We know the facts: Preparing meals at home is good for your health and your wallet. But let’s face it, with minimal free time and other priorities taking up space in our schedules (think: long hours at work, significant others, keeping in touch with family, maybe even a workout here and there), spending hours or even minutes in the kitchen isn’t always at the top of our to-do lists.
But before you give in to endless Seamless clicking, becoming a regular at the Chinese place near the office, or living off of frozen meals, know that in the time it takes to watch your favorite cat videos on YouTube, you can make a nutritious, home-cooked meal. All of these recipes are easy and healthy—and ready in 10 minutes, tops. No matter what meal of the day—including make-and-take breakfasts and lunches—this is fast food that health experts would approve of.
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1. Cheddar Garlic Grits With Fried Eggs
A Southern classic, cheesy grits don’t have to be a complete fat and calorie bomb. Cook them in water rather than milk and omit the butter. But keep the cheddar (the two tablespoons per serving here keeps this gooey and rich and provides almost 10 percent of your daily calcium), then add eggs for staying power, chopped chives to lend a slightly oniony flavor, and garlic, which makes everything taste better.
2. Open-Faced Sandwiches With Ricotta, Arugula, and Fried Egg
Morning sandwiches can be so much more than a smashed bacon, egg, and cheese eaten behind the wheel. Yes, this one does call for a fork and knife, but it’s worth it. Toasted bread is topped with spicy arugula, a good source of vitamin K, which helps blood clot. Then add an egg, salty ricotta (it has more protein than cottage cheese), Parmesan, and thyme, and it’s a sandwich like no other.
3. Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal
The number of pumpkin-pie-spiked foods turned ridiculous when Pringles debuted chips in 2012 in the flavor. That said, some foods really do taste better with the spice—and you can make them at home year-round. This healthy, autumn-inspired oatmeal combines pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, and vanilla to give it a pie flavor, then tops it all off with dried cranberries to natural sweetness.
4. Blueberry Pancakes
A stack of homemade flapjacks doesn’t take that long—and these are free of gluten, dairy, eggs, and nuts. But they still taste amazing and fluffy thanks to bananas, coconut, cinnamon, and of course blueberries, which may prevent memory problems and heart disease.
5. Scrambled Tofu
When properly prepared, tofu is anything but blah—and this version provides as much protein as a scrambled egg. Toss the vegan staple with cheesy nutritional yeast, turmeric, cumin, and paprika (buy smoked for even more flavor), and even egg lovers will enjoy it.
READ MORE at 31 Healthy Meals You Can Make in 10 Minutes or Less.