Photo: Shimon & Tammar
The Strategy: Cooking a generous portion of meat, seafood, or chicken at the beginning of the week will give Adrienne a base on which to build meals for several days. A simple recipe like pan-roasted salmon with snap peas yields enough fish for a salad the following day and a sandwich the next. (If Adrienne doubled the recipe and substituted chicken—which keeps longer than fish—she'd have a tasty protein to add to dishes for most of the working week.) Because Adrienne loves spicy foods and strong seasonings, she can easily vary the dish's flavors: Fresh basil or oregano can be used instead of cumin. She can also replace the salmon with scallops; shrimp; firm-fleshed, meaty fish, such as halibut; pork; or beef fillet. Frozen edamame (soy beans) or any stir-fried leafy vegetables can stand in for the snap peas. A side dish of a healthy starch like quinoa (a grain high in protein and iron) rounds out the meal, making it more filling. Adrienne was inspired: "I've been trying to include more fish in my diet; now I have an adaptable way to cook it."
Pan-Roasted Salmon with Fresh Mint Sugar Snap Peas
Fluffy Lemon Quinoa
Flash-Cooked Greens with Garlic