The Dietitian’s Meal Plan: November 24, 2014
The week of Thanksgiving can be very hectic and you may not feel like cooking every night of the week. The first 3 meals are my go-to meals when I am short on time.
Meal 1- Veggie Burgers (Boca Burgers, Gardenburger), Baked Chips, Fruit
There are several varieties of frozen veggie burgers so find one that you like. Frozen burgers are better if they are cooked in a skillet rather than the microwave. Add a bun, cheese and other toppings and your family may not even realize they are eating veggie burgers.
Meal 2- Rotisserie Chicken, Baked Sweet Potatoes, Steamed Broccoli
Pick up a rotisserie chicken from your favorite supermarket on the way home. Microwave the sweet potatoes and broccoli for a super fast meal.
Meal 3- Breakfast for Dinner Prepare your favorite egg dish (scrambled, omelet, over easy, frittata) and serve with whole grain toast and fruit.
Meal 4- Thanksgiving: Ready in an Hour: Thanksgiving is all about traditions but if you are looking for a fast menu, I highly recommend this one.
Pumpkin Soup with Chili Cran-Apple Relish,
Herb Roasted Turkey Breast with Pan Gravy,
Green Beans with Apple Cider,
Apple and Onion Stuffin’ Muffins,
Autumn Potato Gratin
Pies (from your favorite supermarket)
Meal 5- Thanksgiving Leftovers Shepherd’s Pie, Salad
Next-day leftovers can be enjoyed all at once when combined in a delicious take on shepherd’s pie. To bake individual pies, use six ten-ounce ramekins, and reduce cooking time twenty to thirty minutes.
Jackie Warren is a registered dietitian and Director of Operations for Corporate Health Partners. She develops weekly dinner meal plans that are kid-friendly to take the guesswork out of healthy eating.