veggiesSpending hours slaving away over a hot stove during the warmer months can fill even the most enthusiastic home cook with dread. So if you don’t love being in the kitchen, you’re unlikely to follow a recipe that’s too complicated or time consuming.

However, making your own food is the biggest step on the road to healthy eating. That’s why we’ve compiled five simple but delicious recipes for meals you can pull together without too much brainpower.

1. Cayenne Rubbed Chicken With Avocado Salsa. We can always rely on Martha Stewart to come up with easy recipes that look elegant and impressive to boot! Dish up this spiced chicken and refreshing avocado and lime salsa with black beans and rice on the side.

2. Balsamic Roast Vegetables. Yes, the veggies need around an hour to cook but once you’ve done the minimal prep you can spend that time concentrating on other things, like fitting in a quick workout or catching up on your favorite Netflix show. Plus, you can adapt this recipe with the changing seasons and use whichever veggies you’ve got in the fridge.

3. Slow Cooker Sausage And Lentil Stew. If you’re a cooking novice needing a confidence boost then dust off that slow cooker from the back of the cupboard! Add the ingredients for a hearty stew to the slow cooker, forget about it for most of the day and, magically, at dinnertime your healthy meal is ready.

4. Best Marinara Sauce Yet. A good tomato sauce is a versatile recipe to have at your disposal. Healthier than jarred sauce it can be eaten with pasta, chicken, fish or you can even poach eggs directly in the sauce. Keep portions in the freezer and you’ll always have the beginnings of a nutritious meal ready to go.

What’s your go-to meal when you’re feeling tired? Share it with us in the comments below!