You've resolved to forgo the takeout in favor of home-cooked meals more often. Kudos to you for saving calories and cash!
You stand to save big: A staggering 92 percent of all meals served in restaurants deliver more than the 600 or so calories you need in a single meal, and some may pack up to 1,495 calories, according to an April 2016 study in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Eating in won't just spare you those extra calories; it can also help pad your bank account. People saved around $57 a month just by cooking at home a bit more often, according to a May 2017 study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
Now all you need to do is figure out what you're actually going to make. Rather than endlessly flipping through cookbooks and then settling for your rote recipes in defeat, try your hand at these delicious, simple, healthy recipes to shake up your tired meal routine.
Wake Up to a Healthy Breakfast
It may not be the most important meal of the day, but breakfast — especially one high in protein — boasts serious benefits. In fact, a high-protein morning meal can help you manage your weight by maintaining muscle mass and curbing the need for a snack break later in the day, according to the American Society for Nutrition.
Skip sugary cereal or buttered white toast and opt for a well-rounded breakfast, such as our Creamy Berry Quinoa Parfait, Mediterranean Morning Scramble, Savory Protein Oats or Cheesy Eggwich — all of which are worth waking up for.
Try our high-protein breakfast recipes that'll keep you full and focused on your goals.
Skip the Sad Desk Lunch
Making time for a balanced breakfast before speeding out the door is difficult enough, but prepping a healthy lunch, too? These mouth-watering lunch recipes can be batch-cooked in advance or easily thrown together in the morning.
Packable meals — such as our Mashed Chickpea Club Sandwich and Cauliflower Grilled Cheese — will give your usual salad a run for its money.
Find something for everyone with these 12 different lunch recipes for various diets, from vegan to gluten-free to low-carb and more.
Sit Down to Dinner
It's rare we ever want to cook an elaborate meal after a long day at work (and maybe an hour at the gym), but that doesn't mean we have to hit the drive-thru on the way home.
Healthy dinners like Turkey Fried Rice and Grilled Sweet-and-Spicy Salmon can be whipped up under 30 minutes, so you'll end your day with a nutritious supper without feeling like you've worked overtime.
Conquer busy weeknights with our 20-minute dinner recipes.
Set It and Forget It in Your Slow Cooker
Count on your slow cooker to marry nearly any source of protein, variety of veggies and high-fiber carbs for a well-rounded meal ready without much effort. All you have to do is add your ingredients to the pot and press "on" — no stirring, basting or flipping required.
From slow-cooked Green Chile Flank Steak Tacos to Turkey Sloppy Joes to Osso Bucco, the options are basically endless. Using this kitchen tool is a great way to ensure a good-for-you meal gets on the table on nights when you really don't feel like cooking.
Dust off your slow cooker and make easy, nutritious meals with these recipes.
Give Bland Chicken a Makeover
Chicken is that one lean protein that always makes its way to the top of the menu because it's affordable, easy to prep and super versatile. But eating it twice a day means you won't look forward to forking into your meal.
Ditch the boring bird you're used to baking and try your hand at tasty plates like turmeric-marinated tenders and low-carb Chicken Pad Thai Zoodles.
Add these juicy chicken recipes to your repertoire for delicious, lean protein.
Blend Better Smoothies
Smoothies may seem like the epitome of healthy eating, but they can really rack up the calories and sugar if you're relying on the wrong ingredients.
"A smoothie is 'healthy' when it's not simply a milkshake or sugar bomb in disguise," Jackie Newgent, RDN, culinary nutritionist and author of The All-Natural Diabetes Cookbook, says. "Ideally, a nutritious smoothie is based on wholesome ingredients and has a balance of macronutrients — good carbs, protein and healthy fats."
Swap your a.m. latte for the cold-brew-spiked Mochaccino Smoothie and end your day with the Almond Butter and Blueberry Smash Smoothie for a sweet sip loaded with antioxidants.
Whip up a balanced smoothie made in minutes with our delicious recipes.
- American Journal of Preventive Medicine: "Cooking at Home: A Strategy to Comply With U.S. Dietary Guidelines at No Extra Cost"
- Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: "Energy Contents of Frequently Ordered Restaurant Meals and Comparison with Human Energy Requirements and US Department of Agriculture Database Information: A Multisite Randomized Study"