It’s the understatement of the year, but I’ll say it anyway. We all have A LOT going on. You could be considered essential and working long hours. You might be working from home and getting used to doing your job in a new environment. You may also be caring for young children and/or putting on a new hat as school teacher and navigating home-schooling for the first time. You are trying to figure out how to make “stay at home” fun. You’re focused on maintaining a level of calm. You’re committed to getting outside. You’re maintaining relationships with friends and family. You’re trying to sleep eight hours every night. You could be stressed out due to health conditions, financial insecurity, family issues, or just the (little, tiny) fact that you’re living through a pandemic.
It’s a lot and I think we can all relate.
While some of us enjoy spending hours in the kitchen making sourdough from starter or cooking elaborate dishes, we can only do that so much. Others of us are so tired from working, we simply don’t feel like spending much time cooking. Whatever the scenario, you need a few easy, delicious meals in your repertoire.
The dietitian team has been getting a lot of feedback from our customers who are looking for easy, delicious recipes, but also those that support good health. People are aware that heart disease and overweight can negatively impact immunity, so they are more interested in recipes that support heart health and weight management. They also just want food that makes them feel good in the long run. Most importantly, it has to taste good!
So, we wanted to share some of our favorite tried and true recipes. Simple, delicious, and nourishing. Whatever your personal situation, there are days when recipes like these are exactly what you need.
2-Ingredient Flourless Banana Pancakes All you need is a banana and two eggs. Kids can help make the batter or cook the recipe entirely if they’re a bit older. Once you know this recipe, you’ll make it all the time! You can bring it camping or have it for “brinner” — breakfast for dinner.
Oatmeal “Cookies” This is another recipe that is great for young helpers. Pair two of these with a glass of milk for a fast breakfast.
Tuna Cannellini Salad An ultra-fast pantry salad. If you’re starting to get tired of your usual tuna salad recipe, give this one a shot. A splash of vinegar and briny capers bring a pop of flavor to delight your taste buds.
Avocado White Bean Chipotle Wraps This is one of those recipes where the result is better than the sum of its parts. A few veggies quickly cooked in chipotle sauce, avocado and white beans mashed together, plus a touch of melty cheese come together so magically, it surprises me every time.
Red Lentil Daal If you like Indian flavors, this recipe is for you. Red lentils cook particularly fast (faster than green or brown) and don’t require a pre-soak. You basically dump everything into a pot and simmer for forty minutes. So, while it takes a little bit longer, it’s a hands-off recipe. Serve with a side of rice or naan, if desired.
Chicken Tortilla Soup A family favorite. The actual cook time of this recipe is about 20 minutes. Total time will be about 45 minutes. To save yourself prep time, use Harmons chef-chopped onion and garlic.
Southwestern Chicken Rice and Black Bean Soup A hearty, satisfying soup filled with flavor and a touch of spice. This recipe uses already cooked brown rice. Brown rice freezes well, so it’s great to batch cook and store in your freezer. Alternately, use instant or microwaveable rice to save time.
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