I enjoy Trisha Yearwood’s Southern Kitchen. I identify with a woman who loves Southern cuisine yet must watch her waistline. Recently, she offered a few tips for staying on track that I’ve adapted in my own Southern kitchen.
- Chicken: She cooks 4-5 boneless, skinless chicken breasts in a pressure cooker for 15 minutes. Then she cubes the chicken and refrigerates in a covered bowl. Throughout the next 4-5 days she can take cooked chicken from her bowl to use in a variety of dishes such as Caesar salads, chicken salad, casseroles, soups, etc.
- Sweet Potatoes: These nutritional powerhouses are your best buy at the produce stand. Wash thoroughly. She pricks the skins and then wraps them in foil. Bake 4 at a time in a 350° oven for 45 minutes. After they’re baked and cooled, she keeps them in the refrigerator. Then she can grab one for a quick meal or dish, such as her whipped sweet potatoes.
- Greek Yogurt: (Or strain regular yogurt to remove the liquid whey) Trisha uses greek yogurt as a substitute for sour cream. It’s thick, creamy, and lower in fat and calories than sour cream. Or eat it with fruit for a snack or dessert.
The number one tip for any weight management plan is BE PREPARED. If you stock your fridge with washed and ready to eat salad greens, baked sweet potatoes, and cooked chicken breast meat, you’re ready for a healthful meal. On the go? Arm yourself with healthy snacks. You don’t have to be a grammy-award-winning celebrity to have a sensible eating plan. You don’t need a celebrity’s kitchen to prepare your own meals. These are tips we all can use.
So what foods do you cook ahead and keep on hand for hasty tasty meals?