Healthy 6-Ingredient Meals You Can Make in Under 25 Minutes

In a perfect world, our kitchens would always be stocked with healthy ingredients, and we’d have plenty of time each day to prepare nutritious meals. Unfortunately, hectic work schedules, family obligations, and other various activities often prevent many of us from having a lot of time for grocery shopping and meal preparation — but that doesn’t mean you can’t still eat healthy. You can prepare low-maintenance meals, which require no more than 25 minutes and six ingredients. From breakfast to dinner, these seven nutritious recipes are perfect for days when you have a limited selection of ingredients and very little time.

1. 2-Ingredient Pancakes

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Pancakes don’t have to be complicated | iStock.com

Round up your bananas and eggs — it’s time to make Food.com’s recipe for nutritious and low-maintenance pancakes. Bananas are a great source of potassium, vitamins B-6 and C, manganese, and fiber. The recipe yields 1 serving.

Ingredients:

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 ripe banana
  • Cooking spray, for pan

Head to Food.com for the full recipe. 

2. Broccoli-Cheddar Omelet

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Omelets are easy to make for any meal | iStock.com

Set aside five minutes each morning to prepare Fitness Magazine’s broccoli-cheddar omelet. With one serving containing 298 calories, 3 grams of fat, 31 grams of protein, and 10 grams of fiber, this is a nutritious way to kick-start your day.

Ingredients:

  • 1¼ cups egg whites
  • 3 cups broccoli florets, coarsely chopped
  • ¼ cup shredded nonfat cheddar cheese
  • 4 slices whole-grain bread, toasted
  • 1 teaspoon seasoning mix

Head to Fitness Magazine for the full recipe.

3. Sautéed Chicken Breasts

Grilled chicken

Use these chicken breasts in many different recipes to complete a meal | iStock.com

Cooking Light’s recipe is affordable, healthy, and convenient. These sautéed chicken breasts work great as a topper for salads and pasta, or they can stand alone and become your main dinner dish. Four ingredients and 10 minutes are all you need to make this recipe, which contains 202 calories, 9.8 grams of fat, and 26.7 grams of protein per serving. If you have some frozen broccoli on hand, we suggest making Simply Recipes’ steamed broccoli to serve as a side.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 (6-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Head to MyRecipes for the full recipe by Cooking Light. 

4. Pork and Noodle Bowl

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This pork and noodle bowl only takes a few ingredients | iStock.com

If you have pork, salad dressing, whole-wheat spaghetti, shredded broccoli slaw mix, and almonds, then you have all the fixings for this pork and noodle bowl from Better Homes and Gardens. If you’d like to make this 25-minute recipe even more low-maintenance, use already-cooked pork when preparing this dish. It yields 4 servings with each containing 313 calories, 8 grams of fat, 29 grams of protein, and 6 grams of fiber.

Ingredients:

  • 12 ounces boneless pork sirloin chops, cut into thin bite-size strips
  • ½ cup bottled low-fat Asian salad dressing or bottled reduced-calorie Asian ginger salad dressing
  • 4 ounces packaged dry multigrain or whole-wheat spaghetti
  • 6 cups packaged shredded broccoli slaw mix, or packaged shredded cabbage with carrots (coleslaw mix)
  • ¼ cup sliced almonds or chopped cashews, toasted

Head to Better Homes and Gardens for the full recipe. 

5. Black Bean Quesadillas

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Quesadillas are easy to make any time of day | iStock.com

Eating Well relies on common kitchen staples like beans, cheese, and tortillas to make these black bean quesadillas. As long as you have 15 minutes, you can prepare this dish, which has 377 calories, 16 grams of fat, 13 grams of protein, and 10 grams of fiber in each serving. It will also provide you with a healthy dose of calcium, folate, iron, and potassium.

Ingredients:

  • 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed
  • ½ cup shredded cheese, preferably pepper Jack
  • ½ cup prepared fresh salsa, divided
  • 4 (8-inch) whole-wheat tortillas
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil, divided
  • 1 ripe avocado, diced

Head to Eating Well for the full recipe. 

6. Hummus, Beet, and Feta Wrap

Beets

Hummus, beets, and feta work together to make a tasty snack | iStock.com

Clean Eating’s recipe for a hummus, beet, and feta wrap works wonderfully for your midday meal. Five ingredients and 10 minutes are all you need to make this recipe, which contains 200 calories, 6 grams of fat, 7 grams of protein, and 4 grams of fiber per serving. Full Circle notes beets are an excellent source of potassium, magnesium, fiber, phosphorous, iron, vitamins A, B, and C, and folic acid.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons hummus
  • 2 (6-inch) sprouted or whole-grain tortillas
  • ½ cup peeled and grated beets
  • 2 tablespoons feta
  • ½ packed cup arugula, roughly chopped

Head to Clean Eating for the full recipe. 

7. More-Vegetable-Than-Egg Frittata

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This veggie frittata has more veggies than eggs | iStock.com

Eggs, veggies, fresh herbs, and Parmesan create The New York Times’ recipe for this simple and healthy frittata. You can serve this versatile dish for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 4 to 6 cups of any chopped or sliced raw or barely cooked vegetables
  • ¼ cup fresh basil or parsley leaves, or 1 teaspoon chopped fresh tarragon or mint leaves, or any other herb
  • 2 or 3 eggs
  • ½ onion, sliced (optional)
  • ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese (optional)

Head to The New York Times for the full recipe.