15 Low-Fuss, Big-Flavor Recipes
3 No-Sweat Oatmeal Recipes1 of 12
Oatmeal takes 10 minutes to cook and, once it's done, it's a blank canvas. You can add ingredients to make it sweet, spicy, salty, smoky or whatever your taste buds desire. Here, you'll learn how to turn oatmeal into two heart-healthy breakfasts and one delectable dessert.
3 Simple Seasonal Dinners2 of 12
A surefire way to simplify the cooking process is to use seasonal ingredients. When produce is at its freshest, you don't have to do much to make it taste good. And that means less time spent futzing in the kitchen. During the fall and winter months, produce such as butternut squash, apples and leeks are in season. These dishes use all three.
Breakfast Slow-Cooker Frittata3 of 12
There are two things everyone's favorite 1970s-era culinary electronic does well: brings out flavor and cooks so you don't have to. You simply throw your favorite ingredients and seasonings in the basin of the slow cooker, turn it on, and walk away. When you come back hours later, voila, your meal is served. This frittata is all about traditional breakfast flavors: eggs, sausage and potatoes.
Healthy Tuna Cakes With Creamy Chive Sauce4 of 12
Canned tuna has the potential to taste like Mittens' dinner if its flavor isn't balanced properly. With this recipe, equalization is found. The chives, onions and spicy mustard stand up to the briny fish while the mayo, yogurt and homemade breadcrumbs mellow it out. Yes, you read that right: You're going to learn how to make homemade breadcrumbs. The process is so easy you'll wonder why you ever brought pre-made ones.
Lentil, Sweet Potato and Apple Stew5 of 12
This hot, hearty dish is the perfect antidote to post-workout hunger during the cooler months. It utilizes fiber-packed produce along with protein-rich lentils. Once you chop and sautee, you can walk away and let your stove simmer it to perfection while you sit back and enjoy the aroma wafting through your house.
Nutty Date Recovery Shake6 of 12
Despite its name, this recovery shake won't help you recuperate after a bad blind date. It will, however, give your body the protein and carbohydrates it needs to restore energy and repair muscle micro-tears after a vigorous workout. There are only five ingredients in this shake, and your blender does all the work. And because dates are naturally sweet, there's no need to add sweeteners.
Quinoa Mac, Greens and Cheese7 of 12
You're not going to find any orange mystery dust doubling as cheese in this recipe. This healthier mac and cheese calls for raw-milk cheddar, which contains 10 percent more B vitamins and 25 percent more vitamin C than pasteurized milks and cheeses. The quinoa pasta is high in protein and the spinach is a rich source of vitamin K. Best yet, you can cook up this recipe in 10 minutes flat.
Santa Fe Stuffed Sweet Potatoes8 of 12
Keeping with the 10-minute theme, here's another super-quick recipe. The sweet potato cooks in the microwave while you're browning up some ground turkey and onions. Then you stuff the potato with the turkey-onion mixture and top it with salsa, tomatoes, yogurt and guacamole. This dish is dense with nutrients and flavor.
Savory Shitake Bowl with Kale, Tofu and Brown Rice9 of 12
Shitake mushrooms and soy sauce give this easy-to-make recipe its bold flavor. Kale brings to the bowl more than 45 different flavonoid compounds. And you get your protein and carbs from the tofu and brown rice. What more could you want? A little spice from wasabi paste and red pepper flakes? Done and done.
Slow-Cooker Mexican Oat Chili10 of 12
If you've never thought to add steel-cut oats to chili, consider today a new beginning. They add texture and fiber, and soak up all the south-of-the-border flavors featured in this dish. Your slow cooker will need about 3 to 4 hours to work its magic.
Toasted Rainbow Quinoa With Roasted Tomatoes11 of 12
Peanut butter and jelly, coffee and chocolate, wine and cheese: some flavor combinations simply go together. Tomatoes and basil are another power duo to add to the list. This easy vegetarian recipe touts these red-and-green teammates along with a complete-protein base: quinoa. You can have it and all its classic Italian flavor on the table in less than 30 minutes.