Take the pressure off putting a healthy meal on the table by keeping a few staples in the pantry and fridge.
If you want a meal in a hurry it’s unlikely you’ll cook a fancy dinner. Which means you’re left with two options, grab a takeaway or make a quick easy meal. Quick dinners can still be healthy and let’s face it sometimes it’s nice to mix it up a little.
Here’s my 6 tips for quick easy meals:
- Keep eggs on hand. Eggs are a fantastic way to cook up a meal whether it be scrambled, fried, boiled or as an omelette. To make a low fat omelette beat 3 egg whites until stiff then gently fold in diced ham and grated cheese. Pan fry with either cooking spray or some low fat margarine, but don’t have the heat too high as it will burn quickly. Once the bottom side is cooked then place omelette pan under the griller until the top is firm. Gently flip over and once cooked serve with some grain toast for a deliciously easy meal.
- Have some beans in the pantry. Love baked beans? Add a few extras to make a meal; such as pan-fried bacon short cuts, sliced tomatoes and mushrooms. Serve on grain toast and sprinkle with some low fat grated cheese. Or my favourite is my Bean Surprise in book 2 (pictured above); serve over a jacket potato or on toast.
- The humble spud. A stuffed spud is always easy. Throw a large potato in the microwave or if you have time, cook it in the oven. Stuff with leftovers such as bolognaise and serve with salad.
- Meals with tuna. Heat a can of diced tomatoes in a saucepan, added some garlic and mixed herbs, stir through the drained tuna and some cooked pasta. Serve topped with low fat grated cheese.
- Ways with bread. Jaffles, toasted sandwiches or open grills can satisfy a hungry belly. Suitable toppings include lean ham, low fat cheese, cooked chicken, pineapple, creamed corn. Crack an egg into the middle of the bread for an egg jaffle or use leftover bolognaise to make a savoury mince jaffle.
- Make easy recipes. Two of my simplest recipes are Chicken Parmigiana and Cherry Heaven; both in book 2. They are both so quick and easy to make that I often make them for informal dinner parties.
You don’t have to slave over the stove for hours to bring a healthy meal to the table, by keeping a few basic staples in the pantry or fridge you can have a quick easy meal on the table in minutes.