Straightforward Wholesome Meals: 39 Fast, Funds-Pleasant Recipes

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Hot Take: It takes more time to think about what to cook than to actually cook something. Sure, preparing meals for the week can be of great help, but you still have to decide what to do first.

And while there is always the temptation to take away, that bill adds up quickly and is not always the most nutritious option.

So, allow us to make things a little easier. We’ve rounded up the best easy, healthy breakfast, lunch, and dinner recipes, including some seamless options that can be made in one pot.

Healthy breakfast tacos

In case you don’t know, a soft scrambled egg is the perfect filling for breakfast tacos. Add in peppers, spring onions, arugula and salsa for a heavenly breakfast.

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2-ingredient banana pancakes

It couldn’t be easier than with a recipe that has just two ingredients, and you probably already have both in your fridge.

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Breakfast burrito

Fancy breakfast on the go? This breakfast burrito recipe can be customized based on what you have in your fridge.

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Breakfast Panzanella

Panzella is an Italian-inspired bread salad made from stale bread, tomatoes, onions, vinegar, and olive oil. This recipe calls for a fried egg for extra protein.

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Turkey brunch burger

For those days when you’re looking for a heartier breakfast, this burger patty has the flavor of breakfast sausage and is topped with an egg!

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Simple soufflé omelette

While this may seem daunting, it’s actually super easy to do at home. In addition, no additional ingredients are required. All you have to do is separate the eggs.

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Cinnamon buns pancakes

These vegan, gluten-free cinnamon roll pancakes are topped with a cashew cream sauce that your roommate will definitely want to eat.

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Steel cut oats

Steel cut oats are a healthier alternative to oatmeal and retain a small texture after cooking. Top with berries or cinnamon for a filling and quick breakfast.

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Plain eggs benedict

Hollandaise may seem daunting, but this recipe gives you an easy way to do it in a blender. You can swap the butter for vegetable oil for a cheaper alternative!

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Rancheros eggs

This classic Mexican-inspired breakfast staple has just a few fresh ingredients and a can of beans!

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Berry smoothie bowl

This nut and berry smoothie bowl contains 30 grams of protein so you don’t just have to have breakfast.

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Turmeric pineapple smoothie

If you haven’t tried turmeric and pineapple together, you’re missing out. This gorgeous golden smoothie is sure to keep your day on the right foot.

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Peanut butter and banana smoothie

The added scoop of flaxseed in this smoothie aids digestion, while peanut butter, Greek yogurt, and bananas add a creamy richness.

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Strawberry and banana smoothie

This classic combination of flavors never gets old. Add chia seeds to increase your hydration and aid digestion.

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Chunky Monkey Protein Smoothie

Peanut butter and banana go perfectly with a large scoop of chocolate protein powder to keep you fueled until your next meal.

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Mango kale smoothie

Tropical fruits like mango are perfect for hiding the taste of the greens if you or your little one aren’t a fan.

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Tropical smoothie with 5 ingredients

This smoothie is a vacation in a glass and comes together in 5 minutes with just five ingredients!

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Beet smoothie

Get all of the benefits of beets in this smoothie sweetened by the natural flavors of blueberries and pineapple.

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Oatmeal smoothie

Don’t you want to have breakfast? Mix your oats with some cinnamon for a delicious drinkable breakfast.

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Peach and Cream Smoothie

The best thing about smoothies is that you can enjoy seasonal flavors with frozen fruit all year round. Enjoy this plant-based peach smoothie anytime!

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Simply chopped lettuce

With the right ingredients and dressing, salads can be just right. The best thing about a chopped salad is that you can add whatever vegetables you have on hand.

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Healthy tuna salad

Tuna is a great source of protein. This recipe swaps the mayo with Greek yogurt for a lighter taste.

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Sesame Peanut Butter Noodles

You probably already have a packet of ramen noodles in your pantry somewhere. Mix them with a spoonful of peanut butter for a quick and tasty lunch.

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Grilled cauliflower cheese

This recipe swaps sourdough for a homemade cauliflower bread so you can sneak into vegetables easily.

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Simple tomato soup

Skip the canned tomato soup and try making it at home with this recipe that uses only three ingredients.

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Grilled turkey burgers

Make protein-style burger at home with this salad-wrapped turkey burger.

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30 minutes of coconut curry

Curries can be daunting and usually last all day. But this recipe comes together in just 30 minutes!

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Chicken Avocado Caesar Salad

If a regular salad doesn’t fill you, this one will. It’s packed with hard-boiled eggs, chicken, and avocado.

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Vegetable spring rolls

Spring rolls will soon become your first choice at home. You can add all the ingredients you have on hand and the packaging doesn’t require cooking.

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Healthy Chicken Burrito Bowl

Throw your own burrito bowl together at home. The bonus of doing it yourself is that there is no extra charge for guac!

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Stew lasagna

This stew lasagna takes up the man hours it takes to layer an entire dish.

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Tomato sauce with 5 ingredients

Don’t worry about sitting over a saucepan all day with this quick five-ingredient tomato sauce recipe.

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Fast chili

This chili is pretty easy. It only takes 30 minutes. Use leftovers on the pasta or to make a chilli dog!

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Plain cheese and pepper

Cacio e Pepe is one of the easiest pasta to make. Just mix your pasta with parmesan, butter, and lots of pepper.

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Easy Chicken Tikka Masala

These quick and easy recipes will obliterate your take-away needs. Indian-inspired curry at home in 30 minutes? Sounds dreamy to us.

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Chicken legs baked in the oven

Take the stress off cooking chicken on the stove and toss it all in the oven. Throw in some root vegetables as well and you’ll have dinner ready in no time.

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Jackfruit Carnitas Tacos

Jackfruit replaces meat in these tacos so your carnivore and vegetable friends can get together over one meal!

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Lemon honey chicken

With just a handful of ingredients, this lemon chicken is full of flavor. Serve over a bed of brown rice or next to a green salad!

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Pork chops with hoisin glaze

Pork chops are one of the cheaper cuts of meat you can get from the butcher, especially considering how big they are! Stock your pantry with a selection of Asian-inspired sauces, and the marinade options are endless.

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Quick and easy chicken noodle soup

If you’re feeling a little light-headed during the winter months, this recipe can have soup in a bowl in just 30 minutes.

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English muffin pizza

Let the kids add their own toppings to their mini pizzas with this homemade mince.

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Musk Pumpkin Macaroni Cheese Pan

Give your little ones the mac and cheese they know and love, but with a healthier twist. This recipe mixes the cheese with butternut squash for a serving of vegetables and adds sweetness.

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Homemade mini corn dogs

We all know kids love their processed snacks. By doing this at home, you can leave out all of the highly processed products.

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Baked fish fingers

Buy a jumbo pack of frozen cod fillets and thaw a few if you don’t know what to make for lunch.

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Sheet pan nachos

It doesn’t get much easier than nachos, and making them on a sheet pan will do the whole family without having to make batches.

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Simple homemade potstickers

Let the kids get their hands dirty and wrap potstickers with you! We promise it will be a family favorite pastime.

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Turkey Meatballs Subs

With spinach in the turkey meatballs, these subs serve a secret vegetable bonus.

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Garlic Parmesan Zoodles

Are you trying not to eat too much gluten? Zoodles are a perfect alternative. Just toss them in some garlic and cheese for an easy weekday meal.

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Teriyaki chicken

The whole family will drool if the house smells like sweet teriyaki sauce. This recipe is perfect in a pinch as it doesn’t require a long marinade time.

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