I am guilty, like many other people, of being rushed when it comes to cooking food and feeding myself right to get all the nutrients and macros that I need. That’s why I’m a big fan of exercising quick food that is wholesome and healthy but not a big strain or drain on my time.
It can be so easy to just go for microwave meals or quick cook pizzas and other frozen food. But these are terrible and can do way more harm than good. Plus, it’s really easy to make good food in a fraction of the time, so why wouldn’t you?
Don’t let the fear of spending tonnes of time cooking put you off whipping up delicious meals in a flash. Here are some dishes that take very little time but offer great rewards in terms of nutrition and food value.
This is always a good go-to dish that can have lots of vegetables and every macro and can be made in bulk and stored to be frozen and feed you for several days after the meal has been made. It’s loved by everyone and can be a quick fix when lots of people need feeding quickly.
Pre-cook your pasta until it is al-dente and make a creamy mascarpone sauce. Once the sauce is cooked through, mix the pasta with it and throw it into a pyrex dish, ready for cooking. Top with breadcrumbs and some cherry tomatoes and bake for 20 minutes at 180 degrees. Serve with a freshly made salad and bingo, you’ve got a dish for everyone.
Roasted Vegetable Cous Cous
Couscous is the saviour of all quick dishes, even better if it’s a freeze-dried packet that can be made in two minutes! Roughly chop all vegetables you want in there like sweet potato, tomatoes, courgette, carrot and aubergine, drizzle them with oil and roast in the oven for 40 minutes.
Once the couscous is cooked, just combine it all together and you’ve got a healthy meal with next to no time or effort.
This is another great one to throw together after work when you just don’t want to do anything that requires effort. Stir fry is so versatile too and can be made with pretty much any vegetables you have lying around the house. Cook up some chicken or turkey and slice up some carrots, beans, broccoli, and onion and fry in a wok for around five minutes.
Add in some tasty sauce like red Thai curry or garlic and soy and simmer for a bit longer. Once you’ve added some noodles, you’re done!
Chicken and Sweetcorn Soup
This yummy soup is perfect for a light lunch that really packs a punch. It’s great in winter as a bit of a mealtime warmer or even in summer if you want something that’s easy to make and eat.
In an oiled pan, fry up some onion, garlic, and chicken until the chicken is thoroughly cooked, then add a litre of either chicken stock or vegetable stock and bring to the boil while you shred the chicken in the water so it is in little, easy to digest pieces.
Let it simmer and season to taste with a little lemon and ginger and after another 10 mins, it is ready to go!