Hey, busy people. Moms and dads, full-time students, overworked individuals and terrible cooks: I'm talking to you ALL. Because everyone could use an easy healthy 5 minute recipe, right??
Plus, it's super annoying to spend an hour working on a meal to eat it quickly then have to deal with a messy kitchen. And if you have people in the house who eat different things and you have to say, make a couple different snacks or meals? Forget about it!
Well, you're in luck. Here are 5 little meals/snacks that take mere minutes AND are super nourishing and allergen-free (I'm talking no grains, eggs, nuts, dairy or soy here!). And there's none of those food-prep payment or delivery shenanigans. Simply gather the ingredients, whip it up and ENJOY it. And enjoy those extra minutes in your day! I have crafted these simple recipes while babywearing (here's Ivy in the Weego Baby Carrier. My code 12200 is still good to get $10 off ANY of their carriers, btdubs!) or while walking around the kitchen with a baby or two hugging my legs. I hand them a piece of carrot or apple to gnaw on and in 5 minutes or less, I have my and their snack ready. This is our foolproof method!
My expert advice: Pin this page or bookmark it to easily come back to it to whip up a meal, snack or dessert!
*I was not paid by Weego for this post, I just have a fantastic relationship with them and LOVE their carriers.
#1. Cucumber Avocado Curry Soup
Gather 1 medium cucumber, 1 avocado, 1 tsp green curry paste, dash of olive oil, juice of 1 lime, zest of half the lime, 1 clove garlic minced, 1 cup coconut milk, sprinkle sea salt and optional cilantro (reserve this). Puree ALL ingredients except the cilantro. Pour a bowl and garnish with cilantro if you like cilantro. Store leftovers in the fridge; it's even better on day 2. This is a super refreshing cold summer that's perfect for hot summer days!
yeah okay I forgot to take a picture of the soup but it doesn't look exciting, just imagine a green liquid in a bowl ;)
#2. Yammy Cookie Bites
For toddlers and adults who enjoy awesomeness. Scrub and use a fork to prick a small yam and "cook" in the microwave for 4-5 min. Mash with the fork in a medium bowl and sprinkle in about 3-4 tbsp coconut flour. 1 tbsp coconut oil and a dash of maple syrup. Roll into balls and enjoy! Optional: roll the balls in cinnamon as pictured below for a "snickerdoodle" cookie bite.
#3. Pitaya Smoothie Bowl
This involves a teeny bit of planning (or not, if you're the sort who always has frozen fruit on hand!) Simply blend 1/2 pack of pitaya, 1 frozen banana, handful of frozen tart cherries, optional 3-5 ice cubes for more thickness and a dash of water or coconut milk. Optionally add 1 TBSP acai powder for more nutrients and a more vibrant color is desired, then serve and eat ASAP!
#4. Zucchini Pasta with Vegan Nut-Free Pesto (!)
OMGeeee. This is a good one and another good summer option. Using a vegetable spiralizer (you don't have one yet? What are you waiting for? It's the best gift for a foodie ever and so simple to use. Here's the one I have at the best price I could find HERE) and spiralize a zucchini. Set in a bowl and prepare the pesto: In a food processor combine 1 avocado, 1 to 2 cups fresh basil, 1 clove garlic 4-5 sundried tomatoes, dash of lemon juice and pulse until combined and creamy. Add salt and pepper to taste, and pour as much as desired on the zucchini "noodles" and enjoy life.
#5. Vegan Banana Pancakes
My favorite pancakes involve gluten-free oats, but unfortunately oats (even gluten-free ones) can cause inflammation. So this quick vegan paleo option is delicious AND anti-inflammatory. Simple blend 1/2 large banana, 6 tbsp water, 1/4 cup arrowroot flour, 1/4 cup cassava flour, 2 tbsp dates mashed with 2 tbsp water as a "paste", 1 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp cinnamon and cook about 5-6 small pancakes for 4 min per side or until set and golden on a nonstick pan over med heat. I like to cook in a little coconut oil for healthy fats and great taste, but use oil of choice or a good safe nonstick pan like this stone-derived one. Serve plain or drizzle on a little applesauce!
I hope you liked these easy quick meals and snacks as much as I do!