The pace of our lives is hectic: Here are 10 Quick and Easy Healthy Meals for those of you who are Starter Chefs. Meals you can make for yourself and for your family that are Nutrient Dense Mostly Plant Protein and Taste Great:
1) Toast with Toppers
We topped our slices of crusty, organic and locally made whole wheat sprouted bread with a layer of mashed chickpeas, green peas, sliced radish, chopped mint and arugula sprouts with the finishing touches of salt + pepper + extra-virgin olive oil to taste.
Blend one cup of Pineapple, 2-3 TBSP of lime juice, 2 cups of unsweetened coconut water, A scoop of clean Protein powder and a pinch of cayenne until smooth, and you’ve got yourself smoothie!
3) Salad with Egg and Avocado
What We Made: Chopped kale either raw or slightly steamed, topped with avocado and a fried egg. Feel free to make your egg poaches, scrambled, hard boiled, or however you like it best. Season with salt + pepper and top with hemp hearts. Add a little fire with a pinch of red pepper flakes or a drizzle of sriracha sauce!
4) Yogurt with Fruit and Granola
Having individual cups of your favorite organic yogurt (we LOV Anita’s coco yogurt) in the fridge for a grab and go snack is key. Look for Full Fat versions packed with protein and not sugar. Add antioxidant beauty fruits like raspberries, blackberries and / or blueberries, topped with the Dry Roasted nuts and seeds.
5) Loaded Sweet Potato
What We Made: A baked sweet potato with coconut oil (45 mins at 350F) loaded with organic black beans, steamed broccolini, coconut threads and chives. Drizzle with more melted coconut oil on top and make sure to season well. Switch it up by using a squash in place of the Potatoe
6) Lettuce Wraps
Lay out a few lettuce leaves, such as Boston lettuce, and fill with your favorite crunchy veggies, i.e. matchstick carrots, sliced zucchini, bean sprouts, bell peppers, red cabbage and avocado for some creaminess, and garnish with basil leaves and mint. Top them off with toasted sesame oil, grated ginger and chopped nuts for a little Asian flare.
7) Sliced Veggies with Hummus and Sea Salt
Choose vegetables you wouldn’t normally go for to mix things up! We love jicama, yellow squash, watermelon radishes, sugar snap peas, asparagus, cucumbers, peppers, cauliflower, broccoli, and then the obvious carrot and celery stick combo. Another tip: prep veggies on a Sunday for the week ahead.
8) Fruit + Nut Butters
What We Made: Slices of our favorite fruits: pears, apples with a heaping tablespoon of almond butter. We also love cashew, and macadamia butters, and a those adorable little squeeze packs that they come in as well. Note: if you are trying to lose weight easy does on the Nut Butters
9) Mediterranean Salad
Add to your favorite greens: A mix of sliced heirloom cherry tomatoes, seedless cucumber, red onion, with lots of parsley + cilantro, and of course extra-virgin olive oil and Sea Salt. Crumble a little Goat Cheese on top.
10) Turkey Burgers
You’ll have to pull out your frying pan for this one, but it’ll be worth it. Make your 1-inch thick patties and sauté in coconut oil till cooked. Top burger with spicy vegan mayo, arugula and thinly sliced radishes. Serve with a side of sautéed squash.
Enjoy and if you have certain food sensitives or follow a particular Diet then use these recipes as your base and make a swap.