Cooking can be really intimidating when you’re new to it—especially when you’re flipping through cookbooks that have recipes with mile-long ingredients lists and instructions. Making healthy meals doesn’t have to be complicated, though. In fact, it can be a lot of fun.
Intuition has expert-led cooking classes and demos available both live and on-demand that can teach you the ins and outs of putting a chef-worthy meal on the table. There are also a countless number of healthy recipes you can find online. To get you started, try these options that are simple, delicious, and sure to become weeknight staples.
7 Easy Healthy Recipes Any New Cook Can Master
1. Whole Roasted Cauliflower
This whole-roasted cauliflower recipe couldn’t be easier. Simply mix the ingredients for your marinade together, rub it on the cauliflower, and bake it in the oven. Bam—dinner is served.
2. 20-Minute Tofu Stir-Fry
All you need to make a healthy stir-fry is some tofu, whatever veggies you have on hand, and a healthy sauce. This one only requires peanut butter, tamari, maple syrup, lime juice, and chili garlic sauce.
3. Easy One-Pot Pasta
Whipping up a healthy meal doesn’t have to result in a sink full of dishes. This pasta dish only requires one pot. After cooking the pasta, you simply add in some spinach, your pasta sauce of choice, and a bunch of veggies.
4. Vegan Stuffed Bell Peppers
Stuffed peppers are one of the easiest healthy meals around. After cutting off the tops of the peppers and scooping out the insides, you fill them with cooked rice, tomato purée, zucchini, and whatever else you have on hand. Then, pop them in the oven for 20 minutes.
5. Creamy Vegan Pasta
This isn’t your typical cheesy pasta sauce. It’s loaded with protein, as it’s made from white beans, veggie broth, nutritional yeast, and spices. Basically, it’s your new go-to mac and cheese that’s so much better for you than the boxed stuff.
6. BBQ Cauliflower Wings
Making a batch of cauliflower wings is a super easy way to sneak more veggies into your day. After coating them with panko breadcrumbs and popping them in the oven, they’ll be ready to slather in your favorite sauce.
7. Seitan Fajita Bowls
These fajita bowls are filled with quinoa, seitan, mushrooms, black beans, bell peppers, and lettuce. Instead of ordering takeout from your favorite Mexican restaurant, you’ll have a healthier version to enjoy that’s lower in oil, sugar, and sodium.