Easy Meals for the Busy Nurse

If you’re a working person who lives alone, planning and preparing meals can get extremely cumbersome. For a travel nurse who works long hours, it is even tougher because finding time to have a healthy meal is almost impossible. 

As a result, many young, single people develop unhealthy habits like eating junk food or skipping meals. These habits can play havoc with your health, leading to numerous complications like gastrointestinal troubles, obesity, or loss of energy/fatigue

However, nursing is one of the jobs where one cannot comprise on their health. Otherwise, how will you be able to work those long shifts and deal with stressful, complicated cases? 

As a nurse, you cannot afford to develop an unhealthy diet. What you can do is to make meal preparation easy and fun. Look for a healthy grocery list that’s easy to make as well.

How to Make Kitchen Time More Fun

Just substitute your regular recipes with the ones below. They require little effort and use commonly available ingredients, which means you can get good nutrition in without having to spend much time (or money). 

Let us start with the easiest meal of the day – breakfast. This classic Mexican recipe takes only 10 minutes to make, but is filling enough to keep you satiated for a long time. 

In fact, it can easily be eaten for lunch or dinner as well. 

This is a recipe for those days where you crave something exotic, but still want to have an affordable, healthy meal. While it had a distinctive flavour, this curry is made almost entirely from ingredients that are readily available in every pantry. 

Serve it with your favorite bread or plain rice, and you can have an exotic meal in the comfort of your own home, at little to no cost!

All you need to do for this meal is to make the yummy honey sriracha sauce, which takes only 10 minutes or even lesser! Leave the rest to your oven and you will have a healthy protein meal ready in no time. 

Another exotic, yet simple meal. This Teriyaki Chicken recipe will take up only twenty minutes of your time, but its taste will leave you licking your fingers for hours afterwards. 

Serve it with some rice and steamed greens for the perfect balanced meal. 

  1. Chicken Fried Rice

If you have leftover rice or veggies you want to get rid of, this meal is perfect for you. In fact, some say that it’s better to cook with leftover rice! 

What is even better is that this recipe requires you to use only one utensil, a skillet or a wok. So, not only are you whipping a meal quickly, you are saving yourself a lot of time in washing dishes too.

It works for everyone, too. Vegetarians can simply leave out the chicken and egg, or substitute it with a protein of their choice. 


As the age-old saying goes, “where there is a will, there is a way.” There is no reason for you to fall into healthy habits just because you do not have time for elaborate meals. 

Just follow these easy recipes instead, for meals which keep you healthy and energized, so you can give the best care to your patients.