Healthy meals are an enigma. Whenever you want to whip up something healthy that satisfies the soul (and your craving for a hearty meal), it’s difficult to think of something that will actually sustain you for a few hours. Salads and the usual protein with veggies on the side can get dull after a while... unless you’re a rabbit.
That’s why we’re sharing 5 healthy meals you can make that aren’t boring!
Soups are delectable in the winter time -- easy to assemble, delicious to eat, and great for leftovers! Doesn’t this chicken meatball and vegetable noodle soup pictured below look amazing? Rather than using regular pasta noodles, you can buy pre-made veggie noodles or make your own with a vegetable spiralizer. Zucchini, yellow squash, carrots, and butternut squash noodles are a great alternative to regular pasta because they are rich in nutrients and vitamins! By using ground chicken to make the meatballs, this becomes an easy meal that is filled with protein and low in fat. You can’t go wrong with that! Plus, your stomach won’t be growling for a snack an hour after you eat. Get the full recipe here.
Photo by Brian Woodcock from CountryLiving.com
Stir fry lovers, this one’s for you! This grilled beef stir fry is a great meal for when you’re craving red meat. Oftentimes healthy meals will recommend using chicken, fish, or ground turkey, but if you love beef, your craving will be satisfied here without ruining your meal plan. It’s loaded up with vegetables including red and orange peppers, asparagus, bok choy, and spinach. By replacing fatty additives with healthier options like almond butter, it stays packed with nutrients and low on extra calories that you don’t need. The best part is that you can make it in under a half hour... probably quicker if you have a friend or family member to help you prep the veggies. Easy for weeknight dinners! Get the full recipe here.
Shrimp and grits? Sure! Change up your regular recipe for grits by replacing them with cauliflower. By doing that, you’re throwing out all the empty calories and replacing it with essential nutrients. Cauliflower is very high in fiber as well as Vitamin C and K. Shrimp is full of protein and omega fatty acids, which are wonderful for brain and heart health. You can make this meal in under 40 minutes and if you can find shrimp on sale, it’s relatively inexpensive as it uses a lot of ingredients you probably already have on hand! Get the full recipe here.
Everything you love about enchiladas with a fraction of the calories. Skip the carbs by replacing flour tortillas with zucchini! Simply cut them in half lengthwise, scoop out the insides, and you’ve got a perfect little serving boat to fill up with all your enchilada goods including shredded chicken. Top it with more veggies to pack in as many nutrients as possible and if you can go light on the cheese, this is a fairly low-fat meal. We have a feeling this is something your whole family will enjoy. You can see the full recipe here.
For those days when you’re tight on time and you want something to fill you up with little clean-up time afterwards, this lemon parmesan chicken and asparagus is a great choice. You make it all in one pan and it only takes 40 minutes to make. The breaded chicken is a crispy delight and you’ll get all the nutrients you need with asparagus on the side. Packed with flavor and protein, you can’t go wrong with a simple dish like this.
This is also an easy meal to make on a Sunday and you can then pack up the leftovers for your lunches during the week. Get the recipe here!
Photo from ChelseasMessyApron.com
See? Healthy eating doesn’t have to be boring or a hassle in the kitchen. These simple recipes are packed with flavor and all the right nutrients to keep you energized on a busy day. The best part is?
We totally just planned five days of meals for you. You’re welcome!