Quick-Fix Recipes for Busy Nurses
By Leigh Morgan, Contributor
After a 12-hour nursing shift, it's hard to find the energy to cook an elaborate meal. Packing a nutritious lunch every day can also be difficult, especially if you're running out of ideas for foods that can be eaten during a busy shift when you may not get more than a few minutes to grab something from the fridge. NurseChoice has you covered with these easy recipes for nurses.
Burrito bowls are delicious and filling, and they're
packed with nutrients, making them one of the best nurse meal prep ideas.
Depending on the ingredients you use, you can easily turn an ordinary lunch
into a protein-packed meal. Beth Moncel of Budget Bytes
recommends starting off with the following ingredients:
- 4 cups cooked rice
- 1 pound ground turkey or ground beef
- One packet of taco seasoning
- One can (15 ounces) of black beans
- 1 cup frozen corn kernels
- 4 ounces shredded cheese
- 1 1/3 cups salsa
- Two scallions
Cook the turkey or beef in a skillet over medium heat
until it's cooked through. Add 1/2 cup water and the packet of taco seasoning
to the cooked meat, and simmer for approximately five minutes. Once the water
and taco seasoning have developed a sauce-like consistency, turn off the heat
and remove the skillet from the burner. Finish off the recipe by performing the
- Rinse the corn kernels under warm water until
- Rinse and drain the black beans.
- Slice the scallions.
- Shred the cheese, if necessary. You can save
time on this step by buying cheese that has already been shredded.
- Divide all ingredients equally among four glass
or plastic storage containers.
When you're ready to eat, heat one burrito bowl in the
microwave for one to two minutes, just long enough to melt the cheese and warm
up the meat and rice.
Stuffed mini peppers contain no meat, and they're easy
to eat with one hand. You'll need the following ingredients:
- One bag of mini bell peppers
- 8 ounces cream cheese
- One bunch scallions
To get started, cut the mini peppers in half, wash them
thoroughly and remove the seeds. Place the peppers skin-side down on a
foil-covered baking sheet and cook at 350 degrees F for eight to 10 minutes, as
recommended by Julia Mueller of The
Roasted Root. While the peppers roast, chop the scallions and mix
them with the softened cream cheese.
After removing the peppers from the oven, increase the
oven temperature to 400 degrees F. Fill the peppers with the cream-cheese
mixture and bake them for eight more minutes. When you're ready to eat, pop the
peppers into the microwave for about 90 seconds or until the cream cheese is
soft and warm.
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This pasta dish takes just 20 minutes from start to
finish, making it one of the easiest dinner recipes for nurses. Best of all, it
doesn't require any complicated utensils or equipment, so you can still make it
if you're on the road as a travel
nurse and had to leave most of your kitchen items at home. The
original recipe, published by Delicious,
includes chicken, but this version omits the meat to reduce the amount of prep
- 12 ounces bowtie pasta
- One head of broccoli chopped into small florets
- 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese (grated)
- 6 ounces softened cream cheese
- 1 cup milk
- 3 teaspoons minced garlic
Cook the pasta according to the directions on the
package. With two minutes left on the timer, add the broccoli florets to the
pot of pasta. While the pasta is cooking, add the milk, cream cheese, Parmesan
cheese and minced garlic to a skillet, along with salt and pepper to taste.
Cook on medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until the sauce comes
together. Toss the pasta and broccoli with the sauce to serve.
All three of these dishes are great recipes for nurses
because they're easy to prepare and don't require a lot of fancy kitchen tools.
Next time you start a new travel nursing position,
keep these ideas in mind to ensure you have tasty meals to eat even when you're
working long shifts.