IIf you’re still struggling with the fact that January is almost over (where did the weather go?), we hear you. This month it is paranoia for so many of us—from post-holiday stress to freezing temperatures, cold and flu season, and (A LOT!) of noise around nutrition. Who would have imagined meal prepping breakfasts, lunches, and snacks before your work week like all the magazines promised would be so easy?
Professional recipe developers and food bloggers, that’s who.
To that end, we reached out to some of our well-known food writers and healthy cooking experts who shared their absolute favorite time-saving recipes to feed yourself (and your loved ones) in a pinch.
Healthy, time-saving recipes from cooking experts
1. Feel Good Foodie: Cottage Cheese Ice Cream
You may know her as Feel Good Foodie on social media. (You know, the wildly popular recipe developer with over four million followers on Instagram alone.) But what you may not know Yumna Jawad, is that cottage cheese ice cream was her favorite health food trend of the past year. Why; It’s simple: It’s dessert and protein all in one. A win-win. “This Cottage Cheese Ice Cream recipe packs a serious protein punch. Because it is made with cottage cheese as a creamy base, it has 12 grams of protein per serving, which makes it more nutritious compared to regular ice cream,” says Jawad.
The best part is that you can easily whip up a batch from the comfort of your own home—no fancy equipment required. “I love that I can make it by just mixing cottage cheese with any fruit base and honey and without needing an ice cream maker,” says Jawad. “The simplicity of the recipe means I can get creative with different flavors and toppings so it always feels like a different treat and it helps me use the ripe fruit in new ways.” Some of her favorite renditions include: banana cream pie (!), strawberry cheesecake, and peanut butter chocolate. “It’s a recipe where the sum is truly equal to more than its humble parts,” says Jawad.
Get the recipe: Cottage Cheese Ice Cream
2. Downshiftology: Best Ever Chili (No, Really)
In the famous words of Taylor Swift, there are few things that never go out of style: namely, a hearty and comforting chili. This is partly the reason Lisa Bryan of Downshiftology she says her “best” chili recipe is—and will forever be—her favorite recipe. “You can’t go wrong with a bowl of classic chili. It’s the perfect one-pot meal that combines the richness of meat with hearty vegetables and warm spices,” says Bryan. Plus, it’s loaded with longevity-boosting beans, packed with tons of fiber and protein.
If you are preparing a meal is At the top of your 2024 “in” list, we applaud you—and rest assured, Bryan says chili is the perfect recipe to make. “I also love that it’s meal prep friendly, which means you can make a big batch, freeze leftovers, and easily reheat them in the future for a healthy meal on your hands,” she says. Plus, it’s all about the toppings anyway. Top with avocado, red onion, shredded cheese, sour cream, cilantro, whatever you like to liven things up.
Get the recipe: Best chili ever
3. Wholesome Yum: 20-Minute Taco-Inspired Salad
According Maya Krapfthe recipe developer back Healthy Yum, her taco-inspired salad is one of her favorite time-saving recipes. “This healthy taco salad was one of my most popular recipes last year—both on my website and at home,” says Krampf. So why has it garnered so much attention? Well, the fact that it’s ready in just 20 minutes can be pretty convincing. “It has all the flavor of traditional tacos, but uses common ingredients that I almost always have on hand or can find at any grocery store. And It’s done in just 20 minutes, which makes it an ideal choice on busy weeknights,” says Krampf. Plus, it’s an easy way to add an extra serving of greens to your daily routine.
Get the recipe: Taco salad