Today we’re sharing a few of our favorite healthy and easy-to-make meal ideas. These recipes are perfect for busy days when you don’t have time to spend hours in the kitchen but also don’t want to feed your family, say, cereal. Although no judgement if that happens occasionally either! ;)
Check out these healthy meal ideas packed with fresh veggies, protein, and fruit. They are as delicious to eat as they are easy to whip up. And, be sure to save this post for easy reference when you need an easy meal to make.
1) One-Pot Pasta
One-pot pasta is a favorite dish in my family. It’s so easy to make and only uses one pot, so the clean up is a breeze as well. Key ingredients include: spinach, basil, spaghetti, fresh tomatoes, and fresh mozzarella. With so many fresh ingredients, this dish is packed with nutrients like protein, potassium, vitamin A and C, calcium, iron, and fiber. The spaghetti noodles do add some carbohydrates, but not all carbs are bad. For a healthier version make sure to swap out traditional white-grain pasta with whole-grain pasta. Boil your water, add in your ingredients, stir occasionally, and viola you’ve made a delicious pasta dish!
2) Pomegranate Chicken Salad
Next up, if you’re looking for a healthy, light, and refreshing meal, the Pomegranate Chicken Salad recipe is it. It’s a perfect meal on a hot summer night. Add some bread, wine (or your favorite drink) and this is the perfect picnic-ready meal. One of the things we like most about this recipe is that it can be customized to fit your personal preferences. The recipe calls for a spinach-based salad but if you prefer romaine or mixed greens, swap those in! Add some chopped walnuts for a crunchier taste or throw in some extra veggies for more nutrients.
3) Avocado, Egg, and Pine Nut Toast
Now, if the image below doesn’t have your mouth water just looking at this, can you even call yourself a “foodie”? We think not! This recipe is a unique twist on traditional avocado toast. With avocado, eggs, and nuts, this is a delicious protein-packed meal. It’s light enough to eat so you won’t feel heavy and weighed down but will keep you feeling full for hours. The main ingredients are incredibly simple: whole wheat or multigrain bread, boiled eggs, sliced avocados, pine nuts, olive oil, and salt and pepper.
4) Chicken and Vegetable Stir Fry
Stir fry dishes are one of our favorite meals to make. They are super easy; cut up your favorite vegetables, add a protein, then mix it all together and fry it up. It’s super simple! We especially love stir fry dishes when you’re trying to use up leftover veggies or random things found in your fridge. This chicken and veggie stir fry dish is the perfect easy meal. Be sure to add your favorite spices and sauces to the dish; if you like it sweeter try a honey-based sauce and for something more spicy try adding red chili flakes.
5) Acai Bowl
Last but not least, the acai bowl is a must try! This colorful dish is a favorite with health-conscious eaters; it’s jam-packed with healthy proteins like nut-based granola and nutrients found in the namesake acai berry. While many eat this as a breakfast food; with it’s sweet flavor, we think this is a great dish to replace traditional ice cream or dessert as well! Add your favorite fruit like bananas or berries, top with some honey, and some protein-rich seeds, and you’ve got a delicious and nutrient-packed meal.
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