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the kids, or entertaining friends at home. Each recipe promises a completely different
taste experience, and all are really easy-to-make.
Super healthy lunch and no messy kitchen! A great recipe to use leftover chicken
or turkey breast.
5 Super Quick and Easy No-Cook Meal Ideas
By Rebecca Garcia
When it's too warm and humid to slave over a hot stove, or you aren't really in the
mood for cooking on busy days and the family wants meals fast, that's where these
super tasty and incredibly easy no-cook dinner ideas/recipes come to the rescue.
Wonderfully adaptive, unbelievably affordable and guaranteed to keep rumbling stomachs
satisfied, you'll love each and every one of them.
And, the best part – you don't need to be an expert in the kitchen to make them –
there’s no baking, stir-frying, roasting, grilling, stewing or crockpotting involved.
Yes, they're that simple to "cook"!
Easy and Healthy No-Cook Recipes
1. Chinese Sesame Chicken Salad
You'll need these ingredients:
1 carrot, 2 (5-ounce) bags baby spinach, 1 small red onion, 3 tablespoons toasted
sesame seeds, 2 cups shredded skinless chicken meat from 1 rotisserie chicken, 1
tablespoon grated fresh ginger, 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce, 2 tablespoons
rice wine vinegar (or sherry), and ¼ cup sesame oil
How to make sesame chicken salad:
Peel carrot, and shave into long thin strips using a vegetable peeler. Slice onion
into thin circles. Place both ingredients in a large serving bowl. Add spinach, onion,
sesame seeds, and shredded chicken.
To make the dressing, whisk together ginger, soy sauce, vinegar, and oil in another
bowl until well combined. Pour over chicken salad. Toss and serve immediately.
Note: You can replace baby spinach with any other leafy veggies that you like.
2. Spicy Kimchi Tofu Salad
Get ready these ingredients:
2 blocks extra-firm tofu, 1½ cups kimchi (finely chopped), ⅓ cup low-sodium soy sauce,
2½ tablespoons rice vinegar, 2 teaspoon sesame oil, 2 tablespoons mirin (Japanese
sweet cooking wine), 2 scallions (finely chopped white and green parts only)
How to make kimchee tofu salad:
Drain and pat dry tofu with paper towel, and then cut each block into 8 large rectangles.
Place in the fridge for about 10-15 minutes. Meanwhile, combine remaining ingredients
except scallions in a medium bowl.
Remove tofu, and drizzle dressing over the chilled tofu pieces. Cover and refrigerate
for 5 minutes. Sprinkle scallions over tofu salad just before serving.
Note: To make tofu really firm, press it between two plates and then weigh down with
something heavy such as a wooden cutting board or a heavy skillet for about 30 minutes.
Tip out excess water.
3. Thai Beef Lettuce Wraps
Gather these ingredients:
2 cups lean roast beef (deli beef or cooked leftover roast beef, thinly sliced),
1 tablespoon hot sauce (or Thai sweet chili sauce), 1 tablespoon fish sauce, juice
of 1 lime,1 jalapeno pepper (thinly sliced), ½ small red onion (thinly sliced), 1
medium carrot (grated) 1 head Boston lettuce leaves (or Bibb)
How to make beef lettuce wraps:
Place sliced beef, onion, carrot, and jalapeno pepper in a large bowl. Set aside.
In a small bowl, combine hot sauce, fish sauce, and lime juice. Drizzle sauce over
To assemble beef wraps, place 1-2 heap tablespoonfuls of filling into lettuce leaves,
and roll up.
Note: For variation, try rice paper wraps, or egg roll wrappers.
4. Healthy Tuna Open-Faced Sandwiches
Ingredients needed are:
2 (7-ounce) cans chunk light tuna in water, salt and freshly ground black pepper
(to taste), 6 tablespoons reduced-fat mayonnaise, 2 teaspoons mild mustard, 2 tablespoons
red bell pepper (finely chopped), 2 tablespoons yellow bell pepper (finely chopped),
4 thick slices multigrain bread, and salad leaves
How to make low fat tuna sandwich:
Drain tuna. Place all ingredients in a large bowl and season to taste with salt and
freshly ground black pepper. Mix well.
Arrange some salad leaves on each slice of bread and top with tuna mixture to serve.
Note: If you hate the mess of draining the cans of tuna, you might want to try John
West "No Drain Less Mess "canned tuna range (UK).
5. Cold Black Bean Soup
The ingredients are:
2 cans black beans, 1 large can tomatoes, juice of 1 lemon, 1 tablespoon toastedcumin seeds, 2 cloves garlic, 1 cup vegetable stock (or chicken stock), salt and
pepper (to taste)
How to make cold black bean soup:
Rinse and drain black beans. Add beans, tomatoes, lemon juice, cumin seeds, garlic
and vegetable stock into a food processor. Puree and season with salt and pepper.
Chill for 20 minutes.
To serve, toss a few halved cherry tomatoes and avocado slices on top. Add a dollop
of sour cream or Greek yogurt and fresh dill, if desired.
Note: Cold black bean soup taste just as good when served at room temperature.