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3 recipes for a complete homemade meal in minutes

November 24, 2014

There's nothing like a home-cooked meal. However, sometimes you just don't have the time to devote to preparing a five-course meal. Help is on the way for those days you want a healthy meal but don't want to spend hours in the kitchen. Here are three easy recipes that will satisfy your need for a quick side, easy entree and simple, but tasty, dessert.

1. Quick cranberry sauce
With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, you won't have any trouble finding the ingredients needed for this three-step cranberry sauce. shared a simple recipe that only requires three ingredients and takes seven minutes to prepare.


  • 1 12-ounce bag fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup orange juice or 1 cup water

In a medium saucepan, mix cranberries, sugar and juice or water. Bring the mixture to a boil and then allow it to simmer until the berries pop. Remove the sauce from the heat, pour into a bowl and chill in the refrigerator until it's time to serve.

2. Breaded catfish dinner
By now, you're probably well aware of the healthy aging benefits of fish, but did you also know that some of the tastiest dishes are also extremely simple? Try this easy recipe from the SheKnows lifestyle blog for a heart-healthy dinner that's ready in minutes.


  • 4 catfish fillets
  • 1/2 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
  • 2 tablespoons Old Bay seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Cover a baking sheet with foil and arrange fillets side by side. In a small bowl, mix panko, Old Bay seasoning, parsley and oil, and sprinkle it over the fish. Bake for 10 minutes. You'll know it's done when the breadcrumbs turn golden brown and the fish is firm to the touch.

3. Caramel banana delight
For dessert, try this warm banana treat from Packed with caramel and heavy cream, this dish is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup superfine sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups heavy cream
  • 4 bananas, peeled and halved lengthwise

In a large skillet, melt butter over medium heat, and stir in sugar until it melts and turns light brown. Continue stirring and add in the cream slowly. You'll notice that the mixture begins to bubble. Next, bring it to a boil and then lower the heat. Add in the bananas and allow them to cook slightly for about two minutes. Remove from heat and serve warm.