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Healthy Meals and Snacks You Can Prepare in Under Thirty Minutes

Updated on October 16, 2016

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Strawberry and Cream Cheese Sandwich

These tasty little treats are a good source of protein, which can help satiate hunger and tie you over between meals.

To make these sandwiches, take two pieces of bread, a handful of strawberries, and some low-fat cream cheese. Spread a thin layer of cream cheese on the bread, and then add a layer of sliced strawberries.

Cut the sandwich into quarters and serve!

Homemade Pita Chips

Pita chips can be made at home in just minutes, using a little bit of olive oil and some store bought pita bread.

Simply take the pita bread, cut into quarters and brush both sides with a dab of olive oil. Place the quarters on a baking sheet and cook them in the oven at 350 degrees.

When the pita begins to crisp up, remove from the oven. Allow them to cool and serve with salsa!

Chickpea Nuts

When roasted in a hot oven, chickpeas become super crunchy. They’re a great low-fat substitute for nuts when salty cravings hit.

To make, use a bag of chickpeas, a tablespoon of olive oil, a pinch of cumin, a pinch of marjoram, a hint of all-spice and a touch of salt. Spread the peas out on a baking sheet, brush with oil, and add seasonings.

Bake for fifteen minutes in the oven, set to 450 degrees. Allow to cool and then serve.

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Corn and Black Bean Pizza

To make this delicious recipe, all you need is some barbecue sauce, corn, black beans, pre-made pizza crust, mozzarella cheese and tomatoes.

Prepare the corn and black beans as directed. Chop up the tomatoes into tiny pieces. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.

Spread the dough out on a baking pan, then cover with barbecue sauce. Top the pizza with corn, beans and tomato slices. Coat with a cup of mozzarella cheese.

Bake in the oven until edges start to crisp. Remove from oven, allow to cool down, and serve.

Beef and Bean Chile Verde

Chile Verde, usually a slow-cooked stew of pork, jalapeños and tomatillos, becomes an easy weeknight meal with quick-cooking ground beef and store-bought green salsa.

To make this delicious meal you will need one pound of lean ground beef, one red pepper, one onion, six cloves of garlic, a tablespoon of chilli powder, two teaspoons of cumin, one 16 ounce of green salsa, a quarter cup of water, and a fifteen ounce can of pinto beans. If you don't eat red meat, feel free to substitute the beef with ground turkey.

Dice the pepper and the onion. Sautee in a pan over medium heat with the beef mixed in with the vegetables. Add the garlic, chilli powder and cumin. Stir in the salsa and the water. Cook ten to fifteen minutes. Add beans and cook until heated through.

Spoon into bowls and serve.

Crab Cake Sliders

Jazz up your normal hamburger with this delicious crab cake slider recipe!

These burgers have a true crab flavor that isn't masked by fillers or strong seasoning. Pair these delicious sliders with a salad for a delicious and filling meal.

To prepare the crab cakes, you will need a pound of crab meat, one egg, half a cup of panko breadcrumbs, a quarter cup of low fat mayo, two tablespoons of minced chives, one tablespoon of dijon mustard, one tablespoon of lemon juice, a teaspoon of celery seed, a teaspoon of onion powder, one tablespoon of olive oil and two tablespoons of butter.

Mix crab, egg, breadcrumbs, mayonnaise, chives, mustard, lemon juice, celery seed, onion powder, pepper and hot sauce in a large bowl. Divide the mix into six patties.

Heat oil and butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until the butter stops foaming. Cook the patties until golden brown, about 4 minutes per side.

Place the patties on the buns and serve!


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Barbecued Chicken Burritos

These zesty burritos can be prepared in less than fifteen minutes and are sure to please the whole family! Serve these with a side of corn, beans or rice for a healthy meal that will leave everyone satisfied.

To prepare these burritos, you will need four cups of shredded chicken, half a cup of barbecue sauce, one cup of canned black beans, half a cup of frozen corn (thawed), a quarter cup of sour cream, a few leaves of romaine lettuce, four ten-inch tortillas and two limes.

Place a large nonstick skillet on your stove, and set the heat to medium. Add the chicken, the barbecue sauce, the black beans, the corn and the sour cream. Cook until heated throughout, about four to five minutes.

Assemble the burritos by placing a lettuce leaf in the center of each tortilla. Top the lettuce with one-fourth of the chicken mixture. Roll up the chicken like a burrito and serve!

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© 2015 Kathleen Odenthal

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    • ChitrangadaSharan profile image

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      These are very healthy ideas for snacks and that too under thirty minutes. I would like to try some of them.

      Thanks for sharing the details and the helpful pictures!

    • Larry Rankin profile image

      Larry Rankin 

      3 years ago from Oklahoma

      Very useful tips for quick, healthy meals.

    • MsDora profile image

      Dora Weithers 

      3 years ago from The Caribbean

      They all seem very easy. My favorite is Chickpea Nuts. thanks for sharing these quick preparation foods.

    • Kathleen Odenthal profile imageAUTHOR

      Kathleen Odenthal 

      3 years ago from Bridgewater

      Thanks Shauna! Let me know if you try any of them :)

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      3 years ago from Central Florida

      These are all good choices, Kathleen. I think I'd omit or substitute the barbecue sauce in several of the recipes (I'm not big on bbq flavor). I particularly like the strawberries and cream cheese sandwich. That sounds delicious and refreshing.

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