Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Healthy No Cook Recipes

Preparing a meal does not have to be complicated. It does not have to require the stove, oven, or grill
and it does not have to be difficult to prepare. Here are some ideas to prepare a simple, quick, and easy meal!

Sandwiches

  • Fillings: tuna, egg salad, cheese, chicken, cold cuts, left over meats, peanut butter and banana,
  • Veggies: lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, and/or other veggies.

Soups

  • Canned soup
  • Veggies: frozen (peas, corn, carrots, green beans, broccoli); fresh (mushrooms, cabbage)

Pasta

  • Veggies: Frozen (broccoli or cauliflower); fresh (bean sprouts, chop suey mix, cabbage, spinach, etc.); canned (mushrooms, bamboo, or water chestnuts)
  • Protein: tofu, canned tuna, cold cuts, or egg

Quick Salads

  • Creamy fruit/vegetable salad: fruit and/or veggies and yogurt
  • Corn salad: mix canned corn with beans, salsa, and cheese 


Try these quick, easy recipes for balanced, healthy meals. No cooking required!

Bean and Veggie Sandwich
Rinse and mash canned white beans. Mix with low-fat plain yogurt. Add spices as desired (mustard, dill, parsley, garlic, onion, or pepper). Spread on whole-wheat bread or toast and top with romaine lettuce or spinach, as well as cucumber and tomato slices.

Fresh Fruit Salad
Cut up one or more kinds of fresh or canned fruit such as pineapple, peaches, melon, berries, or bananas. Mix the fruit with low-fat vanilla yogurt, and top with chopped walnuts, pecans, or granola. Serve with a whole-grain English muffin or bread.

Tortilla Wraps
Layer a tortilla (whole wheat is best) with sliced deli meat, low-fat cheese, onions, tomatoes, green leaf lettuce, and chunky salsa (optional). Fold one end of the tortilla over the filling, turn in the sides, roll up, and enjoy!

Spicy Chicken Sandwich
Mix leftover cooked (or canned) shredded chicken with low-fat mayonnaise or low-fat plain yogurt. Add chopped celery, chopped bell pepper (green or red), and curry powder to taste. Serve on whole-grain bread with tomato slices and spinach leaves or romaine lettuce.

Pumpkin Breakfast Pudding
Combine vanilla-flavored instant pudding mix, one cup low-fat milk, one cup pure pumpkin (canned or fresh), one teaspoon cinnamon, and one teaspoon vanilla. Pour over one cup granola and refrigerate overnight. For extra crunch, sprinkle granola on top just before eating.

Southwestern Bean Salad
Drain and combine one cup each of canned black beans and corn kernels. Mix with 1/2 cup salsa (may use diced tomatoes instead). Spoon onto salad greens and top with 1/4 cup shredded low-fat cheese. Garnish with a dollop of low-fat sour cream or low-fat plain yogurt, if desired. Serve with whole-grain crackers.