20 healthy meals you can make in 20 minutes or less

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20 healthy meals you can make in 20 minutes or less

Whether you’re in charge of the kitchen for your family, or just dinner for one, inspiration might be the hardest part of answering the question, “What’s for dinner?”

First of all, you probably don’t have time for a long, complicated recipe. You know you need something healthy, nutrient-packed and energy-boosting. And it’s not just dinner. Breakfast, lunch, and snacks are important opportunities to nourish your body and soul with healthy food and flavors.

These recipes all take less than 20 minutes of your time. Furthermore, The Hearty Soul is always a great source of nutritious, delicious recipes you need to try! With vibrant, fresh colors and flavors from around the world, you really can’t go wrong trying these quick and easy recipes.

Battery-Charging Breakfast

The Strawberry-Peach Quinoa Breakfast Bowl

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Mornings can always use a boost of fun and brightness. This quinoa bowl with fresh fruit, complex carbs, and protein from nuts. It’s a good make-ahead recipe to save you some grogginess.

If you like quinoa bowls, check out these quinoa dish ideas for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!

Gluten-free, dairy-free banana-coconut waffles

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Banana-waffles without gluten or dairy? Yep, it’s not too good to be true! If you don’t want to break out the waffle iron, this batter works great for pancakes.

Baked Avocado Eggs

You know how when you cut an avocado and remove the pit, you’re left with a round hole in each side? That divot is the perfect spot to scoop out a little bit and crack in an egg. Bake for 15 minutes and you’ve got a great, carb-free breakfast.

Ginger-Lemon Colon Tonic

While we’re on the subject of breakfast, this natural mixture provides lots of great body benefits when you drink it each morning. It’s easy!

Egg with Roasted Veggies

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If you’re the type to enjoy a big, hot breakfast from time to time, try this gluten-free favorite. Roasting vegetables brings out their depth and sweetness as the natural sugars are browned and caramelized. The runny fried egg makes it perfect for breakfast! Roast the veggies the night before and enjoy them as a side dish with dinner, then warm them up for this unique breakfast idea.

Coconut-Berry Bars

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Now, if you’re definitely not the big, hot breakfast type of person, and you prefer to grab a bite on the way out the door, these clean-eating berry bars are for you. It’s a great make-ahead recipe to replace your morning muffin or donut.

Two Ingredient Pancakes

Who knew you could make tasty, nutritious pancakes with only banana and a few eggs? This recipe whips up faster than ordinary pancakes, and the taste is quite original. If syrup is your thing, instead of high-fructose corn syrup based pancake syrup, choose real maple syrup or organic honey.

Lunch Lift

Quinoa Salad with Roasted Garlic Vinaigrette

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This salad provides essential nutrients we all need, and it’s easy to take on the go since it’s in a handy jar. It also tastes amazing!

Garlicky Roasted Beet Hummus

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Hummus makes a great lunch, whether you serve it with pitas or fresh veggies. This spin on the middle-eastern dip adds colorful, inflammation-fighting beets to the mix!

Tuna Salad Cucumber Cups

This recipe brings together crunchy, fresh cucumber and briny, creamy tuna salad. It also delivers DHA and dietary fiber! It’s great for kids, or for a potluck picnic. Try adding hot sauce for an extra kick!

 Melon and Proscuitto Paleo Salad

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Thinly sliced melon and melt-in-your-mouth prosciutto are the perfect summer lunch. It’s also gluten and dairy free! This recipe from PaleoHacks whips up in only 7 minutes. It couldn’t be easier.

Shredded Chicken and Avocado Nacho Salad

This quick and tasty Mexican-inspired salad uses a store-bought rotisserie chicken to save time. Feel free to use chicken breasts instead. Avocado and tomato deliver nutrients including like vitamin C, and lean chicken is an excellent source of protein. Plus, who doesn’t need a mini-fiesta on their lunch break?

Greek-Inspired Farro and Chickpea Salad

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Farro is high in fiber and protein and also supplements your iron, magnesium, and zinc. The bitter bite of arugula is offset by creamy, salty feta, with the deep, earthy chickpeas bringing up the rear. A splash of red wine vinegar brightens up all the flavors in this fresh, exciting dish.

Gluten Free Fish Tacos

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This blogger has a great gluten-free fish taco recipe. Although the focus of this recipe is not nutrition, the recipe is an example of how you really can’t go wrong choosing whole, fresh ingredients. Substitute the frozen fish fillets for your favorite fresh, ethically-sourced fish to make this recipe even more appealing.

 

Diet-Friendly Dinners

Grain-Free Pizza Crust

Pizza is a weeknight dinner favorite in every home. If you’re interested in reducing your gluten intake, check out this recipe from Meghan Telpner. It uses ground almonds and chickpea flour, and you can top it with your favorite toppings for a healthy alternative to delivery.

Five-Minute Pesto

Okay, this isn’t exactly a dinner recipe, but sometimes all you need is a starting point to inspire a quick, nutritious meal. This pesto contains basil flavonoids and essential oils that fight inflammation and bacteria. It whips up in just five minutes! Try it on chicken breasts, pork chops, or pasta.

Honey-Lime Chicken with Avocado Sauce

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Grilling food brings back great memories of summer fun. Have you ever tried it in the winter? On a clear day, pulling out the grill isn’t as difficult as you might think. Just be sure to keep the lid closed as much as possible while cooking if you live in a cold climate.

When you’re back inside, there’s nothing better than the comforting flavor of grilled chicken! These skewers are great for parties, and the avocado dipping sauce takes them to the next level.

15 Minute Baked Salmon

Salmon is a great source of Omega-3 fatty acids. This recipe comes from Alina Islam, Certified Natural Practitioner and Nutritionist. This recipe has cumin, lemon juice and basil for a fresh, light taste. Try it on a busy night, because it’s super quick!

Slow-Cooker Black Bean Chili

Slow-Cooked Black Bean Chili

The slow-cooker is your friend when it comes to saving time on food preparation. While this recipe cooks for 10-12 hours, it involves only about 15 minutes of hands-on cooking time. The rest is all taken care of, and you get to come home to a fragrant, comforting meal.

Mean Green Quinoa Stir-Fry

This stir-fry is a great way to eat your dark green veggies, including kale, swiss chard, and spinach. Garlic and sesame seeds put an Asian twist on this great list of healthy, whole foods. This dinner is a great source of magnesium. The page also recommends a great dessert to follow up!

Dinner Inspiration From The Hearty Soul

Food is a big part of what The Hearty Soul is about. We’ve listened to you, and we know you love to try out new healthy recipes! For more recipes like these, check out the Food category at the top of the page. If you see a recipe you’d like to try, share it on Facebook for your friends and family to check out!

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