7 Easy Meals When You Need A Break: A Listicle

Seasons change and the Journey continues. For those of us still on the Journey to Early Retirement, in the background of summer fun and graduation parties is the ever present work day. After a long day, sometimes you are too tired to cook. You haven’t quite simplified your life like the Frugalwoods or FIRE extremists where your daily breakfast consists of oatmeal and afternoon lunch is a hearty bowl of beans and rice. No, you’re not quite to the pre-planned meals stage yet in the Journey. In fact like me sometimes you  still eat out . While you’re progressing along your journey, healthy eating is a must or at least on your to-do list. One tip is to keep basics on hand and have some go-to simple recipes that you can make without much thought. Here’s a few to share, courtesy of myUHC/Rally.

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1. Creamy Goat Cheese Grits

I wouldn’t be a nice Southern gal if I didn’t have this on my list. A southern staple that can be made savory or sweet, hearty or scant. It’s a staple that can be easily dressed as the season or your mood changes.

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2. Lentil Stew

A simple stew with 3 ingredients, some seasoning and voila! Dinner.


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3. Tahini Roasted Broccoli

Broccoli roasted with tahini and garlic. What more could you ask for!

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4.  Roasted Sweet Potato with Chickpeas, Goat Cheese, and Coriander

A jazzed up sweet potato can be filling too. If you live in the pollen state (NC), you can find these everywhere you look. And if goat cheese is not your thing, try whatever cheese makes your belly smile.

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5. Crispy Kimchi and Cheddar Omelette

Eggs are usually my go to. I call it single girl dinner. That and popcorn are staple in the My Early Retirement Journey household.


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6. Pan-Seared Steak and Salad

If you don’t want to stay in the house over a hot stove, enjoy the hot sun and fire up the grill. What says summer more than salad. Add a bagged arugula salad to this sizzling dish and dinner is served!


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7. Slowww Roasted Salmon
Salmon, an oven, and a little sprinkle of salt. How much easier can it get!

Let me know how you like this! Most of these are very budget friendly and use many of the ingredients you have at home.

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  1. These all look very healthy MERJ and it would make me happy if I knew you were eating some of these each week. BUT…. I fear the cereal and popcorn still hold you hostage :-/ The sweet potato looks particularly yummy and am sure you could crank out 3 ingredient lentil stew on evening after work?

  2. Yes and no..did have some lentils and rice today; and used a rotting banana to make some waffles. However, still have a rotting cantaloupe and pineapple from over a week or so that I for some reason am refusing to cut. Sigh. Hope you had a great weekend!

  3. Well that is a good start, I am encouraged. Chuck the cantelope and pineapple out and start again this week. Maybe only buy 1 fruit at a time? After all you are near plenty of shops so if you get through the first fruit you can always pop out and buy another? Saves wasting both food and money. Too hot here and probably not nearly as hot as where you are, but I'm British so am not used to 30c heat and got to moan about it cos it's in my psyche!!
    PS. am working on getting the notify button, done half my research just need to add the plugin

  4. I can't decided based on your commentary if i would like living in britain or not…hmmm… still have the rotting fruit. Trash day tomorrow, so we'll see. Got some corn for the week to ease back in…

  5. OMG, these look amazing! My favourite is No. 4. You're such a great cook! Will definitely look forward to more posts like this.

    If only I could cook half as well as you, I swear I would be able to cut my food budget in half or something.

  6. Haha, no way Liz. I absolutely did not cook these! But please do stop by the blog again ! 🙂

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