This post is dedicated to all the women out there that get asked, “What’s for dinner?” before lunch is ever a twinkle in your eye. Sheet pan dinners are my new obsession because they are easy, healthy and quick … and they make meal prep easy breezy.
So … let’s just all agree to make it easy on ourselves. K? I didn’t make these dinners up and they are definitely not new. I just compiled them here so that my girls in The Fit Sister Project will have easy access.
DINNER IS SERVED, Y’ALL.
To make this slightly healthier, replace the soy sauce with Bragg’s Liquid Aminos. And don’t stress if you don’t have the same exact veggies, you can totally use what you have on hand. Just make sure you cut everything up in similar degrees of “chunkiness” so that it all cooks evenly. The meal prepper in me is always thinking about the NEXT meal, so definitely cook up more than you can eat so you can portion it all out and have your lunch for the next couple of days ready to go.
Because it’s Taco Tuesday … duh! For shrimp, I like to take the tails off prior to cooking because it makes it easier to serve, but I’ve heard they are better when you leave the tails ON while cooking. The tortillas are optional and if you do use them, I recommend using corn tortillas or a healthier alternative than the flour ones. My family appreciates the tortillas, but when I make my plate, I substitute with big lettuce leaves and top with avocado. Or, you can make a fajita salad out of it! If you don’t like shrimp or you are allergic, I see she’s linked up recipes for chicken and beef fajitas as alternate options.
It’s mid week, so don’t lose steam on me now. The husband just will not give turkey a fair shot, so chicken sausage it is. This recipe is super flexible and like she mentions, makes for a great way to meal prep or have extra meals on hand JUST IN CASE tomorrow night is the night you decide to phone the nearest Pizza Hut. Don’t do it! You’ve got goals, sister. And that pizza will not get you there. If you’re like us, our boys are involved in sports and when practices and games and homework have to be done, you’ll be so thankful that you have something quick and easy to make and later, to have on hand.
Your weekly dose of omega 3 fatty acids comin’ atcha. Salmon is one of the best natural sources of omega fatty 3 acids that you can eat. And if you are hesitant about cooking salmon, I encourage you to step out and give this a try — it’s a hard one to mess up and so good for you. According to Dr. Axe, “Omega-3 foods are believed to help lower the risk for heart disease due to their inflammation-reducing abilities. They also are needed for proper neurological function, cell membrane maintenance, mood regulation and hormone production.” Enough said?
Because nachos and Friday nights just sound right. This recipe is a little bit more involved — but I believe in you! If you want to keep things squeaky clean, sweet potato slices would be an AH-MAZING substitute for the tortilla chips here, without the crunch. I’ll make sure and edit this when I give it a try, but I think you would slice the sweet potatoes, coat with coconut oil, salt and then layer evenly in the sheet pan. Then stick them in the oven for a bit for some “pre-cooking” while you cook the meat and veggies. Regardless, it’s okay to live by that 80/20 rule … if you choose to go with the chips and the Fritos, more power to you, sister! We all have to live a little, and I fully believe all of those veggies make up for it.
Did you make it through the week? Cook all 5 nights? Or at least avoid the drive thru line because you had leftovers in the fridge? Tell me how you did! And if you’re NOT part of The Fit Sister Project … well, WHY NOT? We’ve got all sorts of good things going on in there that you don’t want to miss.