After a busy day, you don't likely relish the idea of preparing a complicated dinner. It's the same dilemma faced each week—how do you come home from a long day and whip up a quick and healthy meal? Amanda Baker Lemein, RD, has found the solution to this constant struggle. She's created a simple formula for building healthy balanced meals with basic ingredients. Lemein suggests simply thinking of meals as a combination of high-fiber carbohydrates, lean protein, and vegetables, according to Self.
"This formula covers the bases of a healthy meal and is built around foods with high satiety levels: fiber, protein, and healthy fat," writes Lemein. All these key ingredients help create a balanced meal that will keep you full long after you clear the dishes. Portion size is also vital, according to Lemein. "I make sure all my meals contain a palm-size serving of protein, a 1/2 cup serving of fiber-rich carbohydrates, and an unlimited amount of vegetables. I use healthy fats to cook my food or as a garnish," she writes.
This super-customizable method of meal prep allows you to get creative with ingredients and flavors you love while being mindful of the nutritional value of what you're cooking. Want to give it try? Here's how to make Lemein's easy vegetarian tacos:
Canned black beans
Whole corn tortillas
Romain lettuce, shredded
Heat olive oil in a large skillet, and sauté chopped vegetables and black beans.
Spread avocado onto warm tortillas.
Top with the bean and vegetable mixture, cheese, and salsa.
Head to Self for the full recipe and more of Lemein's go-to weeknight meals.