We love easy, tasty home cooking around here. So I’ve put together a list of easy healthy recipes to make for your family tonight!
You want to lose weight and follow a clean eating plan. This article provides easy healthy recipes that you can make at home with step by step instructions.
Healthy Meals in 12 Minutes or Less
Being hungry sucks (it’s a scientific fact). So why spend hours cooking a gourmet feast when a nutritious meal could be only 12 minutes away from getting from the kitchen to your plate? Skip the grumbling tummy, the hangriness, and the cranky guests, and serve up any one of these 52 healthy meals that are so quick and easy, you’ll wonder why you ever ordered takeout.
11. Paleo Sweet Potato Waffle Breakfast Sandwich
Leggo that Eggo! You can make this killer sweet potato waffle breakfast sandwich in the time it takes that frozen waffle to thaw. Protein-rich and full of good fats, it’s a great way to fill up on the good stuff at the start of the day so you’re not breaking out the snacks an hour later.
12. Whole30 Breakfast Bowl
Whole30 may be one of the toughest diets out there, but that doesn’t mean Whole30 recipes aren’t delicious! This quick breakfast bowl is a yummy twist on your standard bowl of oats: cook up a mashed banana with two eggs then throw it in a bowl with some apples, almond butter, coconut flakes, and cinnamon. YUM.
13. Banana Berry Smoothies
With all the craze surrounding juice and smoothies these days, it can seem daunting to make one in your own kitchen, but there are so many easy recipes that’ll make you realize how far that is from the truth. This version combines bananas, blueberries, raspberry sherbet, frozen yogurt, and juice for a flavorful breakfast or pre-workout treat.
14. Avocado Tortilla Breakfast Pizza
Pizza for breakfast? Yes, really. This “pizza crust” is actually a flat tortilla that you pop in the oven for 10 minutes with some mashed avo, grated cheese, and an egg on top. Best brunch ever.
15. Spicy Sun-Dried Tomato and Feta Omelet
Omelets are a lazy cook’s best friend. They’re easy, healthy, and seemingly fancy. This Mediterranean-inspired version is loaded with sun-dried tomatoes, onions, feta, and red chili flakes for a spicy and super filling breakfast.
16. Strawberry Chocolate Almond Acai Bowls
Smoothies don’t have to be sipped with a straw! This colorful Acai bowl packs in some sneaky greens (spinach or kale) and lots of healthy staples like Goji berries, Acai powder, nuts, and berries.
17. Two-Ingredient Pancakes
Yep, you read that right. Just two ingredients: banana and egg. These “pancakes,” are super easy to make and you can customize them with whatever add-ins your heart desires. Mixing in some protein powder makes these guys a great post-workout snack, too.
18. Simple Muesli Breakfast
Never heard of museli? Just think of it as a different type of oatmeal. This version packs in yogurt, nuts, and berries in addition to the classic base so your breakfast will be far from boring.
19. PB & J No-Bake Oatmeal Bars
Who doesn’t miss a packed PB & J sandwich in their lunch box every day? These easy no-bake snack bars will allow you to indulge your nostalgia. If you make a big batch on Sunday you’ll have a week’s worth of snacks or breakfasts set.
Healthy Meals You Can Make in 10 Minutes or Less
Quick and nutritious
You know the facts: Preparing meals at home is good for your health and your wallet. But let’s face it — you have other priorities taking up space in your schedule and minimal free time, so spending hours or even minutes in the kitchen isn’t always at the top of your to-do list.
So many things can crowd out meal prep (think: long hours at work, significant others, keeping in touch with family, maybe even a workout here and there).YOU MIGHT LIKE24 Healthy and Portable Mason Jar Meals
But before giving in to endless Seamless clicking, becoming a regular at the Chinese place near the office, or living off frozen meals, know that in the time it takes to watch your favorite cat videos on YouTube, you can make a nutritious home-cooked meal.
1. Peach Cobbler Oatmeal
Forget flavored oatmeal packets and go au naturel with this oatmeal that’s reminiscent of a cobbler. With fresh peaches, chopped pecans or your nut of choice, and cinnamon, it will satisfy your sweet tooth so well that you may find yourself making it for dessert.
2. Simple Poached Egg and Avocado Toast
Avocado toast is all the rage, but adding a poached egg takes it to a new level and completes the trifecta of nutrition: protein, fats, and carbs. Parmesan cheese and fresh herbs sprinkled on top make it look and taste fancy.
3. Oatmeal Blueberry Yogurt Pancakes
A stack of homemade flapjacks doesn’t take that long to make. These are high-protein and free of gluten, but they still taste amazing and fluffy, thanks to bananas, oats, vanilla, and of course blueberries.
4. Cheddar-Garlic Grits with Fried Eggs
A Southern classic, cheesy grits don’t have to be a complete fat and calorie bomb. Cook them in water rather than milk and omit the butter. But keep the cheddar: The 2 tablespoons per serving here keeps the dish gooey and rich and provides almost 10 percent of your daily calcium.
Then add eggs for staying power, chopped chives for their slightly oniony flavor, and garlic, which makes everything taste better.
5. Hot Quinoa Cereal
Fabulous as it is, quinoa takes some time to cook. While some people have said it can be nuked, that takes more than 10 minutes in most microwaves. But quinoa flakes, which are similar to oats but are a complete protein, can be ready in a flash.
Cook them in your preferred milk with dried berries, and then top away with nuts, nut butter, seeds, and fresh fruit.
6. Scrambled Tofu
When properly prepared, tofu is anything but blah — and this version provides as much protein as a scrambled egg. Toss the vegan staple with cheesy nutritional yeast, turmeric, cumin, and paprika (buy smoked for even more flavor). Even egg lovers will enjoy it.
7. Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal
This healthy, autumn-inspired oatmeal gets its pie-like flavor from pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, and vanilla. A sprinkling of dried cranberries adds natural sweetness.
8. Open-Faced Sandwiches with Ricotta, Arugula, and Fried Egg
A breakfast sandwich can be so much more than a smashed bacon, egg, and cheese eaten behind the wheel. Yes, this one calls for a fork and knife, but it’s worth it.
Toasted bread is topped with spicy arugula, a good source of vitamin K, which helps your blood clot. Then add an egg, salty ricotta — it has more protein than cottage cheese — Parmesan, and thyme. It’s a sandwich like no other.
9. Omelet in a Mug
Toss your favorite breakfast meat (or skip it if you’re vegetarian), salsa, eggs, and cheese in a mug and zap it for 1 minute. Stir, and then cook for another 30 to 45 seconds.
10. Butternut Squash Ramen Bowl with Rice Noodles, Tofu, and Fresh Pea Shoots
A delicious dinner for one, this noodle bowl has all the flavors of your fave quick-cook noodle cups but none of the icky additives. Rice noodles provide the bulk of this vegetarian-friendly bowl, which uses boxed butternut squash soup as a base for fast cooking.
Pea shoots taste like, well, peas, and are rich in vitamins A and C and folic acid. If you can’t find them, you can use spinach.
HEALTHY MEAL PREP IDEAS TO SIMPLIFY YOUR LIFE
25 Healthy Meal Prep Recipes
Here you can find my favorite quick and easy meal prep recipes! All these meal prep recipes will be ready in 30 minutes or less and are perfect for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
No matter what you love, there are some simple and yummy ideas for you: vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and some for meat lovers!
BREAKFAST MEAL PREP IDEAS
My favorite easy weekly meal prep ideas for breakfast! They are perfect if you are on the run in the morning.
1. 6 HEALTHY OVERNIGHT OATS IDEAS
PREP TIME: 5 minutes
A healthy breakfast meal prep recipe that you can bring to work with you! This 5-minute overnight oats recipe is filled with healthy foods and protein: rolled oats, chia seeds, and some healthy toppings to help you kick-start your day.
And the great thing about these overnight oats jars is that they last up to 5 days in the fridge. You can meal prep these a few days in advance and just take them out of the refrigerator in the morning. I usually prep them on Sunday evening, and they are ready for the week!
2. MAKE-AHEAD FRUIT AND YOGURT PARFAIT
PREP TIME: 10 minutes
If you love fruit and granola, this is the perfect breakfast for you. These parfait ideas are super delicious, and they are much cheaper to make than buying them at Starbucks. Prepare these in the evening, and grab them on your way out of the door!
3. OVERNIGHT CHIA SEED PUDDING WITH ALMOND MILK
PREP TIME: less than 5 minutes
This is the perfect healthy vegan meal prep recipe for breakfast! It’s ready in pretty much a couple of minutes and only requires 2 ingredients. Just mix chia seeds and almond milk before going to bed, put them in the fridge, and you will have a tasty breakfast to enjoy in the morning! Add whatever fresh fruit you love, and you are ready to go!
I love this with fresh berries in the summer or warm apple compote in the winter! Delicious!
LUNCH MEAL PREP IDEAS (PERFECT FOR DINNER TOO!)
Some delicious meal prep lunch ideas. And not all healthy meal prep recipes need to be for boring sandwiches! I picked lots of tasty alternatives for you.
4. GREEK COUSCOUS SALAD
PREP TIME: 25 minutes
This colorful and healthy Greek couscous salad is so delicious your co-workers will envy you as soon as they see it! It’s the perfect healthy meal prep option for a work lunch. It’s also very cheap to make!
If you want to go for a meaty option, you can simply add some grilled chicken on top!
5. 5 AWESOME LUNCH BOX IDEAS PERFECT FOR WORK
PREP TIME: 5 to 25 minutes
If you are after some simple lunch ideas, you can try these lunch boxes. They only take between 5 to 25 minutes to prepare. They are healthy, perfect if you are in a hurry, and will satisfy everyone.
Delicious! They are my go-to lunch at the moment!
6. 10-MINUTE CHICKPEA CURRY
PREP TIME: 10 minutes
VEGAN, GLUTEN-FREE, NUT-FREE
I have a bit of a problem with this chickpea curry. I cook it ALL THE TIME! And Dan is getting a bit tired of it, lol! But I love it: this is my go-to weeknight meal, for many reasons!
It’s rich, spicy, but not overpowering, filling, and ready in only 10 minutes. Plus, it’s the perfect meal prep recipe. You can cook a big batch, put it in the fridge or freezer, and be done for the week. And it’s really cheap to make: a portion comes out at less than $2.
7. SPICY CHICKEN MEAL PREP WITH RICE AND BEANS
PREP TIME: 20 minutes
This spicy chicken with rice and beans is very filling and packed with proteins. If you are a fan of using an instant pot, this is the perfect recipe for you. But don’t worry, you can meal prep this even without an Instant Pot. It will just take a bit longer, and you can use a crockpot or a simple pan.
PREP TIME: 25 minutes
These meal prep chicken fajitas are made on one (or two) sheet pans, making for super easy prep and even easier cleanup! Serve them in tortilla bowls for a no-mess lunch.
9. ITALIAN COUSCOUS SALAD
PREP TIME: 25 minutes
Found on Chelsea’s Messy Apron
I never seem to have enough couscous salads! This is another variation with an Italian twist on it. This healthy meal prep recipe is perfect for lunch or dinner: it’s fresh and light tasting while still filling and satisfying. The dressing is packed with spice/dried herbs, and the vinegar and honey make it tangy and sweet at the same time.
10. THE ULTIMATE VEGGIE SANDWICH
PREP TIME: 10 minutes
This veggie sandwich is truly epic! Not only it’s beautiful to see, but it’s also delicious too! The main ingredients are romaine lettuce, carrots, cucumber, red cabbage, avocado, sprouts, red onion, and tomatoes. Yummy!