T hank you for all of your meal suggestions. They really, really helped me and gave me some ideas. Hopefully all of your comments helped some others as well.
Here are the most popular suggestions for quick, easy & healthy dinners:
-Stir fry with vegetables and rice/pasta
-Salads with vegetable/chicken
-Eggs or omelettes
I didn't think about this, but keeping certain condiments and sauces on hand can make meals a little more interesting. Hummus, salsa, teriyaki and soy sauce, jarred pasta sauces and salad dressings are all useful. I definitely need to buy some salsa. When I lived at home we always had a jar of salsa in the refrigerator... and tortillas. Packages and packages of tortillas - we really like Mexican food! :)
Salsa is a healthy, affordable way to spice up quesadillas, soups, vegetables, and grains - not to mention it's a good snack with tortilla chips.
-Many of you use George Foreman grills or indoor grills for cooking sandwiches, meat, and vegetables. I'm thinking the "Griddler" might be a good investment... I obtained a gift card from Williams Sonoma, months ago, and have yet to use it.
-Another useful tip: when you do have time to cook, make big portions and save the leftovers and feast on them all week. Most of you already know that tip, haha. I don't usually get sick of leftovers, so I could definitely do this.
-Buy produce from ethnic and farmers' markets. The Springfield farmers' market started up last weekend, and I think I'm going to swing by on Saturday and stock up on vegetables. Maybe I'll find something unique!
Anyway, that last post was very helpful to me, so thank you. And wow - I didn't know there were so many almond milk fans out there! I'm buying some as soon as possible.
Lastly, a certain "Canadian anonymous" in the comments section gave me a direction to go in with the puffed wheat. They left a a recipe that reminded me of rice krispie treats, and used butter, sugar and corn syrup. Apparently these treats in Canada are considered trashy. Trashy treats.
I'm game for some trashy treats. I didn't use the recipe, but created my own and made them more like rice krispie treats. "Honey I'm Nuts About You-Wheat Krispie Treats." Whahahaha. How do you like that title? That's just nutty.
I melted butter, almond butter, marshmallows, honey, and a little bit of salt in a saucepan, and then stirred in the puffed wheat and some toasted chopped almonds. Then I spread the mixture into a lined 8x8-inch pan and let it cool before slicing.
This is such an easy, stupid recipe. But you know what? They were kind of good and addicting. The treats tasted like Honey Smacks cereal. Who doesn't love Honey Smacks?! And that amped-up looking frog, high on sugar, corn syrup, and honey.
Honey I'm Nuts About You-Wheat Krispie Treats
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 tablespoon almond butter
2 cups mini marshmallows
2 tablespoons honey
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 1/2 cups puffed wheat
1/2 cup finely chopped almonds, toasted
Line an 8x8-inch baking dish with foil; coat foil with cooking spray.
Melt butter and almond butter in a large pot over medium heat. Stir in marshmallows, honey and salt, and stir until melted. Stir in puffed wheat and almonds until combined. Press mixture into prepared dish. Cool completely before lifting out foil and slicing into bars.
Makes 9 big treats