Lack of time is the #1 complaint I hear for why people eat out, carry out and even sneak through the drive thru at the local fast food spot. The #2 complaint is why they can’t lose weight. #3? “I spend so much money on food!” And #4 is “I just don’t know what to make.”

It is easy to put time in the spotlight and to blame it on many of our lifestyle woes, like the reason we avoid walking into the kitchen unless it is to pop something into the microwave when we’re suddenly famished.

With a slight shift in perspective and time reallocation you’ll find that your own home cooking is the best recipe for solving your time, weight, cash and indecision complaints.

In your own kitchen, try this Healthy, Clean and Quick approach to making lunch or even dinner a little different.

Grab a handful of greens – mesclun salad, spinach, arugula – whatever you like.

Top with a protein – examples might be grilled chicken, ground turkey, tofu, canned tuna or salmon.

Then add to it.  Pictured here is sweet potato, sliced avocado, garlic stuffed olives, a touch of olive oil and red wine vinegar, salt and pepper to taste. But you could add chopped peppers, radishes, artichoke hearts, tomatoes, walnuts Рthe sky is the limit!

The key here is if anything needs to be baked or cooked then make enough to last several days.

Following are the recipes for a seasoned ground turkey and sweet potatoes.  An added bonus is that everything mentioned is gluten and dairy free.

Ground Turkey:

1-2 lbs organic ground turkey breast

Heat a tablespoon of coconut oil or olive oil in a skillet.
Add ground turkey.
Season with salt, pepper, dried mustard, minced onion, garlic, cumin
(you can also season with basil, oregano, and red pepper flakes in place of mustard and cumin)
Heat until cooked through.

Sweet potatoes:

3 sweet potatoes sliced in half lengthwise.
Smear flesh with coconut oil
Bake flesh side down on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper

Bake at 350 for 25 min or until soft.

Finally, pack up your lunch in a non disposable container, preferably glass. Nothing needs to be reheated. It tastes yummy at room temperature.