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!


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  • Reply Karalyn Lacey February 24, 2019 at 9:30 am

    I loved this post! If you have any other suggestions I’d be super excited 🙂

  • 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!

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

    Loooove this post! More like this please!

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

    Love these!! Thanks.

  • 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!

    • 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.

  • 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

    • 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 Tori// 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 Tricia April 17, 2017 at 2:22 pm

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

  • 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!). ❤

    • 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 Benny April 17, 2017 at 11:07 am

    I’ll take 2 of those burgers please 😉