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Taking care of one’s health is imperative - especially during these trying times. Boost your immune system and make your tummy happy by preparing these simple yet delicious meals

Cooking may be challenging and intimidating for some, especially when tasked to prepare a hearty yet scrumptious meal. Now, with more and more restaurants closing, deliveries facing a tremendous bulk of customers, and having to stay indoors to combat the spread of COVID-19, we list down five delectable recipes that you can easily do at home:

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1. Banana Nut Smoothie Bowl

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Photo: Melon Official Facebook Page
Above Photo: Melon Official Facebook Page

Making a smoothie bowl requires minimal effort and takes very little time to make—which makes it a great at-home meal. Give yourself a dose of fibre and protein by recreating this simply delectable recipe from Creme de la Crumb.

 

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup fat-free milk
  • 2 frozen bananas
  • ¼ cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • 3 tablespoons creamy reduced-fat peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Sweetener to taste (brown sugar, white sugar, or honey)

Toppings

  • Fresh banana slices
  • Chopped dark chocolate
  • Toasted nuts
  • Drizzle of honey

2. Green Smoothie Bowl

This next smoothie recipe from Natasha's Kitchen is packed with antioxidants to combat free radicals as well as potassium, fibre, and vitamins A and C. To make your smoothies extra rich and creamy, it is suggested to have your fruits frozen a day or two prior to making this meal. Plus, having your fruits stored in the freezer keeps them from going bad fast and keeps all their nutrients locked in!

 

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Ingredients

  • ¾ cup coconut milk or almond milk (use ½ to 1 cup to reach desired thickness)
  • 2 cups green spinach
  • ½ avocado (ripe)
  • 2 tablespoons flax seeds
  • 1 ripe banana peeled, sliced and frozen
  • 1 cups pineapple peeled, sliced and frozen
  • ½ ripe mango peeled, chopped and frozen

Toppings

  • ½ cup homemade or store-bought granola
  • 1 tablespoon toasted coconut or pumpkin seeds 
  • 2 teaspoons chia seeds
  • ½ cup fresh strawberries blueberries and/or raspberries

3. Red Quinoa with Spinach, Cherry Tomatoes, and Poached Eggs

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Photo: Yossy Arefi \ Bon Appétit
Above Photo: Yossy Arefi \ Bon Appétit

This no-frills, high in fibre and protein bowl recipe from Bon Appétit takes only about 30 minutes to prepare and needs very few ingredients. Sounds promising!

 

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup red or white quinoa, rinsed
  • 2 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more
  • ½ red onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 bunch spinach, trimmed, leaves torn or coarsely chopped (about 6 cups)
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • Freshly ground black pepper

4. Millet Couscous with Roasted Carrots

This next one is a more complex recipe, but still requires minimal ingredients. If you do not have millet at home, don't fret as any grains will do. Enjoy the roasted taste and aroma from this magnificent dish courtesy of Bon Appétit.

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided, plus more for drizzling
  • 1 cup millet
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 2 ¼ cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 6 medium carrots, peeled, cut into 1” pieces
  • Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper
  • ¼ cup roasted almonds, chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro leaves with tender stems
  • Lemon wedges (for serving)

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5. Burrito Bowl

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Everyone loves a good burrito, but its deconstructed version is arguably much more satisfying (and less messy) to eat. Follow this very straightforward recipe from Martha Stewart and don't be afraid to make some tweaks on the ingredients to best suit your personal taste.

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice, plus wedges for serving
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • ¼ cup roughly chopped cilantro leaves, plus whole leaves for serving
  • ⅓ cup safflower or other neutral-flavoured oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 cups shredded red cabbage
  • 4 small boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (1 1/2 pounds)
  • 2 cans (2 cups each) black or pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup frozen corn kernels, thawed
  • 3 cups cooked brown or white rice
  • 1 avocado, peeled, pitted, and sliced
  • Salsa or hot sauce, for serving

 

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