5-Ingredient No-Cook Meals for the Everyday Rush

Always in a rush and don’t have enough time to prepare meals? 

Breathe!  And try these super easy and healthy 5-ingredient no-cook meals.  These are some of my go-to meals and I hope you’ll enjoy them as much as I do!  Whether for lunch or dinner, at home, school or work, they will definitely leave you feeling good any day!

Apple Walnut Delight (my super simple but yummy version of Waldorf salad!)

I just love going to my local grocery store as they sell a super-wide variety of fresh produce that includes not only the usual locally grown fruits and vegetables, but also organics and Asian.  So when I feel some craving for a Waldorf salad, I grab the organic Royal Gala or Fuji apples and arugula, and as soon as I get home, whip up a nice Waldorf salad with my favorite vanilla or strawberry yogurt, some walnuts and shredded cheese!

  • Apples (any apple you like; cored and sliced)
  • Walnuts (sliced into smaller pieces)
  • Arugula (rocket)
  • Flavored yogurt (you can try vanilla or strawberry, or even just the plain one; this can also be substituted with dairy-free yogurt)
  • Shredded cheddar/mozzarella cheese (can be substituted with dairy-free cheese)
  • (Season with: black pepper)


Tuna Lettuce Surprise (delicious Tuna lettuce cups!)

I like the idea of substituting the usual wholegrain wrap with crisp romaine lettuce leaves as I could taste more of the freshness of the food.  Organic romaine lettuce is also one of the veggies that I love to buy from my favorite grocery store, along with my favorite ripe Calypso mangoes and avocado.  This is a very simple, yet healthy tummy-filler!

  • Romaine lettuce (cos lettuce)
  • Ripe mango (any sweet mango you like)
  • Avocado
  • Watercress (make sure to rinse properly)
  • Tuna chunks (you can grab the ready-to-eat tuna in spring water or olive oil in tin or foil packs)
  • (Serve with: hoisin sauce or any sauce you like)


Feta Salmon Burrito (tasty fish burrito!)

Burrito is another dish I love to eat wherever I go.  Thankfully, it’s so easy to prepare at home especially when I’m too busy and have very little time to spare.  Also, with this dish, I can just quickly combine whatever ingredients I can grab from the fridge/pantry and still come up with a yummy and healthy burrito!  Definitely no-cook and quick!

  • Wholegrain/multigrain tortillas
  • Salmon chunks (you can buy wild-caught salmon in ready-to-eat tin or foil packs, or you can substitute the salmon with black beans or ready-to-eat prawns from the supermarket or left-over chicken from your fridge)
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Guacamole (add as much as you like; you can quickly grab a pack/tub from the fridge aisle at your favorite grocery store)
  • Crumbled feta cheese (or you can use shredded cheddar, mozzarella or dairy-free cheese)
  • (Serve with: fresh coriander/cilantro leaves)
  • (Optional: plain yogurt)


Zesty Bean Salad Nachos (fresh and healthy!)

Recently, I had a sleepover at my best friend’s place.  They have a nice little vegetable garden, so before I left their house the next day, they asked me, as they always do, to pick and take home any fresh veggies I want.  So I took home freshly-picked green capsicums, tomatoes and coriander, and quickly put them together with whatever I have in my pantry/fridge into a very simple nachos dish.  I love the taste of freshness of this dish.  Enjoy!

  • Plain tortilla chips
  • Diced green capsicum (bell pepper)
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Black beans (there are ready-to-eat baked beans in tin or foil packs)
  • Shredded cheddar or mozzarella cheese (can be substituted with dairy-free cheese or ready-to-eat cheese sauce)
  • (Serve with: fresh coriander/cilantro leaves)
  • (Season with: chili flakes)
  • (Optional: shredded lettuce)


Prawn Cold Rolls (very simple and delish!)

I know that you could just quickly buy this dish from any Asian food shop, but I like making my own cold rolls because I can just easily replace any ingredients as I want or with whatever I have in my fridge (only 5 ingredients and so tasty!).  So go ahead, try this and make it your own too!

  • Rice papers (you can easily get a pack from the Asian aisle in the supermarket; quickly soak the rice paper in warm water for less than 30 seconds and use immediately)
  • Cucumber (sliced lengthwise into bite-sized pieces)
  • Carrots (julienned lengthwise)
  • Medium prawns (you can get a pack of ready-to-eat/cooked, deveined and peeled medium prawns from the deli aisle in your favorite grocery store)
  • Fresh coriander/cilantro leaves (can be substituted with mint leaves)
  • (Serve with: hoisin sauce or any sauce you like)
  • (Optional: avocado)

Yay, you can beat the rush with super simple meals!
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