Healthy meal ideas for the week
Whether you have allergies or intolerances, or just want to eat well, you're probably wondering, how do you make healthy meals? Or what should I eat for a healthy dinner? The first thing to remember is that eating healthy shouldn't be time consuming. These quick and easy recipes mean you can still eat healthy when life gets busy.
How do you make healthy meals faster and easier?
When you're planning your weeknight dinners, sometimes you need a little helping hand. By that we don't mean takeaway. Increasingly there are quality natural products you can get from the supermarket that can help make cooking a healthy meal faster and easier.
- Bags of pre-cut vegetables such as broccoli and cauliflower are a real convenience food if prep isn't your thing. These are found in the chiller part of the fruit and veg section of the supermarkets.
- Frozen vegetables. These are snap frozen at the source and contain all the nutrients and fibre of fresh vegetables. Plus there is less waste as you use exactly what you need and return the rest to the freezer.
- Recipe bases like ready made sauces that don't need long cooking time for that delicious depth of flavour. They're a lot more sophisticated than they used to be with no added sugar, gluten free and vegan options abounding.
And no nasty artificial colours or flavours.
- Healthy ready-meals like soups and risottos that might need an extra quick to throw together component like a salad or extra veg boost to make it that little bit heartier. And they're not just in the chiller section of the supermarket, you can also get shelf-ready options from the health food aisle that you can keep on hand in your pantry for when you want a healthy meal in a hurry.
- Fresh salad and slaw mixes that are pre-washed and ready to go so you can make a hearty salad in no time.
- Microwave brown rice is another healthy option to have in the pantry to add as a base to gluten-free meals and salad bowls.
GET THE RECIPE: Teriyaki Tofu Asian Salad
This hearty and healthy high-protein salad is ready in just 25 minutes thanks to microwave rice, frozen edamame, and a healthier teriyaki sauce that is gluten free and has no sugar added. It's also a balanced vegan salad that's high in plant-based protein.
GET THE RECIPE: Low-carb Chicken Parmigiana
If you're looking for a keto-friendly one-pan chicken dinner recipe that's ready in 30 minutes, then you can't go past this saucy little number. The ready made tomato sauce adds bags of flavour as does that golden eggplant. It's easy, tasty and healthy to boot. If a family member isn't going low-carb, serve with crusty bread to mop up the saucy goodness.