A healthy diet: 9 meals you can prepare in 30 minutes

Ezgi Cakmak
Author Ezgi Cakmak
Collection Health Realities

I have never been chef material, but I’ve made a commitment to cook more meals at home and stop relying on Seamless deliveries. I’m also making more of an effort to eat healthy, so I’ve found a few meals that I like to keep on rotation. The best part? You just need a few key ingredients (and meats) in your kitchen and you’ll never have to head to the store to get the finishing touches for dinner. Here are some of my favorite meals that you can prepare in 30 minutes or less!

1. One Pan Chicken and Veggies

Cut up 2-3 chicken breasts into bite-sized pieces, marinate them in your favorite flavor (I love a lemon herb!) and toss them on the pan. Cut up some veggies you have on hand and add them to the pan. Bake all together at 400 degrees for about 30 minutes.

2. Tilapia and Sweet Potato

Put both on a pan and drizzle over olive oil and add some salt and pepper to taste. Add some lemon slices on top of the fish. Bake for about 15 minutes or until tilapia flakes easily with a fork.

3. Gourmet Mac and Cheese

Bring out some whole wheat pasta and bring to a boil, then drain halfway. Stir in your choice of cheese and add some greek yogurt, too. Add garlic or spinach to your liking and bake for 10 minutes until golden brown.

4. Sautéed Shrimp and Pasta

Add jumbo shrimp to a pan and sauté with a little olive oil, salt and pepper, and a dash of chili powder. Flip them over every few minutes until they’re browned. Cook veggie pasta and add the shrimp over top. You can finish it off with your favorite sauce — I recommend a light alfredo or marinara!

5. Stuffed Bell Peppers

Cook a pack of ground turkey in a pan and set aside. Cut out the center of a few bell peppers (keep the tops!) and add the cooked meat, corn, rice, and some hot sauce into the peppers. Seal and bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes.

6. Chicken (or Steak) Stir Fry

Add sliced chicken or steak to a pan and cook through until meat is almost done. Add in sliced onions, bell peppers, and a little garlic and let it all cook together for about 10 minutes on medium to high heat.

7. One Pan Salmon Dish

Add a few pieces of salmon to a pan, along with some asparagus and cherry tomatoes. Bake on 325 for about 15-20 minutes or until salmon is done.

8. Make-Your-Own Pizza

To make this simple, you can purchase whole wheat pizza dough! Lay out on a pan and add your favorite toppings. I enjoy sliced bell peppers, pepperoni, and light cheese. Bake in oven at 325 for 20 minutes or until crust is golden brown.

9. Turkey Burger Patties

Get some lean ground turkey and add in chopped onions, basil, and a little salt and pepper. Stir together then hand-shape a few patties. Add some oil to a pan on medium heat and pop in the burgers until they’re cooked to your liking. Eat them on their own or throw on a whole wheat bun to finish the meal!

I’d love to hear what your go-to meals are when you don’t have a ton of time. Post them below!

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