On Mondays and Thursdays, I have about 1 hour between getting home from work, and heading back out to school. My time is seriously limited and I don’t have the luxury of cooking a crazy fancy meal. I’m sure you have those days, too, where you’re rushing from one thing to the next. What the heck are you supposed to do for dinner? You may default to what you think is the “easiest”, like making a frozen pizza filled with bad fats and sodium – or microwaving something filled with refined carbs and more junk.
But truthfully, it’s not always the easiest thing to make. Sometimes it’s not even the quickest. It doesn’t have take very long to make healthy food. Everything below, I made in less than 20 minutes. It’s perfect for those nights when you’re “on the go” and I promise that it has less junk than anything that you would find in the freezer aisle at the grocery store. Here are three quick and simple meals that I make for dinner:
1 | Egg Scramble with Veggies
Eggs are so simple, and so fast. To give them a bit of flare, I like to add some spices to them. This is something my cousin showed me when she was visiting this summer, and I spice my eggs almost every single time now! My favourite is adding a sprinkle of paprika and garlic powder. Once the eggs are well scrambled, I add in some veggies and stir them around for a minute or two, just to heat them up.
2 | Quinoa Salad with Veggies
While the quinoa is boiling, I chop up the veggies. No wasting time here! Once the quinoa is cooked, add the raw vegetables and stir. The heat from the quinoa is enough to warm up the vegetables without having to cook them, leaving some of their natural enzymes in tact. Plus, I like my broccoli a bit crunchy! I like to top my quinoa salads with a bit of olive oil and lemon juice, or a bit of tahini. Yum!
This paticular dish took a bit longer because I added beets (which take a while to roast), but now I have some cooked beets in my freezer that I can use anytime I want!
3 | Loaded Salad
When I have salad, I like to load it up. The best way to stay full on salad alone, is to pay attention to your toppings. I try to add an avocado, which is filled with vitamins and good fats, to keep me satiated for longer. I also top the salad with more good fats and proteins in the form of seeds and hemp hearts. In this bowl, I added some red pepper for extra crunch. The salad is topped with a maple balsamic vinaigrette (that I didn’t make, just being honest).
What are your go-to dinners when you’re in a rush?Follow