10 Easy 30-minute meals for healthy eating all week
The best way to be sure about what you're putting into your body is to cook your own meals - and we're talking from scratch, without a jar of pasta sauce in sight! But it can be difficult to find the motivation to cook after a gruelling day at work and a workout at the gym. Or perhaps you're just pushed for time between working, socialising and finding time to sleep. We've got a great solution that will have you eating healthily all week - 30-minute meals that are simple to make and ready in, you guessed it, 30 minutes or less! Check out these 10 awesome recipes, all of which are vegan-friendly, and let us know what your favourites are!
Creamy, delicious, comforting - just what you need after a stressful day at the office or a long run! Nutritional yeast is used to make the 'cheese' sauce, and you'll find it in most health food stores or larger supermarkets. You can use whatever veggies you like - broccoli would work well in place of the kale.
Sweet potatoes are packed full of beta-carotene, which our bodies convert into vitamin A, for healthy skin and vision. But that's not all - our bodies also convert sweet potatoes into energy slower than regular (white) potatoes, so you'll feel fuller for longer! Not to mention, they're pretty delicious in this recipe, simply baked and topped with chickpeas and a tasty garlic and herb sauce - plus some tomatoes and parsley too, if you like! Yum!
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We're huge fans of versatile recipes which can be adapted to suit whatever you have to hand. Swap out sugar snap peas for the fresh (or even frozen) veggies of your choice in this speedy stir fry which is loaded with vitamin C and vitamin A. Stir-frying vegetables means not only do they retain their crunch, they retain most of their nutrients too, which can be lost when they're boiled or steamed. Plus they are so colourful that nobody will turn down a bowl of these steaming veggie soba noodles! The ginger-sesame sauce is simply amazing too, and would go well with any vegetable stir fry of your choice.
Use up whatever veggies you have lurking in the fridge to make this speedy, simple yet tasty coconut curry. It's a great winter warmer, just as well as the weather has definitely turned colder here in London! Whip up a batch of this on a chilly Sunday afternoon and you can enjoy healthy dinners all week - it also freezes well. Served with coconut quinoa as a low-carb, protein-rich alternative to rice, this is super-healthy, but you could always substitue brown rice, if you prefer.
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There's something SO good about vegan Mexican food that even hardcore carnivores aren't going to miss the meat in this recipe! Creamy avocado, loaded with monounsaturated (good) fats, protein-rich black beans, vitamin-C packed peppers, mushrooms, onions and Jalapenos make these gluten-free quesadillas so tasty! If you're not making them gluten-free, you can use regular tortillas, although the wholewheat variety is higher in fibre. Serve these with some salsa or fresh guacamole - and don't waste the leftovers as they reheat well for lunch or dinner the next day!
Those nights where all you can think about is crawling into bed (or onto the sofa for a Netflix marathon) after work and that fitness bootcamp at the gym call for a speedy, healthy recipe and this is perfect! A steaming bowl of noodles - use whatever type you like - topped with a spicy peanut sauce and veggies or tofu is so satisfying. The carbs from the noodles will fill you up, whilst the vitamins and nutrients from the vegetables ensure you're getting your five-a-day!
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There are many reasons why it's a good idea to always keep a can of chickpeas in your cupboard - here is a very good one! These amazingly tasty, quick and easy burgers are ready in less than 30 minutes. They're vegan, gluten-free and loaded with veggies, not to mention fibre and protein from the chickpeas. With courgettes, chickpeas, onion and some spicy peanut sauce, they're perfect served in a toasted bun with salad or even in a lettuce wrap.
Pasta can be a really healthy choice for dinner, and this creamy avocado pasta sauce is packed with good fats. Avocados have a rich, creamy texture that blends really well into a smooth sauce, and we recommend using wholewheat pasta for the extra fibre. You can add any veggies you're like, but the recipe suggests cherry tomatoes and sweetcorn kernels. We think red peppers would also go beautifully!
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#9. Mushroom Pho
Pho is like a big, comforting warm hug-in-a-bowl and noodle soup is perfect for dinner if you're feeling the cold this winter. Pho is a traditional Vietnamese soup that is usually packed with fresh ingredients, and this speedy recipe is no exception. Making Pho from scratch usually involves up to 3 hours of preparing and simmering the base stock, but this version is ideal for a weeknight meal when you're too tired to cook anything more complicated. You can add your favourite veggies, or even use some tofu for extra protein, if you like!
Italians do pasta soup really well, and orzo is a great pasta to add to soup - get wholewheat if you can. Spinach is loaded with iron which can help to prevent iron-deficiency anaemia, whilst the addition of plenty of vegetables makes it easy to get your five-a-day, and the pasta really fills you up. So you won't be snacking all evening long.