What Nutritionists Cook on Busy Weeknights
Health experts—they're just like us! Well, mostly. Their crazy-day meals look a lot like ours, but with some lightened-up tweaks.
Pasta and Salad, with a Boost
When it comes to autopilot dinners, pasta with tomato sauce and a salad tops the list. But it isn't necessarily the healthiest meal—that is, unless you make it Kristin Kirkpatrick's way. The wellness manager at Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute
is a fan of bean-based pastas
, which are often made solely with black beans. They're higher in protein and fiber, and lower in carbs, than traditional pasta. Kirkpatrick tosses the noodles with tomato sauce or garlic-infused olive oil. For salad, she uses prewashed greens, such as kale, that are already cleaned and chopped, mixes in nuts or hemp seeds and dresses the greens with high-quality oil and vinegar.