I like my food to be simple. As much as I love to cook different things and try new foods, trying out a new recipe at 5.45pm on a busy weekday is just not practical (or sane). And let's face it, food doesn't need to be fancy or expensive to be healthy anyway.
Meal planning helps me to conquer the weekday rush (I can help you do it too!) but that still doesn't help on those days when I can't be bothered cooking at all. Rather than tossing out my plan in a fit of rage and opting for takeaway (which does still happen on occasion, let's be honest!) I always make sure I plan a couple of fast and easy recipes into my weekly schedule. These are ones that can be whipped up quickly, don't have too many ingredients and certainly don't require anything fancy or exotic to be in the cupboard (I'm looking at you, quinoa flakes).
Here are five things you can cook for dinner when you couldn't be bothered cooking at all:
1. Chow Mein
Chow Mein cooks up nice and quickly, only creates a few dirty dishes and is popular with adults and children alike. This can become an easy vegetarian dish if you want, which is a great idea both for your health and also for when you haven't got any meat on hand. You can always add chicken though if you want to. Try this recipehere or this one over here.
This is on regular rotation at our place. You can check out our mince recipe over here (no Taco kit seasoning required!) or this one here. Allowing children to serve themselves is another great food lesson that is worth trying at your place. You'll be surprised what they choose when they're allowed to have control over selecting their own food.
3. Salmon with rice and vegetables
Another one on regular rotation at our place. Steaming the fish and vegetables is quick and also a really healthy way to cook. Wrapping the fish in foil and cooking it in the oven is another fuss-free way you can go. Try this recipe here or this one here is my favourite if you have a Thermomix (or similar).
4. Home-made hamburgers
Who doesn't love a good burger? No recipe required for this one. Grab some wholemeal or multi-grain bread rolls, some salad ingredients and some protein and you're good to go. We love these extra-lean beef burgers when we don't feel like making our own. You can also add egg, bacon, beetroot, cheese slices, tomato, grated carrot, and lettuce. Make up a self-serve station and let everyone make their own burger creation.
5. Beef stir-fry
Look, it's along the same lines as the Chow Mein but it's quick and easy and can be packed full of veg. I love this Japanese inspired recipe hereor this one overhere. Served with steamed rice or noodles and add lots of vegetables too.
If the dinner-time rush is getting you down, book a consult and I can help you make things healthier and easier.