21 (More) Throw-Together Meals

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21 (More) Throw-Together Meals

When I think about how I cook from week-to-week, it’s really basic and definitely not fancy like what you might see on recipe website or social media. Maybe I’ll make one new recipe each week, but, for the most part, I’m mostly cooking family favorites and simple throw-together meals. And, truthfully, most of which aren’t even “official” recipes. Even still, they are nutritious, delicious, and meals that we make again and again.

Back in September, I shared 33 healthy throw-together meals, which went over really well with readers and email subscribers. So, I decided to share 21 (more) healthy throw-together meals for your menu in the coming weeks. When it comes to meal prep, I highly recommend picking 2-3 of these throw-together meals each week and then adding the ingredients to your grocery shopping list, so you’re always ready to “throw together” a quick meal. Be sure to save or bookmark this post to have on-hand for easy access.

21 (More) Throw-Together Meals

21 (More) Throw-Together Meals

1. High-Protein Buffalo Blue Chicken Pasta

  • Buy: Banza pasta(or another high-protein pasta), chicken, buffalo sauce, blue cheese crumbles. Bonus ingredient: onion
  • Serve: With a side salad

2. Avocado chicken salad

  • Buy: Chicken breast and avocado (or guacamole)
  • Serve: Serve on top of salad greens, inside a lettuce wrap or tortilla, on a toasted English muffin, or with crackers

3. Lemon & Garlic Shrimp with spinach 

  • Buy: Shrimp, minced garlic, lemon, spinach, butter
  • Serve: Sauté shrimp in butter, garlic, and lemon. When fully cooked, stir in spinach. Serve solo or with rice, quinoa, cauliflower rice or pasta!

4. Grilled Pesto Chicken Pizza

  • Buy: Pre-made pizza crust or dough, grilled chicken breast, jarred pesto, cheese of choice (crumbled feta is delicious), sliced tomato
  • Serve: With a big salad or along side your favorite steamed or roasted veggies

5. Apple Cheddar Waffle Sandwich

  • Buy: Frozen waffles, apples, cheddar cheese, honey mustard
  • Serve: With a big salad or along side your favorite steamed or roasted veggies

6. Mal’s Pasta Salad

  • Buy: Pasta of choice (we like Banza), canned black beans, Italian dressing, raw veggies of choice
  • Serve: Add shredded chicken for a protein boost; makes an awesome meal prep dinner since you can eat it cold straight from the fridge!

7. Turkey pressed sandwich with raspberry jam + cheese

  • Buy: Bread, deli turkey, raspberry jam, Laughing Cow cheese
  • Serve: With a big salad or along side your favorite steamed or roasted veggies

8. One-Pan Roasted Kielbasa & Veggies 

  • Buy: Kielbasa (or chicken sausage) + veggies of choice
  • Serve: Solo or with rice, quinoa, or another grain that you like

9. Veggie burger chopped salad 

  • Buy: Frozen veggie burgers, salad greens, choice of veggies and dressing
  • Serve: Cook veggie burger and add to a big salad!

10. Egg white & peppers pitas 

  • Buy: Egg whites, red bell pepper, pita bread
  • Serve: With a big salad or along side your favorite steamed or roasted veggies

11. Hummus & cheddar veggie sandwich

  • Buy: Hummus flavor of choice, sliced cheddar, sprouts, veggies of choice
  • Serve: With a big salad or along side your favorite steamed or roasted veggies

12. Tuna salad plate 

  • Buy: Canned tuna, avocado, plain yogurt, cucumber
  • Serve: Solo or with starchy veggies

13. Sweet Potato Toast with Yogurt & Blueberries

  • Buy: Sweet potato, plain Greek yogurt, blueberries, almond butter
  • Serve: Makes a great breakfast and snack too!

14. Smashed chickpea and avocado sandwich

  • Buy: Canned chickpeas, avocado, bread or pita, lime juice, salt (or seasoning of choice)
  • Serve: With a big salad or along side your favorite steamed or roasted veggies

15. English muffin pizzas 

  • Buy: English muffins, marinara sauce, cheese, toppings of choice
  • Serve: With a big salad or along side your favorite steamed or roasted veggies

16. Chorizo Avocado Lettuce Wraps

  • Buy: Chorizo (or chicken sausage), avocado (or guacamole), lettuce
  • Serve: With hot sauce or veggies of choice

17. Sweet Potato Quesadillas

  • Buy: Tortilla, mashed sweet potato, canned black beans, Laughing Cow cheese, and baby spinach
  • Serve: With a big salad or along side your favorite steamed or roasted veggies

18. Air Fryer Parmesan-Crusted Salmon

  • Buy: Salmon or other favorite fish, grated Parmesan, Dijon mustard or mayo
  • Serve: With a big salad or along side your favorite steamed or roasted veggies

19. Mediterranean Scramble

  • Buy: Eggs, baby spinach, jarred sun-dried tomatoes, bread
  • Serve: With extra veggies of choice and/or avocado

20. Turkey Kale Wraps

  • Buy: Deli turkey, kale, hummus, veggies of choice
  • Serve: With a bowl of creamy or lentil soup or chili (canned)

21. BLATs 

  • Buy: Bacon, lettuce, tomato, avocado, bread
  • Serve: With a big salad or along side your favorite steamed or roasted veggies

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