Whether you just plain hate salads or you’re growing weary of eating them every day, there’s a better way to get healthy meals. It might surprise you, but there are plenty of delicious options when it comes to creating healthful dishes.
Take a look at these 13 ideas that will give you meals that are healthy, taste great, and are not in any way a salad!
Get all that tasty flavor you love from your favorite go-to bar food order without all the guilt. Top buffalo-spiced chicken on top of rice with black beans, roasted corn, chopped tomatoes, slices of avocado, and fresh cilantro and you’ll have a meal that helps you get through even the most mundane of days.
- Zoodles with Kale Pesto
Zoodles, a.k.a. zucchini noodles, make a perfect replacement for carb-heavy noodles. Use a spiralizer to get them into zoodle-form, then make a pesto using kale to give you an extra dose of all those healthy nutrients. You can transform just about any Italian pasta favorite into a low-carb, low calorie delight by swapping noodles for spiralized veggies. Finish off with a couple of drops of Heaven’s Organics Lemon CBD for a refreshing zoodle spin!
3. Jamaican Jerk Vegan Tacos
If you’re fully meatless or looking for a healthy meal to make that doesn’t have meat, using jackfruit in place of meat makes for some flavorful tacos. With a mango-avocado salsa, it brings all the flavors that you crave in such a surprising way, it’s hard to believe it’s good for you. This recipe by Love and Lemons shows you how it’s done!
Eggs are a great way to get protein and keep your meal low in calories. Pair it with spinach and feta, and it’s a match made in heaven. It almost tastes like Greek spanakopita with a melty, cheesy texture. Plus, with the variety of wraps out there (from chickpea to gluten-free), you can make it even healthier.
Craving pizza? Here’s your green light to go for it. Just use portobello mushrooms as the pizza base. Fill them with marinara sauce and any other veggies you choose (spinach, artichokes, and olives are all excellent options), then top with cheese. Bake them at 400F for 12 to 15 minutes and you’ll have that pizza satisfaction you’ve been dreaming of.
Let fresh ingredients speak for themselves and you’ll have to do very little to get a great taste out of them. Your sheet pan can transform salmon and veggies into an all-inclusive healthy meal. Brussels sprouts, heirloom tomatoes, and even red potatoes all roast beautifully for a meal big on colors, flavors, and good health.
Just because you’re sick of salad doesn’t mean you should let that lettuce go to waste! Give it a new purpose in the form of a wrap. If you’re in a hurry, grab a prepared container of tabouleh from your supermarket’s deli section. Mix it with cooked quinoa and stuff it into lettuce leaves for a delicious and healthy treat.
- Vietnamese Chicken Lettuce Wraps
You can also take your taste buds on an Asian excursion by using your lettuce in a different way. Leftover rotisserie chicken makes for a fast and easy way to wrap up lunch or dinner. Mix it with a sauce made from low sodium soy sauce, honey, rice vinegar, chili paste, minced garlic, chopped ginger, the juice of 2 limes, and cornstarch and it will taste just like that one dish everyone pays too much for at that Asian chain restaurant.
If you love tuna salad but don’t want to saddle yourself with so much mayonnaise, mix it with avocado instead. The creamy texture is perfect, plus it’s full of healthy fats. Stuff it into hollowed-out tomatoes for a wonderful lunch. No tomatoes? No problem! Stuff the hollowed-out avocado skins instead!
- Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken Bowls
For lunch or dinner, let your slow cooker do all the work. All you need to do is add chicken breast and a jar of salsa. Once that’s done, you can make cauliflower rice flavored with taco seasoning and a side of beans and pile it into your bowl together for a healthy meal that fills you up.
Sometimes, soup is just what you need for a great healthy meal on a chilly day. With canned tomatoes, canned black beans, and frozen kernels of corn, you can throw in some fresh cilantro and ground cumin to give it a nice pop of flavor. Keep it meatless or add leftover cooked chicken. When serving, top it with crispy strips of corn tortillas, a naturally gluten-free choice that everyone will enjoy.
- Quinoa with Beets and Goat Cheese
Here’s a healthy meal that has it all – lean protein, good carbs, and nourishing veggies. Bring balance back into your life by combining quinoa, beets, and goat cheese. You can get ready-to-eat roasted beets from the produce section, making this even easier to make. The goat cheese practically melts with it while the quinoa gives it some nice texture for a well-rounded and delicious meal. Finish your beet salad off with a few drops of Heaven’s Organics Orange Tincture for a refreshing taste!
This popular Middle Eastern dish features eggs braised in a spiced tomato sauce. With warming cumin, it has a wonderful and exotic aroma. Once the eggs cook to your desired level of doneness, you can top it with fresh chopped parsley and cilantro. A little bit of feta cheese makes it even better!
Whoever said that salads were the only way to eat healthy never tried these dishes in the kitchen. Thankfully, now you can unleash bold new flavors while sticking to your plans for wellness!