If you’ve clicked on this post, then you’re most likely either in the middle of a tough day or have experienced them in the past. Eating is an essential part of life to stay healthy, yet it is a task that can seem almost impossible on bad days – a lack of motivation coupled with a low mood makes food preparation seem like too much effort.
Help is at hand! Below are five simple meals that are easy to make with minimal effort. There will also be options for vegetarians (v), vegans (ve), and gluten-free people (gf).
1) Scrambled eggs on toast (v)
A classic low-effort meal that takes 5-10 minutes to prepare. You can use a microwave-safe jug, crack two eggs and a splash of milk into it, whisk, then place in the microwave for 1:30-2 minutes. Toast the bread (gluten-free option possible if you have gf bread), butter it, then place the cooked eggs on top. If you wanted to, add some grated cheese and pepper on the top to give it a little extra flavor.
2) Crackers & Dips
Crackers and dips are stapled party food, but you don’t need to have a party to buy them. Many supermarkets have premade own brand dips that you can get quite cheap, and crackers are fairly inexpensive too. It is an instant meal that is filling and again it is possible to make this meal vegetarian, vegan or gluten-free depending on the type of cracker and the dips you decide to have with them.
3) Cream Cheese Pasta (v)
This recipe takes 10-15 minutes and is a personal favorite. Simply boil a kettle, pour the desired amount of pasta into a pan, then cook for 10 minutes or until it is soft. Drain the water, then add half a small tub of cream cheese to the pan, mix it in on low heat, and voila! You can also add ham or sliced chicken to it if you wanted some meat, or vegetables such as fried mushrooms, carrots, peas, or broccoli add nutritional value if you have the time and effort.
4) Avocado Toast (ve)
The vegan alternative to the first recipe on the list. Use olive oil as a spread if preferred, then smash up an avocado with a splash of lemon juice in a small bowl before putting it on the toasted bread. Season with pepper. You may also add chopped tomatoes, other fruits such as strawberries, or anything you fancy alongside the avocado if you are so inclined.
5) Chicken Breasts & Hummus (gf)
The final recipe on the list is ideal for both meat-eaters and people on a coeliac diet. It shouldn’t take more than 20 minutes to make. Take some chicken breasts and grill them until the inside is hot and white and the outside is slightly crispy. Season with lemon juice, pepper, or anything you prefer. Next get some hummus (premade is fine, just look at the ingredients before using) and spread a good amount over a plate, then chop up the chicken and serve.
We hope that you found these recipes useful and would love to know if you followed any of them; let us know in the comments below!