WeMet Martin

Fitness & Nutrition Coach Virtual Assistant

As you guys know by now, I am obsessed with Trader Joes! Mainly because I buy the meats that are already marinated, the sides are prepared and easy to heat up and they have healthy options. These easy dinners are so convenient for busy week nights and taste delish!

Chicken Shawarma

Cook as Instructed.

Melodious Blend

Cook the lentil blend as Instructed. I also added tricolor quinoa (see my trend? I add quinoa to a lot of my side dishes!):
1/2 Cup Tricolor Quinoa
1 Cup Water
1 Tsp Chicken Boullion
Bring quinoa, water and bouillon to a boil. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Mix the cooked quinoa and cooked Melodious Blend together.

Mixed Vegetables

I used the same veggie mix as the chicken teriyaki dinner. This is my go-to veggie mix:
2 Tbsp EVOO
1 Cup Baby Carrots
1 Medium Head Broccoli
1 Zuchini Sliced Thick*
1 Summer Squash Sliced Thick*
1 Pack Baby Bella Mushrooms cut in half
4 Cloves Garlic Sliced**
1 Tbsp Water
Salt & Pepper to taste***

I like to cook the veggies in waves, because I don’t like any of my veggies to be too soft, I like them crunchy-ish, if you will. Heat a wok or large frying pan with 2 Tbsp of EVOO. When the oil is hot, add the baby carrots and broccoli. Sprinkle with a little S&P. Sautee 2-3 minutes and add 1 Tbsp of water (to prevent the broccoli from burning) and cook another 2 minutes. Add squash, zuchini, mushrooms and garlic. Sprinkle with a little more S&P. Sautee for 3-4 minutes or until all veggies are at a desirable texture. 

* I DO NOT like my zuchini and squash overcooked, so I make sure to cut them in large pieces about 1/2 inch to 3/4 inch thick.
** I like to either slice the garlic or smash it only to get the essence. I find when I chop or mince the garlic it tends to burn.
*** I don’t usually put a measurement for S&P, because I feel like everyone likes a different amount. For example, my husband LOVES salt and can literally dip a carrot in salt and eat it. I am more of a light salt kind of gal!
– Remember to always portion your food for a healthy diet. See how I portion my food on my other post.

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