50 healthy, 10 minute meals

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This long weekend has been really lovely.

With some friends visiting from Melbourne, it’s been a great chance to take it easy and spend some quality time hanging out in the kitchen with a glass of wine or two. I’ve loved passing the weekend making pasta from scratch and whipping up a decadent batch of ice cream.

But it got me thinking.

While spending a heap of time in the kitchen is fun, it really isn’t practical for everyday. And more importantly, lots of time and effort doesn’t result in food that is proportionally more delicious or satisfying.

To be honest, most of my favourite 10 minutes mid-week meals are just as lovely in their own way.

So I thought it was about time I pulled together a list of my top 50 favourite healthy 10 minute meals so they’re all together in the one spot. Enjoy!

breakfasts

1. fried eggs with spinach
2. tetsuya’s scrambled eggs

lunches

3. tomato, almond & pesto salad
4. big-ass avocado salad
5. washing up-free salad
6. quinoa tabbouleh
7. white bean & tomato soup
8. mixed sprout & avocado salad
9. broccoli & parmesan soup
10. tuna & white bean salad
11. shaved cabbage & yoghurt salad
12. carrot ribbon salad with pesto and cashews
13. frozen pea salad with bacon
14. cabbage & crispy noodle salad
15. japanese salads
16. warm chickpea salad with rosemary & garlic
17. butter bean & tuna salad

vegetarian dinners

18. smoky tomato & lentil soup
19. super simple broccoli with chickpeas & tahini
20. braised greens with butter + a poached egg
21. vegetable & white bean stew
22. zucchini ‘cabonara’
23. lentil ragu with zucchini ‘noodles’
24. broccoli & tofu stir fry
25. tomato scrambled tofu
26. couscous & broccolini salad
27. veggie kebabs with st patrick’s day mash
28. curried tofu scramble
29. chilli spiced tofu with hummus
30. butter chickpea curry
31. pasta with butter beans & red wine
32. macaroni with buttered peas
33. smoked tofu ‘cabonara’
34. simple soba noodle soup
35. pan fried tofu with spiced yoghurt
36. rice & lentils
37. egg fried rice

pescetarian dinners

38. mussels with chilli
39. super simple broccoli with tuna & white bean mash
40. couscous with tuna & cherry tomato sauce

carnivore dinners

41. butter beans with tomato & chorizo
42. ground beef with buttery zucchini
43. chicken ‘almost’ vindaloo
44. lamb & spinach curry
45. simple burgers with quick tomato sauce
46. warm lentils with brussels sprouts & proscuitto
47. beef & broccoli stir fry
48. pasta with sausages & crushed peas
49. lamb cutlets with crushed chickpeas and sugar snap peas
50. chorizo with chickpeas & tomato

And if you have any favourite 10 minute meals, I’d love to hear about them in the comments.
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And a big THANKYOU to our judges, Barbara from Winos and Foodies, Tara from Tea & Cookies, Clotilde from Chocolate & Zucchini and Molly from Orangette. I really appreciated having your help choosing the winners!

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Mandy - The Complete Cook Book June 13, 2011 at 7:43 pm

Great one page list for quick meal ideas.
:-) Mandy

Erin June 13, 2011 at 7:53 pm

Love this, thanks heaps!

Olga @ PolkaDot Lighthouse June 13, 2011 at 8:02 pm

Great selection! Directly to my bookmarks! The perfecto combination: healthy, quick and delicious dishes :)

jules June 13, 2011 at 8:50 pm

thanks mandy, erin & olga
glad you found it useful!

Tasha @ Voracious June 13, 2011 at 9:22 pm

Yay! This list is so wonderful. Those times when meals have to be made in a hurry is when I often feel stumped and return to the same old thing. With this that won’t be the case anymore. Thank you!

Cheila June 13, 2011 at 9:25 pm

Jules, let me tell you…this post really is something…FABULASTIC!

All this healthy, savory and quick meals!I look forward to try 1,2,3,4,5,6…ok…almost all the recipes!

Thank you for posting your great ideas!

wembolina June 13, 2011 at 9:31 pm

Thanks SO much for this – such a timely post!! My fella and I are about to head overseas for 5 months and yesterday I said “we should go through stone soup and bookmark a bunch of recipes we can cook on the road” – BUT YOU DID IT FOR US!!!

This is super ace. I can’t wait to cook up several storms in Iceland, Norway and New York!! Yippeeeee!!!!!!!

xx

TheFrugalEcologist June 13, 2011 at 10:09 pm

wow, this is great! Reminds me of the 101 recipe lists that Mark Bittman does. You are awesome!

Alice June 13, 2011 at 10:55 pm

That so much for the wondeful selection of recipes all in one page!! I retired from a stressful job with long hours where I either skipped meals or ate out at odd hours. Now that I am retired with a reduced pension I am struggling to save money and to get out of the habit of eating out. I used to love to cook but now with my arthritis it is all the prep time to prepare meals and the mess of cleaning up afterward for one person that I am avoiding. Your simple and delicious recipes are inspiring me to start making the effort to cook at home again and save money too!

Margie June 13, 2011 at 11:07 pm

First, I love these quick and simple recipes! But I notice a lot of them call for canned beans or lentils, and where I am currently staying in Honduras they just have a strange flavor. Another option is to cook up a whole bag of beans or lentils and freeze them in single-serve portions. These would be easy to transport to work, would be thawed by lunch time, and take no time to cook if you soak them over night.

Charley June 13, 2011 at 11:16 pm

Your post is very timely.I’m in the middle of trying to plan ahead for weekday meals now I’ve just gone back to work after baby no.2. Here’s an idea for a very tasty garlic mushrooms on toast in ten

some mushrooms (however many you can eat at once on toast)
Sourdough or any kind of bread you can slice
garlic
butter
Feta Cheese

Slice your mushies. Chop up a clove or two of garlic and fry up in butter on moderate heat. Add mushrooms and fry until soft and garlicky. Meanwhile toast the sourdough. When toast is ready and still hot, wipe one side with a clove of garlic (optional). Tip mushrooms onto toasted sourdough and sprinkle with crumbled feta. If you want to add a 6th ingredient you can have some rocket on the side with balsamic :)

Kristen June 13, 2011 at 11:40 pm

Saw this post on twitter this morning. What a great idea to have this list on your fridge for those kind of days. Love it.
Kristen Bowen

Caroline June 14, 2011 at 12:29 am

I love food, and real fresh food- but won’t cook anything unless its quick like these recipes. Thank you thank you for putting it together!
Caroline

Scott @ PSI Seminars June 16, 2011 at 5:46 am

Great list! I make something very similar to your tuna & white bean salad, except that I use chopped celery instead of spinach and then garnish it with fresh ground black pepper. Try it!

One of my favorite simple meals is sausage and cabbage soup. It only takes a couple of minutes of prep time, but might take a little more than 10 minutes if you count the time it takes to get the water boiling.
1 head of green cabbage, chopped coarse
12-16oz lean smoked sausage (turkey works, but I prefer beef or venison)
1-2 cloves or 1-2 tbsp minced garlic
Fresh ground black pepper to taste
Tabasco to taste

Put it in just enough water to almost cover everything, bring it to a boil, and in about 10 minutes it’s done. The sausage provides just enough salt.

Rika June 16, 2011 at 7:48 am

Such a useful list, especially if you’re a parent. Thank you!
One of my go-to quick meals which was a lifesaver after my second child, is this:
2 cans chickpeas/garbanzo beans
1 small can tomato paste
1 can coconut milk (shake well before opening)
curry powder or paste (to taste)
Stir together, heat and serve over any starch you like (rice, potatoes, noodles, naan…)
As an extra, I sometimes chop an apple to add at the end before serving.
Pls note: Doesn’t taste great re-heated the next day, in my opinion.
Makes enough for 4-6 servings.
Enjoy!

yasmeen @ wandering spice June 17, 2011 at 7:00 pm

what a fantastic list! bookmarking :)

i often throw together whatever veggies are in my fridge with some goat or feta cheese and make a fritatta or spanish tortilla. or a nice little salade nicoise!

Marthe June 19, 2011 at 8:45 pm

Great list!

But Jules, I wish you would do more breakfast recipes and posts.

As a moody girl, I don’t like breakfasts that spike my blood sugar and leads me down the emotional rollercoaster once the carbs begin to get out of my system.

And my problem is that I don’t like eggs.

Do you have any breakfast tips for me when all things too heavy on carbs, and eggs are not an option? I’d like to keep it fresh, and since I like to lie in, I’d love an option that can be made in 10 minutes or less. (I’m also lactose-intolerant, just to complicate the matter.)

Thank you in advance, I’m sure I’m not the only one who needs healthy breakfast advice!

Marthe

Mrs Wils June 20, 2011 at 2:19 pm

Just discovered your blog and what a post to start on! Loving it :)

Molly June 23, 2011 at 5:57 am

Here is a super easy and tasty recipe that takes ten minutes or less:

Saute onions and garlic in a little olive oil, add sliced zucchini, then chopped tomatoes, then chopped feta cheese until it melts a little bit. You need no seasoning at all because the cheese is a little salty and the garlic and onions make the flavor! Super easy and tasty. You can eat this with some instant couscous, pasta, or potatoes if you need a starch, otherwise it is great just as it is!

Danielle May 16, 2012 at 6:27 am

I have a fail safe 10 minute meal that I adore- Five spice crispy fish with miso broth. Recipe is on my blog. It’s total comfort food for me and it’s super healthy. It’s great spending hours creating gorgeous meals, but sometimes there’s a lot to be said for a 10 minute wonder!!

jules May 17, 2012 at 9:49 am

Thanks for sharing Danielle!

CJ March 10, 2013 at 4:02 pm

Thank you for putting together this collection! Here are a few easy 5-minute recipes from our household:

QUICK THAI RED CURRY
2 large handfuls baby carrots (or a leftover cooked vegetable)
2 large handfuls baby spinach and/or baby kale
1 can coconut milk
3 Tbsp Thai Red Curry Paste + 1-2 Tbsp soy or fish sauce, to taste
Several cups leftover cooked rice
-Boil the baby carrots in coconut milk and then simmer 15 minutes until tender. If you are using a leftover cooked vegetable, simply heat in the coconut milk (no need to fully boil). Add red curry paste and soy or fish sauce to the pan and stir until well-combined and evenly heated, about 2-3 minutes. Add rinsed baby spinach or kale and stir about 1 minute until bright green and slightly wilted. Remove from heat and serve sauce over rice. NOTE: You can add left-over cooked chicken or cubed tofu if desired.

QUICK RAMEN NOODLES w/ HMD Sauce
-This is my go-to recipe when we get home later than planned.
2 packages Ramen or Soba noodles or Rice noodles, cooked according to package directions (none of those choices take more than a few mins)
Discard spice packets and make this homemade Ramen sauce while the noodles are cooking – it takes about 2 minutes. The recipes is from Arthur Schwartz, one of my all-time favorite cooks (http://thefoodmaven.com/), in his marvelous “What’s To Eat?” Pantry Cookbook I highly recommend:
HMD LEMON ORIENTAL SAUCE:
1/4 cup lemon juice, about 1 lemon’s juice (I often use bottled lemon juice)
2 Tbsp soy sauce
2 tsp dark sesame oil (Korean grocers sell the best-quality sesame oil)
1 tsp minced garlic (I use jarred for convenience)
1 tsp minced ginger (I use jarred for convenience)
-Shake together in closed jar or bottle and pour over cooked noodles.
For a more substantial meal, I will add left-over cooked vegetables into the boiling water near end of boiling time to reheat the vegetables briefly prior to eating, or add left-over cooked chopped meat, chicken, fish, whatever you have on hand at the start of boiling time to reheat — simply drain pasta water and your entire meal is heated up and ready to be tossed with the sauce.

Kim April 6, 2013 at 6:37 am

Wow! What a great list. Thanks for the inspiration.

Savannah April 6, 2013 at 8:14 am

Thank you so much for this! So excited to try some… :D

Zoe April 7, 2013 at 8:45 am

Instantly bookmarked :) thank you.

Yin April 13, 2013 at 12:28 am

Great post, thank you for so many wonderful ideas.
One comment though, I noticed a lot of canned products are used in your recipes. We all use canned products, but one thing to remember is can lining almost always contains BPA, which is an especially sensitive chemical for children. There are a lot of research on this subject on line. Would be great to hear some quick n easy alternatives to canned products!

Carmen April 14, 2013 at 9:36 pm

Based on the strength of these great recipes after finding your blog, I decided to buy your book before even trying one from the website! Tonight I made the chickpea + soba soup. So good. Very simple and tasty. I’ve worked as a short-order cook for many years and my boyfriend is a chef in fine dining. I’ve since changed careers (which means a 2 hour commute each day… urgh) and to be honest, I’ve disliked cooking at home for a very long time. I always thought meal making had to be a production and I often forget what is simple in a commercial kitchen can be tough to replicate at home… and I don’t have a kitchen hand at home!
I look forward to preparing many more meals from the book and from the blog… Never know, I might try one on the boyfriend?
Thank you thank you.

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