Some keys to cutting down on the time it takes to put a healthy dinner together so here are some delicious and easy 5 minute family meals.
First off, be prepared by going grocery shopping at least one time per week and stocking up on all the essentials you’ll need. It helps to make a plan for what you’ll cook and prepare ahead of time, this way you can put together a food list of everything you’ll need to buy.
While grocery shopping, keep an eye out for short-cuts, meaning groceries that save you time. Look for things like pre-chopped vegetables and prepared proteins (for example a roasted chicken or precooked and canned beans), so that the prep work has already been done for you.
Here are 4 ideas for simple, time-saving, healthy recipes you can make in minutes:
1.Chicken Lettuce Cups-
Combine some pre-cut raw veggies (or cut them yourself) like red pepper, tomatoes, scallions, and carrots along with some pre-cooked chicken. If you’d rather use tuna or even lentils/beans, that’ll work well too. Toss in some precooked rice (like frozen and defrosted brown rice) and some chopped nuts, along with some of your favorite sauce like peanut or teriyaki. Then use big, flat lettuce cups or “wraps” (such as Boston lettuce,bibb lettuce or collards) to create little healthy dinner wraps.
2.Chickpea and Mozzarella Caprese Salad –
For an easy, filling salad you can throw together in about 5 minutes, rinse a can of cooked chickpeas and combine them with fresh mozzarella, fresh tomatoes, greens, roasted red peppers and your favorite type of flavorful cheese. Drizzle with some olive oil and balsamic vinegar, plus add some fresh or dried herbs like oregano and basil for extra flavor.
3.Burgers and “Baked” Potatoes Wedges –
Baked potatoes might seem like something that takes a long time to make, but did you know you can actually cook them in the microwave in just 5 minutes? Rinse your potatoes well, microwave them for 2 minutes wrapped inside a paper towel, then with a fork a couple times and microwave again for 2 minutes. Heat up some premade veggie, turkey or salmon burgers in a grill pan or toaster oven (which should take about 5-7 minutes) and serve with your potatoes seasoned with salt, pepper and paprika.
4.Quinoa and Tuna Salad-
As ancient, whole grains like quinoa and wild rice become more popular, they are easier to find precooked. Look for cooked and dried quinoa or frozen quinoa that can be spruced up in minutes by adding some fresh or defrosted veggies along with herbs. Along with your quinoa, have some veggie tuna/salmon/chicken salad that takes just a few minutes to make (using red onion, peppers and carrots) and you’ve got a complete meal. For leftovers, you can try stuffing your quinoa salad and some feta cheese into other vegetables and baking them in the oven, such as making “stuffed peppers” or tomatoes).