of your dreams. Plus, why you should be rubbing chocolate on your face.

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