Healthy Meals You Can Make in 10 Minutes
You know the facts: Preparing meals at home is good for your health and your wallet. But let’s face it — you have other priorities taking up space in your schedule and minimal free time, so spending hours or even minutes in the kitchen isn’t always at the top of your to-do list.
So many things can crowd out meal prep (think: long hours at work, significant others, keeping in touch with family, maybe even a workout here and there).
1. Peach Cobbler Oatmeal
Forget flavored oatmeal packets and go au naturel with this oatmeal that’s reminiscent of a cobbler. With fresh peaches, chopped pecans or your nut of choice, and cinnamon, it will satisfy your sweet tooth so well that you may find yourself making it for dessert.
2. Simple Poached Egg and Avocado Toast
Avocado toast is all the rage, but adding a poached egg takes it to a new level and completes the trifecta of nutrition: protein, fats, and carbs. Parmesan cheese and fresh herbs sprinkled on top make it look and taste fancy.
3. Oatmeal Blueberry Yogurt Pancakes
A stack of homemade flapjacks doesn’t take that long to make. These are high-protein and free of gluten, but they still taste amazing and fluffy, thanks to bananas, oats, vanilla, and of course blueberries.
4. Cheddar-Garlic Grits with Fried Eggs
A Southern classic, cheesy grits don’t have to be a complete fat and calorie bomb. Cook them in water rather than milk and omit the butter. But keep the cheddar: The 2 tablespoons per serving here keeps the dish gooey and rich and provides almost 10 percent of your daily calcium.
Then add eggs for staying power, chopped chives for their slightly oniony flavor, and garlic, which makes everything taste better.
5. Hot Quinoa Cereal
Fabulous as it is, quinoa takes some time to cook. While some people have said it can be nuked, that takes more than 10 minutes in most microwaves. But quinoa flakes, which are similar to oats but are a complete protein, can be ready in a flash.
Cook them in your preferred milk with dried berries, and then top away with nuts, nut butter, seeds, and fresh fruit.
6. Scrambled Tofu
When properly prepared, tofu is anything but blah — and this version provides as much protein as a scrambled egg. Toss the vegan staple with cheesy nutritional yeast, turmeric, cumin, and paprika (buy smoked for even more flavor). Even egg lovers will enjoy it.
7. Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal
This healthy, autumn-inspired oatmeal gets its pie-like flavor from pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, and vanilla. A sprinkling of dried cranberries adds natural sweetness.
8. Open-Faced Sandwiches with Ricotta, Arugula, and Fried Egg
A breakfast sandwich can be so much more than a smashed bacon, egg, and cheese eaten behind the wheel. Yes, this one calls for a fork and knife, but it’s worth it.
Toasted bread is topped with spicy arugula, a good source of vitamin K, which helps your blood clot. Then add an egg, salty ricotta — it has more protein than cottage cheese — Parmesan, and thyme. It’s a sandwich like no other.
9. Omelet in a Mug
Toss your favorite breakfast meat (or skip it if you’re vegetarian), salsa, eggs, and cheese in a mug and zap it for 1 minute. Stir, and then cook for another 30 to 45 seconds.
Season to taste and top with more cheese. Breakfast has never been easier to make — or to clean up.
10. Butternut Squash Ramen Bowl with Rice Noodles, Tofu, and Fresh Pea Shoots
A delicious dinner for one, this noodle bowl has all the flavors of your fave quick-cook noodle cups but none of the icky additives. Rice noodles provide the bulk of this vegetarian-friendly bowl, which uses boxed butternut squash soup as a base for fast cooking.
Pea shoots taste like, well, peas, and are rich in vitamins A and C and folic acid. If you can’t find them, you can use spinach.