Sometimes, it is easier to make excuses for having not enough time to cook a decent meal thus ending up eating anything that can be easily bought from a local food joint. It might be frustrating because you want to eat healthy food. But did you know that you shouldn’t settle for less when it comes to eating for the sake of how much free time you have? After all, what you eat plays a big role on how you take care of your health.
After learning Meal Prepping, home-cooked meals should be easy. Plus you must not worry too much because you actually have enough time to spare from your busy schedule! So let us share with you these awesome healthy recipes you can do for only just 10 minutes! Even if you’re not much of a cook, you can do these meals with ease. All of these recipes are guaranteed tasty, healthy and speedy!
Healthy Day-Starters for Breakfast
This is one of the breakfast favorites. With so many styles you can do with pancakes, either you pair it with fruits or eat it alone; you can choose whatever suits your taste for the day. All you need are flour, milk, a pinch of salt and eggs which takes less than 10 minutes to prepare – your breakfast is ready! You can top it with banana slices, berries, and even oats that will surely give you a positive boost to keep you full all morning long!
Most breakfast meals consist of at least an egg that is why we shouldn’t leave an egg recipe for you! Prepare a skillet, mixing bowl, eggs, cheese of your choice, fresh-ground black pepper, salt and you’re ready. You can also try an extra twist by creating a “Chimichurri” sauce. It is a green sauce made out of parsley, red wine vinegar, olive oil, garlic cloves, red pepper flakes and kosher salt.
Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Make sure that when you prepare grilled cheese, use whole wheat bread. To make it healthier, add spinach leaves. Plus a tomato soup will be an ideal pair as a dip! However, you must prepare the tomato soup beforehand as it is not included within the 10-minute timeframe. So we would like to recommend making a few extra tomato soups you can easily store and refrigerate for a quick meal such as this.
Yummy but Healthy Lunches
You can never go wrong with this popular meal. But can you truly cook it for such a short time? Yes, you can possibly make it as a 10-minute delicious dish! First, we recommend the whole wheat angel hair because it is considered to be the fastest cooking pasta. Start by boiling the water and once ready, cook your pasta. While waiting, chop the ingredients you have on hands such as bell peppers, onions, and mushrooms. It should be good for 3 to 5 minutes. Simultaneously, heat up your spaghetti sauce in the same skillet. However, preparing the sauce is not included in the timeframe so you have to have this beforehand. When you have free time, you can cook your sauce ahead of time so you can use it for quick cooking such as this. Simply jar it and refrigerate. Or you can store a pasta sauce you bought from your trusted store.
Mini Mezze Bento
This is satisfying a simple lunch is quite easy to prepare. All you need is a bento box or Tupperware wherein you put some pita wedges, crudités with hummus and other healthy ingredients. Adding olives, cheese and fruits into the other section of the bento or Tupperware complete this Mediterranean-inspired light lunch. To add some fun taste, you can also include a veggie dip.
Mediterranean Veggie Sandwich
If you want sandwiches for lunch, then you’ll love how easy to prepare this vegan-friendly meal. What you need are one-quarter of red onion, one carrot (either in the circle shape or chopped in thin rectangular slices), pea shoots, kale pesto white bean dip, and of course whole wheat bread. To make it more satisfying, add some feta cheese crumbles.
Satisfying Healthy Treat for Dinner
Whole Wheat Pasta & Veggies
Make dinnertime healthier yet delicious with this dish. Prepare 1 bag of frozen vegetables and 1 package of pasta or whole wheat noodles. Again, we recommend whole wheat angel hair as it only takes 5 minutes to boil! According to the package directions, cook the pasta or noodles. However, while you are boiling it, include the veggies for the entire pasta cooking time. Once done, drain to remove the water. Place the pasta and veggies in a platter and add 1 tablespoon of butter. Then top it with ¼ or ½ cup of grated parmesan cheese. You can also add some leftover meat like chicken strips if you like, but make sure to heat up the meat first before adding it in the dish.
Cooking a salmon dish for just 10 minutes? Yes, it is possible! Prepare a 4-ounce pan, salmon, lemons and other basic ingredients such as salt and pepper. Sear the salmon into the pan and add in the juice from the lemons you’ve squeezed. Add salt and pepper according to your taste then you’re done! You can also prepare some side dishes like heating up a bag of frozen sugar snap peas in the microwave. Sweet potatoes and shredded lettuce would also be a good pair to this dish.
Pan-seared Cajun Chicken
If you want a chicken dish for dinner, then it only takes 10 minutes and you can satisfy your craving! With your frozen chicken meat, you can pan-sear it and then spice it up with Cajun seasoning. While it is being cooked, sautée pre-chopped zucchini and some squash. Once done with both, prepare some wild rice as the additional side of the meal.
Just like burritos, tacos are considered to be versatile snacks because you can purposely use any food you have in hand – may it be some leftover meat or pantry-stocked ingredients. All you need is taco shell or tortillas and of course your preferred filling. You can use any kind of meat varying from ground beef, pork, chicken and even fish. Add some beans like black beans, refried beans, pinto beans or black-eyed peas. To complete the dish, you need to add veggies like lettuce, avocado, peppers, and tomatoes. You can also add salsa for some spice.
Shrimp, Avocado & Feta Wrap
This is a healthy meal you would love to pack and bring to your workplace. However, you will need to buy a cooked shrimp from your favorite or trusted grocery store or you can look for tailed and deveined shrimp that you can easily steam. Prepare salty feta, some avocados and fresh veggies of your choice. Then easily put them all together for a flavorful wrap.
You might have a slight apprehension on these recipes; thinking if they can truly be prepared within 10 minutes. Don’t be – just because they seem to be too good to be true. Each of these recipes is strategically set with enough nutrients needed by your body and at the same time satisfies your hungry tummy. Most of the registered dietitians actually mastered the art of cooking a 10-minute meal and you can actually do it too! If you think that “Seeing is Believing”, then why not try one of these meals and we guarantee that you’ll love them. Enjoy healthy food and experience happy eating!
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