As another week comes to the end, we all look forward to the weekend to get some well-deserved alone time. Whether your week was action-packed or begrudgingly slow, you have the chance to kick back and relax.
But are you using your weekends to their maximum potential? Sunday’s offer a great opportunity for some self-care, but it is recommended to create a routine to utilize your time and maximize your personal care! Only a few things are more important than healthy eating, but many struggles to cook healthy meals that can last them for a while.
However, I have some of my favorite recipes that I have cooked myself that are healthy (or a little bit not) and are great for relaxing and indulging in your sense of taste.
Disclaimer: These are just recipes that I love! Beware of allergies or sensitivities, and go based off of what you like. These are just some that appeal to my own personal taste.
Most of these are found on this website! (Brit+Co) I used this article when looking for some new ideas.
#1: Chicken and Avacado Salad
This is such a yummy recipe!! Salads are well-known to be the pinnacle of healthy food, and what better to start off this list than with a salad!
The recipe that became popular on Pinterest is also a “Whole30 recipe, which is a stricter diet that eliminates processed foods along with all added sugar, artificial sweeteners, carrageenan, MSG, sulfites/sulfates, soy, alcohol, grains, legumes, and dairy.
It is a perfect blend of my favorite meat, chicken, as well as with my favorite fruit, avocado. This simple and quick recipe is cheap and easy to make and can last the whole week! You can make simple swaps if you are vegan or vegetarian. It’s a great meal for everyone!
#2: Skinny Cookie Dough Popsicles
I haven’t been the biggest cookie dough fanatic over the years, but this recipe has really gotten me into it! I dabbled in cookie dough a little bit before trying these popsicles, but in the form of ice cream – HaloTop, to be exact, which is still a healthier supermarket ice cream option!
These skinny cookie dough popsicles are the best treat after a long weekend. If my Sunday is particularly hot, because I live in the sunny state of Florida, I can pop one of these out of the freezer (no pun intended) and cool off in some nice AC.
They are a simple treat and definitely safer than eating regular cookie dough! We aren’t only worried about losing weight here 😉
#3: Chicken Meatballs and “Zoodles”
These chicken meatballs and zoodles are the best meal! I have literally never liked meatballs before this, but as a certified chicken fanatic, I love them now!
These chicken meatballs are easy to assemble and almost a fail-safe cooking option. They’re one of the simplest American comfort foods made. Combined with the healthy zucchini noodles – or zoodles, as Pinterest calls it – make for the best pairing. Add ricotta cheese for a healthy little spice of life and a viola, a great meal that serves 24 people!
I found this recipe when looking for keto-friendly diets, as I am trying to follow a semi-normal keto diet as I write this post. However, it is still easy to swap ingredients to make it vegan/veggie-friendly.
#4: One-Pan Salmon and Asparagus
I used to hate seafood with a passion – like, a really huge passion. But ever since I was forced to go out with my family to a seafood restaurant, and I tried my holy grail of salmon, I’ve been in love! (Only with salmon though)
This one-pan recipe has changed my life – it tastes so much like the first time I had it at the restaurant! My dad usually cooks the salmon on the stove, but we found that to be really time-consuming along with the asparagus. It also puts us at a serving size disadvantage. With this recipe, I find it better to cut as pictured above to make sure it fits in the pan and works really well for eating roughly the same amount each time!
I frequently swap the asparagus with small new potato halves and drizzle it all in a thin coat of garlic olive oil, salt, and pepper. This probably makes it less healthy than it is, but who cares! I certainly don’t when I eat this heavenly dish.
#5: Pesto Chicken Paninis!
The first time I ever had a panini was truly a life-changing experience – it was a rainy day in London, we were walking across the Thames, and there was a street-food festival going on. I stopped and got a panini from a kind, old Italian guy who swore I would like it – but I loved it!
Panini’s always take me back to that moment, one of my favorites from my trip to London, and they’re also a healthy, gooey snack that feels more like fast-food than it should. This panini recipe adds chicken and pesto to create a panini sandwich that melts in your mouth.
You can add tomatoes or anything else inside, but you will need a panini press to make this work! Of course, you can make it vegan/veggie-friendly in any way you like!
Thanks for reading my healthy recipe recommendations for the perfect pick-me-up to cook on your Sunday afternoons. I definitely love them, so I hope you do too!
– Anj ♡