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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.