Last updated on 8th May 2020
Healthy food need not be complicated. After leaving the bed late the last thing you should do is skipping the meals. Thereby to meet the ends of your watch in time, I am bringing to you my favorite cheat codes on quick healthy meals.
These healthy recipes are simple to make and need fewer ingredients. Some serve a great snack, some for breakfast kick start and a few for sweet and savory tooth as well. You can pull these off in minimal expertise or labor and still bag a steal of flavors on the plate.
Flattened Indian Style Bread
- 1 cup whole fat yogurt or curd
- 1 cup self-rising flour ( you can opt to use whole grain flour add 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder and 1/4 teaspoon of fine salt)
Making the flattened bread
In a large bowl mix together the yogurt and flour until it forms a smooth dough. Knead the dough soft splashing little water if needed.
Sprinkle some flour on the surface and divide the dough in 4 equal parts.
Roll out each piece of dough using plenty of flour to prevent sticking or tearing of dough on the surface.
Take a nonstick pan. Heat it over medium flame.
Cook the rolled bread in the pan without using any oil from both sides until golden brown and cooked thoroughly.
Your Indian style flatbread is ready. It can go to meals from breakfast to lunch and dinner.
You can enjoy this healthy staple….
- Hot with some garlic butter and salt.
- Smashed avocado and pepper.
- Wrapped with leftover chicken and veggies inside.
- Fried eggs or a sunny side up.
5. Use a spread to top it over and eat?
6. Pull up a Pan Pizza with this bread base in less than 10 minutes.
Most Simple Pancakes Ever
- 1 Ripe Banana
- 2 Full Eggs
- Optionally add a half a cup of oatmeal and a pinch of baking soda
Making the Banana pancakes
Pancakes can be a healthy delight too!
Smash the banana and crack open 2 eggs in a bowl. This alone can work for a sweet healthy breakfast recipe to kick start a day on the fulfilling note. Though the texture is not exact of that of a pancake. Yet it is a melt in the mouth kinda healthy dish, falling close to a french toast.
Oatmeal added can add-in more dietary fiber elements with a better texture. And baking soda imparts a good fluffy rise to the batter.
Add in a very small amount of butter or ghee in a non-stick pan or tava. Take two spoons of batter and make small pancakes spreading them evenly in circles.
Flip carefully after letting it sit for a minute and cook both sides evenly.
Best served hot with crunchy nuts and maple syrup or honey as a garnish. Try this healthy recipe with below mentioned sweet accompaniments as mentioned below in this blog.
Crispy Potato Wedges
- 7 to 8 medium-sized potatoes
Making Crispy Potato Wedges
Start by washing the potatoes squeaky clean and remove all the dirt and soil from it. Now, cut the potatoes into wedges style. Cutting potatoes into wedges is quite easy.
First, cut the potatoes into half lengthways then again cut the half into half and again into half lengthways. In this way, you will end up getting 8 pieces of wedges.
Preheat the oven at 200-degree celsius. Place 2 large baking sheets over the baking tray aside. Now take a small bowl in which prepare a salty tangy flavored seasoning for the potato wedges.
Combine the oil with salt, pepper, garlic, onion powder, and paprika. Pour the oil mixture over the potato wedges and toss them nicely so that the wedges get an even coat of mixture.
Arrange the wedge in the baking tray evenly facing the skin sides downwards. Season with some extra salt if needed. You can also put some parmesan cheese if you want.
Bake the potatoes for 25-30 minutes till it gets a good golden color and crisp. You can roast it on the stovetop arrangement as well. This healthy recipe goes as a snack and is very fulfilling.
Make sure to turn the wedges in between to cook them evenly from both sides. test with a fork to check the potatoes are cooked well from inside. Sprinkle some parsley or lime juice over it and serve hot.
There is a myth about potatoes being bad for you. It’s not! Its clean food. Though you can’t just live only on potatoes.
Try some fresh accompaniments adding new dimensions to our plate, shall we?
Making Apple Sauce
If you’re lazy like me to keep and forget the apple bought with no plans to eating them. This simple and healthy recipe is one just carved out for you.
Take 1 kg of fresh apples and cut them in small pieces removing the core. Boil the apples for 20 minutes in a covered utensil and check them regularly in between so the apples do not get dry out.
Drain the water and blend the boiled apples in a mixer grinder. Blend the apples, till it gets the consistency of a sauce. Garnish with a pinch of cinnamon powder and lemon juice.
- 2 cups of raw, shelled peanuts
Making crunchy chunky peanut butter
Grind the peanuts in a food processor fitted with the blade attachment or blender. Run the food processor or blender continuously for a minute. Now at this point stop and scrape down the excess butter from the sides.
You will notice the peanut butter will pass through different stages from crumbs to the liquid soft creamy texture. For the crunchy part, take a spoon of the crumbs and keep it separate to be mixed in the last run.
Run the food processor till the butter gets a fine smooth consistency that you can apply on a piece of butter. Mix in sugar, honey or salt if you want to savor it more and add the nut crumbs and give it a quick blend.
Scrape the peanut butter from the blender to a storage container, cover it and refrigerate it. The peanut butter is ready to use, you can store it for weeks! No added preservatives to your morning breakfast or midnight scoop.
CHIA SEED JAM
- 2 Cups Fresh ripe strawberries
- 2 tbsp chia seed
- 3 tbsp honey (optional sweetener)
Making Chia Seed Jam
Chia Seeds have been continuously linked to weight loss enhancements. Add it to a smoothie or soak it in water. They are power-packed with nutrients, dietary fiber and are excellent sources of protein and healthy omega-3 fats.
This jam is a no-cook quick mix that can be made and stored well for a sweet healthy slurp. Start by washing the strawberry or any other fruit and separate the pulpy part for the jam. Smash the pup and add in chia seeds.
The consistency might be a bit runny than other traditional jam as we are not reducing it on heat. But the taste is the fresh and gelatinous texture is achieved with chia seeds. If you’re like me, you will prefer a few chunks of strawberries intact.
Reduce it to slow boil stir if you wish to store it for long and store in a mason jar. Add to smoothies or to morning bread and pancakes or what about ice-creams?
Time for some fresh and healthy ice-creams?
BANANA ICE CREAM
- 5-6 ripe bananas
Making creamy banana ice-cream
Make sure the bananas are ripe properly as it should be sweet and soft. Peel the bananas and cut them in small pieces. Size and shape don’t matter, so feel free while slicing.
Put the sliced bananas in an airtight container and freeze for at least 2 hours in a refrigerator. Take out the frozen bananas and transfer them in a food processor and keep blending until it gets the gooey texture. Try adding some peanut butter for added texture and flavor.
When the bananas get the smooth creamy texture, your ice cream is ready to eat. You can add some munchies like choco chips to it serve immediately.
Since the ice cream is very soft you can again put it for some time in a refrigerator until its consistency is as desired. Chill like traditional ice cream as most prefer it frozen only.
- 2 cups of ripe strawberries
Making berry Popsicle
Chop the strawberry into halves. Put the strawberries in refrigerator and freeze them for 2-3 hours. Transfer the frozen strawberries in a food processor or blender and blend them nicely. Scrape down the sides of the food processor a few times.
Add 2 tablespoons of honey or the chia seed strawberry jam. You can avoid if you don’t want additional sweetness. Keep blending for 2-3 minutes continuously until the strawberries get a smooth creamy icecream texture.
Your strawberry ice cream is ready. Serve immediately or freeze in a Popsicle mould. Add your favorite toppings to it or garnish with mint leaves.
CUMIN SPICE GREEK YOGURT
- 100 gm of unsweetened greek yogurt or full cream curd
- Roasted spices and black salt
Making spicy yogurt
Take in unsweetened yogurt or cued in a bowl. The process of making Greek yogurt is the same as normal yogurt. The yogurt is strained in a cheesecloth to remove whey and lactose till you get a creamy, thick mixture which is known as greek yogurt.
Take 1 teaspoon of roasted cumin powder. 1/2 teaspoon of red chili powder or cayenne pepper. 1/2 teaspoon of rock salt. Add all these spices well in the bowl and mix well. Your cumin flavored greek yogurt is ready.
Refrigerate it for up to 5 days. Great for digestion and refreshing treat for after meals. Top in some grated cucumber for extra hydration and it becomes a healthy indulgence for summers.
- One ripe banana — chopped into chunks and frozen
- A tablespoon creamy peanut butter
- 1 cup oat milk or (1/4 cup rolled oats with 1 cup preferred milk)
Making oatmeal smoothie
Oats rich in fiber is one of the best weight loss ingredients to make a fulfilling smoothie. An oatmeal smoothie is an amazing kick start for the day. Smoothies are great healthy choices when in a hurry to sip into a hectic day.
Try this simple one with the goodness of banana. You switch it with frozen berries as well.
Blend the rolled oats in a blender and make a fine powder out of it. Add milk to it and put it in a blender. You can skip this step in case you would like a plant-based milk alternative like oat milk. Add the frozen chopped bananas and peanut butter in the blender and blend it for 2 minutes.
These are my cheat codes to healthy living when life is setting me off the kitchen. Am I missing on some more recipes that can be made in a hurry?
Do lemme know in the comments below.