Easy Meals [WIAW 22]

Hi friends, happy What I Ate Wednesday! As usual, I’m highlighting some of the things I’ve been eating lately but I really want to place an emphasis on how easyyyy it is to cook and eat nutritious food.

“I’m too busy.” “I don’t know how to cook.” “I’m lazy.” … a few of the comments I hear when people think about taking on a healthier diet.

I totally felt the same way not too long ago but in deciding to make my diet a priority I realized how easy it is to cook delicious and healthy food. Yes I probably spend more time chopping veggies and washing fruit, but otherwise I don’t complicate things.

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Breakfast…

Whole wheat Ezekiel bread, sunflower seed butter, a pear and an orange. All you need to do is toast the bread, spread the seed butter and cut the fruit.

Breakfast

Oatmeal with grated carrot, cinnamon, walnuts and raisin. I usually make my oatmeal in the microwave. I mix 1/3 cup of quick oats with 2/3 cup of water (and added grated carrot to this bowl). Microwave for 2 minutes, stop and stir halfway through and then add your toppings.

Carrot cake oatmeal

Lunch…

Tuna

with spinach, cucumber, red pepper, cherry tomatoes and balsamic vinegar. Open the can of tuna, throw it on the veggies (yes you need to chop them but that takes 5 minutes) add some balsamic, lemon juice, S & P, and dig in.

Tuna salad

Bean and sweet potato stew

– a one batch, four meal dish. Chop the veggies, wash the beans, throw it all in the pot, add the spices, simmer, eat. Yeah it looks like a hot mess but it’s delicious.

Bean and sweet potato stew

Dinner…

Grilled chicken with oven roasted brussels sprouts and sweet potato fries. My dad grilled this amazing chicken on the BBQ

but I grill chicken in a grill pan on the stove with a bit of olive oil, garlic salt and pepper. For the veggies, I coated them in coconut oil (and cinnamon for the sweet potatoes) and roasted them in the oven at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes.

Chicken dinner1

Grilled chicken with salad and sweet potato fries. Just a slight variation of the above dinner.

Chicken dinner2

Snacks…

Larabars are a great on the go snacking option. They are void of gunk ingredients that other bars have. I keep an “emergency bar” in my purse at all times. #hanger

Larabar

I have also been snacking on some homemade goodies. Like these oatmeal raisins bars

which were ready in 10 minutes, including clean up.

Oatmeal cinnamon raisin bar

I know it aint fancy but it does the trick. What do you think?

Questions of the day…

What are some simple, healthy meals you make?

 

43 thoughts on “Easy Meals [WIAW 22]

  1. Totally agree with you! Eating healthy doesn’t have to be complicated or difficult. Some of my favourite easy healthy meals are yogurt + fruit + cereal, sandwiches, snacky lunches (crackers + tuna salad + chopped veggies + hummus), stir fries, and roasted veggies + sweet potato + tofu.

  2. I love grabbing nuts and fruit. Honestly, non of my meals are complicated. I throw some frozen veggies and some chicken with a healthy bottled stir fry sauce and I’m good to go, add some minute brown rice and everyone is happy.
    I love those bars by the way!

  3. I can’t help but give people a not so lovely look when I hear them say “eating healthy is hard, time consuming or expensive”. I’m sorry, did you not just get fast food yesterday, get your nails done, buy a new shirt, watch a whole tv marathon. This post is exactly what those type of people need to see. Simple, healthy & delicious meals :)

  4. I love simple healthy meals. I cook for one during the week and never feel like making real elaborate meals so it’s nice to have quick options to go to. My usual go to is eggs with veggies to get in protein and veggies.

  5. Love it, girl! I think one of the biggest misconceptions people have is that healthy living is both complicated and boring. Way to prove that that’s completely not the case :D One of my favourite snacks, for example? All it takes is cracking open a jar of nut butter and peeling a banana.

  6. I’m going to show this post to my mom. That’s always her excuse… I have been trying for literally years now. She hates cooking and I keep failing at getting her to believe it’s not hard to eat healthy. Help!

  7. hahaha I feel like this was for me. I’m all those comments. My usual go-to is roasted veggies and chicken. I’m sure they are cooked terribly, but it gets the job done.

  8. LOVE tuna and any kind of granola bar! I’m pretty sure I eat one every day. I like your easy meals–sometimes theres no time (or patience) for complicated ones!

  9. LOVE all your meals! The roasted Brussels sprouts and sweet potato fries definitely caught my eye. Two of my favorite veggies! I also love the idea of adding in some grated carrot into oatmeal. I’m definitely going to try that. A perfect way to get in some veggies at breakfast!

  10. I kind of want to throw something at people who insist that healthy eating is too much work or too boring. Sorry, but I would consider eating McDonalds a few times a week to get boring pretty quickly too! Some of my favourite easy healthy options include eggs, microwaved oatmeal, roasted veggies (root veggies and things like cauliflower, brussels and broccoli), fresh fruit with a cheese string or nut butter, oven-baked or slow cooker chicken, healthy snack bars…definitely no complications there.

  11. the oatmeal raisin bars look delicious, I love making my own gtanola bars! Ive also been eating tons of sweet potatoes lately, I prep some and have them for lunches and dinners! I need to look at that stew recipe, yummmm. the foods that dont look that great always taste the best (like my pot roast!)

  12. Love this, girl! It’s so easy (and much faster) to make your own healthy meals. Even if you don’t plan all of your meals right away, it’s still faster to chop up some veggies and dip in store bought hummus than ordering out or something. Love that you keep larabars in the purse for emergency cases of “hangry”. I’m right there with ya!

  13. All of a sudden I feel like sunflower seed butter is everywhere! I didn’t even know it existed until a couple of days ago when I saw it on Arman’s blog, and now I can’t escape it! It might be the perfect thing for a pb hater like me, because I actually LIKE sunflower seeds (unlike almonds or any of those other nasty nuts, hehe). Love this post, and love the way that you practice what you preach! Doesn’t have to be hard to be healthy!

  14. Your oatmeal reminds me of morning glory muffins or hummingbird cake! Just not in bread form :)

    I swoon at grill marks. Seriously. The chicken and veggies are calling to me right now. My seriously grill-mark-lacking chicken and zucchini noodles right now cannot compare.

  15. silly silly larabars ;)

    This post is proof that healthy eating doesn’t have to be time consuming! I miss ezekiel bread…I used to eat it without any toppings because it had such a unique texture!

    Simple, healthy meals- carb/protein + veg. Boring but it works..that or pancakes ;)

    PS Thesis later today again. :)

  16. I definitely agree being healthy doesn’t have to be tricky or time consuming. I find if I put in some time food prepping it saves me time later in the week when I’m busy and not bothered.

    Will have to try those carrot oats they sound delicious!!

  17. I never thought of putting carrots in my oatmeal but that sounds awesome! Like carrot cake in a bowl :) My easy meals are kale chips (either topped with bbq sauce and baked or nutritional yeast/olive oil and baked) along with some sort of protein like a veggie burger or tofu or egg whites. I usually have some version of those throughout the week when I don’t have a lot of time to cook. I also really like spicing up a can of black beans with different spices and then making quesadillas out of it with corn tortillas. That’s what I had tonight :)

  18. I love making egg whites and veggies – either scrambled all together or as an omelet. Can we count quesadillas as a quick healthy meal if they are veggies and a little cheese? Also green smoothies – seriously takes me 5 minutes including clean up.

  19. Thank you for sharing the quick and healthy meals! So many people just need to SEE real examples like yours to believe that it’s possible! Like a lot of commenters, I like quick egg and veggie scrambles, quick salads with leftovers tossed on top, stir fries, yogurt and fruit bowls, and I always freeze at least one portion of recipes that I make, so I have quick go-to meals in a pinch!

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