After a long day at work you collect the starving monsters that used to resemble your children and the last thing you feel like doing is slaving over the stove. I’ve been thinking about this one for a while and have compiled a list of Ten meals to make when you have ten minutes. These can be made ahead and then reheated, pre-prepared and cooked when required or cooked and on the table in ten!
- Good old Bolognaise.
Bolognaise can sit on the stove simmering away until required or cook the pasta of choice at the same time as your sauce and serve it up in under ten minutes. Grate some veggies into the sauce if you want to boost the veg intakes!
Cook up the meat of choice, while that’s cooking, chop your tomatoes, lettuce and grate your cheese. It can all be saved in the fridge until you need it. Whether you like the crunchy taco shells or soft tortilla wraps its a quick super healthy meal.
Whatever your filling of choice, mine is definitely Chicken and Leek, it can be made when you have a spare ten minutes and then when ready for dinner put the filling in a ramekin and top with puff pastry, bake for 10 minutes in a hot oven and its ready!
4. Jamie Olivers Seared Beef Salad
This is tried and true on in my house (in fact it was tonights meal) and it doesn’t even take the 15 minutes that he claims! Super fast and super delicious.
Home made hamburgers.. is there anything better. My Dad used to make burgers every Sunday night, it was our tradition and the one meal he was willing to cook (and pancakes!) Big chunky beef patties, heres a basic burger recipe if you need one, slices of tomato, lettuce, cheese, and anything else you desire. I put everything on the table and everyone makes their own, the kids enjoy this more and tend to eat more!
6. Chicken Caesar Salad
We are here because we need time saving not because we are gourmet chefs so yes.. I use dressing from a bottle! Boil some eggs, cook the chicken and bacon, chop some Cos lettuce and cook some toast. Mix it all together and bam! Instant dinner.
7.Lamb chops with cous cous and greek salad
One of my favourites! Sprinkle your chops with lemon and oregano before cooking, its delicious. Greek salads are super easy to prepare, chop cucumber, tomatoes, chuck in olives and crumbled feta. Cook the cous cous according to the packet (although I just add boiling water and let it sit while I cook the meat). Mmm Mmm!
8. Watermelon and feta salad with Chicken and Rice.
A fabulously light salad, great for this warm weather. Cook the rice! Chop feta and watermelon into small cubes and mix together ( you can add red onion if you like), Cook the chicken ( I prefer thighs for this as they are not as dry) and squeeze lemon juice over it while its cooking. Once the rice is cooked, stir through chopped olives, feta, baby spinach and some olive oil.
9. Tuna Mornay
A simple go to recipe. I add peas and corn kernals to increase the vegetable intake!
10. Fried Rice
A great way to use up leftovers and get veggies into the meal. I add corn, peas, chopped capsicum, egg and we love pineapple pieces in ours. I use pork pieces in my fried rice but you could add prawns, chicken or beef. Season with soy sauce, garlic, onion, and sweet chili.