Eating healthily is a hot topic at the moment, with good reason obviously. There is no need to go through the benefits here because there is a wealth of information readily available on the internet. Suffice to say that eating well is good for the body and the conscience!
On a Budget or Short of Time?
The problem is, many people think that eating well is either time consuming, expensive - or both. If you don't like cooking or you're feeding a family on a budget, it is all too tempting to opt for ready meals or other processed food that is quick, easy and cheap. That's understandable of course: in our busy lifestyles thinking about cooking can be seen as an unnecessary hassle. However, it doesn't have to be like that and below is a list of ten quick, easy and healthy meals that will hopefully inspire and encourage!
1. Roast Tomato & Garlic Pasta
This is well worth a try because it is absolutely delicious! Simply chuck a load of cherry tomatoes in a roasting pan together with as many peeled cloves of garlic as you fancy. Drizzle with oil, add some crushed chillies and a little bit of sugar and roast in the oven for about 30-35 minutes. If you're feeling that way inclined, add some diced chorizo - but of course in moderation because it's supposed to be healthy! Cook up some pasta, mix with the roasted tomatoes and garlic, and enjoy!
2. Chicken & Avocado Salad
This recipe can be found at the BBC Good Food site. It's a great summer recipe and delicious. Add whatever you like to the salad - peppers, radishes and olives are always good!
3. Black Eyed Beans with Spinach
This is nicer than it sounds! It takes about an hour, but it's not labour-intensive. Soak and cook the dried black eyed beans according to the instructions. When they're cooked, take the pan off the heat and add loads of spinach for 3 or 4 minutes. Strain and serve with lots of tomatoes, red onion, olives, lemon and olive oil.
4. Spiced Chickpea, Avocado, Pepper & Tomato Salad
This recipe can be found at the Waitrose Web site. If you're feeling particularly in the mood for cooking, you can follow the recipe and prepare the peppers and tomatoes according to the instructions. Otherwise just dice the peppers and halve the tomatoes without bothering to de-skin the peppers and de-seed the tomatoes.
5. Spiced Lentil Soup
As with the black eyed beans mentioned above, Spiced Lentil Soup is nicer than it sounds. In fact, if you're not a great fan of veggies, make a soup out of them! Believe it or not, even cauliflower soup and broccoli soup tastes delicious!
6. Chicken Noodles with Black Bean Sauce
This has got quite a lot of salt so don't have it too often. The list of ingredients is simple but for an even nicer, healthier dish add baby sweetcorn, broccoli florets, bamboo shoots and water chestnuts. Just make sure you have a big wok!
7. Super Quick Fish Curry
If you're not a great fan of fish, this meal is ideal. Cod is mild and is disguised anyway by the delicious sauce.
8. Pasta Salad
This is a great dish that can be rustled up in a flash. Cook up some pasta and add whatever ingredients you have in your kitchen - tomatoes, sweetcorn, artichokes, avocado, garlic, sun dried tomatoes and rosemary are all good in this dish. Add olive oil and a touch of wine vinegar if you like it tangy and serve with crusty brown bread.
9. Sticky Chicken with Mango Couscous
Delicous, quick and healthy - what more do you need! The recipe for this dish can be found at the BBC Good Food site.
10. Mixed Mushroom & Ham Salad
Another great summer meal, but perhaps give the butter a miss.
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