Just because you’re a busy bee, doesn’t mean you don’t have time to eat right, prepare healthy foods, and even squeeze in some time at the gym. So for today, I’m actually not sharing any of my own personal recipes with you. Instead, I’ve searched high and low (across the internet, that is) to find some simple and healthy recipes that don’t require a ton of fancy ingredients and are fairly easy to make. The way I see it, people often complain that they don’t have time or energy to cook dinner. It’s the top meal most of my nutrition and personal training clients have when it comes to sticking to a meal plan. But if you set aside some time each weekend to prep your dinners for the week, you’ll have plenty of food to last all week long!
1. Oven-Baked Salmon and Asparagus
Find this recipe on Cooking Classy
Salmon is one of my favorite seafood choices for dinner. Rich in omega-3 fatty acids, it’s one of my secrets to maintaining a healthy weight. Those fatty acids also help protect your heart, fight free radicals, and even help reveal a healthy, youthful glow. This recipe is particularly easy because all you need to do is wrap each salmon fillet in aluminum foil. Your oven pretty much does all the work. I suggest making a quick salad with bagged/pre-washed veggies while this cooks in the oven.
2. Slow Cooker Chili
Find this recipe on Love Pomegranate House
I’ve tried a lot of chili recipes over the years, and I have to say this very popular recipe is one of my favorites. Most slow cooker chili recipes instruct you to brown the meat before putting it in the crock pot. Honestly, that IS ideal. But if you really short on time or are home for a good part of the day and can afford to check on this meal periodically, you can actually throw in the ground turkey/beef without browning and break it up as the chili cooks. Also remember, chili is something that you can make your own! That’s part of why there are so many amazing recipes out there. So feel free to use this awesome recipe as a guideline, deterring where you (or your pantry) deem fit.
3. ‘Skinny’ Orange Chicken
Find the recipe on Gimme Some Oven
Normally, I avoid anything with the word ‘skinny’ in it (except the occasional Bethenny Frankel dessert). But I’ve actually made this recipe actually several times, putting my own spin on it of course. It’s super easy, you can add other veggies if you’d, like and it tastes amazing. It’s often my go to weeknight dinner when I’m bored and tired, but still want to eat something healthy. Boneless, skinless chicken breast is often one of the blandest proteins ever. But prep it in a sweet and savory sauce like this orange sauce and you will have never guessed this was a ‘diet’ or ‘light’ recipe.
4. Low-Carb Taco Lettuce Wraps
Find the recipe on The Taylor House
Taco night can absolutely be healthy—and easy if down right. This variation is full of protein and low on carbs. People have been using lettuce for bread for what seems like forever, but I really enjoyed the presentation of this. Also, I know this recipe uses taco seasoning which I’m honestly not a fan of. Simply swap the store bought taco seasoning for my DIY version that’s MSG-free and much healthier!
5. Vegan Mediterranean Baked Sweet Potatoes
Find the recipe on Minimalist Baker.
I’ve actually have the pleasure of speaking with the Minimalist Baker’s blogger (via Instagram of course). She is a total whiz in the kitchen, not to mention super helpful when it comes to answering her fans questions on Instagram haha!
I made this for dinner a few weeks ago and was pleasantly surprised. The combination of ingredients and herbs/spices might sound odd and first, but this a very satisfying meal to end your day with. If you’re an endurance runner, cyclist, or perform other sports/fitness activities that require lots of stamina, this is a perfect post-workout meal to help heal the body and mitigate the effects of post-workout oxidative stress.
Cooking healthy doesn’t need to feel like some terrible ride at Disney World that simply won’t end. Shopping strategically and picking simple, but delicious meals are the two key steps to making dinner and every day part of your life!