5 quick and healthy meals to make if you’re too tired to cook

5 quick and healthy meals to make if you’re too tired to cook

Wed 22 January

balanced diet can help those recently diagnosed with a brain tumour lower their risk of infection, up their strength and energy and recover well from treatment.
However, when you’re in the thick of your journey, caring for someone going through brain tumour treatment or grieving the loss of someone close, getting all the nutrients you need can often be the last thing on your mind. Couple that with the side-effects of cancer treatment such as feeling sick and taste changes, getting your five-a-day can be quiet challenging.
That’s why we wanted to share five quick and healthy meals you can make when you’re just too tired to cook.

Tips for eating when you’re too tired to cook

Firstly, if you’re feeling too tired to cook, here’s some tips to make it easier…
·     Eat more frequent, smaller meals throughout the day
·     Cook easy dishes in bulk and freeze portions so there’s always something ready to defrost when you need it
·     Pull out a five-ingredient recipe book like this one from Jamie Oliver to keep your meals simple
·     Keep plenty of frozen vegetables in the house so you don’t have to do any chopping
·     Get the slow cooker out, it’s so easy to chuck everything (frozen veg included) in to cook with minimal effort from you

5 quick and healthy meals to make 

1. Homemade Pizza

All the indulgence with none of the grease, homemade pizzas are a quick and easy way to get plenty of nutrients in your body. All you need is a tortilla wrap, a tub of passata, some mozzarella cheese, whatever toppings you want to add and some salad to serve on the side. Circle the passata on the wrap, pile each with the mozzarella and appropriate toppings, and pop in the oven for 15 minutes.

2. Simple meat and veg

You can’t get much quicker or healthier than the simple meat and two veg. Most supermarkets sell pre-packaged, flavoured meat packs like this Easy to Cook range from Morrisons. These can be served with a side of boiled new potatoes and frozen vegetables for a very simple but tasty and healthy evening meal.

3. Have breakfast for dinner

As we’re typically most time pressured in the morning, breakfast food is traditionally quicker and easier to make. It’s also packed full of good nutrients to set us up for a great day. There are loads of easy ‘breakfast for dinner’ meals you can make but something egg based is probably the simplest, and it will be packed full of protein. Scrambled eggs on wholegrain toast with a side of yoghurt and fruit is a balanced meal that can be knocked up in no time.

4. Tray bakes

Another healthy dinner idea, tray bakes are super simple to make. They can also be mixed up with different ingredients to provide variety if they’re a regular on your meal plan. All you need to do is select your food – halloumi, new potatoes, onion, broccoli, peppers and tomatoes are a good mix – mix it all in oil, herbs, garlic and any spices you fancy, and cook it in the oven (potatoes first, halloumi last) for around an hour altogether. The BBC Good Food website has a selection of interesting traybake recipes you can try.

5. Good old jacket spud

The humble jacket potato is one of the most versatile, easiest evening meals you can make. Simply put the potato in the oven for 45-60 minutes, or the microwave for around 10 minutes, and you’ll have a succulent potato that’s soft on the inside and crispy on the outside. When it comes to toppings, the world is your oyster. If you have a bit more energy, a beef or bean chilli is delicious. Feeling exhausted, then tuna, cheese or beans is just as nutritious. Serve with a ready-made supermarket salad to get those all-important vitamins in as well. If you’re interested in more jacket potato toppers, you can find them on the BBC Good Food website.
So, there you have it. Five quick and easy meal ideas for when you’re too tired to cook.
We hope you enjoyed this article and we look forward to sharing more tips that help make managing a brain tumour diagnosis in your family easier.
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