Quick Meals For Busy NYers
April 30, 2018
There’s little denying that trying to eat healthy on a consistent basis is difficult. We get it -- you work an exceedingly long day, only to return to the apartment rentals in Manhattan exhausted. The last thing on your mind is trying to prepare a nutritious meal, as you usually just want to put a little something on your stomach and recover for your next day of the daily grind.
And yet, healthy eating is part and parcel of a higher quality of being. According to the Department of Health & Human Services:
“Unhealthy eating habits have contributed to the obesity epidemic in the United States: about one-third of U.S. adults (33.8%) are obese and approximately 17% (or 12.5 million) of children and adolescents aged 2—19 years are obese.1 Even for people at a healthy weight, a poor diet is associated with major health risks that can cause illness and even death.”
Those potential health risks include things like heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, osteoporosis, and cancer. The importance of eating healthy is clear, but how, you might ask, when strapped for time in a high-paced world? That’s what we’re hoping to assist with today, busy New Yorker. We’ve assembled a list of quick and easy meals that are not only healthy, but delicious enough to keep you coming back for more. Let’s begin.
This first recipe comes to us courtesy of Monique of Ambitious Kitchen. Her take on Honey-Lemon Ricotta Breakfast Toast is both a delectable and healthy one, adding in some figs and pistachios for extra zest:
“This recipe is probably one of the easiest ways to eat figs. Just toast your favorite bread up, spread on an easy whipped honey lemon ricotta, top with figs and sprinkle with pistachios. Not so much a recipe, but more like a beautiful way and nutritious recipe to snack on (and enjoy those figs).”
You can complement this already delicious meal with a couple of fried eggs for a more complete (but still easy to prepare) masterpiece. It’s got the nutrients you’ll need as well: 193 calories, 6.7 grams of fat, 32.3 grams of carbohydrates, 9.3 grams of sugar, 8.1 grams of fiber, and 9 grams of protein.
For a slightly different take on breakfast, we turn to Christine of Jar Of Lemons and her innovative Poached Egg & Avocado Breakfast Salad. She admits to going outside the box a bit by devising a way to eat salad at breakfast, but the results are tasty and the preparations are simple, so it fits the bill as a healthy meal option you can fit into your schedule with ease. For this one, you’ll need 2 eggs, an avocado, some grape tomatoes, lettuce, quinoa, pistachios, and the all-important salt and pepper. Once you’ve gathered your ingredients, you’ll just need to poach the eggs, mix the vegetables and cooked quinoa into a bowl to create the salad, then season with your salt and pepper to your liking. Your end product should yield two servings at 258 calories a piece.
Vegetarian, endless customizable, and superbly healthy, the oatmeal bowl is a quick way to enjoy a creamy breakfast treat that’s sweet without having too much extra sugar. Veggie Inspired claims the way to getting the oatmeal sweet and creamy without the additives is twofold: using pureed bananas in the mixture, and adding the oats to cold water instead of boiling water. Only after you’ve added your oats should you turn up the heat -- resulting in the “super creamy dreamy oatmeal” most people are after. On its own, the oatmeal and banana mixture is quite the force to be reckoned with. You can make it an even more sumptuous breakfast item, however, by throwing in some of your favorite spices, fruits, nuts, or seeds for flavoring. With the right combinations, you might even forget that you’re still eating healthy oatmeal.
Few meals can top the record times in which a good bowl of soup can be made. Genius Kitchen’s Spinach & Sausage Soup helps blend the best of the meat and vegetable worlds together into a hearty mixture that will keep you warm on a cold day and fill you up when you’re running on empty. With just some chicken broth, sausage, noodles, and French bread, you too can prepare this classic and much welcomed dish -- just heat up your saucepot, add your ingredients, and watch as they start to boil. This soup takes less than 30 minutes to complete, serves four, and makes for a great accompaniment to most any kind of bread you have on hand.
Simple Burrito Bowl
The burrito bowl has “caught fire” in recent years, to use a figure of speech. Though Mexican chain restaurant Chipotle helped popularize this delicious meal on a more national level, the recipe from Damn Delicious promises us burrito bowls that far outpace the Chipotle variety -- a vastly healthier and much more tasty option. The great thing about this dish is that it works for both vegetarians and non-vegetarians, providing for plenty of leeway depending on how your household rolls. For ingredients, you’ll need (at the minimum) uncooked rice, salsa, romaine lettuce, whole corn, black beans, tomatoes, avocados, and cilantro. You can keep this strictly vegetarian, or go all out with the meats of your choice if you don’t have a problem with that. If you pull it all off according to the recipe, you should get six servings for your trouble in about 25 minutes (10 minutes prep and 15 cooking). All-in-all, a speedy meal that you can even take on the go if need be
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