The start of a new year is the perfect time to evaluate your life: what do you love and want to keep doing, and what do you want to stop or start doing?
If cooking, meal prep, or eating healthier are things you want to start, you might enjoy some of these recipes. These are my tried-and-true favorite meals when I’m looking for something high in protein and low in carbs and calories. They taste better than takeout and most can be made in 30 minutes or less.
Click through and give some a try! Then let me know some of your healthy standbys in the comments!
Better than takeout beef and broccoli and you can make it at home before delivery would arrive! Serve with some rice or quinoa.
These are based on the PF Changs chicken lettuce wraps, and I like them even better than the real thing. They’re surprisingly easy to make–the toughest thing is not eating the whole thing by myself! (Also, Damn Delicious is one of my fave food blogs. It is accurately named.)
This is a great meatless option that’s also extremely flexible. I usually use veggies I have around (swapping the sun-dried tomatoes for cherry tomatoes, for instance) and I use Israeli couscous instead of millet.
Ok, this one is barely a recipe. Cook up some Banza pasta. While it’s cooking, sautee some veggies and/or grill up some chicken sausages. Mix it all together with pesto and top it with parmesan or feta. This is the lazy-too-tired-to-cook meal of choice in our house. It lets me give into the pasta cravings with something a bit better for me. If you haven’t had it before, Banza is amazing. It’s pasta made from chickpeas, so it’s high in protein and fiber, low in carbs, and gluten free. It’s available in most stores, and they’ve also just launched some mac and cheese boxes. I always keep some of their pasta in the pantry!
Sauteed Chicken with Olives, Capers, and Roasted Lemons
I don’t know if it’s the recipe itself or if it’s because it’s from Food and Wine, but I feel so fancy when I make this recipe. It’s so tasty! I use kalamata olives instead of Sicilian, and I usually make kale or broccoli instead of the spinach. Serve with some rice pilaf and greens!
Sweet Potato and Black Bean Turkey Chili
This recipe is super hearty and delicious. I make a batch at the beginning of the week for easy lunches I can take to work.
Thai Chicken Wraps and Peanut-Coconut Sauce
Instead of having this as a wrap, I add a couple cups of shredded cabbage into the mixture and eat it as a salad. This keeps super well, so it’s another one I’ll prep for weekday lunches.
Now it’s your turn! What are your go-to healthy recipes? I’d love to add a few more into my rotating list!