It’s that time of the week. Sunday. You get out of bed and think how restful and rejuvenating the weekend can be. You smile—because, why not? But sooner or later, you begin to dread Monday creeping ever closer, because you don’t want to have to spend hours thinking up and preparing healthy meals for the weekdays.
Now you’re at the end of your weekend: you’re distraught, and you’re hungry. Well, this simply will not do! Breathe deeply and take comfort in knowing that it’s simple and easy to nourish yourself without spending forever in the kitchen!
Here are ten delicious, wholesome small meals or snacks, each of which you can whip up in about just ten minutes! Many of these can quickly be prepared in advance for eating later—during a rest on an adventurous mountain hike, when you’re stuck in evening traffic, or anywhere else you so desire.
1. Zucchini Lasagna
We couldn’t believe this took so little time to make! All you need to do is a little slicing, a little grilling, and a little stacking. Then, into your mouth and right to your belly, which should be rather pleased with you for making this. It’s a fresh, savory dish that can be enjoyed hot or cold.
Hard-Boiled Egg Whites with Cilantro-Lime Avocado Filling2. Hard-Boiled Egg Whites with Cilantro-Lime Avocado Filling
These shouldn’t be so deliciously good, but they are (and we’re happily fine with that). The best part is, they’re incredibly quick to prepare if you’ve made a batch of hard-boiled eggs recently! Crush some avocado, add some lime juice. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Spoon mixture into some halved hard-boiled egg whites. Garnish with cilantro. Hardly even a recipe!—but wowza.
3. Hummus
Why does hummus get to exist here on its own, you might wonder? Well, it’s certainly not on its own when you combine its finger-licking forces with some Happy Campers toast! This is good with any of our breads, but we really love the scrumptious flavor-battle between garlic and garlic—Kiss Me Garlic Rosemary with this hummus just too tasty. Usually, we slice up our toast into strips for quick-dip snacking. Hummus is high in iron and vitamin C, and is an excellent source of protein and dietary fiber. Oh, and did we mention it’s scrumptious?
Banana Nut-Butter & Honey Sandwich4. Banana Nut-Butter & Honey Sandwich
Breakfast? Done. After-school snack? Done. A nutritious, filling burst of energy? Done. It’s yummy and really fast to make! Just slice up a loaf of Classy Grains, a banana, and spread and drizzle the rest as desired. If you want your sandwich to pack an extra punch, try it with a few slices our Party Hearty! The buckwheat-molasses and seeds complement all the other flavors and textures with a tastebud-tingling delight.
Note: you can, of course, use seed butter if you have a nut allergy!
Crunchy Cashew-Lime Broccoli5. Crunchy Cashew-Lime Broccoli
Nothing fancy here, but sometimes fancy isn’t necessary! Cover and steam fresh broccoli florets for about 6 minutes. Toss with olive oil, some chopped cilantro and a healthy squeeze of lime. Sprinkle liberally with chopped toasted cashews. Mmm!
Hummus and Avocado Toast with Tomatoes6. Hummus and Avocado Toast with Tomatoes
These are astoundingly delicious. Seriously. Packed with flavor and texture, they make the perfect little ‘anytime-snacks’ (or even a small meal, if you’re like us and you end up eating enough of them!). We started with our Classy Grains for the toast here, but if you want some extra zing for your tastebuds, try our Kiss Me Garlic Rosemary! Yum, yum, yum!
Note: if you have a little time to spare, we recommend roasting the tomato slices for additional flavor!
Anytime Veggie Omlette7. Anytime Veggie Omlette
Filling and yummy—it doesn’t get too much simpler than this for a quick meal. Add whatever veggies you love: peppers, spinach, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, asparagus, red onion, avocado, green onions, etc. We certainly enjoyed this best with a few slices our bread!
Nori Veggie Wraps8. Nori Veggie Wraps
Yet again, fast and simple! Lay two pieces of Nori on a flat surface. Top with hummus, salsa, a sprinkle of chili powder, shredded carrots, and sliced zucchini. Actually, you can use any and all vegetables that tickle your fancy. Avocado. Sliced cucumber. Bean Sprouts. Peppers. Tomatoes. Spinach. Wrap them up like like a burrito.
Homemade Granola9. Homemade Granola
Speaking of simple—it takes only a few minutes to toss together some gluten-free oats into a Ziploc bag along with lots of unsweetened coconut flakes, dried fruit, almonds, pumpkin seeds, and some cinnamon and nutmeg for a delectable homemade granola. The only thing that might take longer is the taste-testing for proportions, and that’s never a bad thing! You can take this anywhere for some nutritious gluten-free munching, and it will last nearly forever…until, of course, you realize that you need to make more already. (Also delicious with Greek yogurt!)
Chickpea-Basil Summer Salad10. Chickpea-Basil Summer Salad
This one is conventionally a ‘summer’ salad, but it’s so nutritious and delectable that it can really be enjoyed (and is, trust us!) at any time of the year! Crunchy, colorful vegetables? Fresh basil? Filling chickpeas? It’s a wonderfully versatile dish that can be eaten by itself or as a side to a full entrée (over a fresh spring greens mix, or lemon-chicken and gluten-free pasta…).
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