33 Healthy Throw-Together Meals

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33 Healthy Throw-Together Meals

When I think about how I cook from week-to-week, it’s really basic and definitely not fancy like what you might see on social media. Maybe I’ll make one new recipe each week, but, for the most part, I’m mostly cooking family favorites and simple throw-together meals. And, truthfully, most of which aren’t even “official” recipes, but they’re still nutritious and delicious! 🙂

I personally love to switch up our meals from week-to-week, but I want to make it easy too. That said, here are 33 healthy throw-together meals to add to your menu in the coming weeks. Pick a few for this week, a couple of different ones for the week after, and so on. And, of course, repeat your favorites as much as you’d like! I hope these simple “recipes” help make meal time stress-free for you!

healthy throw-together meals

33 Healthy Throw-Together Meals

1. One-Pan Chicken Taco Skillet

  • Buy: Ground chicken or turkey, a bag of frozen sliced peppers and onions, jarred salsa, taco seasoning. Optional ingredient: frozen corn + avocado or guacamole
  • Serve: In lettuce wraps or tortillas, over rice or cauliflower rice, mixed with salad greens or baby spinach, top with avocado, guacamole and/or sour cream. To cook perfect rice you should use the rice cooker, which will become an irreplaceable item in your kitchen.

2. Banza pasta (or other high-protein pasta) with store-bought pesto + feta or goat cheese 

  • Buy: Pasta, pesto, feta or goat cheese
  • Serve: Stir in fresh baby spinach or kale when pasta is hot, top with pine nuts, hemp seeds, or sunflower seeds for some crunch

3. Open-face tuna or salmon melt

  • Buy: Canned tuna, bread, cheese, or mayo, relish, and/or spicy mustard. Optional ingredients: Celery, cucumber, bell pepper, carrots to mix in
  • Serve: Mix tuna/salmon with mayo/relish/mustard (your choice) spread on bread with cheese on top, pop in toaster oven. Serve with a big salad with whatever veggies you have in the fridge!

4. Cheesy Garlic & Herb Brussels Sprouts With Sausage 

  • Buy: Chicken sausage, shredded Brussels sprouts, Laughing Cow wedges
  • Serve: Mix up and serve! Great as leftovers or side dish. Make a double batch!

5. BBQ chicken lettuce wraps  

  • Buy: Chicken breast, BBQ sauce, lettuce. Bonus ingredient: Avocado or guacamole.
  • Serve: Make a batch of shredded chicken in your crockpot or instant pot. Mix with buffalo sauce. Serve in lettuce wraps. Top with avocado or guacamole.

6. Toaster oven pita pizzas

  • Buy: Pitas, marinara sauce, shredded cheese, your choice of toppings
  • Serve: Top pitas with sauce, cheese, and your other favorite ingredients. Pop in the toaster oven until cheese is melted.

7. Hummus Chicken Salad  

  • Buy: Chicken breast, hummus, veggies of choice
  • Serve: Serve on top of salad greens, inside a lettuce wrap, or with crackers

hummus chicken salad 33 Healthy Throw-Together Meals

8. Salsa Cauliflower Rice Bowls 

  • Buy: Salsa, ground beef, chicken, or turkey, riced cauliflower. Bonus ingredient: Avocado or guacamole.
  • Serve: With avocado or guacamole!

9. Scrambled eggs with baby spinach and feta 

  • Buy: Eggs, baby spinach, crumbled feta
  • Serve: Eat solo, on top of an English muffin, or rolled into a tortilla

10. Vegelicious Avocado Tuna Salad

  • Buy: Canned tuna, avocado (or guacamole), veggies of choice
  • Serve: Serve on top of salad greens, inside a lettuce wrap, or with crackers

11. Fig & Bacon Grilled Cheese 

  • Buy: Bread, fig spread, bacon, cheese, butter
  • Serve: With a side salad or choice of veggies

12. Meal Prep High-Protein Artichoke Parmesan Pasta

  • Buy: Banza pasta (or other high-protein pasta), jarred marinated artichoke hearts, Parmesan cheese
  • Serve: Eat solo or mix in some extra veggies (spinach, kale, broccoli)

13. High-protein pasta with butter, grated Parmesan, and baby spinach

  • Buy: High-protein pasta, butter (or ghee), grated Parmesan, baby spinach
  • Serve: Cook pasta, drain water, and transfer to a mixing bowl. While hot, stir in butter, Parm, and baby spinach.

14. The Easiest Egg White Frittata You’ll Ever Make 

  • Buy: Egg whites, milk, your choice of veggies, herbs, and spices
  • Serve: Solo with salad greens and dressing or between a toasted English muffin with cheese for an egg sandwich to go!

15. Ham and cheese avocado rice cakes

  • Buy: Rice cakes, avocado (or guacamole), deli ham (or turkey), sliced cheese
  • Serve: Spread avocado on top of rice cakes, top with ham, cheese, and sliced cucumbers or tomato for some added veggies!

16. Smoked salmon toast with cream cheese

  • Buy: Bread, smoked salmon, cream cheese (plain or flavored). Bonus ingredients: Cucumber, tomato, fresh dill.
  • Serve: Toast bread, spread on cream cheese, top with smoked salmon, cucumber slices, tomato, and/or fresh dill.

17. Air Fryer Shrimp Tacos

  • Buy: Shrimp, taco seasoning, guacamole, tortillas (or lettuce). Bonus ingredient: Purple cabbage.
  • Serve: With shredded purple cabbage and/or your other favorite toppings!

18. Buffalo chicken lettuce wraps 

  • Buy: Chicken breast, Buffalo sauce, lettuce. Bonus ingredient: Blue cheese crumbles (or blue cheese dressing), avocado or guacamole.
  • Serve: Make a batch of shredded chicken in your crockpot or instant pot. Mix with buffalo sauce. Serve in lettuce wraps. Top with blue cheese crumbles, avocado and/or guacamole.

buffalo chicken lettuce wraps 33 Healthy Throw-Together Meals

19. Canned tuna mixed with Italian dressing over salad greens 

  • Buy: Canned tuna, Italian dressing, salad greens. Bonus ingredients: Your choice of chopped veggies and crumbled feta.
  • Serve: Over salad greens, rolled into a tortilla, inside lettuce wraps, or on bread as a sandwich

20. BBQ lentil lettuce wraps

  • Buy: Pre-cooked lentils, BBQ sauce, walnuts, lettuce
  • Serve: Combine lentils with BBQ sauce and walnuts, serve inside lettuce wraps

lentil taco wraps 33 Healthy Throw-Together Meals

21. Tex-mex turkey burger

  • Buy: Turkey burger, cheddar, guacamole (or avocado), salsa. Bonus ingredient: Black beans
  • Serve: Top turkey burger with cheddar, guacamole, and salsa. Serve with black beans over a salad, inside a lettuce wrap, or on a bun.

22. Ham and cheese roll-ups

  • Buy: Deli ham (or turkey), sliced cheese, mustard of choice
  • Serve: With a big salad or along side your favorite steamed or roasted veggies

23. Smoked salmon plate

  • Buy: Smoked salmon, cucumber, arugula, avocado. Bonus ingredients: Balsamic glaze and hard-boiled egg(s)
  • Serve: Serve smoked salmon along side arugula topped with balsamic glaze (or other favorite dressing), cucumber slices, half of an avocado, and a hard-boiled egg.

24. BLTs

  • Buy: Bacon, lettuce, tomato, mayo, bread
  • Serve: With a big salad or along side your favorite steamed or roasted veggies

25. Last-Minute Lasagna 

  • Buy: Frozen cheese ravioli, marinara sauce, frozen chopped spinach, shredded mozzarella, grated Parmesan
  • Serve: Prep ahead or make on the fly!

26. Chorizo and avocado lettuce wraps

  • Buy: Chorizo, avocado, lettuce
  • Serve: With rice or another favorite starch on the side

27. PB & Banana Greek yogurt bowl

  • Buy: Plain (or vanilla) Greek yogurt, powered peanut butter, banana, walnuts
  • Serve: Mixed together with cinnamon

28. Avocado Egg Salad

  • Buy: Eggs and avocado (or guacamole)
  • Serve: Serve on top of salad greens, inside a lettuce wrap or tortilla, on a toasted English muffin, or with crackers

29. Banza Mac & Cheese with broccoli 

  • Buy: Banza Mac & Cheeseand broccoli (fresh or frozen)
  • Serve: Eat solo and pack up leftovers for lunch!

30. Cheesy cauliflower gnocchi 

  • Buy: Trader Joe’s cauliflower gnocchi and nutritional yeast (or grated Parmesan. Bonus ingredient: Baby spinach
  • Serve: Eat solo or stir in baby spinach when hot

31. Prosciutto & Greens Pizza 

  • Buy: Pre-made pizza crust, prosciutto, baby spinach (or frozen chopped spinach), shredded cheese, pizza sauce
  • Serve: With a side salad

32. Southwest Chicken Lettuce Wraps 

  • Buy: Ground chicken, salsa, lettuce. Bonus ingredient: Avocado (or guacamole) and shredded cheese
  • Serve: With rice or black beans

33. Cabbage Bowl

  • Buy: Coleslaw mix, eggs, coconut oil (or other cooking oil)
  • Serve: With hot sauce or additional veggies of choice

I hope you guys enjoyed this round-up of 33 healthy throw-together meals, and please keep a look out for another edition of even more quickie ideas in the coming weeks! 🙂


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