Feeling short on time? Don’t want to make too much of an effort, but need to make a meal? Today, I will show you how to make three of the best 10 minute meals you can make on a weekday! Let’s make Mediterranean Quinoa Chicken Salad, Green Turkey Chili, and a healthy Asian Chicken Wrap!
During the week, I am often short on time. I LOVE to cook, but sometimes find myself scrambling to decide what to make for lunch or supper. By keeping just a few staple ingredients on hand, I have several quick recipes that I can throw together with very little planning. 10 minutes is plenty of time to whip up these meals! These are some of our go to meals in our household and the best 10 minute meals you can cook on a weekday! My husband loves the Green Turkey Chili and I am a huge fan of the Quinoa Chicken Salad and Asian Chicken Wrap. These meals are not only quick to make but healthy as well! They are all very versatile so you can edit them to what you and your family like.
What is Mediterranean Quinoa Chicken Salad?
My husband affectionately refers to quinoa as “sawdust”. I, however, love the stuff and find it very easy to prepare. It is an extremely versatile grain and also very healthy for you! Your body processes it like a protein rather than a starch, but it works nicely in place of a starch in most meals.
For starters, you will want to get your quinoa cooking. First, I use a small saucepan and begin with a two to one ratio, for example, one half cup of quinoa to one cup of water. Next, I season my water with onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and pepper to taste. I use roughly 1/4 tsp of each. I then bring the pan to a boil over medium high heat. Once the mixture is boiling, place a lid on the pot and turn the heat to low. Allow the quinoa to sit covered for about 10 minutes. You will know the quinoa is ready when it is easily fluffed with a fork.
While your quinoa is cooking, take care of the chopping! For this recipe, I like to use a shredded rotisserie chicken from the grocery store. You can also use leftover chicken from dinner the night before. I chop up two Persian cucumbers and halve a handful of cherry tomatoes. Next, I roughly chop a small handful of Kalamata olives and cube up half of an avocado.
By the time you have finished chopping, your quinoa should be finished! Add your cooked quinoa, chicken, cucumbers, tomatoes, olives, and avocado to a mixing bowl. To this mixture, add the juice of half of a lemon and a drizzle of olive oil. Lastly, add in a crumbled block of feta cheese. Season with salt and pepper to taste and you are ready to devour this delicious dish! This dish just gets better as it sits in the fridge! It is great warm right after you cook it or cold straight out of the fridge!
Why is the Turkey Chili GREEN?
Despite it’s off-putting name, Green Turkey Chili is one of the best meals you’ll make this week! I almost always have the ingredients on hand and don’t even have to measure to make it! What makes it “Green” is the Salsa Verde or Green Salsa! This is my husband’s favorite go to meal. We eat it at least once for dinner during the week as well as leftovers for lunch throughout. To make the Green Turkey Chili, all you need is a pound of ground turkey, a packet of taco seasoning, half of a 16 oz jar of salsa verde, cooked white rice, chicken stock, and a can of corn. I also make this with canned pinto beans in place of corn when I feel so inclined.
To make the soup, simply brown the ground turkey in a soup pot. Season the cooked ground turkey with the taco seasoning. Next, add in half a jar of the salsa verde, and mix well to combine. Add in your chicken stock, and the rest of your ingredients and allow the soup to come to a boil. Let the soup simmer on medium/low for a few minutes and you are ready to eat! I told you this was one of the best 10 minute meals you can cook on a weekday!
How about that Healthy Asian Chicken Wrap?
This wrap is something that I eat often for lunch. It is great for using up leftover chicken and is filling and healthy to boot! I simply take a burrito size tortilla and add all of my fillings in. Sometimes I use just a plain tortilla and sometimes a use a flavored one like spinach. I use shredded chicken, mandarin oranges or chopped mangos, broccoli slaw, cubed avocado, and MY FAVORITE, crunchy chow mien noodles. Please do me a favor and don’t skip these! You can thank me later! Adding in the chow mien noodles adds an incredible crunch to the wrap and will be missed if you don’t add it in. Trust me! Lastly, I like to add in my favorite Annie’s Sesame Ginger Dressing. This recipe is easily adjusted to your specific taste and is a great way to get in your greens during a busy work week!
Recipes for the BEST 10 minute meals you can cook on a weekday!
Here you go! Three printable recipes to get you on your way to some delicious, fast, and easy meals! ENJOY!
- 1 lb Ground Turkey
- 1 Packet Taco Seasoning
- 1 Cup Cooked Rice
- 1 Can of Corn or Pinto Beans Drained
- 1/2 of a 16 oz Jar of Salsa Verde
- 6 Cups of Chicken Stock
- Brown Ground Turkey in a soup pot and season with the packet of taco seasoning. Add in your salsa verde and mix well to comebine.
- Add your chicken stock, cooked rice, and your corn or beans. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer for a few minutes until you are ready to eat!
The longer the soup simmers the better it is but it is great eaten right away as well! Top with avocados, cheese, sour cream and crushed chips!
- 1/2 Cup Uncooked Quinoa
- 1/2 Cup Cooked Shredded Chicken
- 1/2 Cup Chopped Cucumber
- 1/4 Cup Chopped Kalamata Olives
- 1/4 Cup Halved Cherry Tomatoes
- The juice of half of a Lemon
- 1 TBSP Olive Oil
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- 1/4 cup crumbled Feta Cheese
- Start out by cooking your quinoa. Simply mix your 1/2 cup of Quinoa with 1 cup of water in a saucepan. Add the seasonings of your choice. (I like to use garlic salt, onion powder, and black pepper) Bring the mixture to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the temperature to low and add a lid. Cook for 10-12 minutes or until fluffy.
- Add cooked quinoa to a large bowl and mix in all of the chopped ingredients. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Add in the juice of half of a lemon and the olive oil, combine, and enjoy!
Can be kept in an air tight container for several days in the refrigerator.
- Burrito Size Tortilla
- Cooked Shredded Chicken
- Chopped Mango or Canned Mandarine Oranges Drained
- Broccoli Slaw
- Sessame Ginger Dressing
- Chopped Avocado
- Chow Mein Noodles
- Heat your tortilla in the microwave for 10 seconds or until pliable.
- Add all ingredients in desired quantities to wrap and roll like you would roll a burrito.
- Cut in half, and enjoy!