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How to choose quick dinner ideas

Knowing what to make for dinner is probably the toughest part of dinner itself. Either you don’t know what you’re craving or you’re worried it’s going to take too long. Well, never fret with these strategies!

  1. Pick recipes that have ingredients you already have on hand at home – this way you reduce waste. Have a ton of carrots? Look up carrot recipes! Want to do something with that chicken laying on the counter? Maybe look up some chicken pasta or casserole recipes.
  2. Use Pinterest to discover last-minute recipes and hone in on your cravings. You can use it as both a visual search engine or just browse your home feed for inspiration!
  3. Keep a list of all your usual go-to dinner recipes for easy access when you’re running out of inspiration. This way you know you’ll get to eat something you like, but don’t have to think too much about what that is.
  4. Use Instagram and search specific hashtags like #lowcarb #broccoli or #groundbeef or even just #recipes to find new Instagram accounts and browse their recipes for ideas.

Desk Yoga

Working in an office or at a computer for prolonged periods of time can put strain on the neck, shoulder and back muscles which in turn can lead to tension and stiffness. This tension can cause headaches, as well as back, neck and shoulder pain. If left unattended, it could also impact your ability to function effectively at work and your overall quality of life. Simple techniques such as Desk Yoga may help alleviate the pain and other symptoms by releasing tension and increasing muscle strength and flexibility.

Take a few minutes for yourself and incorporate some Desk Yoga into your daily routine!

Benefits of Yoga

  • Reduces stress
  • Releases tension
  • Increases flexibility/rang of motion
  • Increases strength
  • Decreases anxiety & depression
  • Improves concentration & memory
  • Increases energy levels
  • Improves balance
  • Reduces risk of injury
  • Decreases resting heart rate
  • Decreases pain
  • Improves immune system

Why we love our slow cooker!

  • SO simple: Your crockpot does all the work of cooking your meal. Many crockpot meals are simply dump + turn the crockpot on!
  • Minimal prep time – Because the crockpot cooks low and slow for hours, you don’t need to spend time standing by the stove!
  • Can be made ahead for busy nights – Sometimes I will prep all the ingredients and place in the base of my crockpot in the refrigerator overnight. In the morning, simply put the base in your crockpot insert, turn on, and you’re done!
  • It cooks dinner FOR you! Need I say more? Who doesn’t want to come home from work to have dinner already done and waiting for you? It’s kinda my favorite thing.

Summer Recipes

Grill Smart Grill Lean

Choose lean cuts of meat and fresh veggies, Replace fatty beef burgers, ribs and hot dogs with boneless, skin breasts, thick fish steaks, seafood or turkey. Instead of serving greasy potato chips or mayonnaise laden salads, try serving grilled veggies like squash, peppers, onions, mushrooms or even potatoes as a side dish.


Marinated your lean meats and vegetables in citrus, olive oil or herb based marinades. Spice rubs add more flavor and less calories. Some other favorite marinade flavors are lemon or lime juice, low sodium soy sauce, honey or garlic.

The simple act of marinating before grilling has shown to reduce the formation of HCA’s (cancer causing compounds) by as much as 92-99% in some studies.


Caramelize fruits on the grill. Pineapples, bananas, peaches, and plums contain sugars that concentrate when grilled making them super sweet and tasty and lower in calories than pies, cookies and cakes.

Grilled Chicken Tenders with Cilantro Pesto

Cook chicken tenders on the grill and top with pesto made with cilantro or basil whichever you prefer for a zesty, quick dinner. Serve with quinoa or brown rice and grilled asparagus or zucchini.

4 servings


  • 1/4c lime juice
  • ¼ cup reduced soy sauce
  • Pam spray
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 pound chicken tenders
  • 2 cups loosely packed cilantro leaves ( 1-2 bunches) or basil
  • 2 scallions, sliced
  • 2 teaspoons of toasted sesame seeds


  • Whisk lime juice, soy sauce and chili powder in a large bowl. Reserve 2 tbls of marinade in a small bow. Add chicken to the remaining marinade; toss to coat. Keep in fridge for 20 – 60 minutes.
  • Preheat grill to medium high
  • Meanwhile place cilantro, scallions, sesame seeds and reserved marinade in a food processor and process until smooth.
  • Remove the chicken from the marinade ( discard marinade) and grill until cooked through. Serve chicken with pesto.

Nutrition per serving 116 calories ,27 grams protein 67mg cholesterol, 3grm carbohydrates, 0 gm sugar, 290gm sodium

Cabbage steaks


  • ¼ cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbls brown sugar
  • 1 tbl chopped rosemary
  • 2 tbl sherry vinegar
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 large red cabbage
  • 2 lemon wedges
  • ¼ c parsley
  • Olive oil – to brush grill


  1. Whisk together first five ingredients in a large baking pan
  2. Slice through the root; cut 2 11/2 inch thick slabs of cabbage (save ends for another use)
  3. Place in marinade and turn to coat. Let sit for about one hour at room temperature or refrigerate overnight; flipping occasionally.
  4. Heat grill to medium-high and brush and oil the grates
  5. Remove cabbage and discard excess for later use and season with salt and pepper to taste. Grill cabbage until char marks form; about 8 minutes each side
  6. In a small pan, warm remaining marinade and drizzle over cabbage. Drizzle with lemon and sprinkle with parsley

Makes 4 servings

179 calories 1 gram fat 44grms carbs 7 grms fiber and 5 grms protein

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