Three Quick and Easy Weeknight Meals in Under 5 Minutes!

by Anjali @ The Picky Eater on March 13, 2013

 

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This week is just one of those weeks.

Super busy, super tiring, and zero time to cook.

And on weeknights like this, I often turn to either leftovers or to a few quick and easy, sort-of homemade (mostly home assembled) healthy dinners.

Soups, Salads and Sandwiches are my go-to meals – because it’s an easy way to get in a ton of veggies and protein in one-shot. Normally, I don’t advocate for eating canned soups on a regular basis (because of the high sodium content), but some Organic, Low-Sodium, All-Natural brands of soup make for an amazing base or one-pot dinner.

Here are three of my favorite, 5 minute healthy recipes for a quick dinner (they also make really great lunches if you’re on the go as well!)

Quick Meal #1: Baked Potato with Chili

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You’ve got a bunch of options on how to approach this.

You can either make my healthy veggie chili on the weekend, and save it for leftovers (or freeze it in batches for defrosting later), and then – just take a sweet potato, bake it in the microwave, and top it with the chili. It will be delicious! If you don’t want to cook the chili yourself, Amy’s has a great organic Black Bean Chili that will work just as well. Or, you can just take plain canned black beans (rinsed & drained), chopped tomatoes, green onions, shredded cheese and a dollop of Greek Yogurt – and top the baked sweet potato with anything you like!

Quick Meal #2: Pita Pockets with Healthy Toppings

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Whole wheat pitas make a wonderful sandwich base. If you have a bag of mixed greens, tomatoes, other veggies, hummus and cheese in your fridge, all you have to do is assemble and eat!

Quick Meal #3: Soup with Veggies

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What I like to do is take either leftover soup or this Low Sodium, Organic Lentil Soup from Amy’s, and then add in some frozen veggies: spinach, corn, mixed veggies – pretty much anything you can find. Heat it up together, serve with a slice of crusty, whole grain bread, and you have a hearty dinner in under 5 minutes!

What kinds of quick and heathy meals do you like to make when you’re short on time? I’d love to hear your ideas (and whether any of my recommendations work for you!)

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This guest post was inspired by the expert staff at Pritikin Longevity Center & Spa, a health resort and wellness center in Miami, FL – dedicated to healthy eating and a balanced lifestyle. 

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Diandra March 14, 2013 at 1:16 am

Pasta with all kinds of quick sauces and diced raw vegetables. sometimes some tuna or ground beef. Or we just throw everything from the fridge on tortilla warps and make a quick spread from black beans in chili sauce and avocado.

(Another favorite is homemade pizza dough with white bean spread, tomato slices and onions, which is pretty quick once the dough is ready.)

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater March 14, 2013 at 9:00 pm

Love all of those ideas Diandra! The pasta is a great one – that can be ready in under 15 minutes. And wraps are awesome too! They’re like another version of sandwiches! And with the homemade dough – one tip is to make a bunch of whole wheat dough and freeze it, because then you’ll have dough ready to go all the time (and then all you have to do is put toppings on it and make it!)

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Magdalen@FromHeartToTable March 14, 2013 at 10:53 am

Veggie burgers and salad for sure! We either use Morningstar or make our own chickpea ones.

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater March 14, 2013 at 9:00 pm

Omgg chickpea burgers sound delicious!! Thanks for sharing Magdalen!

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Elaine Chung April 16, 2013 at 1:31 am

Those pictures just look so nice and delicious! It gives me some ideas to make up my own quick meal at night, perhaps a simple sandwich? Good tip for those who do not want to have a heavy meal at night and definitely time saving especially during busy days. Thanks for sharing!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater April 16, 2013 at 10:19 am

Aw thank you so much Elaine! I’m so glad you found this helpful – you’ll have to let me know which of these ideas you end up trying out at home!

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Hayley May 4, 2013 at 4:24 pm

Oh my gosh, I’m a college student and a total healthnut. The pita sandwich idea = GENIUS

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater May 4, 2013 at 7:24 pm

Haha! Sounds like you and I have a lot in common – I’m a healthnut too 🙂 Enjoy the pita sandwich!

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