If you have a busy, fast-paced life, it’s nearly impossible to eat healthy. Nothing kills your motivation for a healthy diet more than the thought of coming home after a hard day’s work and then having to prepare an entire home-cooked meal. Lucky for you, not all healthy meals require two hours of prep—and not all easy meals have to be packaged or fried. Let’s look at some healthy meals you can cook in under 30 minutes.
- Miso-Glazed Salmon with Snap PeasSalmon is filled with an unsaturated fat called omega-3 fatty acid, which is great for keeping your heart and cardiovascular system healthy. The delicious, Asian-style miso glaze will also give it a nice sweet and sour flavor, while the snap peas make a great, crunchy side dish. This lightning-fast recipe only takes about 15 minutes to make.
- Chicken Thighs with Shallots and SpinachChicken is an unbelievably lean and nutritious meat, and chicken thighs are an especially juicy and tasty part of the chicken. The shallots and spinach also make for an incredibly healthy green side. Along with fiber, spinach also contains vitamin K, vitamin A, folate, magnesium, iron, copper, vitamin B12, and so much more.
- Mac and Cheese Scrambled EggsYou don’t have to sacrifice comfort food to be healthy! This clever little recipe replaces half the pasta with scrambled egg whites to give it a little extra protein, and the sauce only has an ounce of cheese in it because it uses an egg yolk substitute! Adding a little protein to your meals will go a long way towards building muscle.
- Kale Walnut Pesto & Blistered Tomato PastaTry this vegetarian option that incorporates healthy nuts, tomatoes, and the latest superfood health craze: kale. Kale has been shown to improve blood glucose control and even lower your blood pressure. Kale also has fiber, vitamin C, B6, and potassium—all important nutrients for keeping your heart healthy. It’s one delicious hippie and Italian-inspired easy dinner.
- Turkey Steaks with Spinach, Pears, & Blue CheeseThis meal proves that you can have a sophisticated dinner without breaking the bank, or your diet! Turkey is another lean white meat that’s also filled with protein, iron, zinc, B vitamins, and more. The spinach and pear sides also add a nice, balancing flavor while giving you a sizeable serving of fruits and vegetables. As mentioned earlier, spinach is an excellent source of fiber and nutrients.