During the holidays I am absolutely terrible about self-control when it comes to food. I love food. Awesome, amazing, great tasting food. It’s also so very busy, so splurging on indulgent desserts and carb-loaded recipes is extremely easy. This inevitably results in some unwanted additional pounds, belly bloat, and feeling lethargic. What’s that saying? A moment on the lips, forever on the hips. Anyways, now that the new year has started, it’s just as good a time as any to hit the reset button on our meal planning.

Depending on how long you have been reading the blog, then you know that JD and I have completed two rounds of Whole30 in a little over a year. You can find our Whole30 journey and some meal plan ideas here. Honestly, I find doing a round of Whole30 the easiest way to detox our fridge and our bods. But eating healthy isn’t always the easiest, which is why people tend to stray from diet changes. So I thought I would share some of our favorite quick and healthy meal ideas for a bit of inspiration.

7 Quick and Healthy Meal Ideas!! So tasty and incredibly easy! Also Whole30 approved!! // AmberLately.com // #healthy #recipes #whole30

  1. Buffalo Ranch Stuffed Sweet Potatoes – This is my FAVORITE recipe for buffalo ranch chicken. The recipe I linked is actually for buffalo ranch stuffed peppers, but JD and I aren’t big stuffed bell pepper people. Usually I will just make the chicken (which is super simple), and then make the guacamole. Then I found this recipe for stuffed sweet potatoes with homemade ranch, and I just combined my two favorite parts to make a new recipe. I use the chicken recipe from the first link, and then “bake” sweet potatoes in the microwave. I don’t have time to wait 25+ minutes for a potato to bake, so I just dampen a hand towel, roll the potato inside, and put it in the microwave for 5-6 minutes. Then I make this incredibly awesome ranch recipe, which is also Whole30 approved. It may seem like a lot of steps, but it really isn’t. Bake chicken, nuke potato, whip together ranch ingredients. All in all, you have a meal in under 30 minutes that’s healthy and Whole30 approved.
  2. Pork Chops and Sweet Potato Fries – Pork chops seriously take 10-12 minutes to grill, and these incredibly amazing baked sweet potato fries take 20 minutes to bake. Easy and ridiculously tasty. Sweet potato tip: after baking the potatoes, broil them for a minute or two to get them crispy.
  3. Easy Oven Fajitas – The prep on these is minimal. All you have to do is slice the chicken breast and veggies, and then add the seasoning. Toss it in the oven for 30ish minutes, and dinner is ready…oh, and healthy!
  4. Quick Chicken Salad – I’ve had many a different chicken salads, and this one is by far my favorite. I make a big batch of this every couple of weeks and it’s a great go-to for lunch time. I just make sure to use a Whole30 approved mayo to keep it compliant. You can eat it with croissants (which aren’t healthy), or just straight out of a bowl. It’s that good. In fact, I’m eating it right now as I work on this post.
  5. One Pan Lemon Parmesan Chicken and Asparagus – All I had to read was “one pan” and I was in. This recipe takes about 20 minutes of prep, and only 20 minutes to cook. It’s really simple, healthy, and has great flavor.
  6. Taco Bowls – We make these weekly. I use this recipe for the homemade taco seasoning, but instead of putting it in a slow cooker, I just cook the meat in a skillet (which takes maybe 10 minutes). We typically make a big batch of the taco seasoning, that way we have it on hand whenever we decide to throw a quick meal together. Then I just chop up some lettuce, tomatoes, avocados, and jalapeños, whip together the homemade ranch, and you have yourself a crazy delicious and easy dinner. If you’re not doing Whole30, then you can obviously add some cheese or chips.
  7. Sausage and Potatoes – This may seem like a boring meal, but it’s super easy to make, Whole30 approved, and even the kids eat it. So that counts as a big win in my book.


Along with these quick meals that I have discovered over the last year, I have also recently had the pleasure of trying out a week of HelloFresh. I’ve debated on trying a food subscription service for a while, just because life with two toddlers can get insanely busy; so there is definitely a particular appeal to having healthy meals delivered right to my doorstep.

When we partnered with HelloFresh, we were able to choose between the Classic, Veggie, or Family plan. We went with the family plan, because I was hoping the boys would eat a portion of the meal, but they were completed uninterested. And after having the opportunity to try their meals for a week, I was able to work through some pros and cons to using a food subscription service.

PROS:

  • It is one less thing off your list of things to do. So it fits in to a busy lifestyle really well.
  • You pick the day you want your meals delivered, and everything comes packed with ice packs, and is ready to go.
  • This particular subscription service provides healthy recipes, all pre-measured, and separated into their own individual boxes. The only thing you have to provide is usually olive oil or butter.
  • Recipes are really easy to follow with a maximum of six steps, and they provide pictures for each step.
  • Prep is minimal and the recipes take a maximum of 40 minutes to make from start to finish.

CONS:

  • You don’t get to pick the recipes. So for example, my kids didn’t want anything to do with the Toasted Rice Bowl (pictured above), and if I’m going to subscribe to a service, I want the recipes to be something we are all interested in eating. I also understand that they are toddlers, but when I pick our recipes, I’m able to modify a portion to make it kid friendly.
  • Only provides two to three dinners for the week. You have the option to either do the two night or three night meal plan, ranging from $69.92 to $104.88. Depending on how busy your schedule is or how big your kids are, this might be a great value for you. But in regards to the season of life we are in, the cost doesn’t make sense for our family. I can put together an entire week of dinners for our whole family for the week for the same cost.
  • Takes up quite a bit of fridge space. This may seem trivial, but we buy a lot of other food items that also need their space.

Overall, HelloFresh is a great company to work with, it just currently isn’t a mutual fit for our family. While I love the idea of having healthy meals delivered to my doorstep, I much prefer planning out our meals based on our preferences that are easily modified to our kid’s taste without having to make two separate meals.

Has anyone else tired a meal delivery service that they absolutely loved? And what are some of your go to quick and healthy meals? If you have some favorites, feel free to leave them in the comments below for us to try, and I’ll let you know how they turn out. Hope you all have a great start to the week! XO

In partnership with HelloFresh, all opinions are my own.

24 comments on “Quick and Healthy Meal Ideas”

  1. Have been seeing / reading a lot on this Whole30 this last week and really like the concept. I too feel blech after the seasons and that’s even ensuring I did not endulge. Need to get back in a gym routine with my kids again to clean out my system. My fave choice is pork chops and sweet potato fries 🙂

    • It was hard to do at first, but now I really love it! It just makes me feel so much, and I don’t feel like I have to count calories. I can just eat healthy food and be satisfied. And the pork chops and sweet potato fries are definitely one my favorite recipes!

  2. That Lemon Parmesan Chicken sounds really good! I’m always excited to learn new, healthy recipes. Would definitely like to try it.

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