There are several items I keep on hand that are handy when I need a quick meal. The first one is a good salad dressing. There are many variations of balsamic vinegar based dressings and I do have some that I like but my absolute favorite is one called Spicy Salad Dressing. You can find the recipe with my other recipes or the link above. The dressing can be used on just about any salad, on a pile of steamed veggies or even on potatos or ric
The next one is steamed brown rice. Brown rice can be used for all sorts of things. Mixed with black bleans and thrown in a a whole wheat tortilla (I recommend Foods for Life Ezekial 4:9 tortillas) with a little salsa is great. If you have more time, defrost some stir fry vegetables (just run them under warm water until they are defrosted) and throw them in the burrito too. You can mix up the flavor of the burrito by changing up the veggies and salsas. Another thing I do is throw some frozen stir fry vegetables in a non-stick pan with a little low-sodium tamari (similar to soy sauce) or a good no-oil stir fry sauce, stir fry the veggies and then throw them on top of the rice. Perfect, quick meal and I like to do tons of veggies.
Finally, we can never have enough baked corn tortilla chips around here. Heat the oven to 400 degrees, cut a stack of about 6-7 corn tortillas (most do not have any oil) with a pizza cutter or sharp knife into about 6 slices (like pizza). Then spread them out on a cookie sheet and stick them in the oven until they are crispy but not burnt. For my oven, it takes anywhere from 12-15 minutes. I do mass amounts of these and we usually go through them in d-a-y-s. Cari told me today that she went to a mexican food restaurant and had chips and said after having the baked chips, the ones at the restaurant seemed very greasy and salty! (my plan is working, trying to convert her one bite at a time to my healthy diet.....mu-hahahahaha)