54 Easy Meals For Two That Are On The Table In An Hour or Less
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Do you find yourself in either of these situations?
- Skipping meals because you don’t want to be late for work.
- Often ordering dinner from your favorite fast food out of habit, because you believe that a home-cooked meal will take ages to prepare.
Unhealthy eating habits do take a toll on your health, as well as on your budget.
If you feel that you are at a loss for options because of time constraints, then a meal plan can help you manage what dishes you'll be having for the week. Or if the reason is the limited menu in your current repertoire, let me help you.
(Side note: If you'd like to learn how to build simple, daily habits that will help your fitness and weight loss goals, then I suggest checking out this book, which has 127 small changes to improve your health, wealth, and happiness.)
Here are 54 easy meals for two that you can try ASAP. These recipe suggestions have common features: they are delicious, friendly on the budget, good for two people, and can be prepared in an hour or less.
The recipes you’ll encounter include:
The raw ingredients in these meals contain high levels of health-giving nutrients that are not destroyed by the cooking process. You’re already assured of already meeting least more than 50% of your daily vitamin and mineral requirements.
Basically a hands-off meal prep. You only have to dump the ingredients into the pot, switch on the cooker to the required temperature and your dinner cooks itself to perfection.
Stack them in the freezer, and you’ll have your favorite dish ready for when hunger or craving hits.
You’ll have your veggies, meat and carbs all in a pan. However, unlike crockpot meals, these dishes usually take only less than half an hour to prepare.
Sandwiches and Wraps
These are perfect for meals on the go. You can make it as healthy as you like. They are so versatile that they can be all-meat or vegan fares any day of the week. Sandwiches are also good for repurposing last night’s dinner leftovers.
Easy, healthy, and delicious lunches or light dinners are ready within minutes.
Are you ready? Here we go!
1. Bagel Bombs
These bagels are filled with ham, cheese, and eggs whites to give you a highly nutritious and filling breakfast. They are easy to prepare, too. Once made, they can keep in the freezer for months wrapped in foil or cling wrap. Reheat when ready for an awesome breakfast.
2. No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Breakfast Bars
Set aside the guilt as you indulge in these healthy breakfast bars first thing in the morning. There is no cooking required and the ingredients are all natural and healthy.
3. Scrambled Egg Muffins
Enjoy this dish for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or as a low-carb snack. Prepping it is so easy; you won't be able to resist making multiple batches to freeze for future meals this month.
4. French Toast and Sausage Muffins
Prep this dish the night before for a tasty breakfast. It's for those who are craving for sweet and savory flavors combined in one dish.
There's nothing like having a go-to recipe for breakfast, and this waffle is an old standby. Using your toppings of choice makes this the most versatile dish of the morning.
6. Cheesy Mushroom and Spinach Omelet
Start your day right with a wholesome meal. This dish fits the bill. It's loaded with muscle-building protein and vitamin packed spinach all in a gooey and hearty forkful.
7. 3-Minute Coconut Almond Porridge
This grain-free porridge is perfect for those looking for a low-carb fare. It is very satisfying and, served warm, brings comfort during cold mornings.
8. Peanut Butter Espresso Smoothie
This breakfast smoothie will brighten up your morning. It is also very healthy, containing high levels of antioxidants and nutrients that fight off disease and keep both of you looking young.
9. Blueberry Brie Grilled Cheese Sandwich
This delightful sandwich is perfect for breakfast, offering a rich, buttery flavor. And the best part? It's so easy to prepare.
10. Zucchini-Thyme Frittata
Prepare breakfast in no time with this frittata recipe. It is filled with vegetables and flavored with tasty herbs for an enjoyable morning meal.
11. Smoked Salmon Breakfast Stacks
|Savor the awesome flavor of smoked salmon in this breakfast benedict recipe. It's perfect for those on the Paleo or other low-carb diets and for those looking for a healthy and tasty meal option.|
12. Raw Raspberry Buckwheat Bowl
If you're looking for a recipe that's packed with the healthy goodness of raw foods, then you've got to try this breakfast bowl. It contains high levels of protein, plus the nutritional benefits of fruits and grains.
13. Chocolate Raspberry Overnight Oats Parfait
You only need to do two things in order to have a couple of delicious glasses for breakfast. It contains superfoods so you are assured of a super healthy fare first thing in the morning.
14. Greek Yogurt Breakfast Bark
Have a tasty treat for breakfast. This dish is packed with heart-healthy anti-oxidants and gut-protecting probiotics.
15. Pizza Pockets
This pizza is completely meatless - ideal as a vegetarian fare. You have a choice of making the pizza pocket from scratch or use a pre-made crust. Either way, this meal is so easy to prepare and handy for on-the-go lunch.
16. Egg Salad Spinach Wrap
Going on a picnic date this weekend? This lunch wrap is an ideal meal on the go. It is very quick and easy to prepare and has everything you love about the classic egg-salad sandwich.
17. Japanese Rice Balls (Onigiri)
Couples packing lunchboxes to work will appreciate this simple meal that's so easy to prepare. It is a refreshing deviation from cheese-and-meat-laden dishes.
18. Throw-Together Tuna Salad
Superfoods for lunch? Why not! And in this dish, not only is it a no-frills meal prep, the health benefits are sky-high too.
19. Sesame Noodles
You can prepare this dish in less than 20 minutes. It is extremely versatile. You can serve it cold or warm, as lunch or dinner. Garnish with green onions and sesame seeds.
20. Taco Salad in a Jar
The presentation of this salad is charm itself. It is a very portable meal and the taste will not disappoint.
21. Tofu Banh Mi with Vegan Sriracha Mayo
Cultures collide in this culinary masterpiece. The well-known Vietnamese banh mi is nestled within a French baguette for a meal that's an explosion of flavors and textures.
22. Hummus Avocado Turkey Club Sandwich
This club sandwich is a game changer in the realm of to-go lunches. It does away with the traditional mayo for the more revolutionary hummus and mashed avocado for a healthy, tasty meal.
23. Avocado Turmeric Chicken Salad Sandwich
Enjoy a healthy treat with this sandwich. Made from ingredients known to contain health-giving nutrients, it is a power-packed meal that's easy to prepare.
24. Honey Garlic Shrimp
This meal takes only half an hour to prepare. The flavors of honey, red pepper flakes, and lemon juice blend together in a harmonious way. Lunch has never been this refreshing.
25. Greek Style Pasta Salad
Prepare a quick pasta salad for lunch today. This recipe cooks in less than half an hour, yet the flavor is amazing.
26. Easy Fish Tacos with Lime Crema
Here is another exquisite recipe you must try for lunch. The flavors in this fish taco are amazing. Best of all, you can have this on hand in less than 30 minutes. That already includes the time to marinate the fish. No kidding.
27. Hummus Collard Wraps
Swap the flour wrap for collard leaves to gather your hummus and veggies for lunch. It is a healthier fare that's so easy to prep. It's a handy pocket salad.
28. Blueberry Pecan Chicken Salad
Blueberries take the limelight in this meal. Chopped pecans and poppy seeds in the salad give it additional texture to make this dish a quick favorite.
29. Curried Cauliflower Wrap
Enjoy a healthy, meatless lunch with this dish. Roast some cauliflower florets to give this lunch wrap a flavorful twist. For protein, add some chickpeas or hummus.
30. Skillet Chicken Pot Pie
This popular comfort food is a healthier version of those found in the grocery's freezer section, and it's more flavorful as well. The recipe can be divided into two portions. One for eating today, and one to freeze for later.
31. Easy Lemon Butter Fish
Skip the takeout tonight and go for something home cooked and healthy instead. With this dish, you'll get both for dinner. It is ready in 20 minutes.
32. Broccoli Cheese Casserole
Enjoy the wholesome goodness of veggies wrapped in gooey layers of cheese with this slow cooker dinner recipe for two. Preparing this is so easy, and you can either eat it immediately or freeze to indulge on for later.
33. Crock Pot Honey Garlic Chicken Breast
This recipe is a modified version of a popular crockpot dish. To make it a healthier fare, the recipe developer lessened the amount of soy sauce and honey and used chicken breasts instead of thighs. Nevertheless, the rich flavor remains.
34. One Pot Beef Stroganoff
The beauty of one-pot meals is that you have the option make it as healthy and as tasty as can be with the least effort. This recipe is perfect for a comforting meal. The dish can be divided into two portions. Eat one now and freeze another portion for next dinner.
35. Black Pepper Tofu Stir Fry
This dish is ready within 15 minutes. You'll get to enjoy dinner in no time. Serve on a bed of hot rice and dig in.
36. Kielbasa, Pepper, Onion and Potato Hash
Here is a super easy way to prepare a healthy dinner on those busy weeknights. The process is so simple and the cost of the ingredients won't break the bank.
37. Individual Cheddar Meatloaves
These individual-portion meatloaves are very convenient for portion control and as a quick dinner fare. It is high in protein, perfect for those who are looking for low-glycemic-impact meals.
38. Apple Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Turkey, Cheddar and Apple Butter
This dinner sandwich qualifies as a memorable meal. It is so tasty, with the right blend of savory-sweet-tart. This is one of the easiest and most delicious dinners you can try this week.
39. Potato Gratin
The versatile nature of this dish gives you an option to serve this as the main course or as a tasty side dish. The recipe is good for 2, and it's easier to prepare compared with a full-sized gratin.
40. Sun Dried Tomato Seafood Linguine
This pasta dinner is ready in less than an hour. With this dish, you can enjoy a tasty meal even on busy weeknights.
41. Pork Tonkatsu Bowls
Dinner will not be a bland affair with this tonkatsu bowl as the main course. You can prepare it within half an hour and it offers a light, refreshing meal with the crunchy texture of breaded pork.
42. 15 Minute Naan Pizzas
These personal pizzas are ready in 15 minutes. You can top them with pesto, tomatoes, and herbs for a delightfully healthy dinner for two.
43. 2 Ingredient Cauliflower Paleo Gnocchi
If you're on Paleo, this dinner is perfect. It is very easy to prepare and requires only two ingredients.
44. Zucchini and Ground Beef Skillet Casserole
Skillet casseroles are ideal for busy nights or when you don't have energy to try a complicated recipe for tonight's dinner. Simplicity in preparation and ingredients are the hallmarks of this dish.
45. 20-Minute Green Goddess Spaghetti
This green spaghetti recipe incorporates four kinds of herbs to get its unique flavor. The recipe developer says it's so "offensively simple" to prepare. Boil some pasta, puree the herbs to make the sauce, and top with the veggies of your choice.
46. Tuscan Turkey Dinner with Parmesan Roasted Red Potatoes
The thing about slow cooker meals is that you can easily prepare and place all ingredients in the pot early in the day and have a delicious meal waiting for you by dinner time. That convenience is found in this dish, as well as a flavor that's quite memorable.
47. Teriyaki Chicken Salad with Pineapple Sesame Dressing
Have a delicious salad for dinner. This dish is packed with the awesome flavors of pineapples and macadamia nuts.
48. Pulled Pork
Although this recipe requires a little over an hour to make, it's pretty much a hands-off process. It frees you up so you can pursue other things while dinner cooks.
49. Twenty-Minute Skillet Goulash
As the weather gets colder, it's nice to have a meal that gives comfort. This goulash fits the bill. What's more, it is so easy to make - ready in 20 minutes. Serve with salad for a hearty fare.
51. Sausage and Vegetable Orzo
Preparing this dinner is very simple. Moreover, you can use any meat and vegetables you have in your freezer or fridge.
51. Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Zesty Dry Rub
This dish is so easy to prepare. The flavors, courtesy of the rub, explode in your mouth. It is a memorable meal that you'll crave for week after week.
52. One Pan Pork Chops with Quinoa
Enjoy a satisfying and tasty meal with this one-skillet pork chop. The best part is that there's no cleaning required afterwards.
53. Beef Dopiaza Curry
This dish is prepared in a slow cooker and has earthy, satisfying flavors. It is usually served with rice or naan bread.
54. Korean Beef Bowl
If dinner is to happen within minutes or face the consequences of ordering another fast-food takeout, then this recipe will surely be a lifesaver. It is tasty, and it is ready within 15 minutes. Timer starts now.
Through the recipe suggestions listed here, I hope you now have the motivation to prepare home-cooked meals with regular frequency.
If you find yourself a bit overwhelmed with the recipe choices and also a little confused on how to get started eating healthy, then a meal plan is a good way to keep track of the food you are going to cook for the week. Plus, it helps you manage your time better.
You’ve probably read this post the whole way through because you want to pay more attention to what you’re eating. Congratulations on making the first step towards a new healthy eating habit. And feel free to check out this post for 192 more good habits you can start cultivating in other areas of your life.
Finally, if you'd like to learn how to build simple, daily habits that will help your fitness and weight loss goals, then I suggest checking out this book, which has 127 small changes to improve your health, wealth, and happiness.