If you stopped for a few minutes and looked around, you would see that there are plenty of quick healthy 5 minute meals you can make at home, that take the same amount of time to cook as those unhealthy store-bought meals, that mimic real healthy food, and probably cost less, too.
In our busy past-paced lives today, we often choose to eat a quick processed meal loaded with unhealthy fats, sodium, sugar and trans-fats, rather than spend a few minutes making healthy meals at home, that actually takes the same or less time than heating up a processed food frozen meal.
Healthy, wholesome and fast — wouldn’t it be great to have an arsenal full of recipes that met those requirements? Here are a few to get you started.
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3 Healthy 5-Minute Meals
These easy-to-make 5 minute meals are not only easy to make, they are nutritious and delicious.
Eating healthy doesn’t have to be expensive or take a lot of time out of your day to prepare the meals.
The three 5 minute meals here all take no more than five minutes to prepare, hence the title, and are made with healthy natural ingredients, such as real eggs, fresh grilled chicken, healthy Greek yogurt, which is high in protein and Omega-3 Fatty acids, ripe avocado and whole wheat bread.
So many quick store bought meals are really not saving you time and money when you learn how to prepare quick meals at home, using ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen and pantry.
Once you make these healthy 5 minute meals, it may spark ideas of other types of healthy dishes you can whip up in a few minutes, or at least you may be able to swap out a few ingredients to create several versions of these easy 5 minute meals.
1. Poached Egg with Avocado on Toast
Perfect for breakfast or a light lunch, poached egg with avocado on toast seems like something you’d find on an upscale hotel’s menu.
It’s crazy easy to make and tastes simply decadent.
It takes just 3 minutes to poach an egg. You can pop a piece of white or whole wheat bread in the toaster in that same three minutes, to make a delicious, healthy and quick breakfast or lunch in just 5 minutes!
This simple, healthy and delicious dish is inspired by the many poached egg recipes found across the internet today, and in many cookbooks!
⦁ 1 or 2 slices of good white or wheat bread, toasted
⦁ 1 or 2 eggs
⦁ 1 teaspoon salt
⦁ 1 tablespoon vinegar
⦁ ½ ripe avocado
⦁ Salt and pepper to taste
To poach the egg:
⦁ Crack an egg into a small bowl or ramekin.
⦁ Fill a sauce pan 2/3 full with water, then bring to a gentle boil.
⦁ Add salt and vinegar to the water. (The salt is for flavor, and the vinegar prevents the egg’s white from becoming stringy.)
⦁ With a spoon, gently create a whirlpool by swirling the water.
⦁ Ease the egg from the ramekin into the swirling water.
⦁ Turn off the heat and cover the pot to prevent heat from escaping.
⦁ Allow the egg to poach for between 3 and 4 minutes, depending on the temperature and size of the egg.
While the egg is poaching, mash up half of an avocado in a small bowl. Add a few grains of salt to the avocado before spreading it on the toast.
Gently remove the egg from the poaching water to prevent the yolk from breaking.
Place the egg on top of the toast and trim off any stringy white parts..
Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste and serve immediately.
2. Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad
Need something more hearty for lunch than that day-old ham sandwich?
Healthy Chicken salad will do nicely, thank you very much. This version skips the mayonnaise and uses Greek yogurt, which is high in protein and cuts out fat and extra calories, but loses none of the flavor.
⦁ 1 cup cooked boneless, skinless chicken breast, chopped or cubed
⦁ 1 stalk celery
⦁ ¼ of a red onion
⦁ A handful of shelled pecans
⦁ ¼ cup dried cranberries
⦁ 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
⦁ 1 ½ teaspoons fresh dill, chopped
⦁ 1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt
⦁ 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
⦁ Salt and pepper to taste
You will need a food processor or blender for this recipe.
In the bowl of a food processor, add celery, red onion and pecans. Pulse a few times, until ingredients are chopped.
In a medium-sized bowl, add chicken, vegetable and pecan mixture, cranberries and herbs. Toss together.
Stir in yogurt and mustard.
If mixture appears too dry, add more yogurt.
Salt and pepper to taste.
Chill or serve immediately.
This chicken salad is excellent with toast, celery sticks or big slices of bell pepper.
Turkey, Avocado, and Goat Cheese Panini
How about an ooey-gooey and delicious, yet healthy sandwich?
Goat cheese adds a tangy lusciousness to the turkey, and the melted Fontina cheese secures all the yummy ingredients in place.
⦁ 2 slices of good whole wheat bread, toasted
⦁ 2 teaspoons butter
⦁ 2-3 ounces of sliced turkey breast
⦁ ½ avocado, sliced into thin wedges
⦁ 2 red onion slices
⦁ 1 ounce Fontina cheese, shredded
⦁ 2 tablespoons goat cheese, at room temperature
⦁ Salt and pepper to taste
Butter both slices of the bread on one side.
On one slice, butter side down, evenly distribute half of the Fontina cheese.
Top with turkey sloces, avocado, red onion, goat cheese and the remaining Fontina.
Add the other slice of bread, butter side up.
Cook until golden brown on both sides, either on top of the stove in a skillet or in a panini press.
If you don’t have a panini press, you can place the bottom of a pan on top of the bread.
With these 3 Healthy 5-Minute Meals ideas, there’s no way you can ever miss a yummy, fulfilling and healthy meal, even if you have just a few minutes for cooking.
Jason Malone is with Dream Kitchen Solutions, which offers a ready-made collection of the best appliances and labor-saving gizmos for busy people who don’t have time to read dozens of reviews.