No-Cook Recipes: Tasty 2-Minute Tips For Healthy Home Cooking

No time to cook? No worries! Here are tips from the health and weight-loss experts at the Pritikin Longevity Center that will have you serving up healthy food in less time than it takes to order take-out!

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No time to cook? No worries! Here are healthy no-cook recipes and tips that you’ll be serving up in less time than it takes to order take-out!

Quick and Easy Healthy Home Cooked Meals

  • Give your cooked sweet potato a savory punch by swirling in a teaspoon or two of no-salt-added Dijon mustard.
  • Want your sweet potato sweet? Add wonderful autumn-like richness with a sprinkling of cinnamon or freshly grated nutmeg.
  • Jazz up your brown rice (or any other cooked whole grain like quinoa) with freshly minced garlic. At the last minute, add in fresh herbs like thyme and Italian parsley and just about any vegetable you have on hand, like chopped cucumbers, celery, onions, and tomatoes.
  • Whip up an easy, scrumptious Asian chicken salad. Into your salad bowl toss leftover brown rice and strips of chicken breast, plus lettuce, edamame, sprouts, carrots, and chives.
  • Give your plain, fat-free Greek yogurt a savory spin by adding cumin and chopped cucumber. Save any leftovers for delish dollops on your baked potato or bean soup.
  • Make your Greek yogurt sweet and “ooh wow” interesting by stirring in a little cinnamon and vanilla extract, along with fresh or frozen berries.
  • Add a fresh burst of flavor to any sauce, dressing, or dish by adding a teaspoon or two of freshly grated zest from a lemon, lime, or grapefruit. Use a good zester or microplane.
  • Open up a big bag of baby carrots and dip them into your freshly made no-oil-added, no-salt-added hummus. Simply whip up in your food processor a can of no-salt-added chickpeas/garbanzo beans, fresh tomatoes, lemon juice, garlic, a jalapeno pepper (if you like your hummus hot and spicy), and fresh herbs like cilantro and dill. Add a little water, if necessary, until the desired consistency is achieved.
  • For a really quick dinner on weekday nights, start with quick-cooking brown rice. You can even get single-serving bowls of brown rice (no salt added!) at big box stores like Costco and elsewhere; just 90 seconds in the microwave and you’ve got steamy, fluffy, tasty brown rice. Add to your rice a half-can (or more) of no-salt-added pinto or black beans, no-salt-added fresh salsa, and, for some nifty crunch, a handful of finely chopped green onions.
  • Here’s another super-fast dinner. Combine fresh or frozen broccoli, fresh or frozen corn, and any protein (4-ounce portion) of leftovers in the fridge, like salmon or chicken breast. Add some of Chef Anthony’s Pritikin All-Purpose Seasoning, Pritikin Fish Seasoning, Pritikin “Shake It” Table Blend, or Pritikin Puppa Hot Sauce, and dinner’s on the table!



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