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How to Prepare Quick and Easy Healthy Recipes

Fast food doesn't always have to be more about the "fast" than the food. Find ways to make food quickly and easily, and eat healthy, too.


  • Step 1: Whip up chicken tortilla soup. Rub chicken breasts with olive oil and bake for 35 minutes. Shred by hand into chicken stock in a Dutch oven with a 28-ounce can of tomatoes and puree, mixing with two cups each of chopped onions and carrots, one of celery. Heat on medium and you're done in under an hour.
  • TIP: Steam vegetables whenever you can to preserve nutritional enzymes in each serving.
  • Step 2: Make zucchini bread. Grate 2 cups zucchini into a bowl, adding 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon each of nutmeg and cinnamon, 2 of baking soda, 4 eggs, and 3 cups sugar. Add 1 teaspoon of lemon juice and stir in 1/3 cup of water, and form loaves. Bake at 350 degrees for only 45 minutes.
  • FACT: According to a National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 62 percent of respondents said they read the nutrition facts panels when deciding whether to buy a food product.
  • Step 3: Chop cilantro, parsley, adding ginger mixed with coriander, tomatoes, salt, and corn in vegetable oil to make a relish. Place bass strips on pieces of foil, cover with the relish, and seal, leaving room for heat circulation. Bake the foil wraps at 350 degrees for 8 minutes.
  • Step 4: Prepare seared chicken with apricot sauce. Pound trimmed, skinless breasts of chicken and brown at medium heat in a skillet. Add 3/4 of a cup of white wine and two tablespoons of apricot preserves.
  • TIP: Be aware that fat-free cheese has chemicals and full-fat cheese contains saturated fats.
  • Step 5: Trim the fat on 8 ounce, half-inch thick steaks, sprinkling with chili powder and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cook for 2 to 4 minutes per side on medium heat in a skillet with a teaspoon of olive oil. Stir in cilantro and accumulated juices mixed with 2 diced plum tomatoes and cover in salsa.
  • Step 6: Combine 12 ounces of ground beef, 1 cup refried beans, and a half cup of cilantro into oblong patties. Broil 12 to 14 minutes. Mix avocado, salsa and garlic into a paste, adding it to lettuce and shredded cheese on a tortilla shell, and wrap.
  • Step 7: Make open-faced, whole grain English muffin pizzas using tomato sauce from a jar. Sprinkle it with shredded mozzarella cheese, basil, green pepper, onion, and chicken chunks. Place under a broiler until cheese is melted.

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