I have mentioned before that I am not a very creative cook. I wish I were (for crying out loud – my dad is a CHEF!) but I am not. That being said, I am a grownup and I cannot subsist simply on takeout and going out to eat (I mean, I could… the food is great in Charleston, but I feel a lot better when I’m cooking for myself on the regular. And so I do Blue Apron a bunch, but for when I want something really really easy and healthy (or at least healthy-ish), there are a few recipes I make so often that I have them memorized. Mostly healthy soups (for me these are more satisfying than a salad) or delicious easy proteins that I can make a bunch of and then eat for a few days with a salad or in a wrap, etc!
Easy recipes I make again and again!
This soup is basically a salad in disguise. Besides water it has just five ingredients (onion, garlic, olive oil, broccoli, arugula) but is somehow so much more satisfying than eating a bowl of veggies or a plate of salad. I think that the cooked onion just gives it this really delicious creaminess! It’s also really good cold. I make this a lot. Basically any time I feel like I need to eat more veggies but salad sounds unappealing.
I eat a lot of soups with cream in them (and usually feel like garbage afterward). This one will rival any creamy soup, without the stomachache. The secret ingredient is the cashews, which you soak for a little bit in vegetable broth. Magic. I can’t get over it – such a fantastic swap. I don’t have the patience to make the chickpea croutons (not a vegan, just really like this recipe) so I eat this with a big piece of buttered sourdough bread but the soup itself is amazing. As a sidebar I really love this cookbook. So many delicious and healthy recipes.
Oh my gosh this is SO good. I like to make a big batch of the chicken mixture and eat it all week over salads, english muffin pizzas, in a wrap, etc. It’s super easy to make the sauce and then you just shred up a rotisserie chicken and you have this healthy-ish (it does have a lot of butter in it) protein to put on EVERYTHING. I am a fiend for anything buffalo chicken and am obsessed with this recipe!
This recipe is what made me fall in love with the everything but the bagel seasoning from Trader Joe’s (I’m so happy that you can order it on Amazon!). It’s really really easy and so delicious (I make mine in my air fryer). I will make a bunch of them (I prefer to make them in the air fryer vs bake them) and heat them up throughout the week. They are really great over salad (preferably with a bit of hot sauce and blue cheese dressing) or just to munch on (maybe heat up some frozen french fries in the air fryer too!).
What are your go-to easy recipes? Would LOVE to hear them.