Healthy Fast Food: Healthy Meals in 30 Minutes or Less
Healthy eating can be a struggle for those with busy lives. When you have kids to get to soccer practice, and an 8 a.m. meeting or upcoming deadline, it can be easy to turn to fast food. The good thing is, eating on the go doesn't have to be unhealthy.
Where can you Find Fast Healthy Recipes?
There are a variety of recipes available that can be prepared in 30 minutes or less.
This website allows you to search through hundreds of recipes using filters including SNAP approved, available equipment and various nutrition goals.
Breakfast on the Go
Prepping the night before will take the stress out of breakfast time. Even if you wake up late you should at least take something to go because people who skip breakfast are more likely to consume unhealthy foods and beverages and tend to overeat throughout the day.
Here are some ideas for stocking your pantry or preparing quick-to-fix breakfasts.
- Ready-to-eat cereal with milk and fruit
- Peanut butter on whole wheat toast
- Bagel with cheese
- Reheated rice, hard-cooked egg
- Grits topped with cheese
- Oatmeal with applesauce
- Pita bread and yogurt
- Toasted waffle topped with sliced fruit
6-Minute Microwave Denver Scramble Slider
Craving a breakfast sandwich? This recipe only takes 6 minutes to prepare! That's less time than you'll spend in the fast food drive-thru! Prep veggies the night before or use frozen for extra speedy prep.
Apple Oatmeal Muffins
Buy apples (or any other fruit) while they are in season and on sale and make batches of these muffins to put in the freezer for later. You can also substitute whole wheat flour to make your muffins heartier and more nutritious.
DIY TV Dinners
Freezer meals are another good way to decrease your time in the kitchen throughout the week. Although this method isn't for everyone, it may be beneficial to those willing to spend a little extra prep time during the weekends to save time during the week. You can prepare multiple recipes, or just one, and save them for those days when you're short on time. Certain recipes, such as soups and casseroles, tend to freeze better than others.
Freezer recipes are also great for those with short lunch breaks!
3-Minute Frozen Bean Burritos
For extra flavor top these burritos with sour cream, pico de gallo, or cheese. This is a good recipe to prep with friends and family so everyone can customize their own burrito.
One-pan or one-pot recipes aka "one-pot wonders" are a great way to speed up your dinner routine. It is easy to see the appeal in throwing ingredients into one pot and letting them simmer while you take care of other things. While the prep work is usually quick, the cooking times for this style can vary. Examples include casseroles, soups/stews, pastas, foil-wrapped meals, and many more.
Last Resort 3-can Chili
Try this simple and cheap chili recipe next time you're short on time.
Chicken with Vegetables and Rice
Carrots and green peas are the vegetables featured in this recipe, but you can swap them out for whatever is in season or on sale.