Workaholic much? Then it might not be easy for you to balance a healthy lifestyle with a hectic schedule. A planner filled with work makes it more challenging to get proper nutrition. In addition, it is challenging for busy professionals to have healthy meals in today’s fast-paced world, many of them spiraling into the world of fast food.
The problem with most busy professionals is that they are hardly at home during the day. When they get back, all they want to do is relax and unwind at night. This scenario makes it hard for them to eat nutritious food. As a result, it takes a toll on their physical and mental well-being, leaving them feeling tired and burnt out.
Furthermore, if you are a busy professional, it can be tough to find time to cook healthy meals that taste great and don’t cost a fortune. Also, eating out every day is not an option. Favorably there are meal kit delivery providers who provide ready-to-eat healthy meals.
Maintaining a healthy meal plan without sacrificing time is easier than ever, thanks to meal delivery services. Meal kits come with professionally planned and measured recipes with step-by-step instructions, all ingredients prepped in advance, and nutritional information.
That being said, if you are someone who likes to cook meals at home, I have a solution for you as well. Here is a selection of nutritious and healthy dishes to help you plan your daily meals. Let’s dive into some quick and healthy recipes for busy professionals.
1. Shrimp With Honey and Garlic
Now this recipe is something you can make in a blip. You need some honey, soy sauce, and garlic to make the marinade for your shrimp. Once you have made the marinade, braise the shrimp in it for at least 15 minutes or up to 8 hours (if you have the time).
I usually marinate it for around 15 minutes, which gives me the time to prepare side dishes like steamed veggies and quick brown rice. To prepare the shrimp, you need to sauté the shrimp in a little olive oil. Then, flip and finish with the remaining marinade. Garnish it with some chives or green onions. You can serve it with rice and sautéed veggies.
2. Kale and Quinoa Salad
Salads are the obvious answer for a quick and healthy meal. You need the super grain quinoa washed and drained. Then, bring 2 cups of water to a boil in a small saucepan and add your quinoa. Cover the pan, lower heat to low, and boil for 15 minutes or until water is absorbed. Once the quinoa is cooked, let it cool in a large mixing bowl.
You can make the dressing in the meantime. For the dressing, take a large salad bowl. In it, mix all of the dressing ingredients you want. You can make a honey French dressing. Next, add the kale and mix it with the dressing with your hands.
Once the quinoa has cooled, combine it with the kale, cranberries, cheese, and almonds in a mixing bowl. Gently toss to mix and serve. Your refreshing kale and quinoa salad is ready!
3. Tuna Patties
If you have some tuna in your fridge, don’t think twice. Make these delicious patties. If you’re using canned tuna, set aside a tablespoon of the liquid before draining, and add a small quantity of olive oil to the tuna mixture next.
Combine the tuna, mustard, torn white bread, lemon zest, lemon juice, water, parsley, chives, and spicy sauce in a medium mixing basin. Add salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. This is your tuna patty mixture.
Make patties out of this mixture. If you are feeling particularly healthy, you can steam the patties. If not, you can simply shallow fry them in olive oil. Enjoy them with any of your favorite dips and sauces.
4. Honey Mustard Chicken, Avocado, and Bacon Salad
This is another great example of a healthy and easy-to-make salad. Although this takes some time, it is completely worth it. Add your honey and mustard to a large bowl and swirl them together. You can pour half of the mixture into a shallow dish and marinate the chicken filets for two hours if you have some time.
Refrigerate the remaining half of the honey mustard to use as a dressing for the salad. After marinating the chicken for a while, sear or grill the filets from both sides in a nonstick pan or grill pan. Cook them over medium heat until they are brown, crunchy, and cooked through.
Take the chicken out from the pan and set it aside to rest. You can cook the bacon to a crisp in a shallow fryer. Now, start preparing your salad by adding lettuce, tomatoes, avocado slices, corn, onion slices, and chicken strips to a large bowl.
Drizzle 2 tablespoons of water over the salad along with the remaining dressing. Season your salad with salt and cracked pepper. Lastly, top with crisp bacon and enjoy your delicious and flavorful salad.
5. Orange and Mustard Chicken Pasta
You might’ve heard of 15-minutes pasta recipes. This is one of them. Start with boiling your pasta, and just before it’s cooked, add in the broccoli to blanch it as well.
Meanwhile, heat some oil in a pan and toss some chicken. Once it is cooked, add some garlic to the pan. Mix some orange juice with some mustard in a bowl and add this mixture to the pan.
Let it simmer and drain the pasta and broccoli meanwhile. Then, add the pasta and broccoli to the pan with 3 tablespoons of the pasta/broccoli water and cook everything together.
Season with salt and crushed black pepper, garnish the pasta with slivered almonds, and you’re done! Enjoy this amazing and quick chicken pasta while watching a feel-good movie.
I understand that the stress of your professional life can make you skip your meals. But with these quick and healthy recipes at hand, you can make yourself amazing and healthy meals in a matter of minutes.
So, eat well as you work hard. Let me know in the comments the recipe you liked best. I’ll see you next time. Until then, take care and happy eating!