7 Light Meals in 20 Minutes
When you’re hungry and looking for a quick meal, you need not sacrifice your healthy eating to feel full. Here are 7 delicious, quick, and healthy dinner ideas to make in a hurry.
Stuffed Baked Potato
Microwave a large potato, regular or sweet, then split it and fill it with steamed vegetables mixed with low-fat sour cream and a pinch of garlic salt or chopped fresh herbs.Baked potatoes are ideal side dishes for a crowd. You can prep them early, get them in the oven, then set up a buffet of toppings for guests to choose from. For these broccoli-topped spuds, you may want to offer a bowl of sour cream.
Layer a bed of lettuce with sliced tomatoes and sliced boiled or microwaved potatoes. Arrange blanched green beans, canned tuna, halved hard-boiled eggs, and anchovies (optional) on top, and drizzle with low-fat vinaigrette.
Grilled Chicken Pita
Slit and fill a whole-wheat pita round with sliced, grilled, or broiled chicken breast, lettuce and tomato, and a sauce of spicy salsa mixed with low-fat mayonnaise.
Easy Vegetable Pasta
Sauté chopped peppers, zucchini, onions, and fresh tomatoes until soft. Add prepared tomato pasta sauce and a handful of torn basil leaves. When warm, serve over pasta and top with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese.
Mediterranean Chicken Wrap
Prepare a mixture of sliced, cooked chicken breast, fresh alfalfa sprouts or spinach, tomato, chopped peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, and mozzarella cheese. Place it on a large tortilla, drizzle with low-fat balsamic vinaigrette and wrap tortilla around filling, tucking in the sides to make a long package.
Spicy Turkey Quesadilla
Top a large flour tortilla with strips of sliced smoked turkey, finely diced tomato, chopped fresh cilantro (coriander), and reduced-fat cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese. Drizzle on your favourite hot sauce, then place another tortilla on top. Heat in an oven or toaster oven until cheese is melted, then cut into wedges and serve with low-fat sour cream and more hot sauce if desired.
Grilled Vegetable and Goat Cheese Sandwich
Brush sliced eggplant, peppers, and mushrooms with olive oil, and grill or broil until cooked through. Sprinkle the vegetables with balsamic vinegar and pile on a slice of toasted bread that has been spread with goat cheese.In a small bowl, mix together the olive oil, garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, basil, tarragon, thyme, salt, and pepper. Place 2 tablespoons of the mixture in a medium bowl. Add the zucchini and eggplant and toss until coated. Place the vegetables on the grill pan or grill and cook for 3 to 4 minutes on each side until tender.