It’s not always easy to eat healthfully. Most of us work all day, so when we get home at night all we want to do is curl up with takeout food while we Netflix cheat on our S.O. Does it even make sense to cook a meal for one? Well, if you are interested in good health, yes, it does. We’re not here to delve into the science behind gluten worries or meat pros and cons or the questionable healthfulness of soy. The research is out there, so we can all read up and make our own decisions. But I think we can all agree that when it comes to good health, eating unprocessed foods without a lot of additives — simple food cooked simply — is a good, solid approach. It does make sense to cook meals for ourselves, because when we cook for ourselves, we control the ingredients that go into our food. And it doesn’t have to be difficult. Here are 16 easy and healthy meals for one.

The Paleo movement has been around for decades, but it really started taking off in the past five years. In 2013, Paleo Diet became a top Google search term and it continues to be a popular search. The philosophy of Paleo has changed incrementally, though, since you probably first heard of it. According to Chris Kresser, M.S., L.Ac., a practitioner of integrative and functional medicine and author of The Paleo Cure and Your Personal Paleo Code, some Paleo peeps are eating dairy now. And that’s just one example. Kresser promotes an individualized approach to the diet and says that dairy only needs to be restricted for those who can’t tolerate lactose. “It seems clear now that there are some genetic changes that allow some of us to partially adapt to agriculture,” according to Kresser. So, short story, the Paleo diet philosophy promotes consuming a diet “close to what our ancestors ate”. By this, meaning vegetables, meat, tubers and fruit. If you’re living the gluten-free, grain-free, legume-free (and, for some, dairy-free) life, 25 super-healthy paleo recipes that you’ll want to have on hand.

If chicken breasts happen to be a staple for you, run don’t walk over to Welfed. Mel Joulwan has an awesome dish that she calls The Best Chicken You Will Ever Eat. Ever. And it really is. Her secret? She brines chicken breasts in salt water and spices for hours before grilling. “The grill is not always kind to our lean, reliable friend the skinless, boneless breast,” confides Mel. “But this recipe unlocks the secrets of juicy, flavorful meat with minimal work.” She gives her chicken a “sexy finish” with a side of Moroccan dipping sauce. To. Die. For.

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