What’s better than a delicious, homemade meal? A homemade meal that requires little to no effort to make!

Cooking your own food is a good way to make sure you’re eating healthy. According to research, people who eat home-cooked meals regularly tend to be happier, healthier, and more energetic. However, some days it’s hard to find the energy to prepare a homemade meal. Given the health benefits, though, it’s important to make time to cook at home. Don’t feel like you need to be a gourmet chef every night. Instead, use simple ingredients and simple recipes to create tasty, healthy meals.

Check out the simple, high-protein recipes below to help kickstart your home cooking journey!


Mexican Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

These southwest-inspired sweet potatoes are easy, healthy, and delicious! This recipe only requires five ingredients, and the recipe can be easily adjusted to feed as many people as you need. To start, preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit, place your sweet potatoes on a baking sheet, and bake for 50-60 minutes.

Once baked, slice the potatoes in half, scoop out the filling, and combine the sweet potato filling with black beans and salsa in a bowl. Then, stuff the filling back into the potatoes, and pop them back in the oven! For added protein, try making a well in your sweet potatoes and adding a cracked egg. Check out the step-by-step recipe here.


White Chicken Chili

A good chili recipe typically requires a lot of preparation. However, this white chicken chili only has five ingredients and takes no time at all! The only ingredients you need are chicken broth, shredded chicken breasts, white beans, salsa verde, cumin, and salt and pepper.

Simply toss all ingredients together, heat over medium-high heat until boiling, reduce to medium-low heat, and simmer for five minutes. The full recipe can be found here.


Portabella Mushroom Pizzas

If you’re a fan of mushrooms, you’ll love this fun take on pizza! This recipe can’t get much easier. Simply spread pizza sauce in the portabella caps, add your favorite toppings, sprinkle your favorite kind of cheese on top (mozzarella is a great choice), and put them in the oven! Ten minutes later, you’ll be ready to eat.

Check out the complete recipe here.


Pesto Chicken

If you thought the above recipes were easy, just wait. This recipe requires only two ingredients! All you need are chicken breasts and basil pesto.

To make, generously cover you chicken breasts with basil pesto, arrange the chicken on a baking sheet, and cook in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes. That’s it! You can find the full recipe here.



While you may not have the energy or time to make a home-cooked meal every night, it’s important to make cooking a priority. Having an arsenal of easy meals with simple ingredients can definitely help motivate you to cook after a long day. If you end up making any of the recipes above, let us know! We’d love to hear your stories.

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