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Quick and easy dinner ideas

Bored of the same ol same? Change it up with some of these meal ideas.


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It's important to get a good balanced and varied diet. We know how hard it can be to come up with new and nutritious things to eat all the time, so here are some of our favourites:

Turkey burger – Mix some turkey mince with chopped onion, grated courgette, an egg yolk, drop of soy sauce and a bit of grated ginger. Mould into a burger shape and cook in a pre-heated grill for 6-7 mins on each side until done. Or maybe a veggie burger?

Baked salmon – put the piece of salmon in aluminum foil and put any herbs/juices inside the foil before folding over. Cook at 205c degrees for around 15 mins or until cooked. Serve with some baked potatoes or salad as sides. Click here for more fish recipes!

Lasagne – this is a good dish to make at the beginning of the week so you can get 2/3 dinners out of it. Serve with some side salad to bulk it out and get even more green goodness into your life. For a veggie option, leave out the mince and add aubergines and more veg instead. You can get lasagne kits in any good supermarket with easy-to-follow instructions.

Stir fry – whether you are a chicken/pork/beef lover, a stir fry is a handy dinner, which can help a struggling meat eater change things up.  Simply cook the meat for a few minutes in oil and add sauce/veggies as you go.

 
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Veggie – Broccoli spinach fettucine is a good option if you’re not a meat-eater. Just boil the fettucine as per pack instructions, cook the spinach and broccoli in a pan with some olive oil for about 5 mins and add some sour cream and voila.

Chilli con carne - Fry some mince in a dry pan for 20-25 minutes over a low heat. Add some chopped onion and garlic to the pan and cook for 2-3 minutes. Stir in some flour for a 1-2 mins, add some beef stock and tomato sauce and bring to the boil. Throw in some kidney/baked beans, chickpeas or celery to the mince and simmer for 20 mins.

Veggie burgers - Heat some vegetable oil, add some onion and fry until soft, you can add some veggies of your own choice like mushrooms, carrot and garlic and fry for 5 minutes. Have some cooked mashed potatoes at the ready to mix in with the veg and coat with breadcrumbs. Grill for 2 minutes on each side for a nice golden colour.

Quick bake tuna - Mix some tuna pieces with onion, parsley sauce, Worchester sauce and pour into a casserole dish. Add a layer of breadcrumbs, followed by a layer of sauce and repeat until all your ingredients are used up. Layer some final breadcrumbs on top and bake in a pre-heated oven for 20-25 minutes.

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Published September 12th, 2014
Last updated October 30th, 2015
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