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:
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.
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.
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.
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!