Healthier in a Hurry (Part 2)

by | May 31, 2020

Each year we keep record of our favorite healthier, more balanced recipes that are simple and perfect for the “in a hurry” parents and adults.  Today we share our favorites from the past 12 months.  Check out our Part 1 episode too; Episode 8.

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Resources and Show Notes

Nicole’s Mom Win – Cajun Pepper Shrimp with Creamed Corn Orzo

Gina’s Faves

Seasoned pork tenderloin from the store (have you tried these yet?  Easy! Just pair with a salad or other vegetable)

Angel hair pasta with fresh Parmesan, capers and tuna

Four salmon filet topped with this spread; 2 T maple syrup, 2 T mayo and 2T Dijon mustard. Cook for 20 minutes at 400 degrees

Kale and Eggs; Saute kale in a large skillet with some garlic, then crack a couple eggs in the center. Simple delicious.  Serve with toast.

Turkey Meatballs with Carrot

One Pan Baked Chicken and Brown Rice Casserole (we add bacon to this!)

Grilled Eggplant with Tomatoes and Feta

Grilled California Avocado Chicken (From Nicole’s blog)

Chili Maple Glazed Salmon

Walnut Rosemary Crusted Salmon (From Nicole’s blog)

Pork Chops Italiano 

One Pot Greek Chicken Casserole

Simple Pan Fried “Fries” – I chop redskin potatoes (or slice them into four quarters) and pan fry them until brown, with some salt added.  I call them fries and serve them with ketchup. Kids love it!

Instant Pot and Slow Cooker

Instant Pot Mac and Cheese with Ham and Peas

Instant Pot Ribs

Instant Pot Skinny Fettuccine Alfredo

Instant Pot Chicken Teriyaki Bowls

Ten Minute Pesto Chicken Pasta

Slow Cooker Healthy Taco Casserole

Easy Chili (I added chunks of butternut squash!)

Fall Vegetable Sloppy Joes 

Chicken with Sugar Pumpkins and Apricots

Crockpot Rosemary Chicken with Butternut Squash (I topped this with avocado)

Slow Cooker Lasagna (I used Morning Star Chorizo instead of Italian Sausage)

Slow Cooker Taco Tater Tot Casserole

Desserts and Snacks

Yogurt parfaits with layers of nuts, chia seeds, fruit and yogurt

Pumpkin Raisin Chia Oatmeal Energy Balls

Five Ingredient Protein Bars (no bake)

Banana Granola Bars

Superfood Breakfast Cookies (from Nicole’s blog)

Chocolate Chip Almond Butter Cookies (I added 1/2 cup oats, I’ve also made these with peanut butter! Also I use sugar instead of Sucanat)


KIND Nut Butter Bars (find in the dairy or other cooler section)

KIND Whole Fruit and Chocolate Bars


Nicole’s Faves:

Tangy Sweet & Sour Meatballs

20-Minute Spicy Thai Noodles

6 Can Chicken Tortilla Soup

Turkey Taco Quinoa Skillet

Lemon and Parmesan Shrimp with Broccoli and Cauliflower

Black Bean and Corn Salad

Blackened Fish Taco with Mango Salsa

Sweet Thai Basil Chicken

Pesto Chicken Tortellini

Easy Hoisin Shrimp

Cajun Sausage and Pepper Rice Skillet

Chicken and Mushrooms in Garlic White Wine Sauce 

Shortcut Sausage Jambalaya

Summer Squash and Basil Pasta

Sheet Pan Hawaiian Shrimp

Creamy Parmesan One Pot Chicken and Rice

5 Ingredient Pesto Shrimp and Broccoli Fettuccine

Sesame Chicken

Easy Sheet Pan Cajun Sausage and Veggies

Cashew Chicken Sheet Pan Meal

Superfast Bean Tostadas with Cabbage Slaw

Fish Florentine

Slow Cooker Beef Gyros – will add feta next time!

Thai Peanut Sauce – perfect for tofu and veggies (baked tofu recipe here too!)

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