This week’s edition of Hood Health 101 offers you quick and easy 15 minutes or less recipes that will leave you feeling full and satisfied.

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We all can value time saving nutritious recipes that enable us to make healthy quick and fulfilling meals. With that in mind, I decided to offer several 15 minute or less meals that will have you feeling full and not wanting for anything. So whether your short on time, have to work or study, or are simply tired and want something fast but healthy, try out one or all of these recipes!


Macaroni and Cheese

2 boxes of 8oz. Quinoa Elbow Pasta

1 ½ Cup of Soy Milk (Unflavored)

1 8oz Package of Daiya Cheese

Add Salt and Pepper to taste



Cook the Quinoa pasta per the instructions on the box (6-9 minutes). After the pasta is cooked, drain the pasta and place the pasta back in the pot. Add the 1 ½ cups of Soy milk and the entire package of Daiya cheese. Stir the pasta, soy milk, and cheese until the cheese is melted and lastly add salt and pepper to taste.

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Zucchini Spaghetti

Equipment: Spiralizer or a vegetable peeler (I use a spiralizer)

2 Medium Zucchini

1 Jar of spaghetti sauce



Place the zucchini on the spiralizer and use according to directions. If you are using a vegetable peeler, pass the peeler over the zucchini lengthwise.  Place the zucchini noodles that have gone through the spiralizer into a colander or strainer for 15 to 20 minutes to drain some of the access water from the zucchini. After the zucchini has been drained, place it on a dish and add the amount of pasta sauce that you like. Yep, it’s that easy and it’s super healthy for you also!

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Zucchini Croquettes:

Equipment: Blender or Grater

2 zucchini

1 ¼ cup of Chickpea Flour

½ Medium Red Onion

1 Small Green Bell Pepper

2 tsp. Curry

½ tsp. Paprika

1 ½ tsp. Garlic

½ tsp. Cumin

1 ½ tsp. Salt

1 tsp. Pepper

1 ¼ cup Soy Milk

Oil to Fry (I use EVOO)


Blender: Combine all of the ingredients in the blender and blend until everything is combined. The mixture should have a pancake batter consistency. If you find that it’s to runny simply add more Chickpea Flour or if you find that it is too thick, simply add more Soy milk and process until smooth

Grater: Grate the Zucchini and set it to the side. Cut the onions and bell pepper into small pieces or to the size of your liking. Place all of the ingredients into a bowl and stir or whisk until the mixture is combined.

Place enough oil in your frying pan to cover the bottom of the pan and place on medium heat. Using a measuring cup, or spoon simply drop the mixture into the frying pan until golden brown on both sides. Once you remove the croquettes from the oil place on paper towels to remove excess oil. After this step feel free to dig right in.


Since I know that many of you are trying these recipes out, take a picture of your food results and share them with me on Instagram and Twitter so that I can feature them on my pages. All you have to do is follow me on Instagram @Melanated_Beauty  upload your picture and tag me in the photo. I will feature the tastiest looking pictures on my page! On Twitter follow me @NakeashaJ  upload your pictures and mention me. I will also be retweeting the tastiest looking pictures! Remember beloveds, healthy food can be fast and still be good for you!