During this time, your old recipes and favorites might be getting old. Luckily, even with pantry-staple ingredients, you can still make an easy, delicious meal with five ingredients. Try any of these out when your breakfast, lunch or dinner plan seems like old news.
Salmon with Rice and Broccoli
A complete meal with omega-3 fatty acids, grains and greens, this dinner will give the whole family the fuel they need. You can prepare your salmon however works for you – grilled, baked, pan seared or battered. All you need is a little olive oil and whatever seasoning you like. Then cook brown rice with cilantro and lime to taste, while steaming the broccoli. Okay, so technically six ingredients with the salmon, rice, broccoli, cilantro, lime and olive oil – but, this nutritious meal is worth it!
Potato and Vegetable Hash
The best part about vegetable dishes is that you can throw in whatever veggies you have in your fridge! Pick up a bag of fingerling potatoes and either bake them or sauté. Then, add sliced peppers, onions, garlic and mushrooms into the pan. Fry together until veggies are cooked through and add your favorite seasoning to taste.
Next time you’re at the store, pick up a few non-ripe avocados to keep them stored for a few days. Once they’re ready, toast a piece of bread then mash half of an avocado in a bowl. Squeeze half of a lemon over the mixture with salt and pepper to taste. Spread the mash over your piece of toast and add a few chopped cherry tomatoes. The final ingredient that brings it all together is chopped, fresh cilantro. Enjoy while warm!
This one is as simple and healthy of a breakfast that you’ll find. Start with a half cup of plant-based milk and a half cup of oats. Put them both into a sauce pan on medium heat until combined and oats are soft. Remove the meal from heat and place in a bowl. Then top with more plant-based milk, a tablespoon or so of maple syrup and cinnamon!
Start with a handful of spinach and add plant-based milk. You can adjust to the consistency you prefer your smoothies. Add frozen berries of your choice – raspberries, blueberries or blackberries. Then, choose a protein base like nuts, protein powder or hemp seeds. Top with cinnamon or an adaptogen of your choice!
Homemade Veggie Burgers
Use a can of chickpeas as your base, then add a baked and peeled sweet potato to a food processor. Add half of a yellow onion, a tablespoon of olive oil and two tablespoons of tahini. Use a teaspoon of sea salt for consistency. You can add any seasoning that you like here – garlic, cumin or paprika. Blend until fully combined. Spoon out circles onto a baking sheet and cook at 400 degrees for 10 minutes on each side (total of 20 minutes).
Paige Pichler is a writer, speaker, Project HEAL National Ambassador and yoga instructor. She writes about wellness, higher consciousness and health trends for a better life.