“I like to cook…. but I don’t have time”

Time is our biggest battle. I mentioned in my previous post, the key to living a balanced life is understanding and applying the concept of productivity. I am still figuring out how to capitalize on time… especially in the kitchen. It doesn’t matter how much you enjoy cooking, there are times where it can be daunting!

Check out a few healthy meals you can make in 20 minutes:

Breakfast of Champions


  • Chop zucchini, mushrooms and spinach
  • Add olive oil and garlic to the pan
  • Add veggies: zucchini (until golden brown), then mushrooms and corn. Once cooked, place in a separate bowl.
  • Prepare eggs in a frying pan. Add salt and pepper. Before flipping the egg, add spinach on top.
  • Slice apples and add unsalted peanut butter in between slices.
  • Optional: Add feta to the eggs or hummus to the veggies for extra protein.

Roasted Beets and Chick Pea Cous-Cous Salad


Slice beets about 1 inch thick. Place on a tray and drizzle with olive oil. Place in oven at 425 degrees for  12 minutes, turning beets over midway. While beets are cooking in the oven, prepare salad:

  • Dice apple into small cubes and put aside in a small bowl.
  • In a separate bowl, add garlic, salt, pepper, and oregano to the medley beans. Add diced tomatoes, green onions and corn to the salad.
  • Once beets are complete, dice into squares and
    throw it in a pan. Add diced apples, a bit of honey, and cinnamon to taste.
  • Prepare Cous Cous. Add chickpea salad and roasted beets/apples on top.


Jerk Chicken Stir Fry


  • Marinade: Prepare in a small bowl
    o 4 cloves of finely chopped garlic
    o 1.5 tablespoons of Coolie Jerk seasoning mix
    o Pinch of cinnamon
    o 2 Finely chopped hot green chili (can use chili flakes instead)
    o 1 tablespoon of olive oil.
    o 1 teaspoon of salt
    o 1 teaspoon of black pepper
  • Add marinade to Chicken. On low heat, drizzle some olive oil in a pan. Once oil is heated, add chicken pieces to pan. This process should take about 5 minutes. Turn heat to medium-high. Sear pieces until golden brown on both sides, then lower heat and slightly cover pan (leaving some room for air to escape).
  • Cook for another 10 minutes. Prepare veggies while the chicken is cooking: mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, and onions. Add vegetables into the same pan as that chicken. Fully cover the lid. Turn up the heat. Give it another 5 minutes and you are good to go!

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