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Four healthy meals that will fit your budget and different-paced lifestyle

Four healthy meals that will fit your budget and different-paced lifestyle

You might start to feel tempted to break your new years’ resolutions to eat your favorite comfort foods, but there are ways to get a taste of the food you love in an elevated, healthier way. Whether it’s a simple pan sheet meal or a gourmet dish in the cast-iron skillet, cooking anything for yourself not only boosts your confidence, but you also know what you’re putting in your body. Everyone’s daily schedules look different, so Habits curated a list of meals that take between 15 minutes to 2 hours:

15 minutes

Instant Pot Chicken Ramen 

Ramen is one of the easiest things to make and customize with the vegetables and seasonings you like, but not many people make this as a go-to meal. Most ramen broths consist of chicken broth, soy sauce, and sesame oil, which are common ingredients in the household. Buy a large pack of cheap ramen and use those noodles with your own broth and veggies. 

30 minutes

Spaghetti with Tomato and Walnut Pesto 

Spaghetti and meatballs is one of the quickest meals to make after a long day, but there isn’t much nutrition involved. Elevate the dish by switching from a sugary marinara sauce to this walnut pesto. You’re not compromising spare time because this takes only a little longer than your usual spaghetti, and you’re also getting the fresh tastes of the basil, tomato, and walnuts.

1 hour

Vegan Mushroom Wild Rice Soup

Wild rice soup is a favorite in the winter, but this recipe gives you a chance to try something creamy but vegan. If you’re afraid of trying vegan dishes like me, this soup is a great way to dive into that plant-based diet. You don’t have to avoid eating soups this Winter because there’s healthy ones out there such as this one. 

2 hours 

Salt and Pepper Fish and Rice

If you’re a fish person, drop the fish n’ chips and try this classier recipe of fish and rice. This is a Chinese-inspired dish where the fish is usually battered and deep-fried, but this version is pan-seared to reduce the intake of oil. The best part of this recipe is its versatility; you can buy any type of fish that goes well pan-seared over rice: salmon, cod, and mahi mahi are only a few examples. 

If your goal this year is to be healthier, use this as a guide into cooking for yourself and learning about the healthy and quick recipes that are out there. There are endless benefits to cooking nutritious meals for yourself: you save money, you’re knowledgeable about what is going in your body, you get to customize what you cook, and you may find it to be a therapeutic process like I do. Similar to our motto, wear your habits, try eating them too!


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