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Wholesome in 15: 7 Quick and Healthy Recipes for Busy Writers, Editors, and Readers

Writing tips shouldn't focus solely on 'show don't tell' and 'read your dialogue out loud.' Part of writing well ultimately involves taking care of yourself. Finding time for nutritious meals can be a challenge for many of us who are trying to balance family and professional life, as well as meet deadlines. However, maintaining a healthy diet doesn't have to be sacrificed for convenience. Here are seven delicious 15-minute recipes designed to keep you fueled and focused throughout your hectic day. From vibrant Mediterranean flavors to Israeli-inspired delights, these recipes prove that wholesome eating can be both quick and delicious.

  1. Avocado and Chickpea Salad (15 minutes): Start your day with a nutrient-packed avocado and chickpea salad. Packed with protein and healthy fats, this quick and easy recipe is a perfect way to kickstart your morning. I use one can of chickpeas, 2 ripe avocados, 1 c cherry tomatoes, 1/2 c red onion, 1 cucumber, 1/4 c cilantro, 1/4 c parsley, juice of one lemon, 2 tbsp olive oil and salt and pepper to taste. But you can replace any of these ingredients with your favorite herbs and vegetables. 
  2. Mediterranean  Bulgar/Quinoa Bowl (15 minutes): For a satisfying lunch, try a Mediterranean quinoa bowl loaded with colorful vegetables, feta cheese, and a zesty lemon vinaigrette. This recipe is not only delicious but also provides a well-rounded mix of nutrients. I like mine with red peppers, purple onion, cucumber, and olives, but there are no absolute rules. 
  3. Sheet Pan Baked Salmon with Vegetables (15 minutes): Dinner doesn't have to be time-consuming. A sheet pan baked salmon with a medley of fresh vegetables---I like cherry tomatoes and baby potatoes--offers a quick and wholesome option, rich in omega-3 fatty acids and essential vitamins. Sprinkle all of it with oregano and thyme. 
  4. Quick and Easy Stir-Fry (15 minutes): Stir-fries are a go-to for busy evenings. Combine your favorite vegetables, lean protein, and a flavorful sauce for a speedy, balanced dinner that's far better than takeout. For this one, I use up any spare vegetables in the fridge and toss in almonds, pecans, and walnuts if there's no other protein available. . 
  5. Protein-Packed Smoothie Bowl (15 minutes): Need a quick and nutritious snack? Try a protein-packed smoothie bowl topped with fresh fruits, nuts, and seeds. It's a tasty and energizing option for those mid-afternoon cravings. Anything goes here. I keep frozen chopped mango and strawberry in my freezer year round for smoothies. 
  6. Shakshuka with or without Spinach (15 minutes): Bring the flavors of Israel to your dinner table with a quick and easy shakshuka. Sauté onions and garlic, add spinach, and then poach eggs in a vibrant tomato and bell pepper sauce. Sprinkle with fresh herbs (I like parsley and cilantro) for a colorful and hearty dish. Spinach is optional. 
  7. Hummus and Veggie Wrap (15 minutes): For a satisfying and light lunch option, prepare a hummus and veggie wrap. Spread a generous amount of creamy hummus on a whole-grain tortilla, and add thinly sliced cucumbers, tomatoes, and shredded carrots. Roll it up for a delicious and portable meal.

With these quick and healthy recipes, there's no need to compromise your well-being for the sake of a busy schedule. Incorporate these wholesome meals into your routine to fuel your body and mind, proving that a nutritious diet can be both convenient and delicious, even in the busiest of times. For more recipes, check out my IG page.

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