Guest post by Chris Richardson

I’m a terrible mess. If I knew that this wonderful yet challenging job would take, there’s a pretty good chance I might have reconsidered it. I’m busy. I’m productive at work but modest at home. I tend to put my work in front of everything. I know that my habits shape me, yet I fail to take action and do what it takes. I neglect my nutrition! Why do I ignore the consequences? Is busy being worth it?

That’s what my inner dialogue looked like a few years ago. It was the moment I realised that my physical and mental energy levels are limited, and the unhealthy lifestyle I chose was killing me. My emotions? Altered! My behavior? Unpredictable. My mindset? Ignorant! I’m here to tell you that I figured it out.

My busy schedule turned out to be a huge lifesaver because it pushed me, pinched me, and then harassed me until I was willing to listen. I had a great breakthrough that made me understand the phrase “we are what we eat”. Indeed, after changing your nutrition, your body will start glowing. So I have decided to share some of the recipes that I’ve started cooking the time I decided to eliminate my “busy” mindset and take care of the most important things – cooking my own delicious and healthy food. These gave me the momentum and power to quit my job and start my own business, which now I rule with a lot of power and confidence, backed and supported by my healthy mind and body.

I have selected a variety of recipes for all tastes. If you are not a big fan of meat, there are plenty of options available for you as well. Same goes if you are lactose intolerant or have other food restrictions.

Don’t forget to add love to each one of them, as it is the secret ingredient to everything.

1. Creamy Squash Linguine

This easy to cook recipe may be used as a comforting main dish. You can serve it with a fresh salad or some cooked vegetables to make it even tastier. Time to prepare it will take around five minutes, while cooking time might take up to one hour. What you must have at hand is butternut squash, garlic, olive oil, linguine, and sage.

2. Coconut Curry

Another tasty recipe only takes ten minutes to cook. Preparation time takes about five minutes. It is an Indian dish (that can be spicy if you want it to) which includes a mashup of creamy sauce and curry. Together, they taste amazingly delicious. You will need coconut oil and milk, onion, garlic, ginger, broccoli, carrots, tomatoes, snow peas, curry powder, veggie broth, cilantro, red pepper flakes, lemon juice in order to prepare this dish.

3. Shrimp with Tomatoes and Olives

For seafood lovers, this recipe is the perfect choice for a light dinner. You can add any flavour to it, depending on your preferences. You could serve the shrimp with rice or couscous. The prep time is about ten minutes, while cooking will take you about 20. You can spice it up with some Tabasco. For this recipe, you will need rice/couscous, olive oil, onions, tomatoes, green olives, white wine, seasoning, and of course, shrimp!

4. Quick Cheeseless Quesadilla

There are many options for cooking quesadillas. The prep time is around ten minutes, while cooking will take you no more than 20. The perfect ingredients for a cheeseless quesadilla are: avocados, refried beans, and veggies. If you are a cheese person, you can add cheese to your quesadilla. Give it a tortilla form, and it will also look amazing! Bon appetit!

5. Veggie Burgers

Stay away from frozen burgers and cook your own! It’s easy, quick, and preparing it does not require professional cooking skills. You can use whatever you have in the fridge. Some ingredients you’ll need are onions, sweet potatoes, beets, carrots, mushrooms, spinach, kale, corn, squash, broccoli, cauliflower, artichokes, zucchini, bell peppers, beans, soy meat, and seasoning. If you are a meat eater, you can replace the soy meat with chicken/beef.

6. Chickpeas Buddha Bowl

The “belly of Buddha” chickpeas bowl is the perfect choice after a long day. It’s light, yet it energizes you enough to work out, or spend some quality time with your family. It’s also easy to cook. Prep time takes around five minutes, while the actual cooking will take you around 25.
You will need vegetables (such as coconut, avocado, sweet potatoes, broccolini, kale), chickpeas, cumin, garlic, chili powder, oregano, and turmeric. For the sauce, you can use maple syrup, lemon, and hot water.

7. The Famous Ramen

This 10-ingredient recipe requires only two hours of your day. You can cook it on Sunday, and have it for the next week. It’s freezer friendly, so you could even save it in there for a month or so. You will need seed oil, garlic, onions, vegetable stock, soy sauce, mushrooms, miso paste, sesame oil, and ramen noodles. Enjoy, it’s delicious!

The above (really tasty!) recipes are perfect for your busy schedule. Even if you are always in a hurry, leave at least 30 minutes per day to cooking your own food. Stick to a healthy diet, don’t eat frozen meals. It doesn’t take too long to prepare your own – all you have to do is try!

Chris Richardson is an editor at EssayGeeks. He is also a professional content writing expert in such topics as career growth, self-improvement, blogging, and technology innovations. You can reach him on Google+.

Further reading:

My top 10 paleo recipes

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