One of the reasons we may feel overwhelmed about cooking or that we don’t have enough time is because our kitchens aren’t organized. If you go grocery shopping and then you forget what you bought or where to find it, your diet will seem a lot harder than it should be. Check out this video for tips on how to organize your kitchen.

While looking for easy meals to make at home on Sundays, I found this great article by Two Peas and Their Pod (Maria and Josh Lichty) / CC BY-NC-SA 3.0. They basically compiled their top 50 recipes all in to one easy to use list. My favorite recipes from the list are:

#1: Black Bean, Avocado, and Mango Salad with Cilantro and Lime

black bean mango salad

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ingredients:

Romaine lettuce, chopped
1 can black beans-low sodium, rinsed and drained
1 tomato, chopped
1 avocado, diced
1 mango, diced
1/2 red onion, diced
1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
2 limes-squeeze fresh juice over salad

directions:

Place the romaine lettuce on a plate. Top the lettuce with black beans, tomato, avocado, mango, red onion, and cilantro. Squeeze fresh lime juice over the lettuce and toppings. Enjoy! It is that easy! If you want to warm up the black beans, you can. I like them hot or cold. If the lime juice isn’t enough dressing for you, you can add salsa for a healthy dressing.

#2: Roasted Vegetable Stacked Enchiladas

Roasted Veggie Enchiladas (Vegan)

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Yield: Serves 5-6

Cook Time: About 30 minutes

ingredients:

1 large red pepper, chopped, seeds removed
1 medium zucchini, chopped
1 medium yellow squash, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
Salt and pepper
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 jalapeño, minced
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
Salt and pepper, to taste
2 cups red enchilada sauce
9-10 small corn tortillas
2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese

directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Place red pepper, zucchini, yellow squash, and onion on a large baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and toss until vegetables are coated. Season with salt and pepper. Roast vegetables for 30-40 minutes, or until tender, stirring occasionally. Remove vegetables from oven and let cool to room temperature. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees F.

2. Grease an 8×8 square baking pan and set aside. In a medium bowl, combine roasted vegetables, black beans, cumin, chili powder, garlic, jalapeño, and cilantro. Stir and season with salt and pepper.

3. Spread 1/4 cup of enchilada sauce into the bottom of the baking pan. Add a layer of tortillas, to completely cover the bottom of the pan. You might have to cut the tortillas to make them fit. Top with 1/3 of the vegetable/bean mixture and 1/3 of the cheese. Make a second layer of tortilla, enchilada sauce, vegetables/beans, and cheese. Top with with a layer of tortillas, enchilada sauce, vegetables/beans, and cheese. Spray a sheet of aluminum foil with cooking spray and cover the pan.

4. Bake enchiladas for 20 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for another 10 minutes, or until cheese is melted and the enchiladas are bubbling. Remove enchiladas from the oven and let cool for 10 minutes. Cut into squares and serve warm.

#3: Easy Minestrone Soup

minestrone

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Yield: Serves 8-10

ingredients:

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 carrot, peeled and diced
1 celery stalk, diced
1 zucchini, diced
1 cup fresh or frozen green beans
2 (14 ounce) cans diced tomatoes
4 cups vegetable broth
2 cups water
1 (14 ounce) can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup whole wheat elbow macaroni
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried basil
Salt and pepper, to taste
Parmesan cheese-optional, for garnish

directions:

1. Heat olive oil in a large stockpot. Add onion, garlic, carrot, and celery. Cook for about 5 minutes, or until lightly browned. Add in zucchini, green beans, and diced tomatoes. Stir in vegetable broth and water. Add beans, macaroni, oregano, and basil. Simmer until vegetables and macaroni are tender-about 35 minutes.

2. Season soup with salt and pepper and serve warm. Garnish with parmesan cheese, if desired.

Thank you Maria and Josh for your wonderful recipes and gorgeous photography! For the entire article, visit: http://www.twopeasandtheirpod.com/50-healthy-recipes-to-kick-off-2012/

diet meal delivery

In a society like ours, where is completely unacceptable to be obese and extremely important to work hard, people hardly have the time to pick up and enjoy good food or be on a healthy diet. Due to the lack of time and the quick need of energy, we voraciously devour pastry, fast food and soft drinks and all of these affect both our weigh and health one way or another. Therefore, people demand greatly an alternative way of eating properly.

A fantastic, innovative idea is the one that http://www.myfood.co.uk  proffers, which is to have diet meals delivered to your door. Depending on what you desire, the site offers a great variety of menus to choose from. Prices are extremely good for the quality you are provided with.

Not only amazingly tasty, the meals are absolutely appropriate for people on diet as the undoubted results are immediate. It’s incredibly convenient for busy people that don’t have time on their hands for cooking or training, because is fast and easy – you just order it on the net, receive a text message for confirmation and have a great meal delivered. You get the help and discipline you need for achieving your goals as your diet meets any requirement and preferences you might have.

If you are not satisfied with any of the provided menus, you might as well create your own one. However, each of the selections includes a wide range of delicious and healthy meals, cooked consciously and delivered in calculated servings so as to achieve greatest results, even if you are unable to do any training. Food is an incredibly essential part of each person’s everyday life so it should not be ignored – that’s why MyFood.co.uk takes care of it for you!

Are you guilty of eating way too many meals at fast food restaurants? Even if you think you’re choosing healthier options from the menu, you might be wrong.

The article mentioned below discusses the differences in calories that salads possess. It might seem like a great choice, but you might be completely blowing your diet without even realizing it!

How? Through fatty salad dressings or fatty dressings. We always have to do our homework when it comes to eating out.

Here’s an excerpt from the article:

Salads are King, Sometimes

Salads are always a good selection when you’re looking for fare for fast food diets. McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Quiznos, Chick-fil-A and Burger King all have salads.

Some of the top salads for lowest calories and highest nutritional quality include Taco Bell Chicken Ranch Taco Salad (Fresco Style) and their Chipotle Steak Salad (Fresco Style), McDonald’s Premium Southwest Salad with Grilled Chicken, Chick-fil-A Chargrilled Chicken Garden Salad and the Chargrilled Chicken and Fruit Salad.

Wendy’s Mandarin Chicken Salad, Jack in the Box Grilled Chicken Salad, KFC Grilled Chicken BLT Salad, Carl’s Jr. Cranberry Apple Walnut Grilled Chicken Salad and Carl’s Jr. Original Grilled Chicken Salad are also good for fast food diets. Most of these salads are less than 400 calories with over half under 300.

Not all salads are perfect for fast food diets. Some actually contain quite a few calories. If you’re trying to lose weight, the Wendy’s BLT salad with the Honey Dijon dressing has almost 900 calories and over 53 grams of fat.

The Jack in the Box Chicken Club Salad with Bacon Ranch Dressing has 866 calories and 59 grams of fat. The Taco Bell Chipotle Steak Taco Salad has a whopping 900 calories with 57 grams of fat. Obviously, this is not the best choice for your diet.

Read more: http://www.bukisa.com/articles/594366_nutrition-health-articles#ixzz1uaqWWf7x