Quick Dinner Idea's
Surely, I am not the only one that craves a delicious meal at the end of a workday? With all the stuff that you have tried to fit in one day, getting through the traffic jams, and the pressure of exercising more, you would say that there is no time left to make something delicious? Well, in this article I share my thoughts on making sure that you can also have good meals during the workweek. All while leaving enough time for other activities and some much needed rest. Because above all, we will have to take good care of ourselves in order to engineer our lives. Nutrition being a good, fun, and possibly delicious way to start!
I have really started putting more effort into cooking since two years now. Even though I was cooking before, most of it couldn’t really be called cooking. Student life was mostly accompanied with food packets to which you added some fresh ingredients and a “sushi” bowl. The latter basically being an even lazier version of eating sushi, throwing all ingredients into a bowl.
Two years ago, I tried to set up a system for myself where I try out recipes on weekends that may possibly work during the week too. This way the recipes no longer take as much time and you can more or less time whether you have sufficient time for this. In the beginning, I even kept a small little notebook with me that contained all the ingredients for recipes that I liked that I could bring in my purse. This way not knowing a nice and healthy recipe was no longer an excuse to have “less nice” and unhealthier meals. Whenever a recipe is a hit, I add it to my personal cookbook to keep track of all my favorites. In case I lack inspiration on what to have for dinner: I take out the recipe book and look at those marked suitable for the workweek. By the way, still considering my own sense of healthiness here. My version contains pasta, lot’s of cheese, and “some” sugar here and there. Of course, lists on your phone might work even better for you.
Now, I am establishing a growing list of recipes that are well suitable for the workweek. What I can probably save most time on is more meal planning and doing in groceries in batches more. Even though I see my friends benefit from this greatly (yes Rianne, it is you I am referring too), my new year’s resolutions will include making these habits my own.
So, the tips and tricks I discovered entail trying out recipes on weekends and continuously documenting these in your own personal cookbook. The next steps being, planning your meals in advance by means of this growing list and doing your groceries in batches to save more time.
Last but not least, a few of my favorite recipes at the moment and links to these quick and gorgeous dinners. Don’t be surprised by the fact that these are all by Jamie Oliver, him being my favorite chef and all.
This pasta is one of my favorite ones. The sausage in combination with the fennel is just right. While that Jamie calls it a "proper blokes" pasta, I hereby state that is also very much appreciated by the ladies. A plate (who are we kidding, multiple plates) of this, are a perfect reward at the end of a workday.
Another one of my favorites is his chicken fajitas recipe, from the Super Food Family Classics. Even though the recipe mentions 40 minutes, you can be done a whole lot quicker than that. Ever since we got our Le Creuset griddle pan, this recipe has elevated to an even higher level.
Last but not least, this chickpea salad. While it might be more of a summer dish, I could eat this any day of the year. I find it so nice and refreshing, yet fulfilling at the same time. Liona and I frequently eat this for dinner. Even her brother is a fan by now.
What are your thoughts on quick dinner idea's? Any tips and tricks or recipes we should try out? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.