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If you’re one of those super amazing people who can put together a healthy, gourmet meal every day for your family with the speed of Mr. Gonzales and the grace of June Cleaver, then wow! Just wow. (And can you please cook for me too?)
But if you find that life is busy and there are times when you need to get something on the table fast to keep your kids from eating straight out of the cereal box, here are 15 quick, healthy meal ideas that can be ready in less than 15 minutes.
If you have some cooked quinoa on hand, you’ve got the base for lots of healthy, delicious dishes like this easy, flexible, and yummy Mexican Quinoa Salad.
This soup is not only much better for you than canned soup, but it’s also more filling, so a bowl of this soup and some bread or a quick sandwich can be a very satisfying meal.
Speaking of sandwiches. With the right ingredients, a sandwich alone can be a very healthy meal….
What’s so amazing about it? Well for one, it can make those yucky, healthy-tasting sprouts actually taste good.
How can a sandwich be a entire, healthy meal? You’ve got your whole grains (the bread), your veggies (the sprouts, tomatoes, and cucumbers), your protein (this Healthy Cheese Sauce), and your healthy fat (the avocado).
A delicious and well-balanced meal.
Hummus takes only minutes to prepare if you have a blender or a food processor. Spread it on whole-grain bread and add some cucumber, onion, avocado, and tomatoes. Drizzle with this this Creamy Italian Dressing for extra flavor.
5. Power Salad
A large main-dish salad can be a very healthy, super easy, and surprisingly filling meal. And the best part is you don’t have to cook. Set out all the ingredients (along with some whole-grain bread on the side) and let everyone assemble their individual salads on their own plates.
Ingredients can vary according to your likes and dislikes, but here are a few suggestions: leaf lettuce, kidney beans, chickpeas, edamame, artichoke hearts, sprouts, diced or sliced onions, sliced olives, sliced avocado, carrot shreds, diced or sliced cucumber, diced tomatoes, sunflower seeds, walnuts, croutons, or whatever your favorites are!
(My food chopper really helps me get this meal together fast.)
Unless you have an induction cook top – which will get your water boiling in less than 90 seconds (pretty cool, eh?) – 15 minutes might be a stretch. Howeeever, once you’ve got that pot going, you can make both the sauce for this Creamy Fettuccine and a fresh green salad in the time it takes for the pasta to cook. Dinner’s served!
This wrap is a high-fiber meal that’s full of flavor. Quick. Easy. Nourishing. Delicious. And flexible. Who needs take-out?
This dip doubles as a bread spread or wrap filling. Add lettuce, cucumber, and tomatoes – or your favorite toppings – and it’s ready to eat!
No stress. No mess. Dinner on the table in 15 minutes or less.
12. Broiled Italian Tomatoes on Bread
Take a slice of whole-grain bread. Top with fresh tomato and onion slices, sprinkle with dried oregano and basil, drizzle with a little bit of this 5-Minute Vegan Cheese Sauce, and place under broiler for a minute or two. (Watch closely so it doesn’t burn!) Serve with a bowl of beans on the side if desired.
White Bean Guacamole on pita bread or with baked tortilla chips and tomato dices and olives is quick, is easy, satisfies the munchies, and is sooo good for you!
Full of fiber, protein, and other valuable nutrients. And no cooking required.
These burritos are quick to prepare and are very healthy.
More Healthy Meals for Busy People
Need more healthy meals for busy days? I have several delicious and healthy meal plans available in my online weight loss program that are designed to make meal prep super easy and fast.
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