Finding time to cook a healthy and balanced meal can be difficult between balancing work, appointments, other errands, and spending quality time with loved ones. However, it can be quite expensive buying meals at restaurants. So instead of going out and spending money eating at a restaurant or fast-food chain, here are some recipes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner that are healthy and easy to make. Not to mention, most of them will only take ten to twenty minutes to cook up. Sounds easy, right? It is! Let's dive into some delicious food right now.
Oats Kicked Up A Notch
Oats can be quite bland on their own. However, by adding a bit of cocoa and chocolate chips, individuals can sweeten it to their preference. They should begin by boiling one and a half cups of water with a pinch of salt. In a bowl, they should mix a three-quarter cup of steel-cut oats, one teaspoon of cocoa, and however many chocolate chips they would like to sweeten the breakfast dish. Then, they can pour boiling water over the mixture and let it settle for three to five minutes, or until it has cooled enough to enjoy. Individuals can also substitute the chocolate chips and cocoa for the fruit or fruits of their choice.
Waffles Loaded With Simple Toppings
Although they can be quite drab on their own, individuals can quickly enhance waffles by decorating them with fruits, nuts, chocolates, and other goodies. Another quick and easy breakfast to make is waffles with peanut butter and bananas. Individuals can simply toast, bake, or microwave their favorite brand of frozen waffles, add the desired amount of peanut butter or other kinds of nut butter (almond, hazelnut, et cetera) and slice one banana to top off the waffles. Individuals who are not fans of peanut butter and bananas can substitute them for chocolate chips, maple syrup, berries, and fruit.
Spinach And Cheese Omelet
Another quick breakfast is a spinach and cheese omelet. Individuals should begin by lightly buttering the pan they are going to use and set the stovetop just below medium. Then, they should crack three eggs into a bowl, add a dash of milk or almond milk, whisk until it is completely mixed, and pour it into the heated pan. While the omelet is cooking, it's time to wash off the desired amount of spinach and cut four to six pieces of cheese. Flip the omelet and place the cheese and spinach on one half. Fold the omelet so the cheese and spinach are wrapped and flip it according to when each side begins to golden.
Grilled Cheese With Spinach And Tomato
A fast and scrumptious idea for lunch is a grilled cheese sandwich with spinach, tomato, and cracked black pepper. Begin by lightly buttering two pieces of bread and setting the stovetop to just below medium heat. Cut four to five slices of cheese for each grilled cheese sandwich. If in doubt, aged white cheddar is a great cheese to use. Put both pieces of buttered bread on the pan, the cheese on one piece of bread, and the lid on the pan to trap the heat. As the bread toasts, wash spinach, slice one Roma tomato, and cut those slices into halves. Remove the lid of the pan and crack some pepper onto the cheese when it has begun to melt. Finally, put the sliced tomatoes and spinach on as finishing touches and put the two pieces of bread together and enjoy!
Avocados are rich in vitamins, potassium, fiber, and healthy fats, making them excellent in a healthy diet. This recipe for tomato-stuffed avocados takes under ten minutes and is great for a quick lunch idea. To begin, individuals will need one chopped tomato, a quarter cup of crumbled feta cheese, a quarter cup of chopped onions, one tablespoon of minced parsley, one tablespoon of olive oil, half a tablespoon of red wine vinegar, and a pinch each of dried oregano, black pepper, and salt. Mix all ingredients in a medium-sized mixing bowl. Cut an avocado in half, remove the pit, and pour the mixture into it. Voila!
Pesto Pasta Salad
For pesto pasta salad, individuals should bring a medium or large pot of salted water to a boil and add one tablespoon of olive oil and one pound of the pasta of their choice, though penne, fusilli, rotini, and farfalle typically work the best. As the pasta is cooking, they can prepare the rest of the dish. Individuals will need two cups of halved cherry tomatoes, a quarter cup of finely chopped basil leaves, one cup of basil pesto, and one pound of fresh mozzarella bocconcini cut into bite-sized pieces. Add the tomatoes and pesto to the cooked pasta, stirring and tossing until it is thoroughly mixed. Add the bocconcini and two tablespoons of olive oil, tossing once more to combine. Finally, garnish the dishes with fresh basil and parmesan cheese to taste.
Rice, Bean, And Avocado Bowl
An avocado, bean, and rice bowl is a simple dish that will take only as long as it takes to cook the rice. Begin by cooking one serving of rice in a rice cooker or by following the instructions to boil it on the stovetop; this may take up to twenty minutes. While the rice is cooking, lightly oil a pan, turn the heat up between low and medium, and begin washing and cutting veggies. Some great vegetables to use are yellow, orange or red peppers, and mushrooms. Throw the vegetables in the pan to saute, then strain one can of black beans and add them to the veggies. Add two teaspoons of chili powder and a pinch of salt. When the veggies look done, individuals can begin to serve the dish, garnishing with cilantro and lime if desired.
Honey-Glazed Salmon And Rice
The honey-glazed salmon and rice may take around twenty minutes to make. However, it is still simple to make and is mouth-watering. Begin by cooking a portion of rice in a rice cooker; this usually takes twenty minutes or so depending on the brand. If individuals do not have a rice cooker, they should follow the directions on the package of rice they have for on the stovetop.
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the salmon skin-side down on a baking sheet. Bake for ten minutes and remove from the oven, spoon one tablespoon of honey onto the salmon, and place it back in the oven for two to five minutes, or until cooked through.