Preparing meals for your husband is one of the many ways you show how much you care. However, meal planning for two can be challenging, especially when you're trying to eat healthier. Fortunately, there are plenty of quick, easy, and healthy meals that you and your husband will absolutely adore.
1. Steak and Sweet Potato Fries
While it's definitely a palate pleaser for men, steak and fries doesn't exactly sound healthy. However, this recipe includes little tweaks that reduce fact content while also offering so much flavor. Ingredients include:
2 lean steak fillets
2 sweet potatoes
1 teaspoon of dried herbs (choose your favorites)
1 teaspoon of olive oil
Season your steak fillets with the salt and pepper. Place them into a heated frying pan, cooking each side for about four minutes, depending on how done you prefer your steak.
For the sweet potatoes, cut them long and thin and fry in a pan containing boiling water for five minutes. After cooking, place your fries in a drainer and sprinkle them with olive oil. Take salt, pepper, paprika, and dried herbs mix to season your fries before spreading them out over a baking tray. For a crisp texture, cook your fries at 200C for approximately 40 minutes.
2. Slow Cooker Pork Fajitas
All slow cooker meals are amazingly easy without skimping on taste. To prepare, gather the following ingredients:
500 grams of lean pork escalopes (either the eye of the loin or a smaller piece of a filet)
500 milliliters of uncooked tomato puree
2 teaspoons of paprika
1 teaspoon of dried chili flakes
1 teaspoon of fennel seeds
2 tablespoons of Natvia (a low-carb sweetener)
2 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce
8 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar
First, whip up your sauce. Take your onion and finely chop it before frying it in a pan on low heat. Take the tomato puree, sweetener, Worcestershire sauce, balsamic vinegar, and seasonings and add them to the pan. Simmer for a half hour.
Now, take your slow cooker and add your pork, pouring your simmering sauce mixture over it. Let the whole thing cook for at least eight hours on low before using forks to shred the pork. Replace in the slow cooker and cook for an additional three to four hours on high.
3. Chili Chorizo Nachos
You'd be hard-pressed to find a man on this earth that doesn't love nachos. Fortunately, this healthy nacho dish includes the following tasty ingredients:
4 ounces of Mexican chorizo
15-ounces (or 1 can) of unsalted pinto beans (make sure they're rinsed and drained)
1/2 ripe avocado
1 1/2 cups of tomatillos (be sure you remove the husks)
1 tablespoon of adobo sauce (derived from canned chipotle peppers)
2 ounces of shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup of pico de gallo
4 tablespoons of lime juice (fresh is best)
3/4 teaspoon of kosher salt
1 teaspoon of chili powder
1 teaspoon of ground cumin
1/2 cup of fresh cilantro leaves
2 tablespoons of minced cilantro
12 corn tortillas (slice into nacho-shaped wedges)
After cutting up your tortillas, place them in an oven set to 375°F on a cooking-sprayed baking tray. Also, lightly spray the nachos with your cooking spray before seasoning with 1/4 teaspoon of kosher salt. Bake for up to 14 minutes, or when golden brown.
Cook chorizo on medium-high in a nonstick skillet for about five minutes, or until brown. Next, combine beans, adobo sauce, cumin, chili powder, 1/4 teaspoon of kosher salt, and 2 tablespoons of lime juice in a food processor until the concoction is smooth. With your broiler preheated to high, pour the bean mix over your tortilla chips and top with the cooked chorizo and cheese. Cook until cheese is melted to perfection.
For the final step, take a 1/2 cup of cilantro, 1/4 teaspoon of kosher salt, tomatillos, avocado, and leftover lime juice and add it to the food processor, blending until smooth once again. Once complete, add it and the pico de gallo to your cooked nachos. Don't forget to sprinkle cilantro over the whole concoction at the end.