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The Lazy Girl's Guide to No-Cook Meals

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One-Dish Dinners

Whole Wheat Pasta with Ripe Tomatoes, Fresh Mozzarella, and Fresh Herbs

Make whole wheat pasta according to package directions. While it's still warm, toss in large chunks of ripe tomatoes, cubes of fresh mozzarella, and a mix of chopped herbs, such as thyme, basil, chives, and oregano. Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar and season with salt and pepper.

Crab Salad with Papaya, Chives, and Baby Greens

Peel, seed, and cube half of a fresh papaya. Combine with a can of lump crab and a half bunch of finely chopped chives. Fold in fresh-squeezed lime juice, a spoonful of olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste. Serve on a bed of baby greens.

Marinated Broccoli Salad with Tofu

Chop a head of broccoli into bite-size florets and place in a bowl. Stir in olive oil, minced garlic, a drizzle of soy sauce and rice wine vinegar, a pinch of red pepper flakes, and salt to taste. Pat extra-firm tofu dry with a paper towel, cut into cubes, and add to the bowl. Let marinate for at least 1 hour.

Baby Asian Salad Mix with Smoked Trout, White Beans, and Cherry Tomatoes

Combine greens with flaked smoked trout, rinsed canned white beans, and halved cherry tomatoes. Drizzle with soy sauce, lemon juice, olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste.

Vietnamese Chicken Salad with Cabbage, Carrots, Mint, Cilantro, and Peanuts

Combine bite-size chunks of rotisserie chicken with precut coleslaw mix, chopped mint, cilantro, and lightly salted roasted peanuts. Make a dressing of Asian fish sauce, fresh lime juice, a pinch of sugar, and a pinch of red-pepper flakes. Toss with chicken and season with salt.

Marinated Artichoke, Tomato, and Goat Cheese Sandwich

Halve a small whole wheat baguette lengthwise; spread with soft goat cheese. Top with thinly sliced ripe tomatoes, drained marinated artichoke hearts, and arugula or baby spinach leaves.

Avocado Stuffed with Chicken and Sage Salad

Mix bite-size chunks of rotisserie chicken with chopped sage leaves, fresh lemon zest, and light mayonnaise. Season with salt and pepper and place the salad into avocado halves. Dust with paprika if desired.

Cold Yogurt-Cucumber Soup with Chipped Tarragon and Avocado

Peel and seed a cucumber, then grate into a bowl. Whisk in plain yogurt, a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, white-wine vinegar, and salt and pepper. Garnish with chopped tarragon and cubed avocado.

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, July 2008.


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amrobert65379 wrote:

These don't look that easy....

8/1/2013 11:11:35 AM Report Abuse
danmoffett54 wrote:

Whole wheat spikes your blood sugar more than a snickers bar. Wheat is the problem, not the answer. Read the book "Wheat Belly" by Dr. William Davis.

8/7/2012 04:36:45 AM Report Abuse
jerrylamos1 wrote:

Read the internationally famous book "The No Dairy Breast Cancer Program" by prof. Jane Plant, CBE Csitation Commander of the British Empire) whose breast cancer was spreading throughout her body in spite of multiple surgeries, chemo, radiation. She was eating yogurt to replenish her probiotics after chemo when it suddenly occured to her rural Chinese don't get breast cancer and don't do milk. Read her book to see how cow's milk helps fast growing cells grow faster even cancer.

8/5/2012 11:49:18 AM Report Abuse
dshoreypackard wrote:

Interesting ideas...would love to see all nutritional info...fat loss program has me looking for protein and carb info.

8/5/2012 10:04:28 AM Report Abuse
anacris_ramos wrote:

im really looking forward to try these out!

6/3/2012 12:07:54 PM Report Abuse

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