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Quick Dinner Ideas Part Two

Quick Dinner Ideas Part Two

Some time ago, I wrote a blog on quick dinner ideas to ensure nice and easy meals after a long day at work. I don't know a lot of #careerlions that will be able to wait for dinner another two hours once they get home with their groceries after a hard day at the office, so I am sure this article is useful. This week’s quick dinner ideas are all a great way to start your unwinding evening. 

Last time I wrote about my meal planning and documentation. While my “cooking” game at the start of this year was not as strong, mostly as I wasn't really home that often, I still managed to find some new recipes. These three are a combination of new finds and some older go-to’s. Not the healthiest recipes in my book, but worth definitely worth your appetite. As Liona and I usually say, “you only have one appetite”. Meaning you better spend it well! Who wants to eat a disgusting sandwich when you could be eating a pastry? 

At the moment, I have adapted a bit of a lazier way to try out new recipes. I save them either via notes on my phone or computer or take pictures of the ingredient list of the recipe. In case of the latter I try to get in the recipe’s name and if applicable picture in too, so I quickly recognize the recipe that I want to try. Then on the weekends I still try to do the groceries for the weekend itself and the first few working days. On Monday’s and Tuesday’s I will try to make some new recipes or ones that take just a bit more effort, but are still manageable. Just try to find those days that you are not constrained in terms of work outs or late meetings and work. Those days apart from the weekend are great to work on your cooking skills. I personally find being able to make my own favorite food very much satisfying. Although there will always be those favorite dishes at a few restaurants that I just need to eat every so often. The macadamia Thai dish from the place in Voorburg for instance. Also, the char siu bao at the Dim Sum Palace in The Hague or those made by Liona’s grandmother are finger licking good.

LEON’s One Pot Coconut Chicken and Petit Pois Curry

I personally love curry’s. If you do too and don’t always want to make one from scratch, then this is a must-try recipe. It is very easy and quick recipe. It tastes great and I love the use of nigella seeds and peas. 

Jamie Oliver’s Pasta Carbonara

Not a very healthy recipe, but very comforting. A great way to make your own pasta carbonara without having to get ready-made sauces that are filled with additional crap. Another advantage is that the recipe also doesn't require a massive grocery list. 

Jamie Oliver’s Greek Chicken Couscous

Of course, I will admit that Jamie Oliver’s 15-minute meals are no 15-minute affair. But half an hour or less should be ok. This recipe first introduced me to the use of ground all spice on chicken fillet. Apparently, these are a real match. Where the recipe above had a short recipe list, this one is a bit more on the contrary. Either way, I really think it is worth the additional effort. 

Are you ready to try one of these three quick fixes? Or do you have some recommendations for fellow #careerlions? Share in the comment section below. 

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