With just a few ready-to-go foods from the grocery store or deli, you've got the makings of a quick, healthy gourmet meal.
Matthew Kadey, R.D. 1 / 6
The fit guy faces a unique shopping conundrum when he’s tired and short on time: If he buys convenience foods, he’s going to sacrifice his health (and his abs). But if he buys healthy fare, he’ll have to give up half his evening to prepare it. If only healthy foods were sold that could be easily made into delicious meals…
Well, they are, of course—you just have to recognize their potential. A store-bought rotisserie chicken is waiting to be transformed into a Tex-Mex salad; frozen waffles are ready to morph into a dessert-like breakfast delight. On your next shopping trip, pick up some grab-and-go items, go home and combine them with ingredients you already have, and transform mundane meals into scrumptious muscle-building feasts.
4 corn tortillas 2 cups frozen corn 8 cups bagged fresh spinach 2 cups rotisserie chicken, sliced 1 (14 oz) can black beans, drained 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved 1 avocado, sliced 1 cup red onion, thinly sliced 1/2 cup light sour cream 2 tbsp olive oil Juice of 1 lime 1/2 tsp chipotle chili powder
1) Preheat oven to 350°F. Place tortillas on a baking tin. When oven is hot, heat tortillas until crispy, 8–10 minutes. Prepare corn according to package directions.
2) Divide spinach, chicken, black beans, tomatoes, avocado, red onion, and cooked corn among serving plates. In a bowl, whisk together sour cream, olive oil, lime juice, chipotle powder, and a few pinches of salt.
3) Break tortillas into one-inch pieces and sprinkle over salads. Drizzle sour cream dressing on top.