Easy and Healthy Meals with Lean Cuisine and Skinny Cow, Healthy Side Dishes, #FrozenFavorites

New year new you! Anybody following the most popular New Year resolution to stay healthy? Or did you already fall off the wagon?
I am staying strong! Although, my decision to be healthier was made after my last semester. When I finally finished my finals and my papers, I realized that I was not eating healthy at all. I didn’t take time to sit down and eat, I just snacked and munched while studying or running around. I also noticed that my food choices were not the right ones. I quickly came to a decision that it is not me and I can not have those unhealthy habits for the next two years of grad school.

Since then, I have been reminding myself to stop and eat breakfast, lunch and dinner, and to make healthier choices. I realized that my biggest issue was time. I would grab a very fast snack or something at a drive through but cooked less. Time managing is definitely where I need to focus. That is, making time to cook my own food, healthier food and healthier snacks. 
Still, I do have days where I just can’t find a free minute to cook. For that reason, I have Lean Cuisine in my freezer and plenty of veggies in the fridge. I also like the fact that the meal cost only about $2.50. Last time I was shopping at Sam’s Club, I noticed that the Lean Cuisine is on a special price through February. What poor student doesn’t like those news?! That’s not all, my favorite low fat dessert is on a special discount as well…Skinny Cow ice cream sandwiches! I stay away from any sweets most of the time but I do reward myself once in a while with a Skinny Cow treat. It was meant to be, I had to get some of those treats as well. (In my Google+ album, you can see the special prices and a side by side nutrition comparison of the Skinny Cow ice cream sandwiches and regular ice cream sandwiches.)
Between grocery shopping and running out to study, I stopped and made myself and hubby a couple of Lean Cuisine meals. Since I only had about thirty minutes to eat, this was perfect. I made two of my favorite veggie sides and I’m sharing the recipes below. 
Sesame Green Beans

About 6 oz of green beans
1 tsp Sesame oil
1 tsp Sesame seeds

1. Bring a small pot of water to boil and blanch the green beans for about two minutes. Take them out and shake off all the water.
2. Mix the green beans with sesame oil, sesame seeds and salt. Saute the green beans, on medium heat for a few minutes. Enjoy!!

Parmesan Roasted Vegetables

About 6 oz of mixed vegetables (zucchini, summer squash and carrots)
2-3 small fresh basil leaves
1 tsp olive oil
1 tsp lemon juice
salt, pepper
1/2 tbs fresh grated Parmesan cheese

1. In a small bowl, combine thinly sliced vegetables, minced basil, olive oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper and Parmesan cheese. Mix well.
2. Saute the vegetables in a skillet, for about 5-7 minutes, on medium heat. Enjoy!

Time for dessert!
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  1. Wow, this looks super delicious!!! I love Lean Cuisine, and these varieties have really been a hit with my family. Great pics!!

  2. Your Dinner looks great! I love Lean Cuisine!
    and..the Skinny Cow desserts are awesome! =)

  3. I love how easy it is to make a well rounded and filling meal with Lean Cuisine!

  4. I’m trying really hard to stay on my NY track! Those veggies look amazing! I would love it if you would come share it at my Funday Sunday link party that opens this Saturday at http://www.the-crafty-cowgirl.com. Hope to see you there!

  5. Great recipes! Thanks for sharing! I totally understand about busyness stopping you from eating healthy. I think that we have all been there at some point. Good for you for realizing the problem and turning it around.
    I would love it if you would share this (and anything else you have been working on) at my linky party! http://domesticrandomness.blogspot.com/2013/01/friday-fascinations-8-everything-linky.html

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