Greetings everyone! Today, I’ve got an awesome dinner you can make on even the busiest weeknights. I know preparing a healthy dinner can be a challenge on some nights. That’s why it’s so important to have a handful of dishes you can easily make without having to put any thought into it. And my salmon asparagus buddha bowl is perfect for the most hectic situations!
Tips for Making a Healthy Weeknight Dinner
- Plan Ahead—I’ve said it once, but I’ll say it again. It is INCREDIBLY important to plan ahead for meals when you’re trying to eat healthily. This might mean different things for you depending on how you like to stay organized. Some clients I work with like to plan weekly menus so that they can shop for the right ingredients. Others like to batch cook different grains, proteins, and vegetables over the weekend so they don’t have to worry about healthy and balanced meals throughout the week. Ultimately, do whatever planning you need to do to eat right consistently!
- Stock up Your Spice Cabinet—Ever wondered how professional chefs go from Asian to Italian to French all with the same handful of ingredients? It’s all in the spices they use! Spices are a great tool for bringing out the flavor in foods, especially when you’re relatively short on time. Some of my favorite are onion, garlic, turmeric, fresh cilantro, and fresh scallions!
- Defrost Meats Quickly—Do you buy chicken, ground beef/turkey, and other meats in bulk like me? If so, you understand how good it feels to get a good deal on so much clean and lean protein! But, you also know that defrosting these large packages of meat and poultry can be quite annoying. My suggestion is to clean and cut up these meats as soon as you purchase them, then put individualized portions into the freezer that you can easily defrost in a much shorter time span.
- Opt for a Variety of Fresh and Frozen Produce—You’ve probably heard that when it comes to fruits and vegetables, ‘fresh is best.’ And you’re absolutely right about that to some degree. Compared to canned fruits and veggies that have a ton of preservatives and added salt, fresh produce is a much better choice. However, don’t go knocking off frozen produce quite yet! Frozen produce is usually picked and preserved at the peak of ripeness, meaning you’ll get an awesome nutritional bang for your buck. Frozen produce is also pre-washed and cleaned, meaning you’ll save a lot of time in the kitchen.
About Today’s Buddha Bowl
Have you heard about one of the latest crazes in the food and nutrition world right now? Buddha bowls have become very popular lately, and for good reason! They’re a super versatile way to get a balanced portion of complex carbohydrate, lean protein, and healthy fat. Better yet, there are about a million ways to do them! Whether you’re paleo, gluten-free, or vegetarian/vegan, you can make a buddha bowl work for you!
Today’s buddha bowl incorporates some very simple, but tasty ingredients. We’ve all probably eaten salmon, rice, and asparagus at one point in time, but the unique Asian flair on this meal makes it that much more appealing.
One ingredient I will tell you about ahead of time is sesame oil! Don’t skimp on this ingredient and substitute with olive or canola oil instead. I guarantee that using same oil will instantly give this dish that Asian flavor you love and crave!
Have an idea for another Buddha Bowl?! I want to hear from you! Let me know your favorite combinations in the comments section below 🙂