March is National Nutrition Month – a month in which we are encouraged to check our diets, be more nutritious, and put a little more of the foods and meals into our body that are ‘good for us.’ We know what you’re thinking, though: cooking healthy meals can be difficult, time consuming, and more expensive than slapping together a quick meal for the family that isn’t exactly healthy (we’re looking at you Hamburger Helper). But they don’t have to be! Cooking healthy doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg, nor does it have to take a lot of time.
Most importantly? Healthy meals can also taste amazing. Below are a few of our favourite quick, cheap, and healthy recipes. Try them all out, and find the best, freshest, and affordably priced ingredients only at The City Market!
Over at All Recipes, user Carolyn Stilwell provides a delicious-yet-healthy recipe for amazing chicken. Her lemon herb chicken dish couldn’t be easier or faster to make (it only takes 25-minutes), making it one of the best quick-and-ready meals you can whip together for your family. For added effect, consider sitting the chicken atop a plate of rice for a hearty dish your family will be asking for each week!
If you’re in the mood for a potential unhealthy salad, Food Network has a great recipe that will do the trick. With a few fresh ingredients, elbow macaroni, and condiments that are probably already in your refrigerator, this American Macaroni Salad recipe will be ready to serve within 30-minutes. It tastes fattening, but it’s not – each serving is only 286 calories. Since this dish yields six servings, it’s the perfect meal for the entire family or a great lunch for the rest of the work week, as this dish will last in your refrigerator for up to three days.
In the mood for spaghetti, yet you want it to also be quick and healthy? Food blog Real Simple has you covered – and it’s the perfect dish if you are trying to get your kids to eat broccoli. Within 20-minutes, you will have a spaghetti dish that features broccoli, bell peppers, delicious cloved garlics, roasted almonds, and Feta for a spaghetti dish that even the pickiest eaters will love. It’s bound to become your go-to dish when you need quick spaghetti – and the fact that it’s healthier makes this recipe a true winner!
There’s nothing like eating a delicious sandwich for your lunch break. Unfortunately, it’s easy to succumb to temptation when it’s time for lunch. Most of us are stressed, we want to forget about work for a while, and the (seemingly) best way to do this is to stress eat by consuming a tasty yet extremely unhealthy sandwich we get from our favourite sandwich shop. This makes us feel horrible the rest of the day, and can really drag our mood down.
You don’t have to do this anymore! If you want to stress eat, do it in a healthy manner thanks to this amazing Panini recipe over at My Recipes.com. With fresh, Italian bread, sliced prosciutto, a little bit of fontina cheese, arugula leaves, and fig preserves, you will be pulling this delicious sandwich out of your Panini grill within minutes for a low-calorie lunch that is sure to make everyone jealous! Best of all? Because this recipe yields four sandwiches, the bulk of your lunch schedule for the week will already be planned out, as Paninis reheat quite well!
Don’t have a Panini grill? My Recipes offers this suggestion:
“Place sandwichs in a grill pan or large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium heat. Cover sandwiches with foil, and top with a heavy skillet. Cook 2 to 3 minutes on each side or until golden brown.”
There you have it – it couldn’t be easier!