Dear FroBunni: How can I make healthy meals quick?

Friday, November 7, 2014

One of my meals featured on my blog from a previous post - roasted curry salmon with carrots and green beans.

Dear FroBunni,
I am trying to get healthy; I am really good at the exercising part, but really bad at the clean eating part. I am really busy and don’t have a lot of time to prepare my meals every day, and I end up buying food from somewhere when I am out and about. Do you have any tips for making quick, fast meals?

This week I made roasted tilapia, kale, and tomatoes. Everything is in one pan and it took me only 30 minutes. 

Congrats on getting healthy! I know it can be hard, but you are taking steps in the right direction. Meal preps can be really easy, and the best tip I can give you is to cook everything in one pan or pot. My formula is “1 protein + 2 vegetables = a meal.” I add something like carrots and broccoli to a pan and season them with a little oil, salt, and pepper. Then I add my meat (I like to season it separately than with my veggies), put it on top of one of the veggies, and roast until cooked through. Depending on the size of your pan, this can give you your entire week’s worth of lunch, plus it takes no more than 30 minutes from start to finish. Mix up the veggies and meats and make two pans instead of one for both lunch and dinner.

Also, if you don’t have one, I would highly recommend investing in a crockpot. You can put all your ingredients in the crockpot, turn it on and after a few hours, you have a meal ready to eat. It doesn’t have to be just soups and stews either, so get creative.


Last tip, do all of this at the beginning of the week so that you don’t have to devote time to it during the rest of the week. I like to make everything on Saturday or Sunday. Oh, and proportion out your meal and put each one in easy to go containers. This way you don’t have to do it the day of and you can just grab it from the refrigerator.

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