While it is tempting to eat out, especially when it’s been a busy day of lectures, meetings and socialising- the last thing you want to be thinking about is having to think about something to whip together (not to mention the additional hassle of cleaning up). While it may involve more effort to actually cook at home, it helps save money and is overall beneficial for you because you get to control what ingredients go into your meals.

Sometimes the hardest things about cooking is thinking of what combination of veggies, carbs and protein go together which will taste good and keep you satisfied until the next mealtime comes around. From a series of trial and error recipes as well as some spontaneous ideas that came out of nowhere which actually ended up tasting quite good, cooking and meal prep has come second nature to me and I find it somewhat of a therapeutic process now. Here are some of my favourite easy pinterest recipes which I have used before and adapted to my own schedule and the ingredients I have on hand:

Avocado Salmon Rice Bowl (Original recipehere)

Ingredients

Rice

  • 1 cup jasmine rice
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • Salt
  • 1/2 lime, juice only
  • 2 Tbsp minced fresh cilantro
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 3 Tbsp chicken or vegetable stock

Salmon:

  • 1 lb salmon fillets skin on
  • 1 Tbsp lime juice
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 2 Tbsp minced fresh cilantro
  • Salt to taste

Avocado Topping:

  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 tbsp minced fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 tsp chilli powder less for milder topping
  • Salt to taste

Cooking Instructions

  1. Cook rice in salted water per package instructions. Take off heat when it’s just done.
  2. Preheat a medium cooking pan over medium-high heat. Mix stock, lime juice, honey, and cilantro together. Pour the mixture into the preheated pan and let it simmer for about a minute. Take the pan off heat and mix rice into the liquid. Season with a little bit more salt, mix well, and set aside.
  3. Preheat oven to 425 and cover a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil and grease it.
  4. Rub the salmon skin with some oil and place the fillets skin down on the prepared baking sheet.
  5. Mix lime juice, honey, and cilantro together and rub salmon fillets with it on all exposed sides. You can pour more glaze over the top and season with some salt.
  6. Bake salmon for 12-15 minutes, depending on the thickness of salmon fillets.
  7. To make the avocado topping, after halving the avocado and removing the pit and skin, chop into bite sized pieces.
  8. place chopped avocado into a small bowl, add lime juice, cilantro, chilli powder, and salt. Gently mix.
  9. To plate, divide rice among two bowls, top it off with a salmon fillet, and top each bowl with half the avocado mixture.

Honey Lime Chicken(Original recipe credits here)

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb chicken thighs, deboned, skin-on
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 heaping tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • Pinch of salt
  • Chopped parsley
  • Lime wedges

Cooking Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400F.
  2. Combine the chicken thighs with garlic, honey, soy sauce, lime juice, cayenne pepper and salt. Stir to combine well. Transfer the chicken and the honey mixture to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or aluminium foil. Cover the chicken with aluminium foil to prevent burning.
  3. Bake the chicken for 20 minutes, or until cooked. Broil the chicken for 1 minute to char the chicken skin. Remove from heat, garnish with parsley and serve immediately with some lime wedges.