Dinner can be a toughie for people with emotional eating or binge issues. Are we trying to comfort ourselves after a busy day? Using food to unwind? I’m not sure-but one thing I am sure about is that if I don’t plan in advance what I’m going to have for dinner, things can get hinky. It’s too easy to graze and pick your way through an evening and end up overdoing it. I tend to have a few go-to dinners that I know will be reasonably healthy, reasonable in portion size, quick to make and super yummy-like these:
EASY GRILLED SALMON w/ALMOND GREEN BEANS
Take a 6-ounce filet of salmon (or two, if you’re paired up), drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with sea salt and ground pepper and bake at 325° for about 20 minutes. Meanwhile, saute a tablespoon or two of slivered almonds in olive oil, then add a whole bunch of fresh or frozen green beans and cook ‘em up. Sometimes I also have a little couscous (one of those easy ones that come in a box).
ROAST CHICKEN & GOAT CHEESE SALAD
Get yourself a nice BIG bowl of baby spinach or mixed greens, shred up one of those little roasted chickens you can get at the supermarket and put some of it on top with a few small blobs of goat cheese, a little bit of diced onion and about seven fresh red grapes, cut in half. Drizzle with balsamic vinaigrette-and you’re golden.
TURKEY MEATBALLS & SAUTEED SPINACH
Saute veggies like onions, bell pepper, mushrooms and even some yellow squash and zucchini until tender (but not too soft), then pour in marinara sauce. Heat up three or four ready-made turkey meatballs per person and add to the sauce. Wilt a whole bunch of fresh spinach in a frying pan with diced garlic and olive oil. Usually, I’ll just serve those two things (with a little fresh grated parmesan cheese on top), but sometimes we cook up some pasta too. It’s perfection, seriously.
If you try any of these, let me know how you like ‘em! And feel free to share your own din ideas-always looking to expand my repertoire.