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10 Simple Healthy Dishes That Don’t Require a Recipe

As a food blogger, I sometimes try too hard to come up with fun recipes to share! While I love doing it, sometimes I think it is helpful to share the recipes we are actually eating every day. Like all working moms, I don’t always almost never have time to cook something fancy. Sometimes we take a easy quesadilla and make it healthy with simple additions! Let me show you what I mean… 

Pretentious Quesadilla

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All ingredients for the quesadilla above can be found at Trader Joes. I start with a Whole Wheat tortilla in a pan. Sprinkle half with some cheese (we use dairy free) and flax seeds then fold the other half over the top. Cover and cook on both sides until the cheese in melted and the tortilla is browned. Top it with tomatoes, avocado and micro greens. This is EASILY one of my favorite fast lunches. 

Superfly Avocado Toast

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I can hear you now…Again with the microgreens? Well, yes! They are delicious and so good for you! Microgreens contain more nutrients than their grown-up vegetable! But back to the food 🙂 This is super easy! Just take a piece of toast, smash an avocado over it, add microgreens and sprinkle with Chia Seeds. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. If you have time, add a fried egg on top! 

Plain Jane Turkey Wrap

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There is nothing fancy about this one, except that the kids will devour it! I take a whole wheat tortilla, spread hummus over the whole tortilla, sprinkle with ground flax seeds, add some nitrate free turkey slices (thanks Costco!) add spinach and wrap it up! Sometimes I will replace the hummus with pesto if I’m feeling daring! 

Picked Cucumbers – Don’t worry, it’s delicious!

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So easy and delicious. This one needs to be done by taste, so just keep tasting as you go. You can’t go wrong. Slice cucumbers and place in a container. Add lemon juice, salt, apple cider vinegar and chopped dill. Let it sit in the fridge overnight or longer. The softer the cucumbers, the better! 

Bananas On A Log

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Sweet potato toast recipes were all the rage for a short while. I tried a few different variations but I didn’t love them. Until I added Almond butter and Honey. Yum!! Just thinly slice the sweet potatoes and put them in a toaster until they are cooked. It doesn’t take long. While still warm, add Almond Butter and Drizzle with honey and sprinkle with cinnamon. So good!

The Accidental Favorite

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My son had to eliminate Wheat, dairy, and eggs for 8 weeks. So we were at a loss on what to feed him for breakfast while sticking to clean eating. I picked up some organic rice cakes because I figured he could eat tuna on it. But one morning we decided to try adding natural peanut butter. It was good but still kind of plain. So we drizzled honey and sprinkled Cocoa Nibs. Perfection! He can eat wheat again but he still wants this delicious treat! BTW, cocoa nibs are dairy free. They are so bitter that they need the sweetness of the honey!

Fancy Pants Tacos

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Ok, sprouts again, but take a close look and you will see that these are a different kind of sprout. Variety is the spice of life! These tacos are another favorite in our house because you can use leftover taco meat and put it together in just minutes. Take a corn tortilla and toast it on the stove (in a pan if you don’t have a gas stove). Then add sprouts, taco meat, and salsa or siracha. Done! 

Wire Rack Taco Shells

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These taco shells were made by taking corn tortillas and placing them over 2 bars in the oven. I turned on the convection oven and cooked them at 375 for about 6 minutes. Delicious, crunchy and healthy!

Sky High Caprese

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I LOVE Caprese! I love it with just tomatoes and mozzarella and I love it with eggplants. If you are BBQ-ing, cook the eggplants on the grill. You could also spread olive oil on the slices and bake in the oven until soft and cooked through. Then layer it with fresh tomato and mozzarella slices. Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Sprinkle with salt and chopped fresh basil. Mmmm, I think I’ll make this tonight too!

Healthy Dinner for Lazy People

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Hey, I’m not judging! This is one of my favorite clean eating dinners to make! I buy some extra chicken sausages when I order from Crowd Cow and keep them in the freezer for lazy nights. Chop the sausages into bite-sized pieces and pan fry until brown. In the meantime, chop any vegetables you have on hand. Truly, any vegetables will work with this one. Add the veggies to the pan and saute until cooked. Serve with brown rice or quinoa and you’ve got a healthy dinner!

50 Comments

  • Lisa April 25, 2019 at 7:49 pm

    Those are great ideas!

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  • Joanne April 25, 2019 at 8:04 pm

    Great easy ideas! Thanks for sharing!

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  • Jacki April 25, 2019 at 8:05 pm

    What a bunch of great recipes! I am definitely subscribing to your blog.

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    • NaturalDeets April 26, 2019 at 1:13 am

      Awesome, I’m excited to hear that!

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  • Lisa April 25, 2019 at 8:29 pm

    Stunning! Food looks amazing.

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    • NaturalDeets April 26, 2019 at 1:15 am

      Thanks!

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  • Malia April 25, 2019 at 8:34 pm

    Your hack on how to make your own corn tortilla taco shells blew my mind! Now I just have to figure out if it works in my non-convection oven…

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    • NaturalDeets April 26, 2019 at 1:11 am

      They should work, it will just take twice the amount of time! I’d love to hear how it works!

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  • Charlene April 25, 2019 at 9:53 pm

    I love me a good lazy ‘recipe’! I especially love the quesadilla suggestion – I LOVE quesadillas. So many opportunities to be creative. And they all involve (at least for me!) fried butter and melted cheddar cheese – YUM!

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    • NaturalDeets April 26, 2019 at 1:10 am

      I agree! Quesadillas are so versatile, and we love them in this house too!

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  • Angelina April 25, 2019 at 10:40 pm

    These all look easy, delicious and very healthy! Awesome inspiration for eating healthy when we’re pressed for time!

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    • NaturalDeets April 26, 2019 at 1:16 am

      I’m glad it inspired you! 🙂

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  • Leigh Ann April 26, 2019 at 1:48 am

    Not only do these all look delicious, but I love the fancy names. My favorite is “Super Fly Avocado Toast.” And totally agree, micro greens are the best!

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    • NaturalDeets May 4, 2019 at 2:37 am

      Lol, that’s one of my favorites too! I heart micro greens!

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  • Katie Wolfe April 26, 2019 at 1:50 am

    Such GORGEOUS food!

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  • Theresa April 26, 2019 at 2:29 am

    As a cancer survivor, I am instructed to eat “better”. So I try and get overwhelmed. I like that this post has easy to follow instructions and photos! Thanks! I will have to keep you posted with my progress.

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    • NaturalDeets May 4, 2019 at 2:39 am

      I would love to hear about your progress! Always feel free to reach out, I would love to give you easy recipes and show you that eating healthy doesn’t have to be overwhelming! 🙂

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  • Nikki April 26, 2019 at 3:00 am

    These all look awesome and super easy. Thank you for sharing these with us

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  • Karla April 26, 2019 at 4:42 am

    I’d have to ease my kids into some of these, but we are just planting our gardens now, so if I can get the kids to put these vegie/herbs in the ground, once they pick things, they may be willing to eat them.

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    • NaturalDeets May 1, 2019 at 1:47 pm

      That is a great strategy!!

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  • Heather April 26, 2019 at 10:39 am

    These look great. I am not a fan of cooking, but we have to eat. LOL. I am also looking for healthy, easy things. Thanks for this.

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    • NaturalDeets May 1, 2019 at 1:47 pm

      Lol!

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  • Barbara April 26, 2019 at 12:18 pm

    These recipes look yummy and so easy to do. Thank you for sharing.

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  • Suzan Ferreira April 26, 2019 at 2:40 pm

    Who would have thought bananas and sweet potato! Definitely going to give this one a try!

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  • Robin April 26, 2019 at 2:47 pm

    These look great! Trying to eat clean sounds good in theory to me, but really time consuming, so these simple dishes are perfect for me to start out with. Thanks!

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    • NaturalDeets May 1, 2019 at 1:47 pm

      Just got to keep it simple! 🙂

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  • Katie April 26, 2019 at 3:09 pm

    Some great recipe ideas!!

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  • Stacey April 26, 2019 at 6:17 pm

    The pretentious quesadilla looks so good! The tomatoes look tasty. I also want to try the bananas. Yum!

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  • judean April 26, 2019 at 6:20 pm

    I’m all over rice cakes and adding just a little something with peanut butter is yummy! Cocoa nibs it is!

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    • NaturalDeets May 1, 2019 at 1:46 pm

      I agree! Rice cakes have a bad rep but they’re so versatile!

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  • Sharon April 27, 2019 at 12:56 am

    I love the fancy names you give your recipes! Why did I never think about rolling up.himmus and Turkey before? Look at out kids!

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    • NaturalDeets May 1, 2019 at 1:45 pm

      I bet your kids will love it too!!

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  • Carolina April 27, 2019 at 1:16 am

    Great pictures and excellent recipes. Easy recipes are my favorite.

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  • Lina April 27, 2019 at 3:43 am

    I love it! These look so good and easy to make.

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  • Jenny April 27, 2019 at 1:12 pm

    I really liked reading this post. The sweet potato toast blew my mind. I must not have caught that wave when it came by before.

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  • Liza April 29, 2019 at 1:28 am

    Need this!!!!!! Thank you! Always on the lookout for quick, easy, and healthy dishes. Yum!

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  • Amber Neil April 30, 2019 at 2:04 am

    All of your plates look absolutely delicious!

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    • NaturalDeets May 1, 2019 at 1:42 pm

      Thank you!

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  • jen April 30, 2019 at 4:10 am

    These look AMAZING!!! I am so making avocado toast in the morning!

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  • Jennifer Morrison April 30, 2019 at 2:37 pm

    These look so great! First the avocado toast looks totally amazing as does the healthy dinner for lazy people. I have never made taco shells the way you describe, so now I am going to have to try it!

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    • NaturalDeets May 1, 2019 at 1:41 pm

      Both are incredibly easy, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised! 🙂

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  • Cindy May 2, 2019 at 3:04 am

    Great suggestions! I’m plant based and gluten free so no meat or regular bread and flour tortillas. However lots I can adapt here. Simple meals really are the best! My favorite is a veggie bowl with whatever vegetables I have and brown rice.

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    • NaturalDeets May 4, 2019 at 2:36 am

      My son just had to start eliminating wheat, so we have been eating a lot of brown rice too! I love the idea of skipping the tortilla and just putting it over brown rice! I’ll try that!

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  • Anonymous May 3, 2019 at 4:31 pm

    We do variations of alot of these. I’ve never heard of sweet potato toast so we might try that. I also love sprouts but they are to find here.

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    • NaturalDeets May 4, 2019 at 2:35 am

      One of these days I’ll do a post on growing sprouts. You will be amazed at how easy they are to grow!

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  • Katie May 3, 2019 at 7:31 pm

    So yummy! I am definitely going to try a variation on the chicken sausage one. I’ve got some in the fridge right now!

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    • NaturalDeets May 4, 2019 at 2:34 am

      Yum! Can’t wait to hear how it turns out!

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  • Amanda May 4, 2019 at 4:22 am

    Yum! Tacos and turkey wraps are my go-to’s!

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  • T.M. Brown May 4, 2019 at 4:42 pm

    Every single one of these looks delish, but most of them I would have to find substitutes as I go through an elimination diet of my own. My focus is taking out the latex foods, though ~ which can include tomatoes, cucumbers, avocados, etc. Such fabulous pictures, though – my stomach is starting to rumble!

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  • Nicki May 8, 2019 at 6:02 pm

    I love the names of these! Thanks!

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