3 Easy Healthy Dishes to Make When You Just Don’t Have the Time

Susan Hoff
February 2, 2024

Eating healthy doesn’t have to be complicated or take a long time!

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Healthy eating tends to have a reputation for being something that only those with a lot of time on their hands can do. And it’s no secret that in today’s fast-paced world this is a luxury few of us have! However, I believe that this is a misconception: a meal doesn’t have to take a long time to prepare with rare ingredients to be healthy. In fact, there are so many healthy meals that come to mind that don’t require much effort at all! Today, I want to share with you three easy and healthy dishes to make when you just can’t be bothered but still want to take care of your wellness. Continue reading to discover my favorite picks. 

Breakfast: Start Your Day with Overnight Oats

Mornings can be chaotic, making it crucial to start our day with a nutrient-packed breakfast. Overnight oats, as well as yogurt, granola, or fruit parfaits, are not only effortless but also offer a great amount of nutrients. Packed with fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants, these breakfast options provide lots of energy throughout the day. Did you know that a healthy breakfast looks like this?

Overnight Oats Recipe: Vegan and Delicious

  • In a jar, combine 2 cups of rolled oats, 1 tablespoon of chia seeds, almond milk to cover, and a hint of vanilla extract. If you’re looking for the perfect jars for recipes like this one, make sure to check out my favorites! Here’s an affiliate link where you can buy them.
  • Add a medley of your favorite fruits (and some dark chocolate chips, if you’re looking for some extra energy) and a drizzle of agave syrup.
  • Seal the jar and let it rest in the fridge overnight.

Check out my variants of the classic overnight oats recipe here.

Lunch: Kitchen Sink Salad

The Kitchen Sink Salad is a celebration of freshness and a perfect solution if you’re looking for variety without fuss. This quick and easy salad recipe allows for easy prep and can be customized week after week with seasonal vegetables. It's a delightful way to ensure you're getting many different nutrients from colorful, whole ingredients. Find out why it’s important to eat seasonally here.

Kitchen Sink Salad Recipe

  • Begin with a bed of leafy greens like spinach or arugula.
  • Toss in an array of veggies – cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, and whatever veggies you have on hand.
  • Amp up the protein with grilled chicken, chickpeas, or a sprinkle of feta cheese.
  • Top with a sprinkling of crushed cashews, pumpkin seeds, pistachios or dried fruit like golden raisins, fresh strawberry slices, or diced apples. 
  • Finally finish it off with a healthy, easy salad dressing made from olive oil, balsamic vinegar, Dijon mustard, and a pinch of salt.

Dinner: Healthy One-Pot Lentil Soup

After a hectic day, the last thing you want is a complicated dinner routine. Enter a healthy one-pan dinner recipe. This delicious lentil soup is convenient and makes for a cozy, well-balanced meal. With protein, veggies, and healthy carbs, you get a wholesome, flavorful dinner without the overwhelming cleanup.

One-Pan Lentil Soup Recipe

  • Pop 3 slices of bread in the oven and cook until crispy.
  • Add 1 tbsp diced onion, 1 garlic clove, 1 tbsp celery, and 1 diced carrot to a pan with olive oil. Stir.
  • Add your favorite spices (I use paprika and cumin) to the pan and mix well.
  • Add a can of lentils to the pan, together with 2 tbsp of tomato sauce and 1 cup of water.
  • Let the soup cook until the carrot turns soft, then add some baby spinach leaves and mix.
  • Season with a drizzle of olive oil and don’t forget your bread!

Bonus: Homemade Protein Bites

If you know me, you know I love good homemade protein bars for an afternoon snack. But have you ever tried making protein bites at home? They are smaller than bars and super fun to make. Check out my signature protein bites recipes here.

Looking for more easy healthy dishes to make when you’re extra busy? Check out my blog - I bet you’ll get inspired.

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