Don’t have an hour to spend simmering dinner over the stove or waiting for it to roast in the oven? We know the struggle, we’ve all been there. The good news is that you can still prepare simple yet very delicious meals at home quickly. So why spend hours cooking a gourmet feast when a nutritious and delicious meal could be only 20 minutes or less away? Skip the grumbling tummy and cranky guests and serve up any one of these satisfying meals.
- Delicious banana muffins for breakfast for 20 minutes
These delicious, whole grain banana muffins are healthy and satisfying enough to eat for breakfast. Plus, they taste like banana bread! Preheat oven to 350° F and prepare 12 muffin cups by lining with muffin papers or lightly coating with spray. Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl and stir. Then, combine egg, honey, almond milk, oil, and extract in a medium bowl. Again, mix it really nicely. Add egg mixture to flour mixture; mix until just blended. Gently fold in bananas and evenly divide batter among prepared muffin cups. Bake 18 to 23 minutes, or until tester inserted into the centre comes out clean. Transfer muffins to cool before serving. They freeze well, so one batch can make enough breakfasts for two weeks, or any time you’re scrambling for a bite to eat on a busy morning.
- Prepare a delicious, hot soup for lunch using onions and beef stock
Everyone can buy soup from the store but everything tastes better when it is cooked at home. It also costs a lot less! Add chopped onions to a pan of butter and cook on a low heat until soft. Increase the heat and cook until the onion becomes sticky and caramelised. Add 1.2 litres of beef stock, season and bring to the boil. Simmer for 10 minutes. Then, remove the soup and put it in a bowl. You can serve it with a toast on the side.
- Prepare an avocado, prosciutto and egg open-faced sandwich less than 15 minutes
As any sandwich recipe, this one is very easy and quick! First, boil the eggs for about 5 to 7 minutes; you don’t want them hard boiled for this sandwich. Mash the avocado so it becomes really creamy and easy to spread on the slice of bread. When this is done, simply layer the creamy avocado, salty prosciutto, and a slightly runny sunny-side up egg atop a thick slice of country bread that tastes great any time of the day. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, or even some red pepper flakes to add a little heat. This sandwich is ideal to prepare before going to work as it is very easy, quick and fulfilling!
- Prepare spicy salmon with rice for dinner in 20 minutes
Get a healthy meal on the table for dinner in 20 minutes with this simple spicy salmon with rice recipe! This colourful side dish packed with vegetables is hearty enough to be your main course. While the salmon cooks up quickly in the oven, you’ll cook the long-grain rice according to the package directions. Meanwhile, combine the honey, soy sauce, and red pepper. On a foil-lined rimmed baking sheet, broil the salmon fillets until opaque throughout, 8 to 10 minutes, basting with the honey mixture during the last 3 minutes. Plate the salmon over a bed of rice and next to your green vegetable, and voila!
- Finally, prepare something sweet – the two-minute chocolate cake
Who doesn’t love something sweet at the end of the day! Well, we do! This is why we’ve saved the best for last. Get ready for the two-minute microwave chocolate cake. First put the 2 tablespoons of sugar into a medium sized mug, and then add the 2 tablespoons of self-rising flour. Next, add the cocoa powder, then the egg and mix well. Add the oil and milk and mix well so there are no dry bits of flour or cocoa powder not mixed in. Put it in the microwave for 2 and half minutes. Take it out of the microwave when you see the cake rising over the cup and it stops rising.