You’ve just returned home from a long day at the salon. Unfortunately, a long day at the salon probably means you’ve worked up an appetite, but making dinner is likely the last thing you’d prefer to do. Spending all day on your feet is exhausting, so preparing a meal can be quite the task. So what can you do—besides turning to fast food? Women’s Health shares 5 healthy and cheap recipes that will allow you to cook once and eat for the rest of the week.
Our favorite? The Chicken Panzanella Salad
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes
1 small whole-wheat pita pocket, cut into sixths
Nonstick cooking spray, preferably olive oil
2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 Tbsp white wine vinegar
1/4 tsp sugar
1/4 tsp Dijon mustard
1 large pinch lemon zest
1 1/2 Tbsp virgin olive oil
1 pinch ground black pepper
1 cup diced cooked skinless white-meat chicken
2 cups shredded Bibb lettuce
1 medium tomato, cut into eighths
1/2 cup cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
1/4 cucumber, thinly sliced
4 thin slices Vidalia onion
1/4 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
1/4 yellow bell pepper, thinly sliced
1. Spray pita with cooking spray. Toast in a 400°F oven for 8 to 10 minutes, until golden. Set aside.
2. Whisk lemon juice, vinegar, sugar, mustard, and lemon zest together in a small bowl. Add olive oil and pepper; whisk well to combine. Set aside.
3. Place remaining ingredients in a medium salad bowl and toss with dressing. Crumble toasted pita into large chips. Add to salad, toss well, and serve.
Per serving: 356 cal, 14 g fat (2 g sat), 30 g carbs, 416 mg sodium, 7 g fiber, 30 g protein
Cost per serving: $ 2.90