Almost all of us are currently struggling with stress, anxiety, and lack of time due to the upcoming midterm season and the current sociopolitical atmosphere. While days seem to get away from us even though they’re getting longer, keeping our bodies healthy and nourished is a responsibility we can’t let go. This is why we decided to gather up some recipes that take little time and effort, but are much more flavorful and healthy than boiled pasta.

Sour Green Lentil Soup

  • 1 1/2 cup dry lentils (soaked overnight to cook easier)
  • 1 onion, diced
  • The juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

This recipe is as easy as the ingredient list is short. Firstly, fill the ¾  of the pan with water and put your lentils in, boiling till cooked. While your lentils are cooking, heat up a skillet, add the olive oil and your diced onions, and sweat until they are transparent. Drain your lentils and add back to the pan with 2 cups of water and the onions. Blend (we recommend an immersion blender) until the soup is completely smooth. Add the lemon juice and cook off for 10 more minutes on low heat, after which you can season to taste and enjoy. 

Ultimate Egg Sandwich

  • 2 pieces of bread of your choice 
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 lettuce leaves
  • Tomato sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon of butter
  • Mashed avocado (optional)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

This recipe only requires a skillet and a small bowl to beat the eggs. First, heat up your skillet to mid heat and add the butter and the bread, toasting it to your liking. Take them out and add the eggs to the skillet. Season and while it’s half cooked, add your pieces of toast on top. Later, simply flip it, for which you can always use a plate for. 

Add your tomato sauce and lettuce leaves. Flip the sides of the omelette that are not touching the bread and make it meet the boundary of the bread. Then close your toast and your egg sandwich is ready!

Simple Roasted Vegetables & Fish Rice Bowl

  • 2 cups Broccoli
  • 2 cups Cauliflower
  • 3 Asparagus
  • 1/2 cups rice
  • Soy sauce
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 can of tuna or fillet of fish of your choice

Heat up your oven to 200 degrees celsius. In a sheet pan place your vegetables (cut into half a finger-sized pieces), seasoning and drizzling with olive oil. If you are using fresh fish and not canned fish you would want to add your finish in now, repeating the same process.  Roast until cooked through. Meanwhile, cook your rinsed rice with 1 cup of water and ½ teaspoon salt, until it soaks the whole water.  When everything is completely cooked, it’s time to assemble: use the rice as a base, add your vegetables and your fish. Add as much soy sauce as you’d like or any sauce of your choice on top. 

Easy Chocolate Pudding

  • ⅓  cups of Sugar
  • ¼ cups of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼ tablespoons salt
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 tablespoon of butter (optional)

In a medium-sized saucepan add the butter, sugar, cocoa powder, and cornstarch and mix together. Add your milk slowly while continuing to mix, and heat till it simmers on medium heat. Cook until thickened, which shouldn’t take more than 2-3 minutes. Put in cups, let sit until room temperature, and put into the refrigerator until chilled thoroughly.

A balanced meal can be incredibly quick and easy, so this exam season don’t forget to listen to your body and nourish it with simple and delicious recipes like these ones.

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