When you are running around or working all day sometimes the last thing you want to do is cook dinner so the ice cream container, frozen meals or endless slices of toast seem like the best option? WRONG!! You can whip up a healthy and wholesome dinner with very minimal ingredients in about 12 minutes.
I have got your whole weeks dinners sorted. Check out my 7 quick, easy and super wholesome dinners that you can put together with some fridge staples. Have a go one night this week and tag me @katierobynmorgan so I can check out your creations. Or let me know your fave quick easy wholesome dinners. No frozen meals here! You can add meat to any of these dishes if you have some already cooked and prepped in the freezer or some chicken defrosted and ready to go. Alternatively a can of tuna is a pantry staple and great protein addition to any of the below.
PIZZA – no I am not talking about Dominoes here. Toast 1 or 2 slices of wholemeal or rye bread and top with smashed avocado, 1 Tablespoon of ricotta or slices of feta cheese, 3 cherry tomatoes halved, fresh basil leaves and a drizzle of olive oil and balsamic glaze. You could also use a wholemeal wrap and if you want to really get crafty you can grill it. But who has time for that and this cold dish is super yum!
GREEN EGGS – eggs are a staple in almost every household so an omelette or scrambled eggs are always only minutes away. In a fry pan add any greens from your fridge; zucchini, broccoli, spinach, beans etc and saute. Take out of the pan. Crack 2-3 eggs into a bowl and pour into pan. After 1 minute add the greens and try your best to flip it like an omelette… can’t be bothered? Just scramble it together for some scrambled eggs. Top with feta and serve.
WALDORF SALAD WRAP – Dice up 1 whole apple and 2 stalks of celery in a bowl. Add some spinach leaves. Add 2Tbs Greek yogurt, 1 tsp olive oil, a squeeze of lemon and 1/2 tsp English mustard. Last but not least add a handful of walnuts. Toss together and serve on/in a wholemeal wrap.
MEXICAN SWEET POTATO – Prick 1 sweet potato with a fork 4 to 5 times. Microwave on a paper towel or a microwave-safe plate for 4 to 6 minutes. Split open lengthwise and top with drained and rinsed black beans or 5 bean mix, a pinch of paprika and some grated cheese and grill for 3-4 minutes. Top with some greek yogurt or avocado and serve.
SATAY VEGGIES – Grab what ever veggies you have in the fridge and toss them in a fry pan all sliced up with some coconut oil. After 3-4 minutes add a whopping Tbs of peanut butter and 1/2 tin (400ml) of coconut milk Stir rapidly to make a saucy paste. Add 1/2 tsp grated ginger and 1/2 tsp garlic paste. Add some chili flakes, 1/2 tsp turmeric powder, 1/2 tsp coriander powder and fresh coriander if you have some. Serve with instant 90 second microwave brown rice.
VEGGIE FRIED QUINOA RICE – Microwave a packet of instant quinoa and brown rice (or whatever you have in the cupboard). In a fry pan saute some veggies from the bottom of the fridge; zucchini, carrot, onion, capsicum, mushrooms… what ever you have going a little bit limp. Don’t have fresh veggies? Easy, use 1/2 cup of frozen peas, corn and carrot mix instead. When the veggies are cooked, toss the cooked quinoa rice through it in the pan and add 1 tsp tamari (soy sauce), 1/2 tsp each of garlic and ginger paste, 1 tsp sweet chili, 1 tsp oyster sauce. Optional; Crack an egg into the pan just before you are ready to serve and quickly stir it up so the little eggy bits go throughout. Serve
CREAMY BASIL AVOCADO PASTA – Cook 1 serving pasta according to package instructions, about 12 minutes (including boiling time!). Meanwhile, combine the juice from ½ a lemon, 1 garlic clove, 1 tbsp. olive oil, ½ of an avocado and 1/8 cup basil in a food processor and puree. Toss together pasta and sauce and season with salt to taste. Can’t eat pasta? Simply make up a single batch of zucchini pasta with the peeler or spiraliser and toss it in some oil in the fry pan for 2-3 minutes. Then add the sauce and serve with chili flakes.
So once you have tried at least one of these 7 quick and easy wholesome dishes there shouldn’t be any complaints or reaching for the frozen meals or ice cream. BUT YES sometimes peanut butter and banana on toast is 100% required. I got in late from the airport a few weeks ago and as soon as I walked in the door at 2am I made some peanut butter and banana on toast and then jumped into bed. Good for the bod and the brain and 2am isn’t a time to use kitchen appliances!!
I also love to make some satay or pesto sauce and freeze it in portions so you can save yourself time (and money) and always have something delicious on hand. Satay and pesto goes with almost everything.
Disclaimer; all photos have been sourced online and are not Kale and the Kettlebell originals.