Quick and Healthy Dinner Ideas for Busy People

Sometimes cooking can be a real chore and with all the options available for delivery it’s all too easy to click a few buttons and have your dinner delivered to your door but what if you could knock up something healthy and delicious in a matter of minutes?

Batch cooking can be quite a lot of work and sometimes your body is craving fresh food and with these simple recipes you have can go from hob to table in the time it takes to order a takeaway.

Spicy chicken stir fry

Ingredients:

Glug of olive oil

2 chicken breasts

1 packet of egg/rice/protein noodles or rice

Thinly sliced carrot, broccoli, onion, cabbage, sugar snap peas, baby corn, red pepper or whatever vegetables you have to hand

Soy sauce, garlic paste, honey and chilli, to taste

Method:

This one couldn’t be easier, simply cook the chicken in olive oil until lightly browned, add all the vegetables and stir in the soy sauce, garlic paste, honey and chilli and then when all the vegetables are softened throw in the noodles

Moroccan lamb meatballs with couscous

Ingredients:

500g lamb mince

3 cloves of garlic

1 egg, lightly beaten

Tsp of mint, paprika, mixed herbs and salt & pepper

300g couscous

400ml vegetable stock

Method:

Combine the garlic, lamb, eggs and spices in a bowl and shape into equal sized balls and fry until cooked. Pour the vegetable stock over the couscous leave for 10 minutes whilst it cooks through and then and fluff with a fork and serve with a salad and houmus.

Thai salmon with rice and pea salad

Ingredients:

2 salmon fillets

2 tsp red Thai curry sauce

100g of rice

Handful of cooked peas, salad leaves,  tomatoes and a basic dressing of olive oil and balsamic vinegar

Method:

Cook the salmon in the oven at 200C for 15 minutes with the Thai paste lightly spread over the top until cooked through, cook the rice until ready and then assemble  the salad of mixed leaves, peas, tomatoes with a dressing of olive oil and balsamic vinegar

Creamy chicken curry

Ingredients:

Glug of olive oil

2 chicken breasts

1 onion

half a can of coconut milk

Half a can of tomatoes

Tsp of curry powder, garlic, cumin, paprika and salt & pepper taste

100g of rice

Method:

Cook the chicken in olive oil and all the spices, add in the tomatoes and coconut milk and simmer until thickened. Serve over rice and/or salad. This dish also freezes well spo is handy to keep for when you’re feeling lazy and just want to warm something up.

Ham and vegetable frittata

Ingredients:

Glug of olive oil

Half an onion

Handful of ham, peas, broccoli, pepper, spinach and cheese

4 eggs

Salt & pepper to taste

Method:

Whisk the eggs and set aside, adding salt & pepper. Softened the onion in olive oil and add the vegetables, cover the mixture with the eggs until a crust starts to form and sprinkle on the cheese. Add to the oven at 200c for 15 minutes until cooked through. Serve with a fresh, crunchy salad.