5 Minute Chopped Chickpea Salad

5 Minute Chopped Chickpea Salad

I love this simple Chopped Chickpea Salad. It requires very little prep time and is super healthy!

5 Minute Chopped Chickpea Salad

5 Minute Chopped Chickpea Salad

You’ll need:

  • two 16 ounce cans of chickpeas, drained
  • 1 medium cucumber, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1/2 white onion, diced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, diced
  • 1 cup parsley, chopped fine
  • juice of 2 lemons, about 4 Tbs
  • 2 Tbs olive oil
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika blend, I used this one
  • 2 Tbs goat feta cheese

5 Minute Chopped Chickpea Salad

Add all your ingredients to a large mixing bowl and stir with a wooden spoon until all ingredients are combined. Taste and adjust flavors as needed.

That’s it! A simple salad ready in 5 mins!

This is great on it’s own, as a side, on top of a green leafy salad, in pita bread, a cabbage leaf or lettuce leaf as a wrap! I also think it would pair very well as a side to grilled salmon or grilled steak. I hope you enjoy this easy 5 Minute Chopped Chickpea Salad as much as I do! You can see more of my fast easy 5 min meals here!

5 Minute Chopped Chickpea Salad

5 Minute Chopped Chickpea Salad
 
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Recipe type: salad
Cuisine: medeterranian
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • two 16 ounce cans of chickpeas, drained
  • 1 medium cucumber, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • ½ white onion, diced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, diced
  • 1 cup parsley, chopped fine
  • juice of 2 lemons, about 4 Tbs
  • 2 Tbs olive oil
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp Italian seasoning
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika blend, I used this one
  • 2 Tbs goat feta cheese
Instructions
  1. Add all your ingredients to a large mixing bowl and stir with a wooden spoon until all ingredients are combined. Taste and adjust flavors as needed.

 

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Mexican Style Pickled Veggies

Mexican Style Pickled Veggies

 

I’ve been researching the health benefits of apple cider vinegar (ACV) and wanted to find a way to reap the benefits without having to do a shot of vinegar or take a bunch of pills. I’ve also been looking for a great recipe for pickled veggies, like the ones I love from my favorite Mexican restaurant in town. After searching for recipes, I had a light bulb moment and realized that I could get the best of both worlds by using ACV to pickle the veggies! Amazing health benefits + delicious flavor = win, win!

The health benefits of apple cider vinegar include:

  • supports healthy digestion
  • potent antibacterial and antimicrobial
  • supports healthy blood sugar levels (2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar before bedtime can reduce fasting blood sugars by 4% (9source)).
  • supports healthy blood pressure and heart function
  • supports healthy immune system function
  • supports weight loss
  • Contains potassium, phosphorus, natural organic fluorine, silicon, trace minerals, pectin as well as many other powerful nutrients!

This recipe is a delicious way to reap the benefits of ACV and enjoy it!

Mexican Style Pickled Veggies

Mexican Style Pickled Veggies

Adapted from this recipe.

You’ll need:

  • 2 lbs carrots, peeled and cut on the bias
  • 1 yellow onion, sliced into strips
  • 1 bunch of radishes, cut into slices (about 1 cup)
  • 1.5 cups water
  • 2 cups apple cider vinegar
  • 7 ounces whole canned jalapenos with liquid (I cut the jalapenos into long strips)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil or avocado oil
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 1 Tbs dried oregano
  • 1 Tbs whole black peppercorns
  • 1 Tbs salt
  • 2 bay leaves

In a large pot over high heat, bring water to a boil. Once water is boiling, remove from heat and add carrots. Let them site for about 5 minutes and then add remaining ingredients. Stir to combine and let sit and cool for 1-2 hrs.

Store in glass jars and refrigerate.

You can eat your pickled veggies right away but they are best after a day or two in the fridge!

Notes:

  • If you don’t like spicy food, you can reduce or omit the jalepeno and/or black pepper.
  • You can use any crunchy vegetable. Beets, cauliflower, etc. would be lovely addittions!
  • I think I will omit the oil in my next batch or at least reduce it, I didn’t find it necessary.
  • If you prefer softer veggies, you can keep the water at a boil for up to 5 minutes after adding the veggies. I personally prefer the crunch!

These pickled veggies are great as a snack, side dish, addition to quinoa bowls, salads, or sandwiches!  I can’t wait to make more variations using different veggies! Plus you get all the amazing benefits of apple cider vinegar with every delicious bite!! xo

Mexican Style Pickled Veggies

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Paleo Kale Cobb Salad

Paleo Kale Cobb Salad

This is a healthier take on one of my favorite salads, the traditional Cobb. Cobb Salads typically have some not-so-healthy ingredients like bacon and blue cheese which are very acidic to the body.  I decided to omit the blue cheese and bacon and substituted some yummy and flavorful cooked veggies in their place.

If there is one thing that I see universally, it’s that most people do not get enough Kartal escort alkalinity from vegetables and greens on a daily basis. By far, as a nation we are overly acidic!  As a rule, I always try to have at least 1-2 servings of veggies at each meal. It’s crucial to weight loss and overall health.

Paleo Kale Cobb Salad

I love salads like this during the colder months. It is absolutely FREEZING here in Texas, as it has been in most parts of the country. On these chilly days a raw salad just doesn’t sound appetizing. The roasted and cooked veggies, warm rotisserie chicken and hard boiled eggs in this dish make this salad stick to your ribs and feel more like comfort food!

Paleo Kale Cobb Salad

I tend to be a little lazy with my cooking as many of you know, so even though this dish turned out beautifully, it’s really just a bunch of leftovers! As always, feel free to copy these recipes precisely or use what you already have on hand.

  • I used a pre-cooked rotisserie chicken from my local health food store. Costs about the same and is SO MUCH easier than doing it yourself!
  • I made these roasted root veggies earlier in the week according to this recipe and found inspiration on pinterest using this recipe for zucchini and corn (I omitted the cheese and added extra pepper!).
  • For the hard boiled eggs (which I rarely make because they always come out terribly wrong) I used this recipe from Martha Stewart. And for the first time in my life, they came out perfectly cooked!!

Paleo Kale Cobb Salad

For the base of your Paleo Kale Cobb Salad you can use any greens you like: spinach, romaine, arugula, swiss chard, kale, watercress, you name it!

I used kale and tossed it with my favorite Garlic Expressions salad dressing and a drizzle of siracha for extra kick! Then layered it with chopped grape tomatoes, a sliced hard boiled egg, shredded rotisserie chicken, roasted root veggies, and cooked zucchini with corn.

Healthy meals like this are such a great way to re-purpose your leftovers! Have fun trying different combos and let me know what you come up with!

Paleo Kale Cobb Salad

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Gluten Free Asian Noodle Salad

Gluten Free Asian Noodle Salad via Linda Wagner

This Gluten-Free Asian Noodle Salad instantly became a favorite of mine! It’s an even lighter take on my traditional Chinese Chicken Salad. I’ve added gluten free “rice stick” noodles which give it really nice texture. I found these rice stick noodles at Porno my local health food store (Central Market if you are in Texas) but you can also find them at Asian groceries or online. Here are the ones I used, also known as vermicelli.

The great thing about these noodles is that they are super clean and made of simply rice and water. That’s it! They are very versatile and can be eaten hot or cold and added to soups, salads, and spring rolls.

Gluten Free Asian Noodle Salad via Linda Wagner

This awesome recipe takes just minutes to throw together and will fit with almost any dietary needs or restrictions. It’s great for weight loss as well as being:

  • gluten free
  • dairy free
  • low sugar
  • low cal
  • low fat
  • vegan

My mom said that she always used these rice noodles as her secret weapon to lose weight when she was young! These noodle salads taste absolutely amazing while still being filling and satisfying.

Gluten Free Asian Noodle Salad via Linda Wagner

Gluten Free Asian Noodle Salad

(printable recipe at the bottom of this post)

For the salad you’ll need:

  • 8 ounces rice stick noodles (also known as vermicelli)
  • 4 cups shredded green and purple cabbage (you can also find pre-shredded slaw mixes in the produce section at your local Whole Foods, Central Market or health food store)
  • 1 zucchini, shredded in the food processor
  • 1 cup shredded carrots (I always just buy a bag of julienne carrots at the grocery store)
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 Tbs black sesame seeds as garnish (optional)
  • 1 hot pepper, sliced as garnish (optional) – I used a Fresno chili for the pretty red color but jalapeno would work as well

For the dressing you’ll need:

  • 1/4 cup Tamari (tamari is a gluten free soy sauce), you could also use regular soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 3 Tbs finely minced ginger (I peeled fresh ginger and used this hand held food processor to mince – You can also do it by hand but I find this process much faster and easier!)
  • 3 Tbs olive oil
  • 2 Tbs Hoisin sauce (I like this brand best, you can usually find it in the Asian section at your grocery store)
  • 1 Tbs Toasted Sesame Oil 
  • 1 tsp Spicy Chili Oil (optional but I had it on hand and knew it would make a great addition!)
  • 1 tsp Sriracha or more if you like it spicy!
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 5 chopped green onions, green and white parts

Gluten Free Asian Noodle Salad via Linda Wagner

*pictured here with Goji Detox Tea

In a small mason jar with lid add tamari, vinegar, minced ginger, olive oil, hoisin sauce, toasted sesame oil, chili oil, sriracha, sea salt and chopped green onions. Secure the lid and shake vigorously. Set aside.

Next, fill a large pot with salted water and bring to a boil. Add rice stick noodles and cook for 3 minutes then drain.

Gluten Free Asian Noodle Salad via Linda Wagner

Finally, in a large mixing bowl add cabbage, shredded carrots, shredded zucchini, cilantro, cooked noodles and enough dressing to coat and mix until well incorporated (kitchen tongs work well for this). Taste and adjust amount of dressing as needed.

Garnish with sesame seeds and hot peppers. You can also top with more cilantro and green onion if you like!

Divide into bowls or onto plates and enjoy!! Serves 4.

Gluten Free Asian Noodle Salad via Linda Wagner

If you’re getting bored of the same old salads over and over, this one is sure to spice things up! It’s so easy to throw together on a busy weeknight and you can feel great about eating it since it’s dairy free, gluten free, well combined, and vegetarian friendly. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! Enjoy!!

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Gluten Free Asian Noodle Salad
 
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This Gluten Free Asian Noodle Salad takes just minutes to make and is gluten free, dairy free, low sugar, low cal, low fat, vegetarian, and vegan friendly!
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Recipe type: Asian, Gluten free, salad, appetizer, lunch, vegan
Cuisine: Asian
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 8 ounces rice stick noodles (also known as vermicelli)
  • 4 cups shredded green and purple cabbage (you can also find pre-shredded slaw mixes in the produce section at your local Whole Foods, Central Market or health food store)
  • 1 zucchini, shredded in the food processor
  • 1 cup shredded carrots (I always just buy a bag of julienne carrots at the grocery store)
  • ½ cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 Tbs black sesame seeds (optional)
  • 1 hot pepper - I used a Fresno chili for the pretty red color but jalapeno would work as well (optional)
  • ¼ cup Tamari (tamari is a gluten free soy sauce), you could also use regular soy sauce
  • ¼ cup white wine vinegar
  • 3 Tbs finely minced ginger (I peeled fresh ginger and used this hand held food processorto mince – You can also do it by hand but I find this process much faster and easier!)
  • 3 Tbs olive oil
  • 2 Tbs Hoisin sauce (I like this brand best, you can usually find it in the Asian section at your grocery store)
  • 1 Tbs Toasted Sesame Oil
  • 1 tsp Spicy Chili Oil (optional but I had it on hand and knew it would make a great addition!)
  • 1 tsp Sriracha or more if you like it spicy!
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • 5 chopped green onions, green and white parts
Instructions
  1. Fill a large pot with salted water and bring to a boil. Add rice stick noodles and cook for about 3 minutes then drain.
  2. In a small mason jar with lid add tamari, vinegar, minced ginger, olive oil, hoisin sauce, toasted sesame oil, chili oil, sriracha, sea salt and chopped green onions. Secure the lid and shake vigorously. Set aside.
  3. Gluten Free Asian Noodle Salad via Linda Wagner
  4. Next, in a large mixing bowl add cabbage, shredded carrots, cilantro, cooked noodles and enough dressing to coat and mix until well incorporated (kitchen tongs work well for this). Taste and adjust amount of dressing as needed.
  5. Garnish with sesame seeds and hot peppers. You can also add more cilantro and green onion if you like!
  6. Divide into bowls or onto plates and enjoy!!

Paleo Almond Crusted Chicken Salad

Paleo Almond Crusted Chicken Salad via Linda Wagner

This salad recipe is back by popular demand! It is one of my absolute favorites. It’s so pretty and packed with nutrients! It’s always a good idea to eat as many colors as you can at each meal as each color provides it’s own unique nutrient profile.

The construction of this recipe is really easy and the best part is that you’ll have plenty to share and have as leftovers! I always try to make at least 2-3 extra servings of anything I cook, that way I have leftovers for the week and don’t have to worry about cooking all the time!

Paleo Almond Crusted Chicken Salad via Linda Wagner

The first part of this salad is the Almond Crusted Chicken and Balsamic Roasted Brussels. I made them last night for dinner and saved the extras to use on rainbow salads for the remainder of the week! You can cook everything in 1 tray in the oven for easy clean up! You could also substitute any kind of fish or turkey for the chicken if you like!

For the Almond Crusted Chicken you’ll need:

Preheat oven to 400 deg, line a large baking sheet with foil, and set aside.

You will need 2 large bowls. In the first bowl, add your almond meal, salt, pepper, and spices and mix thoroughly.

In a second large bowl, crack 1 egg and beat with a fork or whisk until combined.

Dip each chicken breast into the egg mixture and coat both sides. Then dip the coated chicken into the almond meal mixture, coat both sides and place on a large baking sheet lined with foil. You can see a picture tutorial for a similar recipe here.

Paleo Almond Crusted Chicken Salad via Linda Wagner

For the Balsamic Roasted Brussels you’ll need:

  • 1 large bag of brussels sprouts – I got mine at Trader Joe’s
  • olive oil
  • sea salt & fresh cracked pepper
  • balsamic glaze

Place your brussels in a large ziplock bag with a drizzle of olive oil. Seal the bag and toss until coated. Place your brussels onto the baking dish with your chicken and sprinkle with fresh cracked pepper and sea salt.

(You could also add other veggies if you like. I love using broccoli in this recipe too!)

Bake your chicken and veggies for about 10-15 mins or until brussles are just starting to get a little soft. Switch the oven to ‘Broil’ and remove the tray from the oven. Drizzle your veggies with a generous amount of balsamic glaze and then place on the top shelf to broil for just a few minutes, watching carefully, until your veggies are nice and browned/slightly charred.

Use a spatula to remove your veggies and set aside.  Switch the oven back to ‘Bake’ and continue to bake your chicken for another 5-10 mins until cooked through.

Paleo Almond Crusted Chicken Salad via Linda Wagner

The chicken will develop a lovely crust on the outside that’s full of flavor! I typically make about 4 of these Almond Crusted Chicken Breasts at a time because I know that I’ll want extras to have throughout the week! You can have this meal on it’s own for dinner. Then use the chicken and veggies in other creative ways during the week. It would make a heavenly addition to this “Zoodles” recipe using spiralized zucchini noodles. You can also add the chicken and brussels to a salad like I did here!

Paleo Almond Crusted Chicken Salad via Linda Wagner

Paleo Almond Crusted Chicken Salad

You’ll need:

  • 1 head romaine lettuce chopped fine
  • shredded carrots
  • raw corn
  • cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 and avocado
  • balsamic brussels sprouts cut into halves
  • Paleo Almond Crusted Chicken, cut into slices
  • vinaigrette dressing of choice – my favorites are this homemade lemon vinaigrette or Garlic Expressions

In a large salad bowl layer with romaine lettuce on the bottom and then create sections with your favorite veggies and protein.

Pretty simple, totally gorgeous!!

I used what I already had on hand but any veggies will do! You could use purple cabbage, orange bell peppers, radishes, cucumbers, you name it! Just use what you have, add some leftover protein, roasted veggies, and create your own gorgeous Rainbow Salad!

It’s so pretty that it looks like it must take a lot of work but once you have the protein cooked, it’s really just a matter of throwing together leftovers!!

I hope this recipe inspires you to get creative with your meals and add more colors into your diet! It’s not only healthy, it’s fun too!

Paleo Almond Crusted Chicken Salad via Linda Wagner

Paleo Almond Crusted Chicken Salad
 
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Ingredients
  • 2-4 organic, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup almond flour - you could also use coconut flour or leftover almond pulp from making homemade almond milk!!
  • 1 Tbs spices of choice, for this recipe I used organic steak seasoning to give it a more intense flavor.
  • sea salt & black pepper
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 large bag of brussels sprouts - I got mine at Trader Joe's
  • olive oil
  • sea salt & fresh cracked pepper
  • balsamic glaze
  • 1 head romaine lettuce chopped fine
  • shredded carrots
  • raw corn
  • cherry tomatoes, halved
  • ½ and avocado
  • vinaigrette dressing of choice - my favorites are this homemade lemon vinaigrette or Garlic Expressions
Instructions
  1. For the Almond Crusted Chicken you'll need to Preheat oven to 400 deg, line a large baking sheet with foil, and set aside.
  2. You will need 2 large bowls. In the first bowl, add your almond meal, salt, pepper, and spices and mix thoroughly.
  3. In a second large bowl, crack 1 egg and beat with a fork or whisk until combined.
  4. Dip each chicken breast into the egg mixture and coat both sides. Then dip the coated chicken into the almond meal mixture, coat both sides and place on a large baking sheet lined with foil. You can see a picture tutorial for a similar recipe here.
  5. For the Balsamic Roasted Veggies you'll place your brussels in a large ziplock bag with a drizzle of olive oil. Seal the bag and toss until coated. Place your brussels onto the baking dish with your chicken and sprinkle with fresh cracked pepper and sea salt.
  6. (You could also add other veggies if you like. I love using broccoli in this recipe too!)
  7. Bake your chicken and veggies for about 10-15 mins or until brussles are just starting to get a little soft. Switch the oven to 'Broil' and remove the tray from the oven. Drizzle your veggies with a generous amount of balsamic glaze and then place on the top shelf to broil for just a few minutes, watching carefully, until your veggies are nice and browned/slightly charred.
  8. Use a spatula to remove your veggies and set aside. Switch the oven back to 'Bake' and continue to bake your chicken for another 5-10 mins until cooked through.
  9. In a large salad bowl layer with romaine lettuce on the bottom and then create sections with your favorite veggies and protein.

 You can find more paleo recipes here and all of my salad recipes here. Enjoy!!

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**This recipe was originally posted on 2/20/14 and was reposted due to popular demand! **

Fast Healthy Meal Ideas

I know many of us are constantly pressed for time. That is usually one of the top challenges people face when trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle. I have faced these challenges myself and continue to learn, improvise and make it work! Here are some fast healthy meal ideas from my kitchen to yours. These are all unplanned, improvised meals that I made on the fly using whatever I had on hand. You can also follow me on instagram (@lovelindawagner) to see these tips and recipes in real time! I hope these inspire you to make it work, even when you are pressed for time!

Fast Healthy Meal Ideas

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Beverages (from left to right):

I’ve shared this Detox Tea recipe before but if you are pressed for time, simply pour hot water over thinly sliced lemons and ginger!

Bai5 is my new obsession!! It’s all natural, delicious, LOADED with antioxidants and only 10 calories per bottle! Sometimes you just don’t feel like drinking plain water and these are a great, healthy way to stay hydrated! I found the 5 flavor sample pack which has clementine, coconut, pomegranate, dragonfruit, and blueberry at Costco!

I love this Fat Dissolver Juice but when I’m pressed for time or don’t have all the ingredients on hand, I just make plain fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice. It’s loaded with vitamins and minerals that support healthy skin, weight loss, blood pressure, and fat metabolism!

healthy breakfast

Breakfast meals/Snacks:

I always have Ezekiel bread and english muffins on hand. They are so much more nutritious than regular white or wheat bread and digest cleanly and easily. I love the cinnamon raisin english muffins toasted then smeared with almond butter, sliced bananas, goji berries, cacoa nibs, and a drizzle of honey. If you don’t already have them, I recommend always having goji berries, cacoa nibs, and honey in the pantry. One bag of each the cacoa nibs and goji berries has lasted me almost two years so a little goes a long way! These superfoods add extra vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that are wonderful for your skin and energy levels. They also will help to keep you full and satisfied longer! That being said, if you don’t have superfoods and are not interested in trying them, an ezekiel muffin with almond butter and sliced fruit is still fabulous!!

Cultured yogurt or kefir is another great thing to have on hand. Both are loaded with beneficial probiotics and make the perfect snack or breakfast. You can have it plain or add fruit and superfoods like I did. Again, just use what you have on hand. I had fresh berries (you could also use frozen), honey, and a sprinkle of bee pollen. Bee pollen is another one of those superfoods that will last a VERY long time. I can’t even tell you how long I’ve had mine! I keep it in the fridge to help it stay fresh. If you don’t have any fruit or superfoods, don’t worry, having your yogurt or kefir plain is still so much healthier than sugary cereal, a candy bar, or cookies! Having healthy items in the fridge and pantry just ensures that you make healthier choices 😉

I LOVE Nature’s Path hot oatmeal during the winter months. It’s just so warming and keeps me full for hours. I added sliced banana, raw almonds, goji berries, chia seeds and dried cranberries.

superfood pantry
My superfood pantry

*If you would like more info on getting started with superfoods, start here. Remember, do what you can with what you have. You don’t have to have superfoods to live a healthy lifestyle but they are something that you can keep in the pantry to give your everyday foods a little boost!! You can see all the superfoods mentioned in this article here and get $10 off your order with the code WAG472. Most of these items can also be found at your local health food store or Trader Joe’s!

healthy egg breakfast

Eggs:

Eggs are one of my favorite protein sources and another staple that I always have. They provide protein, omega fatty acids, and amino acids that support the health of your entire body! I love them sunny side up over ezekiel english muffins with whatever greens I have on hand, fresh tomatoes, avocado slices and lots of hot sauce! I have this for breakfast or lunch ALL THE TIME. It literally takes less than 10 minutes to make and tastes amazing!! If you need to take it to work or on the go, just be sure to cook the yolk completely so you don’t end up with a runny mess on your hands!

Another egg dish I love are fritattas (see recipe insipration here). I typically just use whatever leftover veggies I have and it always turns out great! Fritattas keep well as leftovers too!
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Salads:

I always try to have salad ingredients on hand as well:

  • greens – romaine lettuce, kale, spinach, arugula, etc
  • fresh veggies – cherry tomatoes, avocados, shredded carrots, yellow squash, cucumber, purple cabbage
  • nuts/seeds/dried fruit – pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, hemp seeds, slivered almonds
  • protein – usually whatever is leftover: grilled chicken, hard boiled eggs, salmon, steak

Just throw whatever you have together in a large bowl with your favorite salad dressing and you’ve got a super healthy meal in minutes!

healthy veggie burrito bowl

“Leftover” Bowls:

Another staple in our house is the “leftover bowl”. Basically you just make quinoa and top it with leftovers from the week! This one was leftovers from fajitas that we had made earlier. Quinoa, whipped black beans, charred onion & bell peppers, corn with chili, lime & cilantro, fresh avocado slices and grape tomatoes.

A big part of eating healthy is making sure you have healthy foods around you. It’s like the quote “surround yourself with only the people who are going to lift you higher”, the same applies to food. Surround yourself with the food that is going to take you toward your goals; toward the health and the body you want!

I hope these fast healthy meal ideas help to inspire you to be prepared and improvise with what you have! xo

You can see more of my fast easy 5 min meals here, enjoy!!

 

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