3 Ways to Make Fresh Fast During the Back-to-School Rush

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The reason we reach for convenience foods is because they’re, well, convenient. But taking 20 minutes to do these three things at the beginning of the week (then storing them in the fridge until used) will set you up so that a fresh meal is the fastest choice of all.

A little do-ahead goes a long way in helping you eat healthier throughout the week.

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Plum Parfaits with Bulgur and Vanilla Yogurt

Pick a few extra plums for this ultra-simple, healthy dessert. It’s got both grown-up aesthetic appeal and a healthful hit of whole grain, thanks to the bulgur.

plum-parfait-bulgur-yogurt-recipe

1/2 cup water
1/2 cup bulgur, fine or medium
2 cups plums, pitted, halved and thinly sliced crosswise
2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 cup orange juice
1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
2 cups low-fat vanilla yogurt
1/3 cup sliced almonds, toasted

Bring water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Stir in bulgur, turn off heat, cover and let stand for 10 minutes. Fluff with a fork.

Stir together plums, sugar, orange juice and cornstarch in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Simmer for 4-5 minutes, until thickened slightly. Stir in almond extract.

In each of 4 small, tall glasses, layer a third of the yogurt, plums and almonds. Add a layer of half the bulgur, then repeat with half the remaining yogurt, plums and almonds. Finish with a final layer of bulgur, yogurt, plums and almonds.

Serves 4