We all have those nights where you just don’t want to cook. It was a long day, you don’t really have any groceries, you just want to eat and relax for the rest of the night. Well luckily, I have mastered the art of cooking without really cooking. Today I’m sharing three healthy meals for when you just really don’t feel like putting in that much effort.
Zoodles with Turkey Meatballs and Marinara Sauce
Zucchini noodles are pretty much the easiest thing ever. All you need is a spiralizer… which only costs like $20 at Bed Bath & Beyond. I also used frozen turkey meatballs and pre-made marinara sauce.
3 medium zucchini
1 pack Trader Joe’s frozen turkey meatballs
1/2-1 cup Trader Joe’s Tomato Basil Marinara Sauce
Anything else you’d like to add to your sauce (oregano, garlic, etc.)
Start by spiralizing your zucchini. While spiralizing, you can have your meatballs heating up in the microwave, this takes about 5 minutes. You can also put your desired amount of marinara sauce in a small pot over medium-low heat until it is heated through. Add any other spices you may want to your sauce. Once your zucchini is finished you can either eat it raw, or sauté it. I like to sauté mine in olive oil for about 5 minutes, just until it is soft. Top zucchini with meatballs and marinara sauce and you’re good to go!
Stir Fry is my go-to meal when I don’t feel like really cooking, or like spending money at a restaurant. This stir fry is super simple, and guess what, you get to use frozen veggies! So you don’t even have to chop anything.
1 pack Lo mein or rice noodles (available in the international isle of any grocery store)
1 pack frozen Asian Medley vegetables (I use the Steamfresh Chef’s Favorite Asian Medley vegetables)
Meat of choice (I’ve used shrimp, chicken, and this time we used turkey sausage)
Start by cooking your noodles in a large pot. While noodles are cooking, add your frozen vegetables to a frying pan to warm them. Once your vegetables are hot, crack your eggs into the hot pan and mix them around with the vegetables until they are scrambled and cooked through. Right around now your noodles should be finished up. Drain them, and then add them to the pan as well. Add any type of meat or protein if you wish. Finally, add soy sauce to taste. I like mine with quite a lot of soy sauce, but when my boyfriend makes it he uses less, so it really just depends what you like. And there you go, you have an easy, healthy, delicious meal.
Salmon and Veggies
Salmon is pretty easy to cook, but you know what makes it easier? When its pre-seasoned and frozen. I discovered this salmon when I was working with an RD at Cardiac Rehab. She taught a class on Omega-3s and used this salmon to show her patients how easy it was to cook. I don’t even need to write a recipe for this one. Its just 1 piece of Morey’s frozen salmon (I got mine at Costco), 1 small zucchini, and 1 small yellow squash. I also love to make this salmon with roasted asparagus, but anything will work. You can make this salmon on the grill, in the oven, or even in the microwave.
These are just three meals that are both easy and healthy. I have at least one of these meals probably once a week because they are just so darn easy, and tasty as well. What kinds of things do you make when you don’t really feel like cooking?