I’ve recently decided I need to eat healthier meals.
I know, I know. Easier said than done.
But with age catching up with me, I do need to be healthier. And food is the first step to doing that!
Seeing as I’m not exactly an expert cook on all things healthy and I don't have a lot of time, I did a lot—and I mean a lot!—of research so I can follow some easy recipes that I can quickly prepare even during super busy days.
I can honestly say that most of the recipes I’ve followed were a complete success, and only a very tiny, itsy-bitsy number turned out to be utter disasters.
So I still consider it a win overall!
That said, I know you'd probably be busy people too, so I wanted to share with you my choice for top 10 healthy meals, following these criteria:
- They have to be healthy, yet not so healthy-tasting (you know healthy food gets a bad rap for the bland taste, right?). We want it to be good, yet so flavorful it’s almost sinful. *Wink, wink.
- They have to be easy to prepare. I'm always rushed so the meal prep and/or actual cooking have to be quick. No more than 30 minutes!
- The ingredients have to be easy to come by. Nothing complicated or too expensive. The point is, these healthy meals have to be sustainable in the long run.
Makes sense? Right.
With a preparation time of 10 minutes and total cooking time of another 10, minutes, you can create Green Healthy Cooking's texture-rich tuna wrap: soft and succulent inside, cooly crisp in the middle, and offers a tender bite on the outside. Yum.
Pasta’s a particular favorite of mine. Simple Vegan Blog offers a fantastic green pasta. The deep green color comes from raw spinach, which is the sauce's main ingredient! With some sesame seeds and basil on top, this meal is deeply satisfying—yet still totally healthy.
Of course, we shouldn’t be missing breakfast! Kick-start your active day with this yummy, nourishing acai bowl! Colorful, flavorful, and wonderful, The Bay Leaf Kitchen loads it with greens and lots of nutritious berries and nuts.
This bunch of deliciousness is loaded with fiber. Great for breakfast, snack, or brunch, complete it with some parmesan cheese, sour cream, and chives and you're all set! Layers of Happiness gives you the lowdown on the most delish and easy way to enjoy the meal.
Lauren's Latest offers a much healthier take on the classic egg salad! Super easy to prepare, this recipe highlights the dish with the flavorful tastes of dill pickles, yellow onion, and light sour cream.
I actually surprised myself by loving this Food, Faith, Fitness dish! Nutritious, gluten-free, and so supportive of my low-carb diet plan, I’ve cooked this about a couple more times since the first time I found its 15-minute recipe!
If you want something that can be prepared super quickly, this is the one! I know it’s supposed to be a breakfast meal, but I enjoy having it for dinner as well! The Picky Eater shows us different ways of making it!
While we’re trying to eat healthily, that doesn’t mean we can’t eat burgers, right? Hey, we’re not abandoning our healthy lifestyle. We’re going with healthy burgers! And they’re easy to make! Taste of Home shows us how.
This one ain’t no ordinary pasta. Unexpectedly creamy, healthy ingredients, paired with fiber-rich gluten free pasta—and you’re in healthy pasta heaven. Take it from Fooduzzi!
Oh, of course! The BLT. Can’t go without it or I’ll expire. This delectable sandwich only needs 6 ingredients, including eggplant bacon and vegan mayo. Perfect for lunch or dinner! Get the 10-minute recipe from Minimalist Baker!
How about you? Any quick and healthy recipes you want to share? Let’s chat and compare notes! - Kendra
*Photo credit: Fooduzzi