What Nutritionists Feed When They Don’t Feel Like Cooking Dinner

If you cook a healthy dinner for yourself every night of the week, you’re impressive. If you don’t, you’re human.

Even nutritionists, who expend their careers helping people make healthy food options, sometimes come home exhausted and reach for a frozen pizza — or something from a can. Eating homemade meals is a healthy habit, but it’s not always possible.

The difference, of course, is that nutritionists have a secret weapon: The knowledge of how to do no-cook dinners right. They stock their pantries with healthy staples that can be mixed together quickly and can name the brands that build the best just-in-case frozen snacks in a flash.

Take a tip-off from one( or all) of these 12 registered dietitians and be prepared to eat healthier, nearly effortlessly 😛 TAGEND

1 Canned soup

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Registered dietician Elizabeth Ward maintains Amy’s Organic Lentil Soup on hand for nights when cooking is not happening. She tops the soup with cheese and eats a side of whole grain toast and fruit to round out the low-budget and low-effort meal.

2 Potstickers

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Trader Joe’s is replete with tasty and healthy frozen options you canstock up on the next time you visit. For licensed nutritionist Monica Reinagel, frozen edamame and Trader Joe’s potstickers are a staple for easy evening feeing.

3 Scrambled eggs and a microwavable purse of veggies

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OK, eggs aren’t exactly attempt free, but they rate low on the difficulty scale. Plus, they’re seriously affordable and healthy. Marjorie Nolan Cohnrelies on eggs, steamable veggie purses you are able to store in the freezer, and a baked potato cooked in the microwave for a rapid and satiating meal. The dietician turns toher spice rack to make anything bland taste better.

4 Baked sweet potato with a fried egg

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When Alexis Josephis feeling “ambitiously lazy, ” as she sets it, she’ll microwave a sweet potato, fry an egg, and top it all off with avocado and salsa( recipe here ). The whole dish is pretty simple, and if you’ve got the ingredients on hand, it’s an obvious choice.

When potatoes aren’t in the dinner cards, this RD will heat up afrozen burrito by Amy’s orLuna and Hilary’s veggie burgers. Joseph’s mottofor non-cook dinners? “All hail the microwave! ”

5 A yogurt parfait

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There’s no hard and fast regulation that deems yogurt a breakfast food. And if there was, Rebecca Scritchfieldwouldnot abide. For this dietician, yogurt mixed with fruit and granola is a perfectly substantial dinner when simplicity is important.

Her other easy favourites include tuna mixed with avocado and vinaigrette, black beans with avocado and avocado toast mixed with hummus. Yum!

6 Cereal

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Angela Ginn-Meadowis in Camp Breakfast for Dinner. The nutritionistwill pour herself a bowl ofwhole grain cereal( no , not Lucky Charms) with 2 percent lactose-free milk and have fresh fruit on the side. Can’t truly get any easier.

7 Pizza

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Hallelujah! Registered dieticianKatherine Brookingheats up frozen pizza on the rare days she doesn’t cook, so forgive yourself for doing the same.

Brooking said her favourites are Amy’s margarita pizzas and spinach pizzas. While the pie’s in the oven, Brooking preps a simple bowl of greens with olive oil. And to eat like a nutritionist, know that Brooking will feed about two slices from the tart — not the entire thing. Save the rest for a future hungry day.

8 Rice and beans

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It’s smartto have an arsenal of trusty eats for days when dinner must be quick. Registered dietician Vandana Shethhas three options for this inevitable situation: She’ll make a stir-fry with frozen veggies, tofu and leftover brown rice or quinoa. Or she’ll heat up a can of beans and addspices and tomato sauce and wrap it all up in a whole grain tortilla. Her third alternative is tomix those lentils with frozen chopped greens and a piece of whole grain bread. Easy peasy!

9 A quick salad

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Dietician Rochelle Sirota lives life without frozen dinners. When in a hurry or just not in the mood to cook, she’ll throw together a salad with avocado, beans, nuts, cheese and whatever else is in the pantry.

10 Leftovers

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Julie Uptoncooks at home a lot, so her leftovers are simple to reheat on days that she doesn’t.

“Whenever there are leftovers, I set them into single-serve containers or containers and have them well-organized in my freeze, ” the nutritionist told. “When Im time-pressed and feel like theres nothing to eat, I just open up my freezer and voila, theres something there.”

If you find yourself dumping extras into the trash, consider looking out for your future self. Sure, storing the food may take a couple extra minutes, but weeks from now, a hungrier you will be glad you saved yourself something delicious. , so her leftovers are simple to reheat on days that she doesn’t.

“Whenever there are leftovers, I put them into single-serve receptacles or pouches and have them well-organized in my freeze, ” the nutritionist said. “When Im time-pressed and feel like theres nothing to feed, I just open up my freezer and voila, theres something there.”

If you find yourself dumping extras into the junk, consider looking out for your future self. Sure, storing the food may take a couple extra minutes, but weeks from now, a hungrier you will be glad you saved yourself something delicious.

11 Kale

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All hail kale! Keeping your fridge stocked with the leafy green is the thing to do, asitdoesn’t appears to wilt as fast as spinach.

On busy nights, nutritionistDawn Jackson Blatnerwill mix kale with frozen or pre-cooked brown rice and a hard-boiled egg or refried canned beans. When it’s available, avocado dashed withhot sauce constructs it in to her hearty bowl.

12 A kitchen melange

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Whenshe doesn’t feel like cooking or GrubHub, nutritionist Elisa Zied tells she’ll feed nuts and string cheese, some steamed frozen veggies, like brussels sprouts, or a banana with peanut butter and a side oflow-fat organic chocolate milk. Why not?