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Your Easy Eats Meal Plan

If you crave gourmet but are limited by novice-level cooking skills, these healthy recipes—which will help you serve restaurant-grade meals with ease—are for you.
Sam Kaplan

If lengthy ingredients lists make your eyes glaze over, you’re not alone. Most guys prefer to get in and out of the kitchen with as little effort as possible. However, we sometimes need a reminder that food is just as important for getting in shape as working out. Just like learning how to maximize your workouts in the gym will inevitably lead to better results, learning to relax in the kitchen is the key to crafting meals worth looking forward to, which is ultimately what will keep your goals on track. Impressive enough to appear on any restaurant’s menu, and easy enough to whip up at home, the following meals are designed to help you do exactly that.

Breakfast

Spanish Frittata

Ingredients:

  • ¼ red potato, diced
  • ½ tbsp olive oil
  • Pinch salt
  • Pinch freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 button mushrooms, halved
  • ¼ red pepper, sliced
  • ¼ shallot, chopped
  • ¼ zucchini, sliced
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 tbsp feta cheese, crumbled

Make It:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°.
  2. Steam potatoes, then set aside to cool. Heat oil in a nonstick skillet over medium high. Add potatoes, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and sauté for 2 minutes.
  3. Add mushrooms, bell pepper, shallots, and cook for 4 minutes. Stir in zucchini and reduce heat to medium low. Whisk the eggs, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Pour egg mixture over vegetables, then add tomatoes and feta. Cook for 5 minutes. Place pan in the oven and bake for 20 minutes. Loosen the frittata from the pan and serve.

The Numbers: 438 Calories; 26g Protein; 32g Carbs; 25g Fat; 6g Fiber.

Total Time: 49 minutes.

Homemade Granola

Ingredients:

  • 2 tsp unsalted butter
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp fresh nutmeg, grated
  • Pinch cloves, ground
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 2 tsp pure maple syrup
  • 2 tsp golden-brown sugar
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 5 tbsp rolled oats
  • 2 tbsp pumpkin seeds, shelled
  • 2 tbsp sunflower seeds, shelled
  • 2 tbsp almonds
  • 1 tbsp dried cranberries
  • 1 tbsp raisins

Make It:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Stir butter, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves in a small skillet over medium heat. When butter melts, add honey, syrup, and brown sugar, and stir until sugar dissolves.
  2. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray. Combine oats, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and almonds in a bowl. Coat oat mixture with syrup, then place on baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Stir in the cranberries and raisins and bake for 10 minutes. Allow the granola to cool, then break into pieces and serve.

The Numbers: 504 Calories; 12g Protein; 60g Carbs; 27g Fat; 7g Fiber.

Total Time: 58 minutes.

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Scrambled Eggs with Smoked Salmon and Chives

Ingredients:

  • 2 eggs
  • 2½ tbsp heavy cream
  • 1 tbsp 1-inch pieces fresh chives
  • Pinch salt
  • Pinch freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ tbsp butter
  • 1 slice sourdough bread
  • 2 tbsp cream cheese
  • 1 oz cold-smoked salmon
  • 1 lemon wedge

Make It:

  1. Using a fork, mix the eggs, cream, chives, salt, and pepper in a bowl.
  2. Melt butter in a nonstick skillet over medium-low heat. Add egg mixture. Stir slowly until the eggs are no longer runny.
  3. Toast bread, spread with cream cheese, and top with salmon. Spoon egg mixture over toast and serve with lemon wedge.

The Numbers: 510 Calories; 23g Protein; 21g Carbs; 38g Fat; 1g Fiber. 

Total Time: 20 minutes.

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