Weekends are perfect for relaxing and trying new, exciting and healthy recipes. Healthy and inexpensive home-cooked meals are a great option. However, you should expect to spend a considerable amount of time preparing these meals. That’s why we’ve carefully selected a number of easy and nutritious recipes from our own archives that we know you’ll love. You can prepare these dishes in the microwave or on the stove. It’s up to you!
You should also keep your kitchen appliances clean for best results. So check out how to clean your microwave for quick and easy ideas.
With that said, let’s get down to business.
5 easy recipes to try on weekends
Spring Risotto recipe
This classic Italian rice is one of those recipes that you prepare with just the microwave. It is also a good source of fiber and folic acid. Thus, risotto primavera is an excellent choice for a quick and healthy meal when the weekend is short.
- 200 g of risotto rice
- 85 ml of white wine
- ½ sprig of celery, cut to desired texture
- ½ onion, cut to desired texture
- 50 g finely chopped carrot
- ½ clove of garlic, finely chopped
- 250 g of mixed beans and peas
- Some mint leaves, crushed
- 50g goat cheese (for vegetables, you can use alternatives)
Prepare your microwave. First, pour the white wine into a microwave-safe bowl and add the required amount of rice. Then add a third of the rest of the ingredients and save the mint leaves and goat cheese. Cover the bowl carefully with plastic wrap and microwave on high for 7 to 10 minutes.
Uncover the bowl and add half of the remaining ingredients. Stir, cover again and microwave again for another 3-4 minutes.
This time, add the rest of the ingredients and cover the bowl again. Put the food in the microwave for another 5 to 7 minutes. If you follow these steps correctly, it’s time to add the mint and cheese. Be sure to stir both gently. Leave the risotto in the bowl for a few minutes and then serve.
2. Sweet potato oatmeal (sweet potato oats)
This meal is a great idea for breakfast, especially if you follow a grain-free diet. The preparation of sweet potato oats is hassle-free and the food is packed with nutrients. It is particularly rich in vitamins A and C and fibre.
It’s no secret that sweet potatoes have an extensive store of fiber; the same goes for nuts. To finish the recipe, you can add a little cinnamon. This helps to add the right flavor to increase the appetite.
- Mashed sweet potatoes
- Ripe banana puree
- ½ cup almond milk
- Almond butter
Get a microwavable bowl, preferably a small one. You do an excellent job of combining the chopped sweet potatoes, bananas, almond milk, and cinnamon in the bowl. Add salt to taste and microwave for 3-5 minutes. When ready to serve, you can top the sweet potatoes with sliced bananas or add some almond butter. Also, you can also use sliced walnuts.
3. Chicken Fajitas
If you like chicken, this is a quick and healthy dish for you. Amazingly, you can also prepare this meal in your microwave. And you’ll have a well seasoned and seasoned fajita chicken in 12-20 minutes.
- Chicken breast: removal of skin and bones
- Finely chopped garlic
- Sliced onion
- Sliced red pepper
- Sliced green pepper
- Tortillas – corn/flour
- Fajita options (sour cream, cilantro, etc.)
You can use your oven for this meal, but your microwave will do just fine if you prefer. First, get a microwave plate or bowl if you want to use your microwave. Then pour in the sliced peppers and onion and sprinkle the contents with the spices. Add spices to your taste and according to the size of your kitchen.
Then pour the tender chicken on the plate and sprinkle it with the spices and other ingredients. Cover the dish and put it in the microwave for about 10 to 15 minutes.
Once done, you can pair it with tortillas and toppings like sour cream and cilantro.
4. Fried rice
Refrigerated leftover rice is best for this recipe. The reason is that cooked and cold rice fries are much better. When the rice is hot, there is a good chance that there will be unevenly fried rice in the pot.
- Low sodium soy sauce
- Finely chopped garlic
Start by scrambling the eggs with a little butter in a pan. Before the scrambled eggs turn brown, make sure to crack them. Then set the well-scrambled egg aside.
Then put the vegetables and garlic in the pan. Choose your vegetables well and sauté everything from peas to carrots.
Place the sauteed vegetables to one side of the pan and add the butter. Your stove must be on before adding the rice to the recipe. Stir the vegetables with the rice and other ingredients. It would be best if you continue to skip for another 10 minutes. It will help if you keep turning the rice from second to second during this period.
Serve your fried rice hot.
5. Winter salad
This is a vegetable favorite, an excellent alternative to the regular salad. Cauliflower and broccoli florets topped with lemon dressing can be your saving grace on a busy day.
- Broccoli flowers
- Cauliflower flowers
- Tomatoes, preferably dried
- Oregano – preferably dry
- Virgin olive oil
- Garlic powder
- Lemon juice
First, cook the broccoli and cauliflower for about 5 minutes or until tender. Then drain the water and reserve the steamed broccoli and cauliflower.
Next, take a bowl and prepare a mixture of salt, lemon juice, sugar, oregano and garlic powder. When they are well mixed, add the steamed vegetables. Then toss the contents to make sure the vegetables are well covered.
Put the bowl in the fridge and let the vegetables marinate. This should take no more than 20 minutes, and turning the vegetables about three times during this time makes the process go faster.
Soak the dried tomatoes in hot water until they are tender. Then add the tomatoes and olives to the vegetables, tossing to combine.
It’s time to serve. You can use the rest of the ingredients for the dressing.
Since time is of the essence, you need to look for quick and healthy recipes. This is especially true when it’s a weekend. You need to rest and get out, but you want to eat something healthy. Our five quick and healthy recipes for the weekend are just what you need. These recipes are the win-win formula that saves time and prioritizes your health.
Armed with these recipes, we hope you’ll get in the kitchen as the weekend approaches and savor the taste and aroma of your creation.