10 super speedy dishes to get you back in the swing of cookingFebruary 7, 2019
We’re well and truly into 2019 now some of us are probably already starting to feel the grind – and with that, the desire to fall back into laziness and take-away food. You’re back at work, the kids are at school and the responsibilities are piling up. How could you have time to cook? Quite easily, as it turns out!
If time spent in the kitchen is your biggest barrier to preparing healthy, home-cooked meals, then follow on for 10 rapidly ready dishes that all take less than 30 minutes to cook! Consider this your cheat sheet to get back into the swing of cooking…
1# Speedy BBQ Beef Tacos with Cheddar & Charred Corn
Set your timers for the quickest dinner around! This all-American taco has the flavours of a cheeseburger but wrapped up in a soft tortilla. The things they come up with these days! Tender beef strips and a creamy BBQ mayonnaise make this like fast food but not as you know it.
2# Goats Cheese & Cherry Tomato Panzanella Salad with Caramelised Onion & Almonds
We’ve turned this classic Italian salad into a main course marvel that’s perfect for summer! Golden croutons, marinated goats cheese and loads of flavour from the caramelised onions and roasted almonds mean this meal is fresh, light and just right!
3# Honey-Soy Beef & Noodles with Roasted Cashews
Sometimes you can’t go past the classics, like this beef stir-fry with a sweet and savoury sauce. Thin ramen noodles and colourful veggies make for a taste not unlike a takeaway delight, but with the satisfaction of making it yourself! And it’s ready quicker than take-away takes to arrive!
4# Summer Pesto Risoni Salad with Charred Corn & Goat’s Cheese
Risoni – the clever pasta that looks like rice – is the ideal ingredient in this dinnertime salad. Baby spinach and sugar snap peas might seem like enough, but this fresh bowl of goodness has a welcome addition of goat’s cheese and pesto to really raise the flavour stakes.
5# Chinese Sweet Chilli Tofu Tacos with Crunchy Slaw
Turn a Chinese-inspired meal of glazed tofu cubes, crisp slaw and fresh cucumber into delicious tacos brimming with flavour and colour! It’s a multicultural fusion feast that you’ll crave again and again; so it’s a good thing it’s on the table in a flash! You can do it all again immediately! Pending fullness, of course…
6# Baked Cheesy Italian Chicken with Panzanella Salad & Balsamic Glaze
Add flavour to a butterflied chicken breast by topping it with tomato and cheese, then baking until golden. Served with a hearty panzanella salad and a drizzle of syrupy balsamic glaze for the finishing touch, this meal is almost as good as summer in Italy! And a heck of a lot cheaper…
7# Mexican Pork Tostadas with Cheddar Cheese & Greek Yoghurt
To ensure this speedy meal comes together in 20 minutes, start with the classic Mexican dish of tostadas! A crisp, baked tortilla topped with a spicy, veggie-packed pork chilli, plus creamy yoghurt and fresh herbs mean this quick and satisfying dinner packs a ton of flavour in hardly any time!
8# Speedy Tandoori Chicken & Salad Burger with Coriander Yoghurt
How did that song go? “People of the world: spice up your chicken burger!” Or something like that! This tandoori-rubbed version will change your summer cooking for the better for good! The delicious marinade gets lightly charred in the pan – or you can cook it on the BBQ to add even more flavour. Add a crisp salad and creamy coriander yoghurt for a taste sensation that you’ll quickly add to the must-cook list.
9# Thai Coconut Curry Noodles with Veggies & Roasted Peanuts
Set your timers: this fragrant dish comes together in 25 minutes or less, yet has the flavour of a slow-cooked meal. Imagine that! We honestly sometimes wonder if our recipe developers have special magic powers. Coat crisp, tender vegetables and crunchy peanuts in a luscious coconut curry sauce for a bowl of Thai noodles that’s a fast food choice you can feel good about!
10# Speedy Moroccan Spiced Beef with Jewelled Couscous & Hummus
Couscous – the grain so nice they named it twice! Here, we’ve added sweet currants and nutty almonds for a pop of flavour, and topped the whole thing off with a mildly spiced beef mince and fresh salad. And don’t forget the dollop of hummus – the creamy chickpea dip turns into the perfect sauce to bring the meal together.
So, there you have it! 10 less than 30-minute meals to make your life in the kitchen a breeze and your year ahead endlessly delicious and rewarding!