My Favorite Healthy Recipes For When I’m Not Motivated to Meal Plan

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I’m the owner of Carrots ‘N’ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.


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You guys know how much I enjoy meal planning, right? It’s typically a lot of fun for me– everything from coordinating the recipes and grocery shopping list to creating new meal ideas and prepping everything on Sunday afternoon. Hey, it’s a good time for me! Although, like a lot of people, there are some weeks that I’m just not super motivated to meal plan, but I’m not someone who can totally wing it because I know that even a little planning goes a long way with regard to our budget and healthy eating.

With that, here are four recipes that I continuously rely on when I want a quick and easy week of healthy meals, but I just don’t have the brainpower/drive/time to put together a healthy meal plan. These recipes are so simple and so incredibly versatile. I swear, you can’t go wrong with them! I make them on Sunday and then mix and match them throughout the week. I hope you guys find them as useful as we do! 🙂

set yourself up for a healthy week with these easy recipes


Oh, how we love breakfast potatoes in our house. We make a huge batch on Sunday and then just reheat them in the microwave all week long. I typically eat them with eggs– usually solo, but sometimes mixed with other roasted veggies (zucchini, broccoli, asparagus) and ketchup/salsa/avocado/buffalo sauce. I mix it up from day-to-day. FYI: I make my Breakfast Potatoes with unflavored coconut cooking oil nowadays and they turn out SO WELL. The coconut oil is already in liquid form, so it’s just like using olive oil, but the potatoes get crispier. I actually don’t think I’ll ever go back to olive oil now!



We love this recipe because it’s so easy to make and soooo versatile. The recipe isn’t really even a recipe. I just put a few chicken breasts (~1.5 pounds) in our crock pot, pour in about half a bottle of barbecue sauce (~9 ounces), and then cook it on low for about 4 hours. After that, I allow the chicken to cool slightly, shred it with a folk, and then store it in a Tupperware container in the fridge. It’s crazy-easy. As far as meals go, we use the shredded chicken in lettuce wraps, as a sandwich, on top of salads, mixed into rice bowls, and by itself with roasted veggies. The options are endless! FYI: This “recipe” also works with buffalo sauce.



Here’s another crazy-easy recipe! If I use a bag of frozen peppers and onions (I especially love the fire-roasted ones from Trader Joe’s), I can throw together this recipe from start to finish in less than 5 minutes… actually, probably less than 3 minutes. It’s so simple to prepare and, once again, it’s really versatile. We like eating these fajitas with tortillas, rice, cheese (as a quesadilla), or on top of a green salad. There are lots of options!



I typically use the jarred Cowboy Caviar from Trader Joe’s for this recipe, but salsa (fresh or jarred) also works well. I often pair the ground beef with cauliflower rice and guacamole, but white/brown rice works as well as salad greens (it’s almost like a taco salad). We’ve also paired the meat with pasta, which is a tasty dish too!

Cowboy Caviar Cauliflower Rice Bowl



  1. Great ideas. And thanks for the coconut oil tip. I live in the land of olive oil and don’t usually bother to look for other kinds, besides the occasional sesame oil for a nice Asian flavor. Coconut oil is now on the shopping list.

  2. Congrats on the new business! I am a meal planner and love every part. Crockpot pulled pork or chucken are always great additions because they’re versatile.

  3. My husband and I have both enjoyed your Chicken Fajitas recipe and the Cowboy Caviar one (that one is our absolute favorite and so easy!!!). Thank you for continuing to share your meal ideas. They help me a ton! 🙂

  4. These all sound awesome, especially the breakfast potatoes! I love meal planning too, but *sometimes* the best meals come from throwing ingredients together and hoping for the best. 😉 I love having roasted vegetables, a special spread/sauce like bruschetta, and a protein on hand to create a “power bowl” of sorts when we need something quick and nutritious. Congrats on the new meal planning business!

  5. I love this post. It’s super helpful as meal planning and writing out the grocery list just doesn’t excite me. Thank you!

    1. I’m going to write a blog post about it. But, in the meantime, the website is linked in my post, and if you have specific questions, please let me know!

  6. We tried the barbeque chicken – so good!!! Thanks for such a great idea! I added a bag of frozen chopped onion and a few squirts of mustard to 2.5lbs of chicken, and let it go for about 5 hours. Reduced the sauce a little in a pan on the side for a few minutes and it is so delicious!!!

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