Whether the day’s been too hot, too busy or too lazy, we all have those days when we just don’t feel like cooking. But you don’t have to resort to restaurant fare or take-out, with all its added calories, processing and expense – it’ll pad your waistline while draining your budget. The good news is that healthy dinner recipes don’t have to involve a stove or an oven. No-cook dinners composed of healthy food can be satisfying and support a healthy lifestyle, while still being simple, delicious, and the perfect solution to those long, hot, can’t-bare-to-cook days..
6 No-Cook Healthy Dinner Recipes
The Mediterranean diet is full of healthy food that is rich in unsaturated, heart-healthy fats and antioxidants to fight inflammation.
Cut the pita into halves and arrange the vegetables and pita on a platter. Serve with hummus, feta and olives. Serves 3-5 people
Gazpacho is a collection of healthy food, specifically fresh veggies and olive oil, blended into a cool, summery soup. Of all the healthy recipes offered, this is most appropriate for a hot summer’s evening. Serve these healthy recipes with crusty whole grain baguettes.
Place the chopped vegetables into a food processor and chop until fine, but not puréed. Pour into a large bowl and top with the juice, vinegar, garlic, olive oil and seasoning. Stir together and allow the flavors to mellow in the refrigerator. The longer the soup sits, the more the flavors develop. Serves 3.
Next:Pear and Blue Cheese Salad…
Arrange a handful of lettuce on a plate. Top with the sliced pear and onion and a tablespoon or two of blue cheese and pecans. Drizzle vinaigrette over the top and serve. Serves 3.
Next: Tropical Chicken Sandwich…
A sandwich can be a disappointingly blah dinner. This healthy recipe twists healthy food into a delicious taste sensation.
Slice the ciabatta rolls in half and spread with a tablespoon or two of mango chutney. Pile on the chicken breast, a few arugula leaves and sliced avocado. Serves 1.
Next: High Protein Protein Niçoise Salad
This healthy recipe features plenty of muscle-supporting protein.
In a large platter or bowl, arrange the ingredients neatly in sections. Sprinkle on the sliced onion and capers, top with the dressing and enjoy. Serves 2.
Next: Black Bean Burrito…
This healthy recipe isn’t the oozing, fatty burrito you get at the local greasy taco joint. Healthy food, such as a whole wheat tortilla, veggies and fresh salsa, combine to create a no-cook, healthy recipe for a Mexican-inspired dinner that pleases all tastes. Serve with guocomole and extra salsa.
Lay out a tortilla and top with ½ cup black beans, 2 tablespoons salsa, ¼ cup shredded carrot, ¼ cup shredded lettuce, 2 tablespoons cheese and a few slices of avocado. Top with onions and cilantro if desired and then roll up. Repeat with remaining tortillas. Makes 4 burritos.