July 1, 2009 -- Question: What are some suggestions for healthy, easy-to-prepare meals when I'm cooking for one?
Answer: When you're cooking for one, a lot of times the issue is going to be time, and so, stopping at the store picking up those fresh ingredients, getting the organic chicken, we put a lot of pressure on ourselves that if we're gonna be healthy, we must do these certain things. You don't. If you buy frozen vegetables, those are actually just as nutritious as fresh. So don't feel like you have to have the pressure of slice and dice and chopping every night. You can do the steam-in-the-bag frozen veggies. That's easy. Get that going, you've got that part done.
The next thing is the lean protein. There's only so much boneless, skinless chicken breast that you can have. You get burnt out on that. You could also do, just for change, center-cut pork chops. Prepare them just like you would boneless, skinless chicken breast. You can grill them and you can broil them. If you're used to using a grill but maybe where you're living right now -- your apartment, your house -- you don't have a grill, use the broiler. It's just like a grill but upside down. So you've got your boneless, skinless chicken breast, you can do pork tenderloins.
Buy things that are one step from ready; buying the products that are already marinated -- so the marinated pork loins, the marinated chicken breast, they already have that flavor built in, so all you have to do is open the package, stick it in the oven, stick it on the grill -- easy, easy.