Life can be incredibly busy. Between work, school, kids and other responsibilities, making time to pack or cook healthy meals may seem like more trouble than it is worth.
Then there are those among us who (be honest) just don’t have the cooking genes. They would rather eat out, order delivery, or happily defer that duty to someone else in the house.
So here’s the deal: Whether you’re just too lazy or too busy, it’s all the same thing. You need a little inspo! In fact, finding this blog post and reading through it is a positive step forward! Making the right food choices can lead to stronger bones, improved memory and prevent certain illnesses, so it’s worth that commitment you just made.
In addition to helping you manage your weight, healthy foods can boost your mood, reduce inflammation and even help you get a better night’s sleep. Cooking healthy meals does not have to be complicated or boring. Here are 10 easy and healthy recipes for when life gets super busy, and no next-level cooking skills are needed!
1. Pesto Breakfast Sandwich
With basil pesto, eggs and some baby greens, you can have abreakfast sandwich that will get you and your taste buds going in less than five minutes.
2. Quinoa Breakfast Bowl
Anything but ordinary, this deliciousquinoa breakfast bowl takes only 20 minutes to make. You can’t go wrong with the avocado, eggs and side smoked salmon with a splash of lemon juice.
4. Garlic Herb Chicken Meal Prep Fritters & Veggie Salad
These low-carb, make-aheadchicken fritters are loaded with flavor and simple to put together. In a matter of minutes, you can enjoy the taste of garlic and herbs alongside freshly chopped vegetables.
5. Vegan Chile-Lime Veggie Noodles
Bright and colorful . . . and did we mention easy? Eat lunch without the guilt as you savor the taste of lime and chile-garlic sauce with every bite thanks to thisnoodle recipe.
6. Baked Eggplant Parmesan
Gluten-free but every bit as delicious, this Baked Eggplant Parmesan definitely will become a fixture on your list of go-to meals. Its crispy coating makes it perfect for serving alongside a salad or legume pasta.
7. Zucchini Noodle Chicken Soup
Tasty and low-carb, thischicken soup is an easy way to sneak a few more servings of vegetables in your diet. A delicious paring of crunch and color, it is sure to be a comfort food you will enjoy all year long.
8. Coriander-Crusted Flank Steak with Cuban Black Beans
Delight your senses with the taste of grilledcoriander-crusted flank steak. It’s bold, flavorful and filling! With 32 grams of protein and only 330 calories per serving, you can definitely go back for worry-free seconds.
9. Slow Cooker Pork Paprikash
In only four steps, you can easily throw thismeal together in a slow-cooker in the morning and have dinner ready and waiting at the end of the day. Depending on your diet, you can serve it over rice, egg noodles, spaghetti squash noodles or a bed of cauliflower.
10. Two-Ingredient Magic Cookies
Satisfy your sweet tooth with simplicity in less than 20 minutes with this healthy and delicious treat. The optional add-ins like dried fruit and nuts allow you to be as creative as you like. Even better, you can make thesecookies ahead of time, freeze them, and pop them in the oven whenever you want. See how easy this is?