1. Steak Stir Fry
With just three key ingredients—garlic, ginger root and sesame oil— you can create flavors that are startlingly similar to your favorite Chinese take out. With thinly cut meat and chopped up vegetables, the food goes from pan to plate in 10 minutes. As you’re probably aware, soy sauce is the truth.
2. Almond Crusted Salmon With Zucchini And Arugula
We can all stand to eat more fish. Nemo and his fellow marine creatures, like salmon, have the kind of good fat that our meager bodies do not produce. And since these omega-3 fatty acids are essential to our well-being, we have to consume them in our diet. (Almonds are another kind of essential fat.)
3. Chipotle At Home
Somewhere between the third and fourth day of your internship or the second and third week of your first job, you’ll realize that those 11 dollar lunches have gobbled up 3/5ths of your paycheck. “Would you like a combo?” “Just a cup of water, please.” Get used to saying that. Better yet, make a big dinner the day before and bring leftovers for lunch.
4. Coconut Shrimp With Mango Salsa Over Wild Rice
A spoonful of cilantro, mango and lime juice feels like a citrus sprinkler system has installed itself in your mouth. The taste is as vibrant as the colors.
5. Bamya - Slow Cooked Lamb Shanks With Okra
As it turns out, my parents are very Egyptian. Aside from interpreting My Big Fat Greek Wedding, as a much funnier movie than it ought to be, my dad and mom have exposed me to the gastrointestinal wonders of the Mediterranean and Africa. After 30 minutes, the lamb begins to come off the bone. Past an hour, the morsels dissolve in your mouth like meat made from warm butter.
6. Chinese Eggplant And Beef
Don’t let the sprouts fool you. Those aren’t noodles.
We tend to think of carbohydrates as a very narrow category: pasta, rice and bread, maybe even potatoes. But beneficial sugars, fibers and starches include far more than the processed, nutrient deprived food items that we think of as carbs. Fruits are carbohydrates. So are veggies, beans, and bran cereals. What separates a healthy carbohydrate from a less beneficial one is its effect on your blood sugar. The ideal body state features a steady supply of blood sugar; an unhealthy one has erratic climaxes and plunges. (Think: Golden Corral gorging followed by food coma.) Over time, the intense and sudden spikes in blood sugar that accompany white grains and refined sugars leads to weight gain, the fat-marbling of your organs, and diseases of affluence, like type 2 diabetes.
Harvard’s School of Public Health has a short, easy-to-understand introduction to carbs, blood sugar, and what’s called the glycemic index, if you’re curious.
7. Sausage And Peppers
The trick to sausage and peppers, which I learned from Italian food overlord Maria Bastianich, is to separately caramelize the peppers and brown the meat. Then, combine them at the end. This can be done simultaneously with two pans or in batches. Otherwise, without direct heat, the sausages take on a mushy texture and the crowded veggies get steamed.
8. Milanesa - Breaded Beef And Veggies
Argentinians will take these tender breaded beefs and smother them with cheese, tomatoes, and ham and then toast them in the oven. This is the classic style: thinly sliced steaks pounded even thinner, dusted with flour, dipped in egg and then covered in bread crumbs and pan fried.
9. Roasted Chicken Thighs And Beans
If you don’t feel incredibly full and content after this meal, you may need to see a specialist.
10. Garden Salad With Chicken Breast
This is a perfect example of a balanced meal, a dish that has all three macronutrients: protein, carbs and fat. Like shunning ALL carbhohydrates, maintaining a fat free diet makes little sense. Avocados, along with the olive oil that made part of this dressing, is another kind of good, unsaturated fat (the same kind that only plants and fish provide). While you may not always be able to incorporate nuts, seeds, and avocados into your dishes, consider snacking on them in between meals. A simple dressing of lime + balsamic vinegar + olive oil is surprisingly tasty.
11. Shrimp Skewers And Watermelon
As Anthony Bourdain has observed, meat on a stick is every culture’s go-to street food. And even without a stick, there’s still blazing BBQ. Burgers and dogs are always a welcomed sight at poolside grills, but skewers and sweet fruit can be a nice changeup.
12. Good ‘Ole Steak N’ Potatoes
“I want to go to there.”
13. Stuffed Artichokes
Another Egyptian perk. The green orbs are stuffed and showered with beefy tomato sauce, topped with cheese, and baked into gooey goodness.
14. Baked Tilapia With Lemon and Onions
Covered in foil and baked with onions and citrus, the fish emerge moist and savory.
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