5 Easy No-Cook Recipes You Need to Try

Whether you are a student or a staff, you are likely still getting used to the swing of things as the school term picks up. What better way to save time by preparing your meals in advance, and even better, without having to do any cooking at all!

If you find yourself constantly short on time when it comes to meal-prepping, we have 5 recipes that will only take between 5 and 20 minutes to prepare.


#1 Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats (Adapted from this recipe)

Photo by Erin Clarke

Ingredients: (makes 1 serving)

  1. 1/2 cup rolled oats
  2. 1/2 medium apple, chopped
  3. 1 tablespoon raisins
  4. 1 cup milk of your choice
  5. 1 teaspoon honey
  6. 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  7. 1 teaspoon chia seeds
  8. 1 teaspoon shelled hemp seeds, optional


  1. In a small container or jar, layer the ingredients by putting half the amount of ingredients in the following order: rolled oats, cinnamon, chia seeds, apple, raisins, and shelled hemp seeds
  2. Repeat step 1 for the next half of the same ingredients
  3. Pour in the milk and honey
  4. Seal and refrigerate overnight


#2 Popeye’s Guns Wild Smoothie Bowl (Adapted from this recipe)

Photo by alattefood.com

Ingredients: (makes 3 servings)

  1. 1/2 cup orange juice
  2. 1/2 cup pomegranate juice
  3. 6 ounces mixed berry yogurt
  4. 1 cup frozen strawberries
  5. 1 cup baby spinach
  6. 1/2 medium frozen banana, sliced
  7. 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  8. 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
  9. granola toppings, optional


  1. Mix all ingredients in a blender; cover and process until smooth
  2. Pour into bowls
  3. Top with granola


#3 Lettuce Wrap that Tuna and Beans (Adapted from this recipe)

Photo by Teri Tsang Barrett

Ingredients: (makes 4 servings)

  1. 1 can light tuna in water
  2. 1 can cannellini beans
  3. 1/4 cup red onion (chopped)
  4. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  5. 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  6. 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
  7. 1/8 teaspoon salt
  8. 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  9. 1 medium head of Boston lettuce
  10. 1 medium ripe avocado


  1. Drain and flake the tuna then put the tuna in a small bowl
  2. Rinse and drain the cannellini beans and combine with the tuna
  3. Mix ingredients #3 to #8 with the tuna and beans; toss lightly
  4. Serve in lettuce leaves
  5. Top with peeled and sliced avocado


#4 On a (Hummus & Veggie) Roll (Adapted from this recipe)

Photo by tasteofhome.com

Ingredients: (makes 1 serving)

  1. 2 tablespoons hummus
  2. 1 whole wheat tortilla (8 inches)
  3. 1/4 cup torn mixed salad greens
  4. 2 tablespoons finely chopped sweet onion
  5. 2 tablespoons thinly sliced cucumber
  6. 2 tablespoons alfalfa sprouts
  7. 2 tablespoons shredded carrot
  8. 1 tablespoon balsamic vinaigrette


  1. Spread hummus over the middle part of the tortilla
  2. Layer the hummus with the torn salad greens, sweet onion, cucumber, alfalfa sprouts, and carrot
  3. Drizzle with balsamic vinaigrette
  4. Roll up the tortilla tightly


#5 Keep ME-diterranean Full Chickpea Salad (Adapted from this recipe)

Photo by Erin Clarke

Ingredients: (makes 6 servings)

For the salad

  1. 2 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  2. 1 medium cucumber, chopped
  3. 1 bell pepper, chopped
  4. 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
  5. 1/2 cup chopped kalamata olives
  6. 1/2 cup crumbled feta
  7. salt to taste
  8. ground black pepper to taste

For the vinaigrette*

  1. 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  2. 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  3. 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  4. 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
  5. 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  6. salt to taste
  7. ground black pepper to taste

* reduced fat/store-bought dressing can be a substitute


  1. Salad: In a large bowl, toss together chickpeas, cucumber, bell pepper, red onion, olives, and feta; season with salt and pepper
  2. Vinaigrette: In a container/jar, combine olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice, parsley, and red pepper flakes; close the container/jar and shake well, then season with salt and pepper
  3. Before serving, dress the salad with vinaigrette


Just like that, you will have more on your plate – literally but not figuratively. Happy eating!