Instead of Dinner and a Movie, You Get Dinner and a Workout

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You’ve heard of dinner and a movie? Today I’m bringing you dinner and a workout. Maybe not in that order though since it’s hard to workout on a full stomach, but it sounds better than workout then dinner. I’ve gotten a bunch of questions lately about what I do to cut down on cooking time but still have a healthy meal every night.

I don’t resort to microwaving cardboard meals or things that I have to open a can. Usually those choices are small in portion size in addition to having preservatives and salt levels through the roof. There are some exceptions so read the labels, but they are few and far between. Even the so called healthy versions are really high in salt and trick you into thinking they’re good for you.

Even though I have “real” food six meals a day, I spend almost no time tossing things together. I kid you not. I whip up a shake for breakfast in 60 seconds in my Magic Bullet blender. I pack 2 snacks and a lunch to take with me to work in 5 – 10 minutes max. Dinner takes about 10 minutes and my last snack is done in about a minute too. So six meals in under 30 minutes a day – total, not each.

The key is food prep for the meats and starches. On Sundays, I grill a bunch of chicken breasts to use throughout the week in wraps, quesadillas, salads, and soups. Grill once, eat many times. Same with burgers and pork chops. You can read more about my food prep in this post. I grill for all of about 30 minutes Sunday afternoon.

I also steam large batches of brown rice or bake several sweet potatoes for starches. These can be frozen too and easily reheated in a microwave. Another great tip… If you go to an Asian restaurant like Pei Wei, have them serve your rice on the side. You get a massive multi-serving bowl. Spoon out a single serving and take the rest home for reheating during the week.

Chicken Spinach QuesadillaLast night I made quesadillas with my grilled chicken breasts. They were amazing and healthy at the same time. Yes, it’s possible. 😉

Grilled Chicken Quesadilla

  • 1 Ezekiel wrap
  • 3 oz grilled chicken
  • 1 cup steamed spinach
  • 1/4 cup dairy free pepper jack cheese

Slice the grilled chicken into thin slices so you can lay them flat on the wrap. Steam the spinach in the microwave. I just put the leaves in a measuring cup and microwave for a minute. Take your wrap and cover half of it with the chicken slices.

Top with the cheese and spinach and fold the wrap in half to make a half-circle sandwich. Because The Kid has a dairy allergy we use dairy free cheese. You can also sub in regular cheese of course. Grill in a pan, under the broiler or microwave until the cheese is melted. Slice into two quarter circles and enjoy. I served mine with pico di gallo, sliced tomatoes and more steamed spinach.

To go with your quick and easy quesadilla, here’s a fast treadmill workout . The workout isn’t easy, but at least your quesadilla is! You’ll do 4 rounds of the following circuit. I leave the treadmill running the entire time and quickly hop off to do the squats and mountain climbers. Just be careful getting on and off!

Treadmill Hill Workout Circuit

The workout should take you 15 – 20 minutes and get your heart pumping. After you cool down, you can refresh with a quesadilla! If you are a beginner, you can modify the workout by doing regular bodyweight squats instead of the jump squats. Let me know what you think and enjoy!

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