5 Quick & Healthy Meal Ideas (20 – 30 Minutes To Cook)

Not having enough time will no longer be an excuse for not making a healthy dinner with these recipes!
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One of the most common factors that are related to an unhealthy diet is surely not having enough time. It is true that if you are working or even taking care of your children, then at the end of the day you will be pretty beat to even try to think of cooking something healthy. After you probably heard from someone that it will really take a long time to make a gourmet meal that is healthy for your family and ingredients for which you will need to travel to the other end of the world, right? We are here to beat that myth. With these 5 recipes that can be cooked in less than 30 minutes and need common kitchen ingredients, you will be showing the door to those excuses.

If you are determined to eat healthy food that supports all your dietary needs then you add a little effort on your side and get started. The below five recipes can satisfy even the pickiest eater in the family, takes very little time, and definitely earn you a badge of a good cook!

Sloppy Joes

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You are probably thinking how in the world can sloppy joes be healthy? Well, it can. You simply follow the copycat version of Sloppy joes which are comfort foods but at the same time use healthier alternatives. These taste as good as burgers that you can buy from your favorite restaurant. However, if you want to order some really good burgers then click here for more information and find restaurants near you that can deliver it to you. Start by heating oil in a non-stick pan. Add the beef and cook it till it starts to get lightly browned. Transfer it to a bowl and add canned beans and onions to it. Cook until these soften and then add spices like chili, cayenne, or any other that suits your taste palette. Stir in some tomato sauce, and Worcester sauce. Skip the ketchup and sugar. Cook until the beef is cooked. Brown the buns with some butter and enjoy sloppy joes at home.

Chicken Taco

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Tacos are the perfect meal for busy weekdays and can be enjoyed by all age groups. Chicken tacos need less than 30 minutes to prepare and less equipment too. You can switch the chicken for fish, red meats, or anything you want. For making tacos, saute all the vegetables of your choice that match with chicken as in garlic, onion, peppers, and so on. You can use taco seasoning or season it with spices like smoked paprika, salt, and pepper. You can add canned corn to bring more crunch. Once done, put them aside and cook the ground chicken in the same oil until cooked well. Add some tomato sauce so that your chicken is not too dry. Gently warm the taco rolls on the pan and your meal is ready. You can even bring in some extra toppings like sour cream or shredded cheese.

Vegetarian Quesadilla

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Have a lot of veggies lying around or want to make something like a freezer meal for busy days? Vegetarian quesadillas will come to your rescue. These are quick pick-me-up dishes that require very little time. With the right and handy kitchen equipment, a lot of recipes can be easily made and stored. To make the filling of a quesadilla, add black beans, corn, pepper, cilantro, and red onion to a bowl. Add salt to taste and mix them well. You do not need to saute or cook these vegetables. Lay down the quesadilla rolls and half the tortilla add shredded cheese and on the other half add the mixed vegetables Fold them gently to make a half-moon shape. Bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees F. Once baked, remove from the oven and slice them into halves. It is best to serve it right away as the cheese will be melted and the tortilla would be crispy. You can add guacamole sauce as a side for it to make it look fancier.

Mac and Cheese

Who doesn’t like this wonderful dish full of creamy cheesy goodness and flavor? You can actually even enjoy Mac and Cheese with a healthy twist to it. No, we don’t mean to switch pasta for cauliflower mac and cheese. You can just switch from regular pasta to whole wheat macaroni and use a moderate amount of cheese. And maybe, don’t eat it every day but rather as a weekly treat. To make Mac and cheese the healthy way, start by taking a medium pot and add broth, milk, butter, garlic, and black pepper. Bring it to a boil on a low simmer. Slowly add the macaroni and keep stirring so it doesn’t stick to the bottom. Once the macaroni is al dente, remove from heat and add shredded cheese in small portions until fully mixed. Your comforting and healthy meal is ready to be devoured.

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Spaghetti with Tomato Sauce

This meal takes less than 10 minutes but will win you compliments for the whole day. All you need is to select whole wheat or whole grain spaghetti, tomato sauce, and parmesan cheese. To make this oh-so-good meal, take a dutch oven or pot and fill it up with cold water. Once it starts boiling, add some salt and then add the spaghetti. You will need to separate the spaghetti a few times so that they do not stick to each other. Stir occasionally until it becomes al dente and then drain in the colander. If it gets overcooked then it will all get too mushy. In the same pot then heat some oil and add garlic cloves and some oregano. Cook for a few seconds and then add the pasta, tomato sauce, salt, pepper, and one fresh clove of garlic. Mix well and serve with some parmesan cheese shavings on the top.

If you lead a busy lifestyle, then try to go shopping once or twice a month to make sure you have all the basics in your house. These are items that can be put together to make a dish that is tasty and healthy. Get some nice sauces and spices that can bring flavor to any food. This way with just a few tweaks here and there and Viola, you will have your own signature recipes with a secret ingredient that you can be proud of.