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15 Delicious And Healthy Recipes For Lazy People

15 Delicious And Healthy Recipes For Lazy People

A healthy meal plan is something many of us would like to adopt. But the idea of eating right can be daunting because many of us are unfamiliar with putting together tasty dishes to replace unwanted foods in our diets.

We tend to assume that eating healthy would mean having to eat foods that are boring and tasteless. Not to mention, we’re also more drawn to convenience than necessity.

I believe that we can all prepare healthy meals with ease without jeopardizing taste and flavour, or drastically changing our style of cooking. Whether it’s an energising breakfast or a simple mid-week supper, a few simple adjustments are all that’s needed to make our meals more balanced and lower in fat and calories.

In this article, I will share 15 delicious and healthy recipes for lazy people who still want to enjoy their food whilst pursing a healthier lifestyle in as little time possible.

 Healthy Breakfast

1. Greek Yoghurt Porridge With Honey, Banana and Almond 

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    Time:

    6 minutes

    What You’ll need:

    1.5 oz porridge oats
    1 cup  semi-skimmed milk
    1 tbsp low-fat Greek yoghurt
    1 tbsp honey
    handful of toasted flaked almonds

    How to prepare:

    Put the oats and 200ml of milk into a small saucepan. Stir well, then place over high heat until the mixture begins to boil. Reduce the heat to low and stir for 3-5 minutes as the porridge thickens. Take the pan from heat and pour into a bowl. Top with a spoonful of yoghurt, a little honey, chopped banana and a scattering of toasted almonds.

    2. Full English Healthy Breakfast 

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      Time:

      12 minutes

      What you’ll need:

      Olive oil
      1 Portobello mushroom
      5 cherry tomatoes
      Sea salt and black pepper
      4 strips of bacon
      2 large eggs
      2 slices of rye bread, toasted

      How to prepare:

      Preheat the grill to the highest setting. Half-fill a wide, shallow pan with water and bring to simmer. Line a large baking sheet with foil, then brush with a little olive oil.

      Trim the mushrooms, removing their stalks, then lay on the baking sheet. Place the cherry tomatoes along side. Drizzle a little olive oil and sprinkle with a pinch of each salt and pepper. Lay the bacon in a single layer on the baking sheet. Place under the broiler for 5 minutes until the mushrooms are tender and the bacon is golden brown around the edges.

      To poach the eggs, break each one into a cup. Add a dash of vinegar to the pan of simmering water, and whisk the water in a circular motion to create a whirlpool effect. Gently slide the eggs into the centre of the whirlpool, one at a time, then reduce the heat to a low simmer. Poach for 1-2 minutes.

      Slide the bacon, mushrooms, and tomatoes onto a serving plate. Carefully lift out the poached egg with a slotted spoon, dab the bottom of the spoon with kitchen paper to absorb any excess water and slide onto rye toast. Grind some pepper over the eggs and serve.

      3. Southern Italian Scrambled Eggs On Toast

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        Time:

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        10 Minutes

        What you’ll need:

        4 egg yolks
        2 egg whites
        Olive oil
        Garlic powder
        Parsley
        Slice of thick whole-grain bread
        Tomato paste

        How to prepare:

        Place a nonstick skillet on a burner and turn to a low heat. Pour in a little olive oil. Separate your four eggs yolks from the white into a cup. Keep two of the remaining eggs whites in a separate cup. Pour your 4 egg yolks into the skillet, stir for 1 minute then add the remaining egg whites. Add a pinch of black pepper and salt. Stir in your chopped parsley and garlic powder. Drizzle olive oil. Stir eggs every minute or so until the eggs are mostly solid but still reflect and look moist.Toast your bread and spread the tomato paste evenly. Serve eggs on on top.

        4. Berry & Yoghurt Smoothie 

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          Time:

          2 minutes

          What you’ll need:

          1.5 oz rasberries
          1.5 oz blackberries
          3 heaped tbsp low-fat natural yoghurt
          1 cup of skimmed milk
          1 tbsp of sugar free syrup

          How to prepare:

          Place all ingredients into a blender and whizz until smooth, sweetening the mixture with syrup to taste. Serve in a chilled glass. Add ice (optional).

          5. Ricotta & Walnut Baked Mushrooms

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            Time:

            10 minutes

            What you’ll need:

            Olive oil
            3 oz of baby mushrooms
            Sea salt and black pepper
            3 oz of ricotta
            Oregano
            0.5 oz chopped walnuts
            2 slices of multi-seed rye bread or brochette

            How to prepare:

            Heat the oven to 200 degree. Line a large baking sheet with foil and brush with a little olive oil. Place the mushrooms on the baking sheet. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

            In a bowl, mix together the ricotta, walnuts and oregano. Spread a teaspoonful of the mixture on top of each mushroom. The drizzle a little olive oil. Bake for 8 minutes until mushrooms are tender. Lightly toast the rye bread in the meantime. Arrange mushrooms on top of the rye bread and serve warm.

            Healthy Lunch

            1. Arugula, Avocado, And Roma Salad

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              Time:

              10 minutes

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              What You’ll need:

              1 bunch of arugula
              Sliced roma tomatos
              Half of an avocado
              Olive oil
              Diced red apples

              How to prepare:

              Wash the arugula properly. Place the leaves in the middle of a towel, roll up both ends and swing ten times to force the remanning water into the towel. Add the arugula to a mixing bowl. Cut the Roma tomatoes into thin slices. Add sea salt and pepper to the mixing bowl. Drizzle the olive oil. Add the tomatoes and diced apples to the mixing bowl and then the mix with your hands. Cut open the avocado with a sharp knife and twist the halves apart like you’re opening a jar. Peel the avocado skin off, and place on a flat surface. Cut into into squares. Then transfer on top of your salad and serve in a bowl.

              2. Herb Omelette With Cherry Tomatos  

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                Time:

                8 minutes

                What you’ll need:

                6 cherry tomatoes
                1 tbsp olive oil
                Sea salt and black pepper
                3 large eggs
                Handful of mixed herb leaves such as parsley and chives.

                How to prepare:

                Halve the cheery tomatoes or cut into quarters. Heat the olive oil in a non stick omelette pan and pour in the tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper and fry on a medium heat for 1-2 minutes until the tomatoes are soft.

                Meanwhile, lightly beat the eggs in a bowl. Scatter the chopped herbs over the tomatoes, then pour in the eggs. Quickly stir and shake the pan. When the omelette is almost set, take the pan of the heat. Fold the omelette using a spatula. Slide onto a plate and serve immediately.

                3. Smoked Chicken Salad

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                  Time:

                  10 minutes

                  What you’ll need:

                  1 ripe mango
                  1 ripe avocado
                  Squeeze of lemon juice
                  1/3 lb. of smoked chicken breast
                  3.5 oz mixed salad leaves, such as baby spinach and rocket
                  1 tbsp pine nutes
                  Olive oil

                  For the dressing

                  1 tbsp orange juice
                  1 tbsp lemon juice
                  1 tbsp of mustard
                  1 tbsp olive oil
                  Sea salt and black pepper

                  How to prepare:

                  Peel the mango and cut the flesh away from the stone into thin slices. halve the avocado and remove the stone. Peel off the skin and slice into fresh strips. Squeeze over a little lemon juice, then arrange over the mango slices.

                  Cut the chicken into thin slices and put on the plate. Neatly pile the salad leaves in the middle.

                  For the dressing, whisk all the ingredients together in a bowl. Spoon the dressing over the salad and serve with a handful of pine nuts.

                  4. Flatbread, Feta & Chickpea Salad 

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                    Time:

                    10 minutes

                    What you’ll need:

                    1 large thin flat bread, or pitta
                    Pinch of paprika
                    2 tbsp olive oil
                    Half red onion thinly slices
                    Half red chili chopped
                    7 oz of chickpeas rinsed
                    Handful of parsley
                    2.5 oz of feta cheese
                    Diced turkey chunks

                    How to prepare:

                    Heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Split the bread horizontally. Mix the paprika with the 1tbsp olive oil. Brush a piece of bread with this mixture and place on a baking sheet. Bake until lightly golden and crisp, 2 minutes for thin flatbreads, 4 minutes for pittas.

                    Meanwhile, heat the remaining olive oil in a pan, add the onion and cook, stirring over a medium heat for 5 minutes until soft. Add the garlic and chili and fry for another minute. Pour in the chick peas and stir into the mix. Add the parsley. Pour into a large bowl. Add the diced turkey. Crumble the feta cheese over the mixture and toss well.

                    Serve with the bread on the side.

                    5. Healthy Burger 

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                      Time: 10 minutes

                      What you’ll need:

                      Low fat ground turkey
                      Black pepper and salt
                      2 tbsp olive oil
                      Garlic powder
                      Whole-grain seasoned bun

                      How to prepare:

                      Preheat a nonstick skillet with a dash of olive oil. Meanwhile, put all ingredients into a mixing bowl. Mix together with hands. Mould the mince into a patty. Add more turkey for a larger portion. Cook the burger 3 minutes on each side until nicely browned. Season the burger with some extra salt and pepper. Serve on a bun with leafy greens.

                      Healthy Desert

                      1. Coconut, Vanilla And Lime Pops

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                        Hands on time: 5 minutes

                        Note: allow 6 hours for coconut pops to freeze. 

                        What you’ll need:

                        2 cups coconut milk
                        Honey 1 tbsp
                        2 tbsp lime juice
                        1 tbsp vanilla essence
                        Lollipop freeze moulds
                        Pinch of salt

                        How to prepare:

                        In a large bowl, whisk together all of the ingredients. Drizzle a little honey into the bottom of the ice pop moulds and sprinkle a few grains of salt. Divide the mixture among the moulds, and freeze until solid for at least 6 hours, or overnight. To loosen, dip them in a bowl of warm water.

                         2. Mixed Berry And Greek Yoghurt Wraps 

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                        Berry wraps

                          Time:

                          5 minutes

                          What you’ll need

                          Mixed Berries of choice
                          Low fat Greek yoghurt
                          Whole-grain tortilla wrap
                          1 Tbsp honey

                          How to prepare:

                          With a spoon, spread the honey over the tortilla wrap in a circular motion. Add your mixed berries of choice. Add the Greek yoghurt, and wrap. Add more honey on top (optional)

                          3. Peanut Butter And Protein Flapjacks 

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                            Time:

                            15 minutes

                            What you’ll need

                            2.5 oz of oats
                            1 scoop of vanilla protein powder (optional)
                            1 cup of milk or almond milk
                            3 tbsp of stevia or sweetener
                            2 tbsp of peanut butter

                            How to prepare:

                            Preheat the oven to 275 degrees F. Meanwhile, put all ingredients into a mixing bowl. Mix together, and pour onto a thin baking tray. Cook in the over for 10 minutes. Serve hot or cold.

                            4. Peanut Butter and Oat Pancakes, with Frozen Yoghurt

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                              Time: 10 Minutes

                              What you’ll need:

                              2 whole eggs
                              3 egg whites
                              2 tbsp natural peanut butter
                              1/2 cup skimmed milk
                              1.5 oz of oats
                              2 scoops of vanilla whey protein (optional)
                              Frozen yoghurt

                              Heat the frying pan on a low setting, add a dash of oil. Mix ingredients in a mixing bowl, or add ingredients to a blender. Simply pour the contents into the frying pan, and fry till nice and golden. Serve with frozen yoghurt and extra peanut butter.

                              5. Grilled Peanut Butter And Dark Chocolate Sandwich

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                                Time: 5 minutes

                                What you’ll need:

                                1 oz of dark chocolate (85%)
                                2 tbsp natural peanut butter
                                2 slices of whole-grain bread
                                Half chopped banana

                                How to prepare:

                                Heat the dark chocolate to a thin consistency, then add to a bowl. Mix the peanut butter and dark chocolate together. Spread thickly on a slice of bread, and place the second slice on top. Grill until lightly toasted, and serve.

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                                Last Updated on November 17, 2019

                                20 Creative Ways To Say Thank You

                                20 Creative Ways To Say Thank You

                                Saying, “Thank you,” can be difficult to do. Some things just demand a little something extra because of the magnitude of the favor or the depth of appreciation involved. But what can you do to say thank you in a meaningful way? Sometimes you have to get a little more creative than just firing off an email. Here are 20 creative ways to say thank you that your friends and family will remember and cherish!

                                1. Make a gift bag.

                                A unique, homemade gift bag with a custom label or a note is a simple but heartfelt way to show your appreciation for the wonderful things your friends or family have done for you.

                                2. Give a toast.

                                Many people fear public speaking more than death, giving this particular thank-you a little extra meaning. Composing a sincere, eloquent toast and delivering it is a nice way to show appreciation that truly comes from the heart.

                                3. Write a poem.

                                “Roses are red, violets are blue…” Uh, you could write that...but why not put a little extra zing in it? Find out what their favorite kind of poetry is: haiku, free verse, iambic pentameter, and so on. (Google them if you don’t know what they are.) Then write one that expresses why they deserve your thanks…and why you’re glad to give it!

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                                4. Create your own labels.

                                There are a number of websites that offer custom gift labels. Find one that fits your personality and that of your friends and create a personalized thank-you label!

                                5. Give a gift card.

                                Sometimes choosing what to give a friend can be tough. A gift card is a good way to get around this problem. As always, be sure to include a personalized note or card thanking the recipient for their friendship and help.

                                6. Send a letter.

                                Snail-mail is a largely lost art form. Don’t worry about how long the letter is, though. What really matters here is that you took the time to put pen to paper and express your feelings sincerely and honestly!

                                7. Use social media to send a special message.

                                If someone’s done something you think the whole world should know about, why not put out a social media blast? Use your blog, your Facebook, your Google+ account, and your Twitter to spread the word about why this person’s someone your friends will want to know too!

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                                8. Make your own digital greeting card.

                                While an email isn’t always the best way to go when saying thank you, a digital greeting card that you put time and effort into creating can really brighten someone’s day! Make the card reflect the recipient’s personality and compose a short message of thanks for their generosity.

                                9. Make a YouTube video.

                                Sometimes, actually hearing someone say, “Thank you,” can make all the difference. Why not take it a step further and create a special video of thanks for your friends, family, and those special people who helped make your day so important…or who helped you through that rough time?

                                10. Deliver cookies or candies.

                                Making something yourself is a fun and delightful way to say thank you to someone. Create a sampling of baked goods or homemade candies and decorate them with a simple message, or make them so they form letters! (Think Valentine’s candies, only situationally appropriate.) Attach a thank-you note or label and surprise those special people with the gift of your time and creativity.

                                11. Make surprise gifts for guests.

                                There’s no need to wait until “later” to send a thank-you message. Why not do it at the time? Create little gift packets or bags for your guests with surprises inside. This is a great way to say thanks to the people who attended your event, and make sure they won’t want to miss the next one!

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                                12. Put together a flower basket.

                                Whether you prefer fresh or artificial flowers, assembling a flower basket with a thank-you note is an excellent way to brighten someone’s day and show you appreciate them.

                                13. Take a picture.

                                Sometimes capturing the moment is the best way to put a smile on someone’s face. Have someone take a picture of you receiving that special gift or opening that surprise package and send the giver a copy with a quick but sincere note to say thanks!

                                14. Repay their generosity by paying it forward.

                                The best gifts come from the heart, and the best way to repay a gift is to pay it forward. If your friend has a special cause they care about or something they believe in passionately, why not make a donation in their name or volunteer some of your time to the cause? This will mean more than any number of cookies, candies, or thank-you notes because you’re taking your friend’s love and spreading it around to others.

                                15. Do something special for them.

                                Take them out to dinner. (See “make a toast.”) Give them that movie they’ve been wanting forever. Cook them dinner and give them a present when they arrive. Any of these are good options for showing someone you really appreciate them and how grateful you are to have them in your life.

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                                16. Reciprocate their help.

                                Everyone needs help sometime. Whether it’s holding their hand through a particularly traumatic incident or helping them replace the alternator in their car, being there when they need it shows you remember what they did for you and how much it meant. It also shows that you’re willing to be just as good a friend to them as they were to you!

                                17. Be there for them.

                                Not every thank-you gesture has to be a grand public spectacle. Sometimes just giving them a place to come hang out when they’re lonely or showing up to offer them a sympathetic shoulder means the world to a person.

                                18. Listen to them.

                                Listening is almost as lost an art as the handwritten letter. When your friend or family member needs to talk, listen to them. Ask questions when appropriate, but just letting them know you’re there and paying attention to them to the exclusion of all else for a little while is a great way to say thank you for the times they listened to you.

                                19. Say it in another language…or two…

                                A simple thank you is great…but why not spice it up a little? Instead of just saying, “Thank you,” write or make a video of you telling them thank you in different languages. Some examples might be, “Gracias! Merci! Danke schoen! Spasibo! Mahalo!” and any other ways or languages you can think of. (The ones listed above are Spanish, French, German, Russian, and Hawaiian, in case you were wondering.) If you want to really get tricky about it, say a short phrase in each language that conveys why you’re thanking them!

                                20. Show them some love.

                                A simple touch, a hug, or helping out when they need it without being asked may be the most powerful gratitude message you can send. Offer to take the dogs for a walk, sit for the kids for a few hours, or run to the grocery store so they don’t have to. The little things are often the most important and meaningful. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t still send a note, but sometimes your simple presence and willingness to help is all that really matters.

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