It’s no surprise that time is something we haven’t had much of since this year started. Our daily routine hasn’t been able to stay the same since January and even now, nothing is really set in stone yet.
Miss 6 has been a fussy eater since the age of 1 but her taste is improving slowly so we are slowly branching out but these are our (see: my) foolproof dinners that either Mr A or myself (or the new after-school Nanny) can make without too much hassle. What’s not to appreciate about that?
- Spaghetti Bolognese: if you have a chopper or food processor, this is even quicker than usual. Frozen chopped onions can help too. I sneak as much finely diced veg in as possible from carrots to red peppers or celery. I always have mushrooms in mine and my children have learnt to accept that. I will post a recipe for our bolognese soon but I can say we have this about once a week or at least every fortnight.
- Burgers with chips: how long does it take to grill a burger, bake some chips and slap on some cheese/ketchup etc? Not long at all is the answer. The chips are the longest part of this meal and they only take about 25 minutes. Is it the healthiest? No. But throw in some salad and feel better about it. Life happens
- Stir fries: so we normally have this the day after we’ve had a roast dinner, using the leftover (already cooked) chicken or lamb or whatever. Again, it’s a good way to get some veg in for fussy eaters – a bit of grated carrot, some sweetcorn, some finely diced mushroom etc. Fry it, stir it, sauce it. Add the leftovers. Add some sauce (homemade or bought for an even quicker dinner). Boil some noodles or – add those ready to wok ones. Stir it up. Dinner done in about 30 minutes if that.
- Chicken fajitas: This is a new one for us as a family because the kids wouldn’t eat them before – I’ve always loved them. You can do this with a fajita kit if you want (quicker) or without. Season some diced chicken breast or thighs that are boneless, skinless fillets. Chop some veg – I usually dice some onion and red pepper and mushrooms (can you tell I’m a big mushroom fan?!). Fry the veg. Once it’s to your softness preference, add the chicken. If you’re using a kit, follow the instructions. If you’re not, add some more seasoning (chili powder, cumin, paprika, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, salt, and pepper, little bit of lime juice). That’s your main filling done. Warm up tortillas. Serve with condiments like salsa, seasoned rice, black beans or refried beans, guacamole or even some cream cheese.
- BBQ chicken wings: I usually season these as soon as we have bought them and freeze them if we aren’t eating them the next day. I use some basic seasonings (salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder, onion granules and BBQ seasoning) as well as a shop bought BBQ sauce. Mix it all up to marinate. Leave overnight in the fridge if you can. Bang fresh or defrosted marinated wings in the oven in a baking tray or dish. These babies will cook in about 35-40 minutes. I cover mine for about 25 minutes then uncover for the last 15. Eat with anything you want – rice, potatoes, pasta, salad – whatever!
- Pasta bake – it doesn’t really get much easier than this. Buy your preferred pasta bake sauce; boil some pasta for about 5 minutes; place in a lasagna or pyrex dish and mix pasta and sauce together; add any extras i.e. sausage, chicken; put cheese on top; bake in oven for about 20 minutes; remove from oven and add more cheese. Serve!
So there you have it – the 6 meals I turn to for quick dinners. For the record, we haven’t had a microwave for about a year now so everything we do uses the oven or the George Foreman.
This is a new blog so I don’t have loads of pictures but once I make these dishes again, I’ll add some pictures to make it all pretty and what have you.
What’s your go to meal/s when time is limited and you don’t have the energy for something amazing? Drop me a comment below or Get @ me on Twitter!