Most of us lead busy lives, with little spare time. Sometimes it can seem that when you want something to eat, your only choice is to take a trip to McDonald’s or pop a frozen meal in the microwave.
Believe it or not, you can avoid toxins and artificial ingredients in your food without spending lots of time in the kitchen. All the recipes below contain nothing but clean ingredients, and take 35 minutes or less to make. Some can be prepared in as little as 10 minutes.
10 Clean Meals You Can Make in a Hurry
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Source: Vegetarian Times
Oats are full of fiber and can help lower your cholesterol. With this simple recipe, you can enjoy the health benefits of oats without having to eat processed instant oatmeal that’s full of added sugar and artificial ingredients. The tomatoes in this recipe provide antioxidants, while the pine nuts add protein and healthy fats. Garlic, not sugar, provides flavor. You can leave out the salt and choose olive oil over butter.
Source: Real Simple
Cantaloupe is a refreshing summer fruit, and this tasty soup, which takes only 10 minutes to prepare, will keep you cool on the hottest day. Unlike canned soup, it doesn’t contain additives. Try using organic orange juice rather than the more common brands, as they often have high levels of sugar.
Source: Tasty Kitchen
This recipe is a healthy substitute for sandwiches made with supermarket white bread, and cold cuts full of preservatives and added sugars. Falafel is filling, and a great source of protein if you’re trying to cut down on meat.
This clean, healthy dish takes only 11 minutes to make. The salmon in this low-carb meal contains healthy omega-3 fatty acids and is an excellent protein source. Like all fermented foods, plain yogurt will improve your digestion and strengthen your immune system.
Source: Closet Cooking
Forget about typical pasta salads, which provide little in the way of nutrients and wreak havoc on your blood glucose levels. Replace the pasta in your salad with quinoa, which is rich in vitamins, minerals, fiber and protein. Additional protein comes from the chickpeas and feta cheese in this recipe.
Source: Two Peas and Their Pod
Avocados contain antioxidants and healthy fats and are a great source of fiber. Chickpeas provide essential iron. Ditch the supermarket bread, and buy whole grain bread made at a local organic bakery. This sandwich takes only 10 minutes to prepare.
7. Paleo Chicken Fajitas
Source: Primal Britain
Why buy chicken fajitas from a fast food chain when you can make these instead? This recipe leaves out the additives and uses lime, pepper, onion, chili and spices for flavor. Tomatoes and olive oil provide antioxidants. This paleo recipe is grain free, but if you’re OK with grains, you can try mixing with brown rice, which is full of fiber, minerals and antioxidants.
Another quick dish—you can make it in 15 minutes— that provides all the health benefits of avocado. Kale and spinach are full of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber. The spinach wrap is not only nutritious; it’s a unique alternative to bread.
This low fat, vegan recipe from Susan Lowry is full of nutrient-rich ingredients. It contains none of the additives you might find in a prepared Indian meal. Brown rice contains nutrients that can’t be found in processed white rice.
Source: Vegan Occasions
Enjoy the delicious taste of shrimp in just 15 minutes. This paleo recipe gets its extra flavor from garlic, pepper and paprika – not from artificial ingredients. Olive oil provides antioxidants and healthy fats. You can leave out the salt, especially if you’re concerned about your blood pressure, and your meal will still taste delicious.
Source: Our Paleo Life