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Want to eat healthy as a travel nurse? 15 delicious recipes that make it easy

eating healthy as a travel nurse

Eating healthy as a travel nurse often means getting creative. After work, you’d probably rather spend your time exploring, resting, or meeting up with friends than shopping and preparing food. In other words — with all the things you have going on — you might find yourself picking up mac and cheese from the cafeteria again!

But believe it or not, you can have your cake and eat it too. We’ve compiled a list of 15 recipes with just five or less ingredients. This means eating healthy as a travel nurse doesn’t have to be hard. You can make healthy meals that are quick and tasty (even without access to a whole cupboard of spices) so you can feel great, but still have time to indulge in whatever you like to do.

1. Enchilada Casserole

Enchilada Casserole

Making enchiladas can be time consuming, but this recipe only takes 5 minutes of prep time. Make it extra healthy before serving by adding olives, avocados, and tomatoes.

Ingredients:

  • Chicken
  • Enchilada sauce
  • Cheese
  • Corn tortillas

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 35 minutes

Full recipe here: https://www.theseasonedmom.com/4-ingredient-healthy-chicken-enchilada-casserole/

2. Teriyaki Salmon Broccoli Bowls

Teriyaki Salmon Broccoli Bowls

You’ll feel like a Michelin star chef after throwing together this quick, tasty, and healthy meal. (Friendly workplace pro tip: Eat this meal at home. Reheated fish in the communal microwave doesn’t make many friends.)

Ingredients:

  • Salmon fillets
  • Teriyaki marinade
  • Broccoli florets
  • Brown rice

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes

Full recipe here: https://www.julieseatsandtreats.com/teriyaki-salmon-broccoli-bowls/

3. Kale Pasta Caesar Salad

Kale Pasta Caesar Salad

This pasta salad is magic when it comes to getting your belly full on vitamin-rich foods.

Ingredients:

  • Pasta
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Kale
  • Caesar salad dressing
  • Parmesan cheese

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes

Full recipe here: https://www.foodiecrush.com/kale-caesar-pasta-salad/

4. Thai Pumpkin Soup

Thai Pumpkin Soup

Thai flavors always feel right, and this soup is quick to whip up and share with a friend.

Ingredients:

  • Red curry paste
  • Broth
  • Pumpkin puree
  • Coconut milk
  • Red chili pepper

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 7 minutes

Full recipe here: https://www.foodiecrush.com/5-ingredient-thai-pumpkin-soup/

5. Chicken Taco Spaghetti Squash

Chicken Taco Spaghetti Squash

Pack in the veggies with this healthy meal that tastes like comfort food.

Ingredients:

  • Spaghetti squash
  • Olive oil
  • Salsa
  • Chicken
  • Cheddar cheese

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes

Full recipe here: https://www.seasonalcravings.com/chicken-taco-spaghetti-squash/

6. Lemon Chicken with Asparagus

Lemon Chicken with Asparagus

Turns out, eating healthy can also mean eating fancy. Frankly, the pictures say it all with this meal.

Ingredients:

  • Chicken
  • Flour
  • Lemon
  • Asparagus
  • Lemon pepper

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes

Full recipe here: https://pinchofyum.com/5-ingredient-lemon-chicken-asparagus

7. Pesto Chicken Stuffed Peppers

Pesto Chicken Stuffed Peppers

The combination of flavors in this quick (but fancy-seeming meal) is incredible.

Ingredients:

  • Bell peppers
  • Chicken
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Quinoa
  • Pesto

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 35 minutes

Full recipe here: https://www.layersofhappiness.com/5-ingredient-pesto-chicken-stuffed-peppers/

8. Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili

Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili

When you want to feel full on lots of healthy power foods, this hearty chili is the way to go.

Ingredients:

  • Onion
  • Black beans
  • Sweet potato
  • Veggie stock
  • Salsa

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 45 minutes

Full recipe here: https://minimalistbaker.com/5-ingredient-sweet-potato-black-bean-chili/

9. Grilled Chicken Pesto Pizza

Grilled Chicken Pesto Pizza

Pro tip: Substitute the chicken for grilled peppers if you want to be extra healthy.

Ingredients:

  • Freschetta 4-cheese pizza
  • Chicken breast
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Pesto

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes

Full recipe here: https://www.maebells.com/grilled-pesto-chicken-pizza/

10. Butternut Squash, Arugula, and Goat Cheese Pasta

Butternut Squash, Arugula, and Goat Cheese Pasta

You can’t not try this one. The mix of flavors feels like home even when you’re traveling.

Ingredients:

  • Butternut squash
  • Pasta
  • Goat cheese
  • Arugula
  • Pine nuts

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes

Full recipe here: https://www.gimmesomeoven.com/5-ingredient-butternut-squash-arugula-and-goat-cheese-pasta/

11. White Chicken Chili

White Chicken Chili

Packed with good proteins, this chili will keep you full even through long shifts on your feet.

Ingredients:

  • Chicken broth
  • Chicken
  • White beans
  • Salsa verde
  • Cumin

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes

Full recipe here: https://damndelicious.net/2013/09/22/5-ingredient-white-chicken-chili/

12. One Pot Asian Noodles

One Pot Asian Noodles

If you’re wanting something with both a little sweetness and a little spice, this Asian-inspired dish will be sure to satisfy.

Ingredients:

  • Spaghetti noodles
  • Peanut sauce
  • Green onions
  • Chicken
  • Peanuts

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes

Full recipe here: https://www.babble.com/best-recipes/5-ingredient-one-pot-asian-noodles/

13. Cheesy Portobello Pizzas

Cheesy Portabello Pizzas

Any mushroom lovers out there? This is the meal for you.

Ingredients:

  • Portobello mushrooms
  • Olive oil
  • Tomato sauce
  • Cheese
  • Toppings

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes

Full recipe here: http://www.oprah.com/food/mini-portobello-pizzas-recipe

14. Almond-Crusted Tilapia

Almond-Crusted Tilapia

Garnishing fish with nuts might seem a little out of the ordinary, but it will definitely please your palate.

Ingredients:

  • Sliced almonds
  • Flour
  • Tilapia fillets
  • Salt
  • Olive oil

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 5 minutes

Full recipe here: https://www.fannetasticfood.com/recipes/almond-encrusted-tilapia/

15. Creamy Greek Yogurt Mac and Cheese

Creamy Greek Yogurt Mac and Cheese

And if you’re still craving that cafeteria mac, whip up this dish instead. Eating healthy as a travel nurse doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice what’s good. (The recipe even sneaks some spinach in there to get you those vitamins you’re needing.)

Ingredients:

  • Elbow pasta
  • Cheese
  • Greek yogurt
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes

Full recipe here: http://cookingalamel.com/2013/08/creamy-greek-yogurt-mac-cheese.html

Here at RNnetwork, we love to support each other and help each nurse feel like they are living the best they can. So we’d love to hear from you. What are your tips for eating healthy as a travel nurse? Share your healthy eating tips or favorite recipes in the comments below.

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Melinda Fox

Melinda Fox

Melinda Fox is a writer and content strategist who’s created content for clients like NBC and the United Nations. When she’s not getting caught up on her personal journal writing, Melinda loves listening to podcasts and trying new things. She'd love to hear from you at melindafox.com.

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