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Easy, Healthy Foods and Meals that You Don't Have to Cook

Updated on September 21, 2014

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Are you tried of cooking? Do you want a quick yet healthy meal? Maybe you need a break from planning hot meals and instead would like something tasty that doesn't require cooking and waiting. There are quick and easy meals you can put together that don't require standing over a hot stove. Does using the microwave count as cooking? Well, if it does, there is very little of that involved. In this article, if the microwave is used, it is used only for warming, not cooking.

Salads are on obvious choice that you don't have to cook, but there are other alternatives such as healthy tortilla wraps, sandwiches, cottage cheese dishes, and cereals.


Tortilla Wraps

Experiment with what you can put in a tortilla. I use flour or wheat tortillas and fill them with different things for quick, tasty meals that don't require cooking, while also offering health benefits. Here are a few ideas:

Sandwich Wrap: Use a few pieces of thin sliced deli ham, turkey, roast beef, or other meat, along with cheese of your choice. Place slices of meat and cheese on tortilla. At this point, stick in microwave for about 25 seconds to warm, or plan on eating cold. Add your favorite mustard, which has low or no calories, plus your choice of tomatoes, lettuce, onions, and/or alfalfa sprouts. These are delicious. My recent one (see photo) included corned beef, pepper jack cheese, Bavarian hot sweet mustard, sliced avocados, and alfalfa sprouts. Yummy! Be creative in coming up with your own combinations.

Mexican Wrap: Warm refried beans (I often use low-fat) in tortillas in microwave for about 25 seconds. Add grated cheddar or other cheese. Choose other fillings such as lettuce, tomatoes, black olives, and jalapenos. Add in red or green salsa and sour cream, or serve on the side.

Black Bean Wrap: A few days ago, I put canned black beans in a wrap, along with grated cheddar cheese,chopped cilantro, alfalfa sprouts, and tomatoes, topped with green salsa and light sour cream. You could also add an avocado to this one. I did warm the beans and tortilla a few seconds in the microwave. To make the beans more healthful, you could also rinse them first to cut down on sodium. You could also opt for corn tortillas rather than flour.

Be creative in coming up with your own tortilla wrap combinations. These make for a very tasty and potentially healthy meal.

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Healthy Sandwiches

Make a delicious healthy sandwich that requires no cooking and is very satisfying. Start with a 100% whole wheat bread. (Check out the ingredients on the package, as wording can be misleading.) Here are some possible choices with which to build your sandwich:

  • deli turkey, chicken, roast beef
  • canned tuna (in water, not oil)
  • mustard or balsamic vinegar or light Italian dressing, instead of fattening mayonnaise
  • lettuce or alfalfa sprouts (I love these little airy spouts!)
  • sliced tomatoes
  • thinly sliced cucumbers

Another option for a healthy sandwich is one that involves peanut butter. On wheat bread, spread peanut butter. Add sliced bananas or apples for a different kind of sandwich.

Pita pockets can also be filled with the same choices you use for sandwiches and wraps. A pita stuffed with tuna, tomatoes, and lettuce or alfalfa spouts is healthy and tasty. You could also choose deli meat and cheese, or try the Mexican theme as in the wraps above.

Look at that colorful cereal!
Look at that colorful cereal!

Cereal with Fruit

Cereal can be an easy and healthy meal. I often like to mix a couple different kinds of cereals for variety. I enjoy adding blueberries, which are rich in antioxidants, strawberries or bananas, or often a combination. I generally have on hand a high fiber cereal that I may mix with a less healthy cereal, along with my choice of fruit. This is a great meal for breakfast or lunch.

The picture shows a vanilla almond cereal mixed with a high fiber bran cereal. I added fresh strawberries and blueberries, along with a few dark chocolate flavored roasted almonds. After I added skim milk, I had a great low-fat breakfast, full of fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, and protein.

Cottage Cheese Meals

Cottage cheese can be mixed with many different foods, including healthy fruits and vegetables. Fruits should preferably be fresh, but they can also include canned fruit. Try peaches, pineapples, pears, mandarin oranges, strawberries, and melons. Branch out to try other fruits. There are also many non-fruity mixtures that you can mix with cottage cheese.

Be healthy!

Enjoy these ideas for quick and healthy meals. Perhaps you have your own ideas and recipes. If so, please share in the comment section.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I usually stay away from healthy meals but these look quite good. Great job and best of luck on the contest!

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      Kim Lam 5 years ago from California

      Awesome! I haven't put together a wrap in a long time. I used to put everything in a whole wheat tortilla and call it a day. You've reminded me to start doing that again. Voted up!

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      onlooker 5 years ago

      This is a healthy way to go and I especially like to add tuna to my sandwiches and salads. I sometimes also squeeze in my already made salad in between wraps and sandwiches. Thank you!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      LoL, Bill. I like unhealthy meals, as well. I try to be healthy now and then, though. :-)

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Turtlewoman--I hope I did justice to your question. Yes, fill up a whole wheat tortilla and you've got a meal! Thanks for the vote!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      onlooker--Thanks for the input! Much appreciated!

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      Carolee Samuda 5 years ago from Jamaica

      I love yogurt and fruits. The cereal looks really delicious. I am a sucker for a good sandwich too. These are great ideas Vicky.

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      LauraGT 5 years ago from MA

      Great hub. I almost always default to "cooking" meals, but I could use a no-cook meal here and there. Thanks!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, Cardisa! I should have included yogurt!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Laura--It's nice to have something easy and different now and then! You're welcome!

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      I had to laugh at Billy's comment. I do try to eat healthy and use several of these options for lunch nearly every week. I love lunch meals that I can put together in 10-15 minutes. Thanks for all of the great suggestions.

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      Rebecca Mealey 5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Just in time for hot weather, tasty no cooking on the stove meals. Voted up and sharing!

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      I like you wrap ideas! You can wrap just about anything a a tortilla and make it a meal. I like to use grilled chicken, cheddar cheese and sliced avacado. Great healthy, easy, no cook meals and right up my alley these days! Voted up and useful! :)

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      kelleyward 5 years ago

      I eat wraps daily. I love to toast them or grill them! These are great ideas. Thanks for sharing. Voted useful!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      random--Yes, billybuc is a funny one! I like quick lunches, too, that still are somewhat healthy. Thanks for reading. Good to see you again!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      rebecca--Yes, gotta love cool meals in the summer. Thanks for the vote and share!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I love days when I can provide a good meal without cooking. Thanks for the recipes, they are all so yummy! Voted up.

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      Brenda Barnes 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      I do love cold meals on a hot summer day. Thanks for the ideas. The photographs look mouthwatering.

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      Simplehugs 5 years ago

      Looks tempting! :P

      Anyway, thank you for this mouthwatering hub. Voted up!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      sgbrown--Yes, loving those wraps! Fun to experiment with, too!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, teaches. No-cook meals are especially good during the hot months!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Hyphenbird--I was just mentioning that about cool meals on a hot day! Glad you like the photos!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Simplehugs--I think the wraps are so refreshing! Thanks for the comment and vote!

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Wow...very inspiring hub. I found several healthy meals options here. Thanks for writing and share with us. Good job, Victoria. Rated up and useful!

      Prasetio

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      You're welcome, prasetio! These meals are especially good in hot weather. I'm glad you liked the hub!

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      JP Carlos 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      I love cooking. But if you give me a no cook recipe, I'm all ears. Combining no cook and healthy is just a perfect tandem for me. These are interesting possibilities that i can try.

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Go for it, jpcmc. Glad you like these ideas!

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      Angela Brummer 4 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      Really nice I will share this!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, Angela! Cheers!

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      These sandwiches look just right for this time of year when it's so hot a person hates to even think about using the oven or even a the stove's burners. Seems like in this heat if a person heats up the stove/oven they just have to pay to cool it back down again with the a/c.

      We had 96 degrees here today, so one of these tortilla wraps would be great for this kind of weather. I've been making tortilla wraps for years, but with different ingredients. Yours sound yummy too. You have some great recipes here. Voted you up and useful! Sharing you with my followers too.

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, Au fait--Yeah, I love no-cook meals in the heat. Hot here, too. Going to be close to 100 for the next week. Time for some cool meals! Thanks for reading!

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      Milli Thornton 4 years ago

      Your pictures look so yummy! I love the sound of that corned beef sandwich wrap.

      I do enjoy stuffing pita bread with healthy ingredients and also doing the occasional wrap. But lately I've been SO uninspired about what to make for dinner. I'm going to bookmark this post so I can return when I need some ideas for my next grocery list. Thanks!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Milli--Wraps are great for anybody--a whole family. They're easy, quick, and cool for summer. Try different fillings. Good luck!

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