Quick easy dinners

5 quick meals ideas (plus desserts)

We all know that being organized and planning ahead are important for staying on track. But even the best laid plans can go astray sometimes. Having ingredients available for quick easy dinners will get you out of trouble when you can’t be bothered cooking or need to make a meal in a hurry.

The basics that I have on hand are eggs, baked beans, canned tomatoes and canned salmon. Canned soup is another good staple thing to have in your pantry. Freeze your leftover bread too.

Check out my ideas for quick easy dinners:

  1. Use eggs to make an omelette or frittata. Just whisk up some eggs and add in whatever vegetables you have available
  2. Save leftovers. These can really save the day so don’t throw them out. Put in small containers and freeze for later use. Leftover mashed potato can be mixed with a can of salmon, some diced onion and parsley to make Salmon Patties.
  3. Keep baked beans in the pantry. For a tasty meal, finely dice any vegetables you have. Microwave for 3-4 minutes or until vegetables are cooked to your liking, add the beans and heat to warm the beans. Serve over a potato or on toast.
  4. Use leftover rice to make fried rice. Add in any fresh or frozen veggies, whisk up an egg and add to the mix then dice up some leftover meat and toss it through.
  5. Make jaffles or toasted sandwiches. Use whatever you have in the pantry or fridge. Check out book 5 for heaps of tasty sandwich fillings.

Prefer to follow a recipe?

Here are a few super quick recipes: Ham and Cheese Omelette book 3, Chicken in a Hurry book 1, Bean Surprise book 2, Macaroni Cheese book 2.

Try my Curry in a Hurry from book 5 it’s a super easy, tasty one pot recipe that will be on the table in no time at all.

What about dessert?

For a quick dessert you can’t beat my Fruit and Nut Cobbler from Book 4 or my Apple Crumble from Book 3 and it’s also in Cooking for 1 or 2 people.

Or, keep it simple with canned fruit in natural juice served with low fat custard. And, for a warm option, pie apple with a sprinkle of cinnamon is nice in a jaffle 🙂


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2 thoughts on “Quick easy dinners

  1. Am happy that Annette has published the book for 1-2 persons, did suggest this sometime again so as I am on my own will suit me…. but !!!! Have tried to purchase at 5 different Newsagent in my area in Adelaide and they have had no deliveries yet.

    1. Hi Jennifer, this book is now only available to be purchased off our website. I’m not aware of any stockists in Adelaide. 🙂

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