It’s no secret that fall is one of the busiest times of the year. As someone whose workload gets a lot heavier from September to December, I know how difficult it can be to grab something healthy and delicious when busy or on the go. “The Skinny Jeans Diet” author, Lyssa Weiss joined me for an interview this week to dish on some of her favorite healthy foods for fall that are perfect for those of us who struggle to eat a healthy well balanced meal while on the go, and a scrumptious dish that’s perfect for weekend tailgate parties!
Candace Rose: What are some of your favorite fall foods?
Lyssa Weiss: “Candace, fall is a crazy busy time of year, we’re back to school, we’re back to work, we’re off to college, so it’s really great to keep some pantry staples around that are really quick and easy and convenient, and I have some with me today!
My first favorite fall pantry staple is Minute Ready to Serve Rice. The reason why this is one of my favorites is because it’s so convenient. It comes in a portion control cup, you microwave it for 60 seconds and it’s ready to go, and you can mix anything into it. You can stir things in like protein (chicken or shrimp), beans, cheese, veggies – whatever it is you want and really come up with a mini meal in no time flat.
I even love to use it for breakfast. Sometimes you get sick of the same old, same old for breakfast, this is my favorite way to jazz it up – just take a container of the minute rice and crack an egg on it, put it in the microwave for a minute. When you take it out, you have an amazingly delicious egg scramble. You can throw some cheese or some salsa or some scallions on it and you have a great alternative to the usual. That recipe is at MinuteRice.com with a ton of other recipes for stir-in ideas.”
Candace Rose: Sports are so popular this time of year. What are some great game day meal options?
Lyssa Weiss: “Tailgating is huge this time of year. I love to go to the football games. I love to watch my kids at their sporting events and we’re all looking for something that we can just grab and go, and one of my favorite grab and go snacks is single serve tuna pouches. I’m really loving this one, it’s from Starkist, it’s their Hot Buffalo Style Tuna Creations. I love it because it’s pre-seasoned, it really satisfies a spicy craving and it’s so easy to use. You can just rip it open and eat it straight out with a fork, you can pair it with some crackers or some veggies. I’ve been known to make a quick sandwich with it – you take a wrap, you pour the tuna on, roll it up, there you go! It takes about 30 seconds and you can even use it in recipes because they’re pre-seasoned and pre-flavored. Say I brought with me a really great game day recipe, it’s Starkist, Hungry Girl, Buffalo Tuna Taquitos. They’re super easy to make, they’re delicious. They look great and everyone in the house will be happy. You can go to Starkist.com for that recipe.”
Candace Rose: Do you have any additional tips or information you’d like to share with us?
Lyssa Weiss: “It’s apple picking season, the fastest baked apple ever – take an apple, dice it up, sprinkle with some cinnamon, a little sugar or zero calorie sweetener, nuke it for three minutes and you will have the inside of an apple pie. It’s so good, healthy, wholesome; use it as a snack or as a dessert. That recipe is in my book, ‘The Skinny Jeans Diet’. You can go to LyssaWeiss.com for more great food ideas.”
Candace Rose: Thank you so much, Lyssa! Where can we go for more information on everything you mentioned?