5 Quick and Easy Recipes from Breakfast to Dinner

These no-fuss recipes are perfect for those days when you just have no time to plan the entire day's menu. By Felice Tusi

When you’re tired after a busy day, it’s so easy to ignore your book of recipes and just call for food delivery and eat in. Likewise, passing by a fast-food restaurant on your way home can tempt you to just buy takeout instead of cooking something for dinner. And in the morning, you tend to forget to have breakfast because you’re in a rush to head out.

Pursuit of Passion knows how it is. We also know that you can be busy with your career but also still manage to eat good food you prepare at home. Here, we share with you five delicious recipes that are easy to make and that will make up a whole day’s menu. Quick and simple; what’s not to like?

Breakfast: Mangoes and cream smoothie bowl

Almost as quick as preparing simple toast, but way healthier, this breakfast in a cup wins hands down in the quick-and-easy category.

Serves 2


1 cup frozen mango chunks

½ cup mango-flavored yogurt

¼ cup milk

3 tablespoons agave syrup, divided

¼ teaspoon vanilla extract

½ cup cornflakes

6 fresh mango slices

¼ cup pineapple chunks

2 tablespoons toasted almond flakes

1 tablespoon sunflower seeds

1 teaspoon chia seeds


  1. Blend the mango chunks, yogurt, milk, 1 tablespoon of agave syrup and vanilla extract together until smooth.
  2. Transfer to a bowl and top with cornflakes, mangoes, almonds, pineapple chunks, sunflower seeds, chia seeds. Drizzle with the remaining agave syrup.

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Lunch: Penne with broccoli sauce

Loaded with fiber, B vitamins, and potassium, this pasta dish is perfect for people who have a packed schedule but still want to eat healthy.

Serves 4


¼ cup olive oil, divided

1 large onion, chopped

3 cloves garlic, minced

¼ kilo broccoli

Salt and pepper to taste

1 cup chicken stock

¼ cup heavy cream

1 teaspoon dried sage

1 teaspoon fresh or dried thyme

¼ kilo chicken or turkey sausages, sliced

225 grams penne pasta, cooked as per package directions

Parmesan cheese

Garlic parsley bread


  1. In a pot, heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil then sauté onion and garlic. Add the broccoli florets in the pan, season with salt and pepper. Pour in chicken stock and bring to a boil until it softens.
  2. Transfer onto a blender or food processor. Add in cream, sage and thyme. Process until consistency becomes smooth.
  3. In a large pan, heat remaining olive oil and cook the sausages until they turn brown. Add cooked pasta.
  4. Pour in broccoli mixture into the pan and simmer for a minute.
  5. Transfer onto a serving plate and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
  6. Serve with garlic parsley bread.

Snack: Strawberry and Kiwi Parfait

Fruits are always good go-to ingredients when you want to have something sweet and healthy.


1 cup sliced strawberries

1 teaspoon sugar

4 pieces mamon, diced

1 cup plain Greek yogurt

½ cup diced green kiwi

½ cup crumbled granola bar


  1. In a bowl, combine strawberries and sugar. Set aside.
  2. In a mason jar, place the diced mamon at the bottom and tightly press down.
  3. Spoon Greek yogurt. Top with kiwi. Repeat layering.
  4. Chill about an hour and sprinkle granola on top before serving.

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Dinner: Mixed Seafood Pasta

One doesn’t always equate “seafood” with “quick meals.” With this dish, though, it’s possible to whip up an easy dish with a mix of your favorite seafood ingredients.

Serves 4


2 tablespoons olive oil

1 onion chopped

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 teaspoon paprika

1 400g can chopped tomatoes

¼ cup white wine

1 zucchini, cut in strips

¼ cup seafood mix (shrimp, squid rings, mussels)

Salt and pepper, to taste

Parsley leaves, chopped

Lemon wedges, to serve

Pasta, cooked


  1. In a pan, heat the oil and sauté onions and garlic until fragrant. Add the paprika, tomatoes and wine, and then bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer for about 10 minutes.
  2. Stir in zucchini and mixed seafood, stirring occasionally. Cook for 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Mix with cooked pasta.
  3. Sprinkle with parsley and serve with lemon wedges.

Dessert: Red Velvet Trifle

It isn’t only hipsters who like to eat their meals out of mason jars. Busy people who appreciate eating their meals from one convenient container will also love desserts in a bottle.


4 cups diced red velvet cake

1 cup cream, whipped

1 cup Nutella

Sliced almonds, for garnish


  1. In a mason jar, arrange ingredients in the following order: red velvet cake (tightly pressed down), whipped cream, red velvet cake, Nutella.
  2. Repeat layering until you reach the top of the bottle.
  3. Chill for about an hour. Garnish with almonds before serving.

These delightful recipes from Avida Living magazine show that you can still reap the benefits of home cooking even if you don’t have a full-size kitchen. Anyway, condo living doesn’t actually mean limited spaces and resources. Avida Properties set a fine example of creating functional living spaces and communities.

You can find an Avida property in every major city, such as Cagayan de Oro City. If you’re looking for a Cagayan de Oro condominium for sale, Avida Centrio Tower and Avida Towers Aspira are the perfect choices for a modern urban abode. Expect a full range of amenities and thoughtfully designed units (in which you can happily prepare the dishes above) in both properties. These also boast fewer units on each floor to provide the utmost privacy for each resident. Schools, government institutions, hospitals and shopping malls are within easy reach from these Cagayan de Oro properties.

All photos are just approximations of the recipes.