When we get home after a long day of work exhausted, sleepy and worn, or get up late and in a rush, cooking is the last thing we want to do. However, we must eat to regain our energy and get charged. This happens to me almost every day especially working days, and this is when I find myself considering frozen foods, cereals, and other refrigerated foods.
I know this poses the risk of unhealthy diets and related problems but, for a long time, I was unable to shake the habit off. I have, on a number of occasions, found myself gaining unhealthy weight that I awfully dread. Fixing a quick healthy meal doesn’t have to be tiring or boring. I have, with effort, created some healthy quick-fix for when I find myself in such situations.
When I have leftover chicken, a chicken salad is usually speedy and easy to prepare. All I need is 3 cups of cubed cooked chicken, a diced large stalk of fresh celery, a quarter cup of finely chopped red onion, a quarter cup of finely chopped parsley and/or dill depending on what I have in my kitchen, a full cup on almonds, pecans, or cashew nuts depending on that day’s preference, half a cup of thick plain yogurt, half a cup of avocado mayonnaise oil and two teaspoonfuls of mustard. Put all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix gently till all the ingredients are completely mixed. I ensure to taste and adjust the salt and pepper accordingly. I later refrigerate the salad for not less than two hours because it tastes best when it is chilled. This salad can stay refrigerated for up to five days.
With a few healthy ingredients to put on bread and make a sandwich, I always have plenty of options. For example, I put together a mixture of onions, cucumber, tomatoes, and a hang of curd together with several other spices I have in my kitchen. After which, I put the mixture on two pieces of bread and quickly grill it for a few seconds, and within minutes I have a sandwich that can be taken with a glass of milk or fresh juice, depending on my preference at that moment. I always use brown bread or a multigrain one for my sandwich to make it healthier.
I might be feeling lazy for those early mornings, or sometimes I get up late and in a rush. Cereals are perfect in such moments. All I need is some cornflakes, nuts, seeds, fruits, milk, and some honey. I just put all of them in a bowl and, in a few minutes, I have a scrumptious and very nutritious meal to kick start the day.
This is basically a quick fruit salad that I make mostly for brunches or late lunches on that lazy Saturday or Sunday afternoon. All I need is to cut up a watermelon into small cubes then mix them with crumbled feta cheese. I put them in a large bowl and sprinkle in some mint leaves, a few drizzles of salad oil, and vinegar, then toss it a few times to mix up everything, and in less than five minutes, I have a very healthy and energizing dish.
This is one of my favorite quick-fix soups. I peel and grate one big and fresh cucumber then whisk it together with some low-fat curd, lemon juice, salt, dried mint leaves, and crushed pepper. To give it a more chilled taste, I refrigerate it for about thirty minutes before serving it. I garnish the soup with either mint leaves or parsley.
I prepare this by cutting and scooping out a fresh and ripe avocado. I then mash it up with a fork until it is smooth. I then add salt and other ingredients in my kitchen, such as eggs, olives, onions, and even tomatoes. I mix everything in a bowl, smear it on a slice of brown or multigrain bread, crush some black pepper on it, and enjoy a very healthy meal. The avocado toast’s best accompaniment is cold, freshly squeezed juice or a glass of cold milk.
There! You don’t have to sweat it out in the kitchen to have a delicious and healthy meal. I have learned this art over time, and I really vouch for it. Good meals come from the joy of making them. When that heart is not around, the quick-fixes above will keep you full and healthy!