If you love food, but you don’t have much time to rustle up culinary delights when you get home from work, look no further. With these simple, quick recipes, you’ll be able to enjoy a nutritious, tasty meal with minimal fuss.
There’s a common belief that salads are dull. But this doesn’t have to be the case. A salad is a great idea for a warm evening. It takes minutes to put together, and you can add all kinds of vegetables. Add flavour with dressing, and try and vary your ingredients each time. You could create your own version of a classic Caesar or Nicoise salad. Or grill some chicken and pancetta and add bell peppers and red onions for a colourful feast. If you’re after a filling dish, make a cold rice or pasta salad.
Stir fry dishes
Stir fry is one of the easiest ways to pack in your 5-a-day in a single meal. There are so many options and this dish is suitable for vegetarians and meat eaters. Popular sauces include black bean, honey and soy and hoisin, but you can make your own if you wish. Add some heat with condiments, such as Dorset Naga Chilli Sauce, or sweet chilli dip. Go for Asian flavours with bok choi, water chestnuts and bamboo. Or stick to traditional favourites such as peppers, mushrooms, onions and carrots. Chop up some tender stem broccoli and sprinkle over a handful of beansprouts. You can create a tasty vegetable medley, or add some chicken, beef, pork or duck. Salmon is a fantastic choice for those who prefer fish to meat. Serve with rice or noodles for a delicious, healthy meal, which will be ready in minutes.
When the days heat up, it’s tempting to get the barbeque out and gather friends and family around. Most people think about burgers and sausages when a barbeque is mentioned, but there’s so much more you can do with your grill. Try out different marinades, and widen your range of meats. Try fish and poultry, as well as vegetables. Cut up some peppers, onions, mushrooms and courgettes and get some skewers out. Chicken, beef and pork kebabs are an excellent option for parties. Tuna, cod and salmon steaks make a fantastic alternative to red meat. Serve with new potatoes and a freshly prepared salad or some zesty couscous. Try smoky chicken wings, juicy ribs and halloumi skewers for last-minute gatherings.
Light pasta dishes
Pasta is a winter favourite, but it can also deliver in the summer. Swap hearty, heavy wine-based tomato sauces for light, fresh flavours. Over bake cherry tomatoes on a medium heat with garlic, oregano and olive oil. Boil some fresh tagliatelle for 2-3 minutes, drain and add the tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper and mix together. Alternatively, keep things simple with a sauce made from lemon juice, a knob of butter and olive oil. Toss your cooked pasta through the sauce, grind some sea salt and sprinkle parmesan to finish.
Most of us make an effort to be healthy when it comes to spring, and these recipes are perfect for cooking up nutritious meals in a hurry.