Quick 20-Minute Recipes for Healthy Cooking Made Easy

Making healthy choices doesn’t have to be boring, even in the kitchen. These 20-minute recipes are as easy to make as they are delicious. Not big on cooking? No problem! You don’t have to be a pro chef to whip up a fresh salad or hearty overnight oatmeal. Save these recipes for the next time you need a quick, healthy meal.

Best Cobb Salad

This delicious Cobb Salad is packed with protein and flavorful ingredients. Hardboiled eggs, bacon, chicken, avocado, and tomato make up the star ingredients, while a simple oil-and-vinegar dressing give the romaine lettuce a nice zing. Prep the chicken, bacon, and eggs ahead of time, or minimize your time in the kitchen by buying ready-to-eat ingredients.

Caprese Zoodles

If you’re craving pasta but want to cut out some carbs, try using zucchini instead of noodles. This Caprese Zoodles recipe uses fresh basil, cherry tomatoes, and mozzarella balls. Although the recipe calls for a spiralizer to make the zoodles, you can also make them with a potato peeler or paring knife. Caprese Zoodles is a delicious lunch or light dinner option.

Garlic Beef and Broccoli Lo Mein

Skip the takeout and make your own Garlic Beef and Broccoli Lo Mein at home. The key to quick Beef and Broccoli Lo Mein is to cook the sirloin steak while the pasta is boiling. If you can get the timing down, this will be your new go-to weekday dinner! You can make the recipe even healthier by substituting the toppings, swapping out Lo Mein noodles with zoodles, or by leaving the noodles out altogether. The flavor is in the sauce, so most of the toppings can easily be swapped out to suit your lifestyle.

Overnight Oats

One of the easiest breakfasts to prepare is Overnight Oats. The ingredients are simple, heart-healthy, and adaptable to anyone’s tastes. By prepping the ingredients the night before, breakfast is as easy as pulling the jar of oats out of the fridge and digging right in! Keep it simple with just oats and milk, or spruce it up with chia seeds, honey or maple syrup, and fruit.

5-Minute Smoothie Bowl

This delicious smoothie bowl is full of nutrients and naturally sweet! Blend frozen berries, milk, and a banana for an easy smoothie. For extra protein, add some vanilla protein powder before blending. Top the smoothie with granola, chia seeds, or whatever else you might have on hand. Switch up the ingredients often to keep it interesting!

This is a great time to think about making healthier lifestyle choices, and that can start right in your own home. Whether you need a spacious kitchen for your culinary masterpieces, or something simpler for on-the-go meals in the Boulder area, Habitat Apartments has something for every lifestyle. Check out our floorplans and contact us today to learn more.

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