Easy, functional meal ideas for when you’re busy.

Hi there! December and January are busy months. There are festivities to enjoy and work events and travel. Food is often rushed and because it’s rushed, we end up with bowls of thrown-together ingredients that might not be super delicious or filling.

In anticipation of those busy days, I brainstormed a few of my favorite, easy meal and snack ideas to share with you all. Hopefully there’s something here that will sustain you through a day of Christmas shopping or party planning. IMG_1708IMG_1574Classic Hummus Sandwich

Bread : sliced bread, big tortilla, pita

Spread : hummus, pesto, mustard

Veggies : tomatoes, lettuce, avocado, roasted veggies, butternut squash, sprouts, sliced cabbage, spinachIMG_1448Versatile Grain Bowl

Grain : white or brown rice, quinoa, millet, pasta

Protein : black beans, pintos, chickpeas, roasted tofu, seitan

Veggies : broccoli, brussel sprouts, green beans, asparagus, carrots, kale, cauliflower

Creamy topping : avocado, evoo, tahini, hummusIMG_1476Ratio for a Satisfying Salad

25% Greens base : spinach, massaged kale, romaine, butter lettuce, spring mix

50% Energy aka carbs : any grain, leftover roasted potatoes, squash, veggie burger, tabbouleh

15% Staying power aka protein : tofu, hard-boiled eggs, beans, hummus

15% Satiation aka fat : avocado, nuts, olives, tahini, evoo, feta cheese

=105% satisfied (a little extra doesn’t hurt)

More toppings : carrots, cucumber, beets, artichokes, red cabbage, mushrooms, peas, kimchiIMG_136820170813_175806IMG_1617Breakfast or Brinner

Savory waffle : toppings => avocado, fried egg, roasted chickpeas

Spinach omelet : sides => roasted potatoes, plantains, toast, corn tortillas

Savory oatmeal : toppings => sun-dried tomatoes, wilted spinach, avocado, egg

Sweet oatmeal : toppings => nut butter, fresh or frozen fruit, granola, crumbled muffin, hemp seeds, chia seeds, flax, coconut oil, trail-mix, yogurt, kefir, maple syrup2017-08-01 20.25.27Make Your Own Trail-Mix

Nuts : almonds, cashews, walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts

Seeds : sunflower, pepitas

Cereal : granola, chex mix, cheerios

Chocolate : cacao nibs, chocolate chips or chunksIMG_1450IMG_1531Sweet and Savory Munchies

Fruit + nut butter + chocolate

Cheese + crackers + veggies

Yogurt + crumbled banana bread

Microwaved larabar + nut butter + chocolate chippies

1/2 avocado + crackers for scooping

So tell me…

What have you been eating lately? 

What would you add to the list? 



14 thoughts on “Easy, functional meal ideas for when you’re busy.

  1. I LOVE hummus sandwiches. I also add turkey to mine sometimes, and it is so good! Like you, I am a fan of oatmeal at all times of the day. 🙂
    My go-to breakfast for busy mornings is a make-ahead smoothie. The night before, I blend a banana, milk, protein powder, and spinach. I leave the jar in the freezer overnight. In the morning, I set the smoothie on the counter to thaw while I get dressed. It makes the smoothie super thick so that I can eat it with a spoon!


  2. Yummm!! Love you for putting this together–I’m always looking for easy ideas since cooking is hard these days with the babe in tow. I have yet to try savory oats! I love me a rice bowl or a quick breakfast pizza with a pre made crust, ketchup or salsa instead of pizza sauce, scrambled or fried eggs, and veggies!


  3. Love these ideas! As someone who likes changing up her food, the more versatile the better in my opinion. The savory side of things–oatmeal, waffles or even yogurt–are so underrated. Glad to see you’re a fan too.
    I would add toast. With endless toppings (eggs, nut butter, cheese, jam, yogurt, pickles, etc) it can essentially act as any meal and is one of my easy go-tos.


  4. Grain bowls are one of my favorite healthy meals when I’m in a hurry, and homemade trail mix is the best! That way YOU control the chocolate-to-nuts and raisins ratio 😛
    Lately we’re obsessed with a simple baked sweet potato fry recipe that I randomly found online. I can’t remember the last time I enjoyed my veggies so much!


  5. I am a vegetarian and a stay at home mother, but still find your ideas interesting. As I am a vegetarian, your easy make recipes appeal to me, especially, hummus sandwich and the trail mix.


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