40+ Healthyish Meal Ideas

As I’ve mentioned before, even for someone who loves to cook, it’s not easy to actually get in the habit of cooking for yourself every day. Planning, shopping, prepping, and cooking all take plenty of time, but I swear it’s a habit that’s worth developing. The reasons for this are threefold:

1. You’ll save so much money by not buying mediocre food for lunch at work.
2. You’ll automatically be eating much healthier food by cooking it yourself.
3. The food will be SO DELICIOUS.

Now, if you’re like me and you’re already kind of in the habit of cooking for lunch and dinner most days, a new challenge presents itself: you have to avoid falling into a food rut. Once you’ve perfected a couple of dishes, things can get a little boring and repetitive, and that glowing fast-food sign will start beckoning again. This is where I swoop in to save you!

I’ve had this running list of recipe links going for almost a year now, and it’s full of a super-wide variety of dishes that are all reasonably healthy, reasonably cheap, and easy to make. I’ve made most of them, and some are still on my to-make list. They’re from all over the food-obsessed internet: Bon Appetit, The Kitchn, Smitten Kitchen, Budget Bytes, and lots of other blogs mostly found through the Pinterest void.

Let me know which recipes you make, and how they turn out. HAPPY COOKING!

  1. Kimchi and Vegetable Soup
  2. Brown Sugar Balsamic Pork
  3. Chicken Tinga Tacos  
  4. Tomato and Cannellini Bean Soup
  5. Charred Broccoli
  6. Shrimp and Noodle Medicine Soup
  7. Greek Quinoa Bowls
  8. Kimchi Fried Rice
  9. Szechuan Mapo Tofu
  10. White Chili with Chicken
  11. Salmon Rillettes
  12. Baked Broccoli Tots
  13. Roasted Radishes
  14. BLT Lettuce Wraps
  15. Thai Green Mango Salad
  16. Lucky Peach’s 72 Veggie Ideas
  17. Meatballs in Chipotle Squash Sauce
  18. Avocado Salad with Carrot Ginger Dressing
  19. Egg Salad with Pickled Celery and Coarse Dijon
  20. Gazpacho Salad
  21. Lentil Chorizo Salad
  22. Eggs in Purgatory Puttanesca-Style
  23. Sheet Pan Chicken Tikka
  24. Kale and Quinoa Salad with Ricotta Salata
  25. Pickled Cabbage Salad
  26. Skirt Steak and Bloody Mary Tomato Salad
  27. Broiled Balsamic Veggies with Lemon Parsley Rice
  28. Mujadara
  29. Falafel Salad
  30. Banh Mi Bowls
  31. No-Noodle Pad Thai
  32. Buffalo Cauliflower Quinoa “Meatballs”
  33. Teriyaki Shrimp Sushi Bowl
  34. Kale Pesto Farro
  35. Sweet Chili Shrimp Stir Fry
  36. Hawaiian Marinated Flank Steak
  37. Thai Pumpkin Lentil Soup
  38. Quick Fish with Salsa Brava
  39. Ginger Lime Ground Pork Salad
  40. Pasta and Fried Zucchini Salad
  41. Roasted Broccoli and Cheese Sandwich

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