12 Insanely Healthy Meals You Can Make In Under 12 Minutes
For too long, many of us have used the tired old excuse that we “don’t have enough time” to cook healthy meals. There’s no need to spend hours in the kitchen slaving away when you can make these awesome dishes in a matter of minutes. Here, we serve up three examples for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert that are packed with nutritional goodness:
1. Chilli Cheese Omelette
Who says omelettes need to be complicated? This filling classic gets added flavor from the additional fresh coriander and spring onions. If you can’t get hold of any coriander, try a pinch of fresh basil instead.
2. Single-Serving Frittata
This healthy dish can actually be used for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Adding zucchinis and shallots turns it into some fancy frittata’s, but can still be prepared in 10 minutes. Don’t forget to chuck in some crushed red pepper to give it a wicked flavor.
3. Peach Crisp Smoothie
We tend forget about using peaches in smoothies, with berries being the universally popular choice. Find some fresh or frozen peach and blend it with walnuts, oats and banana for a tasty breakfast guaranteed to keep you satisfied all the way through to lunchtime.
1. BBQ Chicken Cobb Salad
The original cobb salad gets a tasty added extra with some barbecue chicken that’s packed with all sorts of goodness. If you’re feeling adventurous, whip up some homemade buttermilk ranch dressing. Go easy on the serving though, especially if you’re counting calories.
2. Tuna and Avocado Pita
This meal is a real all-rounder. Bursting with whole grain, heart-healthy fats and omega-3 fats – this brilliant afternoon meal stabilizes blood sugar levels for energy, triggering your body to feel satisfied for longer. To make this dish yourself grab 2 ounces of tuna and mix it with spicy mustard, shredded carrots, chopped celery and top it all off with a dash of turmeric, cumin and pepper.
3. Southwestern Stuffed Bell Peppers
Although the overall cooking time is bit longer than the others, the prep time is minimal and the end result is definitely worth it. Add in salsa, black beans and cilantro – but skip the cheese if you’re not a fan of dairy.
1. Mediterranean Quesadilla
Reap all the healthy benefits out of this meal by adding in spinach, which is loaded with vitamin K. Also, the kalamata olives are great for providing moisture to our skin and, most importantly, keeping our heart’s healthy. Layer spinach, 3 tablespoons of chopped olives and a dash of oregano on half of a grain wrap in a frying pan. Then, cover the pan and cook on medium heat for 1 minute.
2. Stuffed Avocado with Garlic Shrimp
The second stuffed food on our list, this recipe takes just a few simple ingredients – avocado, shrimp, olive and seasonings – all of which turns this into a filling meal. Add in a hard-boiled egg too if you’re feeling particularly hungry.
3. Lamb Burger with Chunky Tzatziki
This Mediterranean delicacy includes sundried tomatoes, artichoke and olives. Mix these ingredients with olive oil, white wine and garlic, before serving it with a side order of whole wheat pasta. Tasty!
1. Apple Crisp
Apple crisp is probably the healthiest – and easiest – dessert you can make. Slice up some apple and mix with oats, cinnamon and flour before baking it in the microwave. In less than five minutes, you’ve got an awesome little crisp ready to be demolished.
2. Strawberry Protein Pancakes with Yogurt Filling
Whip up a pancake batter of Greek yogurt, oats and egg before blending and cooking for a few minutes. Loaded with jam and yogurt, this French-inspired dish could arguably work as a breakfast too.
3. 1 Minute Coffee Cake in a Mug
This low-calorie treat consists of applesauce, flour and vanilla extract. Top it all off with streusel and chuck it in the microwave for – yep you guessed it – 1 minute. The end result is a tasty dessert for those who have a sweet tooth and are craving a late night snack.
About Matt Lawson Matt Lawson is a UK based sports journalist who covers all the latest football (soccer) news and matches for the Press Association. A keen Newcastle United fan, Matt is usually found either watching or playing the beautiful game.