Following a healthy lifestyle in this fast-paced world is no walk in the park. You may think that making healthy, delicious meals at home is a complicated process, but we can assure you that this is not the case at all. All you need is a few tricks up your sleeve and you can make healthy meals in no time!
In addition, people living in Canada, like many other urbanized countries, are busy bees. They do not have enough time to stand and cook for hours. They want some healthy but quick solutions that meet their nutritional requirements and are also taste bud friendly.
So even those who love food and cooking prefer to opt for simple dishes instead of complicated cooking techniques. At times, healthy meals can be quite complex and people in the modern world have a short time.
Because of this, many people choose fast food, especially during lunch hours, to save time. But unlike the rest of the world, fast food remains a takeaway or ordering concept for Canadians. They prefer takeaways rather than eating in or buying frozen foods.
Fast food consumption is at its peak despite its unhealthy reputation. Therefore, to save you the hassle of eating fast food, we will share some healthy recipes that are nutritious and super easy and economical to cook.
And as for the ingredients, you can easily order them from any grocery store near you. For example, if you live near the Edmonton area, you can conveniently order fresh produce through any Edmonton grocery delivery service that offers inexpensive fruits and vegetables. For example, buying defective groceries can lower your total meal expenses. Do not let the word “defective” mislead you, as these items are edible and in perfect condition except for a few minor defects, such as a tomato that is not round.
So let’s dive into some delicious but healthy recipes!
Quinoa bowl with Edamame, pickled vegetables and tofu balls
Tofu haters, prepare to eat your words. Try this recipe for the best lunch ever! Tofu balls are incredibly delicious and will definitely turn a tofu hater into a convert.
Things you need
For Quinoa Bowl
- Two tablespoons of cider vinegar
- A teaspoon of vinegar
- Red pepper flakes, a pinch
- Three cups of thinly sliced cabbage
- Two Lebanese cucumbers, cut into ribbons
- One and a half cups rinsed, drained quinoa
- Fresh or frozen-thawed soybeans (edamame), 2 cups
- Chop 2 tablespoons coriander
- ⅓ cup of mayonnaise
- 2 teaspoons cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoon sambal oelek
- 1 teaspoon soy sauce
- ½ teaspoon sugar
For tofu balls
- Half a clove of garlic
- 1 green onion
- Dice of 3/4 lb firm or extra firm tofu, folded dry
- 1.5 dl bread crumbs
- An egg
- Two tablespoons of soy sauce
- Two teaspoons of roasted sesame oil
- Two tablespoons of vegetable oil
Combine vinegar, sugar and pepper flakes in a large quinoa bowl and whisk until the sugar is dissolved. Now throw the vegetables in the vinegar mixture and add salt and pepper to taste. Boil the quinoa in salted water for 15 minutes until tender. Add the soybeans to a saucepan of salted boiling water and cook for four minutes until soft. Remove from heat and drain. Serve the quinoa in bowls. Add pickled vegetables, edamame, cilantro and tofu balls on top.
To make the tofu balls, finely chop the garlic and green onions in a food processor. Once the tofu is crumbled, add it to the processor. Mix the remaining ingredients, except vegetable oil. Treat until smooth, season with pepper. Make tofu balls with 1 tablespoon of the mixture and fry them in vegetable oil until golden brown.
Put all the remaining ingredients in a small bowl and the sauce is ready.
Breakfast smoothie with apple cherries and almonds
You will love this flavorful smoothie if you are looking for a quick but tasty breakfast hack. This healthy breakfast is packed with fiber and protein to keep you full, longer, and it only takes a few minutes to prepare. The best part is that it only requires 3-4 ingredients.
Just add a few cherries, half an apple, a few almonds to a cup of Greek yogurt and blend. Voila! It’s ready to go. Add a straw to it and take it to work.
The best kale salad ever
This salad topped with chicken is perfect for dinners to serve for hearty winter roasts or stews.
But if you are thinking of preparing this salad for work, it is best to make it the night before and eat it for lunch the next day. You can prepare the salad ingredients the day before. Store greens and carrots together, keep beets and cheese separate, and add the apple to the vinaigrette to prevent it from getting old or brown.
What’s in it?
- About 6 cups chopped or finely chopped kale, stalks removed.
- Radicchio, chopped or finely chopped, 1 cup
- Cut or chopped 1 ½ dl escarole
- Peel, slice or chop 1 Honey Crisp apple
- Peeled and cut into thin slices or cut into matches 1 carrot
- A small beetroot, peeled and cut into thin slices or cut into matches
- Dry cranberries or cherries, ⅓ cups
- Almonds roasted, ⅓ cups
- ½ cups shaved parmesan cheese (optional)
- Extra virgin olive oil, 13 oz
- ¼ cups apple cider vinegar
- Finely chop 1 small shallot
- 1 tablespoon good grained mustard
- A tablespoon of honey
- Salt and freshly ground pepper (to taste)
Steps to follow
To make salad
Add kale, radicchio, escarole and dressing to a large bowl. Now add a pinch of salt or vinegar to taste and adjust spices. Then add the apple, carrots, beets, dried cherries and almonds. Finally, add parmesan cheese if desired and transfer to serving dishes.
Stir oil, vinegar, shallots, mustard, honey and salt and pepper together.
Blueberry Almond Chia Pudding
Are you looking for a quick, healthy breakfast packed with protein to nourish your day? Then try this Blueberry Almond Milk Chia Pudding recipe! You can cook this chia pudding recipe quickly overnight in just five minutes!
Soak chia seeds in unsweetened almonds or other plant-based milk overnight for 9 hours.
Additionally, before serving, top it up with maple syrup or honey after mixing well.
Tuna & Apple Sandwich
Prepare these tuna and apple lunch box sammies for a tasty packed lunch. You can either have it as your lunch or pack it for your kids, for believe us, they are super delicious and effortless to make!
- 1 bag or can Tuna in a water bag, drained
- 2 tbsp. Mayonnaise
- About 1 tbsp. Chopped dry onions
- About 1 tsp. sweet relish or dill
- 1/2 stalk celery in cubes (approx. 1/4 cup).
- Four slices of a large Granny Smith apple, cut horizontally
Combine tuna, mayo, onion, relish and celery in a small mixing bowl. Stir to combine. Hold aside. Cut the large apple horizontally into four sections with a knife and remove the core. Sandwich the tuna mixture between the apple slices. In addition to smearing on apple slices, you can also use the tuna as a dip.
It does not have to take hours in the kitchen to prepare a healthy and satisfying dinner. These recipes are not just delicious; they are also easy to make. So next time you do not know what to make for dinner or lunch, try one of these recipes. Eat healthy and improve your quality of life!