Making your own meals may not always be fun and could take up way too much time than what you can afford. There, however, is no debate that eating at home is one of the best ways to stay healthy and save the extra buck.
In this fast-paced life and our never-ending to-do list, cooking probably holds no position in our priority sequence. But before you get engulfed with consuming frozen foods or the habit of eating outside, becoming a regular at that Chinese restaurant next to your work, you must consider these quick meal preps.
Here are some quick meal ideas that can help you eat healthy and save money in the time you might waste watching your funny cat videos online.
Open-Faced Sandwich with Ricotta, Arugula and Fried Egg
Come on, you can do better than having smashed bacon, egg and cheese behind the wheel. Yes, this meal does require a fork and a knife, but will surely be worth the time you take to sit and savour this meal.
Toast bread, add some butter if you prefer. Then add spicy arugula, which is a great source of vitamin K that is beneficial for blood clotting. Next, put an egg and salty ricotta, which is known to have more protein than cottage cheese.
And your quick, healthy sandwich is ready to get you going throughout the day.
Omelette in a Mug
Toss some of your desired breakfast meat, or vegetables for the vegans. Add salsa, eggs and cheese to a mug and zap it for a minute. Stir well and microwave for about 30 to 45 seconds.
Season your dish with parsley, chilli flakes, salt or pepper as desired. Your quick breakfast is ready, easy to cook, easy to eat and easy to clean, what could be better!
Crunchy Asian Ramen Noodle Salad
This crunchy and colorful salad is a great, healthy pick which doctors will often substitute for all the green-leafy foods that have begun to bore you.
Toss the crunchy coleslaw mix with the dried ramen noodles (you may also use crunchy rice noodles instead, for a less-processed option), avocado to add some healthy fat, edamame for protein, and some mango for vision-protecting beta-carotene. Ready to eat!
Quick and Easy Chicken Burrito
For all the leftover chicken that you end up with every now and then. Mix avocado and cheese to the chicken, then wrapping it in a tortilla and cooking it.
You may add some veggies like onions, peppers and any greens as desired. A great tip: make multiple and freeze for an even faster meal next time.
Creamy Buffalo Chicken and Black Bean Quesadillas
If you are the person who rushes for the wings on game day, this creamy chicken quesadilla will make the perfect lunch for you.
Cook the sliced chicken, or add some from yesterday’s leftovers. Add beans, sour cream and buffalo sauce, stirring it on medium heat on a non-stick pan. Lay out the tortilla on a clean surface and toss some cheese and green onions.
Then add the chicken and beans mixture over one side of the tortilla. Add more cheese if required and heat on a medium flame for 2 to 3 minutes until they turn golden.
Serve warm with sour cream if required, and enjoy.
Herb and Onion Frittata
A great pick that tastes amazing both hot and cold.
The original recipe uses liquid eggs. However, you may replace it with two whole eggs so you do not have to worry about the fat and cholesterol levels of your meal. Then, add the herb, fresh or dried, as desired. Eat all you want and keep the leftover for your breakfast tomorrow.