OK – my whole objective of my book THE WHAT’S FOR DINNER? PROJECT is to get dinner on the table and out of the fast food lane. But there are a couple of fast foods that are worth the price. Here are a few of my favorites:


Mirepoix is a combination of chopped carrots, celery and onions used to add flavor and aroma to stocks, sauces, soups and other foods.
The proportions (by weight) for making mirepoix are 50% onions, 25% carrots and 25% celery.
When you are trying to cook from scratch, sometimes it’s worth it to “cheat” with healthy, fast foods. If it helps you get the stew on the table, then buying some pre cut Mirepoix is worth the money.


Rotisserie Chicken:

Buying a rotisserie chicken for dinner has to be the easiest way to feed your family. There are so many options…
Need something quick? Just slice and add with veggies and fruit for a colorful, healthy meal.
Eating on the go? Stuff chicken in a wrap, pita pocket or taco and top with your favorite veggies and dressing.
Feeling Italian-ish? Cook some pasta and toss with olive oil and parmesan cheese.Need a lite meal? Add the chicken over your favorite salad.
Now, if your having the chicken every night, you may want to rethink your meal planning, but a good rotisserie chicken is a great plan for one night a week.


Egg White Eggbeaters:

Roger and I are trying to eat healthfully, and these Eggbeaters are a quick, easy way to have a healthy breakfast (just add chopped veggies and some turkey sausage,) or great for an omelet at night.

Sliced Mango:

My favorite fruit to eat.

It makes a great snack or side dish to any meal. Add it to your yougurt, smoothie, make a salsa with it. Add other fruits for a filling and fresh fruit salad, the possibilities are endless.

I hate chopping up mango, and I’m trying to eat more fruit, so this is a great healthy cheat.

Shredded Low-Fat Cheese:

Cheese is the easiest way to add a little extra flavor and protein to any dish. it is great on pasta, salads, sandwiches, wraps and any version of a taco. For cold weather months top on your favorite soups and chili.
I usually shred my own cheese to save money, but when I’m in a pinch, pre-shredded cheese is worth the price. (Plus, there is always a coupon in the paper to get a bit of a discount.)
For a chance to win THE WHAT’S FOR DINNER? SOLUTION tell me your favorite food prep cheap (a “faster” food that’s worth the price for the convenience,) in the comments below and we will pick a winner this Thursday!


Kathi Lipp is the author of 17 books including Overwhelmed, Clutter Free, The Get Yourself Organized Project, The Husband Project, Happy Habits for Every Couple, and I Need Some Help Here – Hope for When Your Kids Don’t Go According to Plan. She is the host of Clutter Free Academy the Podcast! with Kathi Lipp and speaks at conferences across the US. Kathi is published with Revell Publishers and Harvest House Publishers.

She and her husband Roger are the parents of four young adults in San Jose, CA. When she’s not dating her husband or hanging out with her puggle Jake, Kathi is speaking at retreats, conferences and women’s events across the US.

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