I thought it was time to add to the “healthy fast food” recipes. My requirements are it “Has to be EASY! Doesn’t take a lot of time. Not expensive. Tasty and delicious. Good for you (loosely defined on purpose). When possible, it includes ingredients that can be found locally and are seasonal.” Here are a couple of meal ideas from Martha.
Meal Idea #2 – Frittata
Another meal I love is a frittata. You can use any vegetable(s) in it, including leftovers or odds and ends. I might sauté a little onion, bell pepper, and mushrooms, or sliced zucchini, or spinach or other greens, for example. You can use any amount, depending on whether you like a higher or lower ratio of veggies to eggs. Let the veggies cool slightly. Then for two people I would break four eggs into a bowl and whisk them well with a little salt and pepper. Then I would stir the sautéed veggies into the eggs in the bowl. You can add in chopped herbs if you have them, or grate in a little cheese. Then pour the whole mixture into a nonstick (or oiled) small ovenproof skillet. Let it cook on the stove just for a minute or two until the edges start to set. Then put the skillet into a 325 oven for 10-15 minutes, just until the top is set. You don’t want to overcook it. And be careful when removing the skillet from the oven, as the handle will be hot. Actually, I usually use 6-8 eggs and make it in a larger skillet, because it is good at any temperature and is great for breakfast, lunch, or dinner the next day. In that case, I would bake it maybe 15-18 minutes.
Meal Idea #3 – Homemade Veggie Burrito
Another idea I like is a homemade veggie burrito. Again, you can use any combination of vegetables–onion, bell pepper, mushrooms, corn, zucchini or other squash, etc. Just saute all together and season with salt and pepper. Or use mashed or cubed sweet potato and black beans or pinto beans. Then take a flour (or glutin free) tortilla, place a good helping of veggies along one side, and roll it up. I put them on a baking sheet, topped with a little salsa and maybe a little bit of grated cheese, and heat for just a few minutes–til the cheese melts.
Any of these things could be served with a salad. For all of these things the variations are endless, allowing for the use of seasonal local ingredients, or whatever is on sale, etc. They are pretty nutritious. Note that not all tortillas are made alike so look for the ones that aren’t loaded with transfat. You can cook your own beans, but the canned ones are pretty good as well (if well rinsed before using to eliminate excess salt). Small amounts of meat (again, leftovers) can easily be added into either the frittata or the burrito.