Quick & Healthy recipes you should definitely try!

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quick & healthy recipes

Whether you’re a purist who only eats whole foods, a foodie looking for new ideas, or a busy on-the-go professional, there’s a healthy snack on this list for everyone. These 3 quick & healthy recipes don’t take long to make them, so can be a delicious breakfast, lunch, brunch, dinner, or even a quick snack between meals. Either way, you should give them a try!

1. Skinny Alfredo

skinny-alfredo
Source: Betty Crocker

A lightened up version of our Fettuccine Alfredo lets you feel a little bit better about pasta nights. Skipping the heavy cream and using just a little bit of Greek yogurt still gives you a creamy sauce. It would only take you 10 minutes to prepare this healthy & delicious meal.

INGREDIENTS:

12 oz. whole-wheat linguine
1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
1 c. low-sodium chicken broth
3/4 c. 1% milk
Pinch crushed red pepper flakes
Freshly chopped parsley, for serving
1/2 c. freshly grated Parmesan
Freshly ground black pepper
2 tbsp. plain Greek yogurt (optional)

DIRECTIONS:

In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook linguine according to package directions until al dente. Set aside ½ cup of pasta water, then drain pasta and set aside.

In a large skillet over medium heat, heat oil. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, 1 minute. Sprinkle flour over evenly, then stir and cook until the mixture is lightly golden.

Very gradually add broth in while whisking, 2 tablespoons at a time, waiting for the mixture to become completely smooth before adding more broth. Bring mixture to a boil, then gradually stream in milk while whisking. Bring to a simmer and cook until sauce is thickened, 2 to 3 minutes.

Remove from heat and add Parmesan and yogurt, if using. Season with salt, pepper, and a pinch of red pepper flakes.

Add pasta and a 1/4 cup reserved pasta water to the sauce and toss to combine. If the sauce is too thick add more pasta water, a tablespoon at a time, until desired consistency.

Garnish with parsley before serving.

2. Primavera Stuffed Chicken

primavera-stuffed-chicken
Source: Pinterest

This is the opposite of boring, flavorless chicken breast. It’s literally packed with colorful flavor and it tastes even better than it looks. It takes you 15 minutes to prepare it and some other minutes to bake it, but it’s worth it.

INGREDIENTS:

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1 1/2 pounds)
1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
Kosher salt
1 zucchini, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced into half-moons
3 medium tomatoes, halved and thinly sliced into half-moons
2 yellow bell peppers, thinly sliced
Freshly ground black pepper
1 c. shredded mozzarella
Freshly chopped parsley, for garnish

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 400°. Make slits in each chicken breast, being careful not to cut through completely, and stuff with zucchini, tomatoes, bell peppers, and red onion.

Drizzle with oil and season with Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. Sprinkle with mozzarella.

Bake until chicken is cooked through and no longer pink inside, 25 minutes.

Garnish with parsley before serving.

3. Honey Walnut Shrimp

honey-walnut-shrimp
Source: Dinner, then Dessert

If you’ve ever had the honey walnut shrimp from Panda Express then you know how amazing it is. This is the better version, plus it’s a cinch to make at home. No need for take-out tonight! This one will take some time but it’s definitely worth it.

INGREDIENTS:

1 c. water
1 c. granulated sugar
1 c. walnuts
1 lb. shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 c. cornstarch
1/4 c. mayonnaise
2 large eggs, beaten
2 tbsp. honey
2 tbsp. heavy cream
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
Vegetable oil for frying
Cooked white rice, for serving
Thinly sliced green onions, for garnish

DIRECTIONS:

In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine water and sugar and bring to a boil. Add walnuts and let boil for 2 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, remove walnuts and let cool on a small baking sheet.

Pat shrimp dry with paper towels and season lightly with salt and pepper. Place eggs in a shallow bowl and cornstarch in another shallow bowl. Dip shrimp in eggs, then in cornstarch coating well.
In a large skillet over medium heat, heat 1” of oil.

Add shrimp in batches and fry until golden, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and place on a paper towel-lined plate.

In a medium bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, honey, and heavy cream. Toss shrimp in sauce.

Serve over rice with candied walnuts and garnish with green onions.

Eating healthy doesn’t have to suck. So instead of skipping healthy food because it doesn’t have a good taste remember that there are always snacks, you should give a try. You may remain surprised and leave your mouth watering just by looking at them. These are already on top of the list for me and I think it would become your favorite too!

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