5 Quick Homemade Meal Recipes
Working full time can take toll on the diet. Lack of time force workers to grab high-calorie snacks and eat quick meals at home which is neither healthy nor flattering their figures. So here are five cool quick meal recipes for cooking homemade foods.
5 Fast Homemade Meals
For breakfast consider a smoothie. It’s quick to make and very nutricious. Plus you can mix different fruit and berry each time for different flavors. To enhance your breakfast smoothie with filling fibers add a tablespoon of ground flax seeds or 2 tablespoons of tahini to it. Use plain unsweetened yogurt. It’s better to add sugar separately if you’d like. As for the fruit there are so many different options – banana, papaya, mango, orange, kiwi, and other. Of course, blackberry, strawberry, raspberry and other berries are a great addition to a breakfast smoothie along with nuts like cashews and almond butter. For flavor use natural vanilla extract and cinnamon.
Breakfast Banana Oat Smoothie Recipe from WholeLiving: 2 serves
For a filling fiber-rich breakfast smoothie you’ll need one ripe banana, 1/2 cup of skim milk, 1/2 cup of plain yogurt, 1/4 cup of rolled oats, 2 teaspoons of flaxseeds, 1 tablespoon of honey and a cup of ice cubes.
Healthy Brown Bag Lunch
Brown bag lunch is a great alternative to junkfood and unhealthy snacks at the workplace. You can brown-bag not only a sandwich but also a salad or a whole homemade meal preferrably packed in a reusable ice pack. There are many healthy alternatives to white bread sandwiches made with whole grain bread or corn torillas.
Proschioutto and Fig Spread Sandwich Recipe from Martha Stewart:
For this sandwich you will need a baguette or Italian bread, 8 slices of prosciutto, 8 thin slices of Asiago cheese and8 to 12 arugula leaves. Fresh and piquant.
Quick Salad Options
A salad is a great healthy snack. It also helps fill faster during lunch or dinner. Made of nutritious fresh vegetables, lean meat, and filled with healthy dressing a salad can also become its own meal. Opt for grilled chicken breast or turkey. Fish also goes great in the salads. When choosing canned fish read the ingredients carefully and drain the oil before putting it into the salad.
10-Minute Fruit & Cheese Salad from WHFoods:
10-Minute Fruit & Cheese Salad recipe from WHFoods can be a part of your healthy lunch or dessert or an afternoon snack. For this salad you’ll need 1/4 cup of green seedless grapes, 3 fresh apricots, cut into eighths, 3 dried figs, medium thick slices, 1/2 lb of mixed salad greens, 1/4 lb sliced, precooked turkey breast (if desired), 3 oz of goat or gorgonzola cheese, 2 tablespoon of squeezed lemon juice, salt, black pepper, and extra virgin olive oil to taste. Just mix it all together.
Need more liquid meals? Then a delicious soup is the best way to fill stomach. Smooth and creamy soups made of mashed beans, avocado, potato or peas rich in protein and nutrients can be prepared with precooked chicken or vegetable broth. Top them with crumbled cheese, fresh green leaves, and other ingredients.
Avocado Soup with Citrus-Shrimp Relish from Laura Zapalowski, Cooking Light: 4 servings
For this avocado soup you’ll need 2 cups of fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth, 1 3/4 (around 2) cups of chopped avocado, 1 cup water, 1 cup canned navy beans, rinsed and drained, 1/2 cup fat-free plain yogurt, 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, 1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce, 1 small jalapeño pepper, seeded and chopped, 1/4 cup (1 ounce) crumbled queso fresco cheese. Combine all the ingredients except queso fresco cheese which is for topping in a blender and blend till smooth.
For relish take 2 tablespoons chopped of fresh cilantro, 1 teaspoon of grated lemon rind, 1 teaspoon of chopped red onion, 1 teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil, 8 ounces of peeled medium shrimp, steamed and chopped. Mix all ingredients together and add to the soup with queso fresco cheese as topping.
Quick Meat Meal
Meat is usually not a quick cooking ingredient but poultry is. Chicken can be ready within 15 minutes or less. Opt for skinless chicken breast or fillet and grill, fry with olive oil, or boil it to eat as main course or add to the salad.
Pan-Seared Chicken with Tomato-Olive Relish from Maureen Callahan, Cooking Light:
To cook this meal you’ll need 4 (6-ounce) chicken breast halves free of skin and bones, 2 divided teaspoons of extra virgin olive oil, 1/4 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper, 1 tablespoon of chopped basil, 1 tablespoon of sherry or balsamic vinegar, 1 cup of quartered cherry tomatoes, 1/3 cup of chopped pitted olives.
With medium-high heat prepare a grill pan for cooking chicken. Add one teaspoon of oil and add salted/peppered chicken to pan till it’s cooked. To prepare relish mix the second teaspoon of olive oil, basil, and vinegar in a bowl then add tomatoes and olives.
What are your favorite quick homemade meal recipes?
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