My friends often ask me what I cook to get ideas for home cooked meals or need ideas for including more vegetables. I’m going to try to post my dinner meals daily so, here’s what’s cooking tonight: Crockpot Lemon Garlic Chicken (I’m using boneless thighs but, chicken breasts are a lighter option and will be very tasty as well) Roasted Sweet Potatoes with fresh chopped garlic, onion and thyme Roasted Brussels Sprouts with olive oil, salt, pepper and finely chopped onion I used fresh rosemary in the crockpot chicken and a little fresh thyme but, my herb garden seems to be over the thyme so for the sweet potatoes, I just used dried. You can save a little time and effort by using garlic powder or dehydrated onion. Prescription from a professional: Does your typical dinner consist of take-out, drive-through meals or frozen dishes? I won’t tell you to revise your entire routine, but I will suggest that you prepare ONE vegetable nightly. Steam or boil baby carrots, roast peeled and chopped sweet potatoes with olive oil and dried thyme or sauté chopped cabbage with olive oil, a drizzle of balsamic vinegar and finely chopped garlic. Experiment with new recipes or just slap a simple leafy green salad on the table! Including a vegetable in your repertoire will add excitement to your supper and over time, decrease inches from your waist line! *something you may not know: ads or diets that suggest excluding any fruit or vegetable from your diet are bogus! Fruits and vegetables are low-calorie, fiber-rich, nutrient-packed power-houses that your body needs! Does it really make sense to consume two or three doses of some powdered substance you bought for some ridiculous price at the gym while avoiding a banana like the plague? Let’s see; long list of man-made ingredients I can’t pronounce or b-a-n-a-n-a….you decide. If you feel overwhelmed by all the nutrition advice, calorie recommendations and diet trends, read these: Fact. Not Fad., Let’s Crunch Numbers!, Help Me To Help You!