Whip up a weeknight meal quicker than you can pick one up.
Faster-Than-Takeout Option 2: Pick-a-Pasta Night continued...
End Time: 6:50 p.m.
Total Time: 20 minutes
Total Cost for a family of 4: around $15 (depending on choice of sauce,
pasta, meat, fruit, and vegetable).
Faster-Than-Takeout Option 3: Nacho Night
Here's the timeline; more specifics are in the recipe below.
Start Time: 6:15 p.m. Open a can of fat-free refried (or vegetarian)
beans and heat it in a pan with a couple tablespoons of taco seasoning
(available in packets at your grocery store).
6:18 p.m.: Start getting the rest of your toppings ready. You might
Shredded, reduced-fat cheese (Jack, cheddar, or a mixture of both)
Chopped green onions
Ortega canned chili peppers, chopped
Fat-free sour cream
Bottled or fresh salsa
6:22 p.m.: Arrange a serving of reduced-fat tortilla chips on a
microwave-save plate. Top the chips with spoonfuls of the beans, a blanket of
cheese, then whatever veggie-type toppings you're using. Microwave on HIGH for
a minute. Garnish with sour cream, salsa, or similar, then repeat with
End Time: 6:28 p.m.
Total Time: 13 minutes
Cost for a family of 4: Around $13.
2 More Options
Here are a couple of more faster-than-takeout ideas to take you through the
rest of the week:
Soup & Sandwich Night. Choose a high-quality canned soup
(like Amy's brand or certain Wolfgang Puck varieties that aren't too high in
fat) or any other brand that tastes homemade. Heat this in a saucepan while you
put together a sandwich (hot or cold).
Stir-Fry Night. Use a great stir-fry recipe as your base, and add or
delete ingredients based on what you have leftover or in the fridge. Try this
Easy Mu-Shu recipe on for size, then check out two other Faster-Than-Takeout recipes below.
Easy Mu Shu
Journal as: 1 cup vegetables without added fat + 1 slice
bread + 1 serving lean meat without added fat
OR 1 cup hearty stew OR 1 cup entrÃ©e salad with meat, poultry or seafood with
light seasoning OR 1 frozen dinner light, pasta or rice dish with fish.