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Healthy Dinners Anyone Can Make; Even If You Suck at Cooking

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Fordham chapter.

Healthy Dinners Anyone Can Make; Even If You Suck at Cooking


Roasted Chicken & Veggies

Super easy, healthy, and delicious; all in one sheet pan! Cut up your choice of vegetables into big bite sized chunks. I switch it up between zucchini, summer squash, acorn squash, broccoli, cauliflower, eggplant, peppers, onions, sweet potato, regular potato, asparagus, Brussels sprouts- your options are endless, honestly.   Lay them out and drizzle them with olive or avocado oil, salt and pepper. Next, season or marinate your chicken, and lay that out right next to the veggies. Cook at 400 for about 20 minutes, or when your veggies are starting to brown, and there’s no pink inside your chicken!


Wild Caught Salmon, Broccoli, and Rice

Pan seer your Salmon in butter until crispy. Add salt, pepper, and any herbs you like. Roast your broccoli in the oven at 400 for 20 minutes. Cook your rice, I use this already cooked, organic option, which is super easy, since all you have to do is heat it up! Plate your salmon, and squeeze lemon on it, which you can also squeeze on your broccoli! Delish.  


Turkey Chili

1 lb ground turkey, 2 onions, diced, 1 green pepper, diced, 1 tablespoon jalapeno, finely chopped, 1 (14 ounce) can tomatoes, 2 (8 ounce) cans tomato sauce, 2 tablespoons cumin, 2 tablespoons chili powder, 1 teaspoon salt, 1⁄2 teaspoon cayenne pepper, 1⁄2 teaspoon paprika, 1 (14 ounce) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed, 1 (14 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed, 1 cup water.

While this meal has a few more ingredients, it’s preparation is not challenging, and you can put it in the freezer, for an easy dinner option down the road. Cook your turkey with onions and peppers in an oven, or on the stove top. Drain excess grease and add tomatoes, seasonings, and water, bring to a boil. Add beans, cover and simmer 1-2 hours. Serve with cheese and sour cream.


Burger on a Lettuce Wrap and Sweet Potato Fries

Form your burger, mix salt, pepper, and a few bread crumbs if you have them, into the meat to make it super tasty. Next, cut your sweet potato into fries. You can either pop them in the oven (with avocado oil, salt, pepper, and garlic powder), or you can fry them in avocado oil and taro root flour, (a gluten free alternative, that you’ll never notice). Grill up your burger, on a grill or in a pan, and then place it on a bed of lettuce if you want, Boston lettuce is my favorite.

Check out my Mom’s blog for more recipes, and also why it’s important to eat organically! Also, check out my sister’s Instagram page, since we’re a whole family of health freaks. :) 


Christina is a member of the class of 2018 at Fordham University, pursuing a major in Communications and Media Studies. Some of her favorite things include Sex and the City re-runs, dogs and pretending Zayn is still a member of One Direction.