10 Meals for Easy and Delicious Home Cooking

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Home Cooking

Life is busy! Between careers, social obligations and pesky errands, there’s not much time to spend in the kitchen. Besides time, cooking can feel like such a chore. There’s the ingredient gathering to worry about, along with planning and executing. However, despite the inconvenience of meal prepping, nourishing our bodies is extremely important with such busy schedules.

This list details ten simple, delicious and nutritious meals that you can whip up in a snap. Whether you’re interested in vegetarian, gluten-free or just low carb recipes, there’s something here for every taste. Many of them can be tailored to your specific likes and dietary needs.

10. Grilled Chicken Salad

Grilled Chicken Salad
  • Chicken breast (grilled, baked or sauteed until the internal temperature reaches 165℉)
  • Salad base 
  • Dressing of your choosing
  • Toppings

Salads get a bad rep for being bland, but the beauty in this recipe is that it can be customized to fit any dietary or taste preferences. Besides that, it comes together with just a few ingredients. Calories can be shaved off with a vinaigrette or added with a sprinkling of cheese, bacon or croutons. Top the leafy base with chicken, dressing and toppings.

9. Tacos

  • Protein (ground beef, chicken or steak)
  • Tortillas/Taco shells
  • Shredded cheese
  • Tomatoes
  • Lettuce
  • Sour cream
  • Taco sauce

One of the best things about tacos is that you can pick up a premade taco kit with almost all of the ingredients already together. Again, this recipe is one that allows the chef to take control! Your protein of choice can be anything from chicken to tofu, or even cauliflower. Keep it simple with just a filling and some salsa, or get creative with different combinations of toppings. Pack those tortillas or shells with cooked protein, then top it with whatever extra goodies you’d like.

8. BLT Sandwich

Blt Sandwich
  • Bacon
  • Iceberg lettuce
  • Sliced tomatoes
  • Turkey breast
  • Whole grain bread

This one is an easy recipe that requires no cooking. Save it for a day when you just don’t have the energy to cook up a fancy meal. Pile the bread high with layers of protein-packed turkey, pre-cooked bacon and fresh tomato. Condiments are optional but can take this easy meal to the next level. Try it with dijon mustard for a spicy twist.

7. Stuffed Bell Peppers

Stuffed Bell Peppers
  • Bell peppers
  • Ground turkey
  • Chopped onion
  • Salt & Pepper

This recipe is easy, yet appealing enough to turn out as if you’d spent more time on it than you had. Once your peppers are halved and cleaned and your meat has been browned, assemble and serve. Almost as easy as a snap of the fingers. Something to keep in mind is that they reheat well in the microwave for lunch the next day.

6. Lemon Salmon and Asparagus 

Lemon Salmon Asparagus
  • Salmon fillets
  • Fresh asparagus
  • Sliced lemon
  • Salt & Pepper

Don’t have a taste for poultry? No problem. Place salmon fillets alongside asparagus inside a baking dish of an oven preheated to 450℉. Sprinkle seasoning over the top, along with the lemon slices and bake for 12-15 minutes. The salmon is done once it flakes and is fork-tender. You might feel like you’re basking by the coast with this one.

5. Spaghetti

  • Spaghetti noodles
  • Pasta sauce
  • Ground turkey

This Italian dish takes first place regarding the number of ingredients. Boil your noodles for about ten minutes while simultaneously browning your turkey (or beef) to save time. Combine all three and bam! Ready to serve. Spaghetti prepares well in large batches, so you’re sure to have leftovers.

4. Country Omelette

  • Eggs
  • Diced ham
  • Chopped onion
  • Cubed potatoes
  • Shredded cheese

Scramble up these ingredients in a pan, pair with an ice-cold glass of OJ and you’ve got yourself a quick and easy dish for the most important meal of the day. You could even switch things up and make this delicious breakfast meal for dinner.

3. Chili

  • Ground turkey
  • Chili seasoning
  • Kidney beans
  • Canned tomatoes

Chili is another one of those one-pot recipes that really is so easy to make. Once the protein is browned, drain off excess fat drippings and stir in seasoning. After that, all you have to do is combine the remaining ingredients, simmer it down and serve.

2. Mashed Potatoes and Beef Tips

Mashed Potatos And Beef
  • Beef tips
  • Russet or sweet potatoes
  • Butter
  • Milk
  • Broccoli

Heartier than the rest, this recipe is also more indulgent. A healthier option is substituting sweet potatoes in place of russet. You can even opt for lower-fat milk for the mashed potatoes and feel free to add extra vegetables. Think carrots or green beans! Cook the beef tips through in a pan while your potatoes are boiling until they’re fork-tender. Mash the potatoes with some butter and milk, then serve alongside the beef and veggies.

1. Apple Crisp

Apple Crisp
  • Sliced apples
  • Granola
  • Cinnamon
  • Vanilla ice cream (optional)

Dessert is the only way to tie up this list of easy and delicious meals. You deserve it! Heat your apples in a pot until soft and combine with cinnamon and granola in a bowl. Suppose you’re feeling extra indulgent, top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. There are even low carb and dairy-free icecreams out there, so why not?

Don’t ever get discouraged when it comes to meal making. There are always fast and tasty recipes out there, some only taking minutes to throw together. They can also be kept overnight for easy meal prep. So the next time you’re thinking about grabbing a fast-food burger, remember that your body deserves better! And it’s easier than you think to get those vitamins and minerals into your diet.