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As invested as we are in maintaining a reasonably healthy lifestyle, the fact remains that it takes far more time and effort to remain committed to cooking nutritious meals rather than ordering takeout or grabbing whatever’s around on the way home from work. Fortunately, there are plenty of easy healthy recipes out there—one just has to look for them. These 6 recipes are among our favorites, and we guarantee they’ll soon be yours, too.
A huge, carb-laden burrito is one of our favorite food splurges, but when we’re keeping things on the lighter side, these lettuce wraps are almost as satisfying. With guacamole, spicy chipotle black beans, and mango salsa, each ingredient is delicious and flavorful, and perfect for solitary weeknights and friend-filled weekends alike.
via A Couple Cooks
Who needs pasta when you have zucchini ribbons? This “spaghetti” uses basil pesto, creamy cheeses, garlic, and peas for a tasty and super healthy take on a very green favorite.
via Izy Hossack
Most foods on the blander side can be made exponentially better by adding a Mexican-inspired twist, and quinoa is no different. Tangy lime juice works perfectly with roasted tomatoes, avocados, and black beans, and flavorful spices like cumin and chili powder make this recipe a hit.
via Damn Delicious
Chili is so easy to make, and all you have to do is “dress it up” a bit to make it a truly fantastic meal. You can find each and every one of these straightforward ingredients at the store with no chopping or preparation necessary—all you need is a slow cooker.
via Fit Foodie Finds
When a Cuban sandwich is out of the question, this deceptively simple marinated pork is the next best thing. With orange zest, fresh lime, cilantro, garlic, oregano, cumin, and more, it’s so flavorful, and fit to be served on its own… or in that sandwich the next day.
This may not be the most virtuous recipe on this list, but these chicken avocado burritos are certainly a nutritional far cry from the salty, fattening dishes we’d order at a restaurant. Each one is packed with avocado and grilled chicken, so they’re super filling, and you can eschew a standard tortilla in favor of whole wheat to include a bit more fiber in the mix.
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