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Ellie’s New Cookbook: Health Food That’s Also Fast

Weeknight Wonders

There’s no need to endlessly slave in the kitchen in order to get a healthy dinner on the table that also tastes good. Healthy Eats spoke with Ellie Krieger, whose new cookbook Weeknight Wonders has 150 recipes that get the job done in 30 minutes or less.

Q.What are your time-saving shortcuts?
I have a three-pronged approach to fast, healthy recipes. One: Use quick-cooking proteins. Most lean meats like sirloin steak and pork tenderloin cook in minutes, as do boneless chicken and seafood. I also make great use of beans, eggs and nuts as proteins. Two: Use quick-cooking whole grains like quinoa, whole-grain pasta and bulgur. And three: Incorporate vegetables that require little or no prep, like snow peas, grape tomatoes and prewashed greens.

Q. What are five healthy ingredients you recommend always having on hand?
Always have prewashed baby spinach on hand, some shrimp in the freezer (it thaws in 10 minutes), good whole-grain bread (it freezes well too), canned low-sodium diced tomatoes and eggs. I have a full pantry list in the book, but these are several staples that I can’t live without.

Q. All of your recipes include minimally processed ingredients — there are no instant fat-free puddings or …read more