Three 15-Minute Healthy-ish Lunches/Dinners

Dinner, Healthy, Quick and Easy, Vegetarian

Low-key….this is what i’ve been eating on a daily basis.

If you follow me on Insta Stories you know that I’ve upped my workout routine this year. I’m currently on week 14 (!!) of Sweat with Kayla and I like it because it satisfies the to-do list human that I am.

I love how the app works because I get to “cross-off” workouts. I also LOVE that I can do the resistance workouts while not having to leave the house. I don’t even belong to a gym so I just do the workouts at home with weights while I watch This is Us or The View or Good Morning America (I also realize I love ABC!).

AND, the cardio workouts are good because I go on 40 minute walks with Amelia, which we both have come to love SO much. For the high-intensity workouts, I head to Soul Cycle (Dani is my favorite instructor in LA).

ANYWAYZ, I feel like the last couple of weeks on this here blog, I’ve been providing recipes that are sort of complicated, indulgent, etc. so I wanted to share what I’ve been eating for lunch (or dinner) that all take under 15 minutes.

Also, for some reason I can spend three hours making a pie or a cake and love every second of it but when it comes to making something healthy for myself, I want it to come together in less than 12 minutes. All of these do!

This is what I’ve been eating A LOT. These posts won’t be Pinned a million times or get all the likes on Instagram but they’re really practical so I figured I’d share them.

1. My favorite breakfast-y salad. Total time: 8 minutes.

I use and eat out of the SAME bowl. Less clean-up. A squeeze of lemon, olive juice, crushed red pepper (a staple in every meal ever for me), salt; all whisked together.

And then arugula. Added and tossed until thoroughly coated. More salt because it’s necessary. And then two boiled 8-minute eggs, cherry tomatoes and half of an avocado. That’s it!

Sometimes instead of eggs, I’ll add a can of tuna, a dollop of mayonnaise and tons of pepper and lime juice.

2. Protein-Style Chicken Burger with a side of Sweet Potato Fries. Total time: 15 minutes.

I season the patty, cook it in and then top it with a small handful of Tillamook cheese. I also LOVE these frozen Alexia fries so I put those in the oven. They only take like 10 minutes. And then I wrap the burger in lettuce, slice of onion and tomato and serve it with the fries (not pictured because on this shoot day I forgot them lol).

3. Harissa Quinoa with Eggs. Total time: 8 minutes

I buy frozen cooked quinoa from Whole Foods and yes it sort of means I’m a little lazy but I spend so much time already cooking that I figure I can afford to take some short-cuts. Harissa makes everything taste good so I usually mix a bit of harissa, water and feta cheese or parmesan (if I have it) with the quinoa. I’ll throw in some Italian parsley, which I always have and I’ll top it with eggs (because I always have them in the fridge).

I have no idea if these ideas are like super boring and so played out. Or if it’s like oh cool I’ll eat that!

But this is what I make for myself ALL the time.

Josh is the opposite of a dieter. He can literally eat anything he wants all day long, three meals a day and not gain a thing. (I still tell him this isn’t the healthiest.)

But I AM NOT THAT WAY. I have to counterbalance my cake eating/testing with healthy meals.

Cooking super healthy for myself isn’t my strong suit so please share what you cook for yourself that are quick and easy! I’d love to know!

xoxo
Adrianna

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  • Reply Benny April 17, 2017 at 11:07 am

    I’ll take 2 of those burgers please 😉

  • Reply Tess Smagorinsky April 17, 2017 at 12:25 pm

    I’ve been doing sweet potato “toasts” recently – basically just cutting one into slabs and spraying with olive oil, and then roasting at like 425 for about a half hour. Then I put literally anything in the fridge on them – so far, have done avocado/lime, chipotle mayo, yogurt with garlic powder and lime, and sundries tomato pesto and they’ve all been rad. I WFH so the time commitment isn’t a big deal, although you do have to plan a bit in advance (but work-wise super quick!). ❤

    • Adrianna Adarme
      Reply Adrianna Adarme April 18, 2017 at 2:49 pm

      oh i love this idea! i’m ok with the time, as long as it’s hands off haha.

  • Reply Tricia April 17, 2017 at 2:22 pm

    Thanks for posting these! I love generally healthy meal ideals that involve minimal cooking.

  • Reply Tori//Gringalicious.com April 17, 2017 at 5:34 pm

    Totally love these ideas and I love catching a glimpse at your behind the scenes eats! Thanks for sharing. As for what I eat when time is short and I want something quick and healthy, I love stir-fries and any kind of veggies roasted with a simple meat like chicken. I’ve also been really into salads and my fave right now is with a few simple veggies like shredded carrots and a 4- ingredient Thai peanut sauce, Pb+soy sauce+ginger+garlic.

  • Reply Rachael @Rachael's Foodie Life April 18, 2017 at 2:02 am

    I love all three of these!! Sometimes when I get home from work and I have blog stuff to do we order takeaway because we need something fast but now I’m going to be making these. Thanks for sharing

    • Adrianna Adarme
      Reply Adrianna Adarme April 18, 2017 at 8:03 am

      haha yep! if we’re making sweet stuff all day, sometimes i’ll order me and billy lunch bc it’s like we can’t eat cake for lunch (or at least shouldn’t!)

  • Reply Crisina April 18, 2017 at 3:55 am

    Love roasting up some spaghetti squash at the beginning of the week and having that as my base throughout the week for meals! I will sautée it again with some goat cheese, spinach, and lean ground turkey or I will put it into a loaf pan and bake a “bake” out of it!

    • Adrianna Adarme
      Reply Adrianna Adarme April 18, 2017 at 8:02 am

      YES! Unfortunately I don’t see any spaghetti squash at the markets any more 🙁 (because of spring) but during fall this with meatballs is my go-to.

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  • Reply Leslie O'Brien Trenta April 18, 2017 at 9:53 am

    Love these!! Thanks.

  • Reply Ashley Nathalie April 18, 2017 at 10:18 am

    Love this! I too am lazy and have been trying to eat healthy. I started doing the following for breakfast:

    -Ezekiel bread english muffin avocado toast topped with raw sunflower seeds (soaked in a little olive oil) with salt & red pepper flakes. I’ll also add a few slices of red bell peppers and blueberries on the side. If I have time I’ll boil two eggs for protein!

    Great recommendations!

  • Reply Ana April 20, 2017 at 8:16 pm

    Loooove this post! More like this please!

  • Reply Meghan April 22, 2017 at 7:42 pm

    Oh I am a big fan of the breakfast salad, too! The Whole 30 turned me onto the idea 🙂 I use spinach in the same lemon juice-oil concoction you mention, with boiled eggs, a ton of chopped berries, avocado, and crispy prosciutto!

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