May 8, 2013

8 Quick and Easy Dinner Options for when you can't be stuffed

We all know those days when we get home and either have little in the fridge, or we have plenty yet we can't be stuffed trying to cook up anything, let alone something remotely healthy. Well here are 8 of my go-to quick and easy dinner ideas perfect for those days.

+ Stir fry; quick and easy and the best bit is you can use whatever veggies are in your fridge. Get out some carrots, beans, broccoli, capsicums... That half an onion, some garlic, and an egg. Chop it all up and add to a fry pan with some coconut oil and cook on high heat. Crack in the egg, and add some Slim Pasta or softened buckwheat noodles. Splash of tamari and a pinch of chilli flakes. In less than 10minutes you're done!

+ Grilled veggie stack with haloumi cheese; slice this delicious Greek cheese along with some eggplant, zucchini, capsicum and grill in a pan until soft and scrumptious (10-15mins). Serve stacked with fresh greens like rocket or spinach and a drizzle of olive oil and balsamico.

+ Eggs any which way; this is my mum's go-to easy dinner option. Scrambled with shallots, mushrooms and thyme; poached with smoked salmon, spinach and dill; an omelet with tomato, basil and shredded carrot; or my fav is what I like to call an egg and veggie scramble. This is exactly what it sounds like too - chop up the veg you've got and fry until almost ready, and then throw in a few eggs and keep stirring with a wooden spoon. Add nutritional yeast flakes, chilli, salt or herbs to taste and drizzle with some tasty flaxseed oil to serve. Yum!

+ Potato cakes with tuna, salmon or boiled eggs; grate potato and squeeze out excess liquid. Then add an egg, a little flour and some salt and mix in a bowl. Using spoonfuls of this, make burger pattie sized rounds in your heated frypan and cook in coconut oil until golden, flip, and cook again. Serve
with tinned tuna or salmon, your eggs, salad or leftover veggies. Another awesome recipe (with additional words on why the humble spud is so great) can be found here, written by a friend of mine.

+ Leftovers; always tastier a day later don't you think? Be it roast veg and chicken, quinoa with curry, stir fry, frittata, or a rice dish. I always try to make more than I need when cooking large dishes for this exact reason. Leftovers for lazy dinners or quick lunch packs, there are usually balanced with macro- and micronutrients, vitamins and minerals, with lots of colour and flavour.

+ Salads; underrated tasty goodness in a bowl (or on a plate - no judgements here). Grab whatever greens you have, and add anything else you've got; spinach, tomato, walnuts, pesto and vinegar... Cos lettuce, cucumber, radish and corn... Add a boiled egg, some organic tinned beans, tuna or nuts. Drizzle your favourite oil and vinegar, or citrus and herbs. Anything goes.

+ Raw pasta; yep you heard right. Grab a zucchini and your veggie peeler, peeling into strips that look like fettuccine and pop into a bowl. Grab tomatoes, a few sundried tomatoes, garlic, a little
onion and even fresh herbs and blend until smooth. Add this to your bowl of fettuccine. Mix through and top with olives, capers, kale or mushrooms.

+ Antipasto plate; olives, cheese, tuna, raw crackers or breads, fresh fruit, hommous or capsicum dip, olive oil, nuts and seeds, leftover grilled or roasted veggies, some meats, raw veggie sticks, cherry tomatoes... The list is only limited by your imagination.

Next time you get home from work stuffed and hungry, instead of calling in take away or tucking into a bag or chips and a wine... Stop and take some deep breathes and then ask yourself what your body feels like. What it needs. Have a glass of water and munch on a carrot or a raw cracker whilst
grabbing out what's in your fridge and getting your cook on! Spread some love in the kitchen baby!

Christie xx

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