Short on time and no idea of what to eat? We have some quick and amazing recipes for you!
We get you. There are times when it’s hard to eat healthily and cook at home, especially if you work late, spend all of your days running after your grandkids, or you’re simply not in the mood to spend hours and hours in the kitchen. No problem, because we don’t like that either!
But don’t even think of reaching for the takeout menu, as they typically offer overpriced food that contains plenty of additives, artificial sugars, and sodium. And you’re not going to order a salad if you want to grab takeout, right? Let us tell you that there are a lot of healthy recipes out there, and you can cook them in 15 minutes or less. The best part is that they’re really delicious and you won’t have to waste a lot of time with the cleanup.
It sounds too good to be true? Then keep reading along with us to discover all these yummy recipes we have for you! They’re the best!
1. Avocado Crab Boats
If you’re the type of person who is crazy about avocados, we have a delicious recipe for you! These avocado boats pair amazingly with a bowl of rice, a side of beans or chickpeas, or with tortilla chips if you prefer to eat them as a snack. Whether you eat them straight from the oven or you leave them to cool down for a couple of minutes, they’re always yummy!
- 5 medium ripe avocados, peeled and cut in half;
- 2 tbsps lemon juice;
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise;
- 2 cans – 6 ounces each of lump – of crabmeat, drained;
- 2 tbsps minced chives;
- 4 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro, divided;
- 1 cup shredded pepper jack cheese;
- 1 tbsp capers, drained;
- 1/4 tsp pepper;
- 1/2 tsp paprika;
- 1 serrano pepper, seeded and minced;
- Lemon wedges.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grab a large bowl and put two avocado halves in there. Mash them with a fork until you obtain a thick and creamy paste. Add your mayonnaise and the lemon juice, and mix everything until you have a thick consistency. Add the crab meat, 3 tbsps of cilantro, capers, chives, serrano pepper, and regular pepper, and mix everything until it is well combined. Spoon your mixture into the remaining avocado halves.
- Transfer your filled avocado boats to a 15x10x1-inch baking pan. Sprinkle them with the shredded pepper jack cheese, then add a bit of paprika. Put them in the oven and bake them for 4 or 5 minutes, until the cheese is melted. When you take them out of the oven, sprinkle the remaining cilantro on top and serve your avocado boats with lemon wedges.
Nutritional facts for 1 filled avocado half:
- 325 calories;
- 28g fat (6g saturated fat);
- 427mg sodium;
- 57mg cholesterol;
- 13g protein;
- 8g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 6g fiber).
…This recipe is quick, simple, healthy, and delicious! Try it out and let us know how much you love it!
2. Spinach Shrimp Fettuccine
We love pasta even more than we love pizza! That’s because we can cook it in just a few minutes and we can combine it with plenty of ingredients, such as vegetables, meat, fish, cheese, you name it! And it’s really good if you eat it with seafood.
Pasta is typically high in carbohydrates, but if you combine it with clean and natural ingredients, you can quickly obtain a healthy and satisfying lunch or dinner. Believe it, you’ll absolutely adore this recipe!
- 1 pound uncooked fettuccine;
- 6 ounces of baby spinach or an entire package;
- 4 garlic cloves, minced;
- 2 tbsps olive oil;
- 1 pound uncooked shrimp, peeled and deveined;
- 2 medium plum tomatoes, seeded and chopped;
- 1/4 tsp salt;
- 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese;
- 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning.
- Bring a pan with salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook everything according to the instructions on the package. While you’re waiting for your pasta to cook, grab a large pan and saute your spinach in cooking oil for 2 minutes, or until you notice that your spinach begins to shrivel. If you don’t want to use cooking oil, you can use some cooking spray instead (this will help you be more mindful of how much oil you actually eat). Then add your garlic and cook everything for one more minute, or until the garlic turns golden and releases its aroma.
- Add your plum tomatoes, shrimp, salt, and Italian seasoning, and keep sauteing for 2-3 minutes, or until you notice that your shrimp have turned a beautiful pink color. Drain your fettuccine and add them to the pan. Cook everything for 1-2 minutes. Enjoy your delicious meal with a sprinkle of cheese!
Nutritional facts for 1-1/4 cups of spinach shrimp fettuccine pasta:
- 283 calories;
- 41g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 3g fiber);
- 17g protein;
- 5g fat (1g saturated fat);
- 209mg sodium;
- 85mg cholesterol.
…Would you try this recipe? It’s perfect for all those busy days when you want to treat yourself to something delicious, and healthy, but easy to make! And not to mention, it’s a great way to sneak in some greens!
3. Sausage and Vegetable Skillet
Do you crave something tasty, warm, and flavorful? We have the perfect recipe for you! This sausage and vegetable skillet is a great meal to eat when the weather is chilly and you want something to warm you up! It’s easy to cook and it’s so good that we’re sure you’re going to write it down to make it again another time!
- 1 pound fresh Italian sausage links;
- 1 cup chopped green onions;
- 2 cups cubed yellow summer squash;
- 3 cups chopped tomatoes;
- 3 to 4 garlic cloves, minced;
- 2 tablespoons canola oil;
- 4 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce;
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper.
- Grab a larger skillet and put it over medium heat with a bit of cooking oil. Cut your sausages into small bites and cook them in the pan for 2 minutes. Add your onions and squash and then cook everything for 3 more minutes. Then add the garlic and cook for 1 minute, or until you notice that the garlic is brown and the vegetables are a bit caramelized. Stir in the tomatoes, cayenne pepper, and Worcestershire sauce, and cook for 2-3 minutes, or until you notice that everything has a nice consistency and the flavors are well combined.
Nutritional facts for 1 cup of this delicious meal:
- 303 calories;
- 22g fat (6g saturated fat);
- 14g protein;
- 13g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 3g fiber);
- 607mg sodium;
- 45mg cholesterol.
4. Chicken Caesar Salad
What do you think about a fresh salad that will give you a bit of crunch and a good amount of protein? It’s a fantastic way to up your veggie intake, and not to mention, a good and nutritious meal like this can help you achieve those fitness goals you might have. But if you’re not a big fan of salads, don’t worry, because you’ll absolutely adore this one! And the best part is that it’s way more delicious than those you might eat at restaurants, and it’s also a lot cheaper!
- 1 pound of boneless skinless chicken breasts, cooked and cut into strips;
- 2 cups of seasoned salad croutons;
- 6 cups torn romaine;
- 3/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese;
- 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (you can put less if you don’t want to consume that many calories and fats);
- 3 to 4 garlic cloves, minced;
- 1/3 cup lemon juice;
- Salt and pepper to taste.
- Grab a larger salad bowl and combine the chicken strips, croutons, shredded Parmesan cheese, romaine, and salt, and mix them together. In a separate bowl, combine and whisk the garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, and pepper, and pour over your salad. Mix, mix, mix, and your meal is ready! Is simple, isn’t it?
Nutritional facts for 1-1/2 cup of Ceasar salad:
- 318 calories;
- 22g protein;
- 12g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 2g fiber);
- 21g fat (5g saturated fat);
- 573mg sodium;
- 50mg cholesterol.
…What do you think about these recipes? Would you try any of them? If you want to know more healthy recipes, you have come to the right place because we have a ton of them! Whether you need a recipe for confections, lunch ideas, dinner ideas, or snacks, we have everything you need!
…If you love pasta as much as we do, check out this article: 7 Delicious Baked Pasta Recipes That Will Take Less Than an Hour!