Is it that time when your brain has just given up on what to cook for dinner? People don’t realize it, but the hardest thing to come up with for a human being is creative ideas for decent meals that suit the specific taste of the whole family.
Worried that your kids are hooked on unhealthy sloppy Joes and boxed mac and cheese? Fortunately, you’ll say goodbye to at least one of your worries today because we have just the right recipes for you.
So, let’s chow down some of the easiest yet healthy meal recipes you’ll find online today!
1. Sheet Pan Salmon With Asparagus
Not in the mood for something fancy? We bet this recipe will both save you time and satisfy your appetite. You only need some salmon, lemons, spices, and asparagus.
Speaking of asparagus, the number one thing that will work for this dish is going for thin asparagus. They are tastier than larger ones and are tenderer. However, you can’t always be that lucky customer who happens to find the perfect asparagus at the store.
If you make this dish tonight and love it, we recommend stocking this beautiful veggie for rainy days. Want to have fresh asparagus for your meals on the go every time? Don’t always have the time for grocery trips? The quickest solution is to learn how to freeze asparagus correctly, and you’ll never go back to the old ways again.
As for the meal recipe, all you need to do is to throw your salmon and asparagus on a sheet pan, place thin lemon slices on the asparagus, and sprinkle mint, chives, salt, mint, thyme, and cilantro.
Pop it in the oven and serve with healthy side dishes like a wedge salad or quinoa.
2. Spicy Kung Pao Shrimp
A healthy shrimp recipe is a must-have next to your go-to dishes like tuna, lobster rolls, and seafood pasta. But this shrimp recipe will bring fireworks to your taste buds, and you can have it on the table in under twenty minutes.
Kung Pao shrimp is a balanced mixture of protein, vegetables, and flavor. You only need a bowl of raw fresh shrimp and marinate it with cornstarch, black pepper, and some soy sauce.
Set it aside and add chili paste, red wine vinegar, cornstarch, soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil, and some sugar in another bowl and whisk properly.
Now take a pan, add peanuts with red pepper flakes, and fry until golden brown. Remove the peanut, add another teaspoon of oil, and cook the shrimp medium-high until they change color.
After removing the shrimp, stir-fry diced onion, ginger, bell peppers, garlic, green onion, or any other vegetable of your liking. Now combine everything in the pan, add the sauce, cook for a few minutes, and finally present it with cooked rice.
3. Broccoli Mac and Cheese
We know this was about healthy dishes, but trust us, once you get a taste of veggie-infested mac and cheese, you’ll never have it any other way. Boil pasta of your choosing, but we would prefer short pasta or macaroni, add salt to your taste, and rinse it aside.
Now take a pan, add some olive oil, and throw in the butter, flour, milk, mozzarella cheese, salt, pepper, cheddar cheese, chopped broccoli, and Pecorino Romano cheese.
The latter is aged cheese that’s packed with flavor and nutrients. Cook the mixture for a few minutes, add pasta, and top it with Italian panko and mamma mia! This recipe perfectly blends a tasteful meal with loads of fiber and contrasting texture. It’s the perfect meal for introducing kids to the greens.
4. Quick Parmesan Potato Soup
Are you craving a wholesome yet healthy soup? Look no further and get those potatoes out! Simply preheat the oven to 200°C and pop in 2cm thick, sliced potatoes in a deep baking dish. Season the slices with oil, garlic, thyme, and some parmesan.
Remove the potatoes after about 40 minutes or until golden brown, and squeeze the baked garlic cloves from their skins. Add the garlic, about four cups of boiling water, sour cream, stock powder, and shallots to the baking dish, stir, and bake for another 20 minutes.
Now turn your attention back to the baked potatoes and remove a few for garnishing while the rest of the mixture should be blended to a smooth consistency. You can add water according to your preferred soup thickness; otherwise, your soup is ready. Serve it with baked potatoes on top, grated parmesan, and some chopped spring onion.
5. Ratatouille Styled Egg Recipe
Vegetarians pay attention because you’ll be licking your fingers after finishing this dish. We’ll dive right into the recipe by firing up that pan with some oil on medium heat. Now add one large trimmed and sliced aubergine to the pan along with sliced mixed bell peppers, sliced courgette, and chopped red onion.
Fry the veggies until they soften and turn golden, and then add one 400g tin of cherry tomatoes to the pan.
Also, add approximately 300ml of water and bring the mixture to a boil. Let the stock reduce and simmer the mixture for at least 15 minutes. As the sauce thickens, make four boxes in the pan and crack an egg in each space.
Let the eggs cook for about seven minutes, and voila! Dinner is served.
6. Easy Veggie-Cashew Stir-Fry
Are you struggling to get your picky eaters to try more veggies? Get your pan, and we’ll tell you how to change that! But first, take a bowl and mix lemon juice, two tablespoons brown sugar, soy sauce, ¼ cup water, and mix it well.
Now heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and stir garlic for a minute. Then, add your veggies, including coarsely chopped green and sweet red pepper, carrot, two cups of sliced mushrooms, four chopped green onions, sliced small zucchini, and stir fry until crisp-tender.
Finally, add the soy sauce mixture and bring to a boil. Add roasted cashews, chestnuts, and two bowls of brown rice.
Counting calories or giving up unhealthy foods is not always convenient. That’s why we recommend trying some of these amazing yet easy-to-make meal recipes packed with healthy nutrients and flavor. Don’t forget to keep your ingredients, especially veggies, fresh and frozen!