It has been SO LONG since I shared an easy meals post! If you search easy meals on my site, you’ll find 8 other Easy Meals posts to look through! I started this type of post a while ago because I know so many people struggle with coming up with unique meals in a short amount of time. Which leads to people feeling overwhelmed around meal time and in turn, causing them to simply order in or head to a restaurant. But I’m here to help you see the light and know that healthy meals don’t have to be complicated or time consuming. Often times simple is best, when it comes to cooking and eating!
Now before we dive into how I make all these meals in no time flat, I want to share what I’ve shared in all my previous posts in case this is your first Easy Meals post you’ve ever read. Here’s the rundown of these meal –
- These are meals I make for me and my husband at home.
- I cook for the blog most of the time so I don’t make elaborate meals for just the two of us very often.
- I try to get as many veggies in as possible.
- And I try to cook everything as quick as possible.
I’m not a person who necessarily “batch cooks” because I’m constantly cooking for the blog. So I always have some sort of leftover to use in some way. But if I don’t, I try to stick to two helpful things – utilizing brands and multitasking. Utilizing brands will cut down on your cooking times and multitasking will keep you on track to a quick meal. I use
And below are some of the brands and companies that I use almost every single day! I use ButcherBox to get my grass-fed, grass-finished, antibiotic and hormone-free, pasture-raised protein delivered to our house, Thrive Market for all my pantry staples, and Amazon Prime Now to deliver any freezer staples, pre-cut veggies to cut down on prep time, and seasonal produce! All three of these companies deliver to my house so I don’t have to worry about running to the store!
In all my meals, you’ll see the same veggies over and over, mostly because these veggies cook up super fast. For meals that take longer, I use different types, but these meals have the same normal 5 or so veggies in them because I love them and they are easy to cook! And you’ll also see beans. This was never part of my diet before this year, but beans have completely changed my life. You can read about it in my bean protocol post!
Pantry Products – I keep these items on hand because they make prep incredibly easy and quick whenever I’m in a pinch!
- Primal Palate Spices
- Primal Kitchen Ranch, Ketchup and Mayo
- Mike’s Organic Curry Paste
- Rao’s Marinara Sauce
- Seggiano Garlic & Artichoke Spread
- Maya Kaimal Indian Sauce
- Tolerant Foods Gluten Free Pasta
- Cybele’s Lentil Pasta
- Mediterranean Organic Olives & Capers
- Bob’s Red Mill Paleo Baking Flour
- Yai’s Thai Curry Sauce
- Thai Kitchen Rice Noodles
- Kettle & Fire Bone Broth
- A Dozen Cousins Beans
- Fillo’s Beans
- Any & all beans – black beans, cannellini beans, pinto beans
Latest Fridge & Freezer Favorites – Other than produce and protein, these items come in handy for rounding out meals and/or making them more flavorful
- Cece’s Cauliflower Rice and Zucchini Noodles
- Brazi Bites
- Trader Joe’s Cauliflower Gnocchi
- Bonafide Bone Broth Soup
- Falafel King Tzaziki
- Majestic Garlic Dip
- Siete Foods Bean Dip & Queso
Now let’s get into some tasty meals! Remember – these aren’t recipes whatsoever! I never measure anything when I cook these meals, I just taste as I go! And I recommend you do the same to get you more comfortable with cooking on your own! I hope these quick meals give you a little extra inspiration in your own kitchen!
For this breakfast, I started off by putting rice in the instant pot with water and salt, then pressing the rice function. The rice normally takes 12-14 minutes to cook, but it takes around 10 minutes to come to pressure, 24 minutes in total. Once the rice begins to cook, I dice onions, bell pepper, and carrots and add those to a pan to cook with some salt and garlic powder. If that veggies begin to stick, I add some chicken broth to the pan. Then once the veggies are almost done cooking, I push them to the side and cook a Seemore Sausage in the same pan. Then I simply heated up some Fillo’s Lentils in the microwave, then added the instant pot rice, veggies, and sausage to a bowl! Breakfast in under 30 minutes!
I made this dinner just the other night in no time flat! I started off by putting rice in the instant pot with water and salt, then pressing the rice function. The rice normally takes 12-14 minutes to cook, but it takes around 10 minutes to come to pressure, 24 minutes in total. Once the rice begins to cook, I dice up onion, carrots, bell pepper, zucchini, and kale. Then I add the onion, carrots, bell pepper, and zucchini to a pan with some olive oil and add garlic powder and salt. As the veggies begin to cook, I heat up a cast iron skillet then top some flat iron steaks with steak seasonings. Once the pan is hot, I add the steaks to the pan and cook on both side for about 5 minutes per side. Then I add the kale to the veggie mixture. Once the steaks are done cooking, I let them rest for 5 minutes before dicing into bite size pieces. Then I simply heated up some Fillo’s Lentils in the microwave, then added the instant pot rice, veggies, and steak to a bowl! Dinner in about 30 minutes!
This meal was created with the help from leftovers. I had leftover cauliflower alfredo sauce in the fridge, so all I had to do was start by cooking the Cybele’s Lentil Pasta. Then once the pasta starts cooking, I added olive oil to a pan then added diced onion and zucchini with salt and garlic powder. Once zucchini is cooked through, I added pork sausage to the pan, broke into small pieces, and cooked completely through. Lastly, I added sliced mushrooms and spinach to the same pan to cook through. Then all I had to do was drain the pasta, add it to the pan, and add the leftover cauliflower alfredo, and top it off with lots of black pepper and fresh basil. Dinner done in 25 minutes.
I made this dinner just the other night in no time flat! I started off by putting rice in the instant pot with water and salt, then pressing the rice function. The rice normally takes 12-14 minutes to cook, but it takes around 10 minutes to come to pressure, 24 minutes in total. While the rice cooked, I diced up onions and bell peppers and added the veggies to a pan with some olive olive, and then added salt and garlic powder. Once the veggies cooked through, I added ground beef and a ton of taco seasonings and some lime juice. Lastly, I added no-fat refried beans to a blender along with some bone broth, salt, and cumin then blended until smooth. Once I added everything to a bowl, I topped it off with cilantro! Dinner in 25-30 minutes!
This is a breakfast I’ve been making a lot lately. I start off by chopping up my quick veggies – onions, bell peppers, carrots, and spinach. Then I add olive oil to a pan along with the onion, bell pepper, and carrots and cook up with some salt and garlic powder. Then once the carrots are cooked through, I add a diced chicken sausage to heat through. Once the chicken sausage is heated through, I add the spinach. If the veggies begin to stick to the pan at any point, I deglaze it with some chicken broth. Then I simply heat up some A Dozen Cousins Cuban Black Beans then add it all to a bowl! Breakfast is done in under 15 minutes!
This meal was whipped up using leftovers from my Turmeric Rice & Beans recipe. Since the rice was all ready to go, all I had to do was heat up a cast iron skillet and top a chicken thigh with gyro seasonings and cooked the chicken in a little bit of olive oil. Once the chicken began to cook, I chopped up onion, bell pepper, and zucchini and added it to another pan with some olive oil, salt, and garlic powder. Once I cooked the chicken for about 8 per side and the veggies for about 10, I heated up the Turmeric Rice & Beans in the microwave then added it all to a bowl. This lunch was made in 15 minutes!
This breakfast started off by dicing up potatoes and sweet potatoes then tossing them in avocado oil, salt and garlic powder. Then I added them to an air fryer and cooked them on high for 25 minutes, tossing every 5 minutes. Once the potatoes began to cook, I added pork breakfast sausage to a pan with some everything but the bagel seasonings. Once the meat was cooked through, I heated up some lentils in the microwave, added the breakfast sausage, and some potatoes on the side. Breakfast in 30 minutes!
This dinner is as simple as it get! First you boil some lentil pasta. Then as the pasta boil, heat up a pan with some olive oil, add onions and carrots, and cook with some salt and garlic powder. Once the carrots start to caramelize, add some ground beef in a pan with some italian seasonings. Once the beef is good through, add kale and Rao’s Marinara Sauce and let the kale begin to cook through. Lastly add the pasta, toss, and top with black pepper.
Last but definitely not least, my new spin on burger night! This meal was enhanced with some leftover air fryer plantains. First I start by cooking onions and carrots in a pan with some olive oil, salt and garlic powder. Then I top my burgers off with steak seasonings and heat up another pan. When my carrots are getting close to being done, I add the burgers to a pan and cook for about 3-4 minutes per side. Then all I have to do is add the plantains to the pan with the burgers to reheat back through and bring it all together with some Oasis No-Fat Black Bean Dip in a bowl. Dinner is done in 20 minutes!
I hope these 9 meals in under 30 minutes give you some new inspiration in your own house! Eating healthy doesn’t have to be complicated, it doesn’t have to be overwhelming, and it definitely doesn’t have to be time consuming. Like a smart person once told me, “Keep it simple, stupid.” Leave the elaborate meals for once a week and enjoy the rest of your life in between!