This year, don’t use the lack of time as an excuse to binge on takeaways, and while it’s okay to treat yourself every now and then, you should make an effort to cook healthy meals at home. Not all meals are time-consuming; here are some quick and amazing recipes that you can make in a matter of minutes.
Quick Prawn Fried Rice
1 tbsp sunflower oil, 1 onion, 200g mixed vegetables, 200g pack prawns, 3 chopped garlic cloves, 2 tbsp Thai fish sauce, 500g cooked rice, chopped coriander and soy sauce.
Heat the oil in a large wok. Add the onion and vegetables, and stir-fry for 2 minutes. Throw in the prawns, garlic and fish sauce and cook for 3-4 minutes until the prawns change colour and cook through. Add the rice and carry on cooking for 3-4 minutes. Sprinkle with coriander and soy sauce before serving.
1 tbsp sunflower oil, 2 skinless chicken breasts, cut into strips, zest and juice 1 lemon, 1 tbsp caster sugar, 2 tbsp grated ginger, 2 tsp cornflour, 125g pack egg noodles, 200g frozen peas, 4 sliced spring onions, 1 tbsp roasted cashews
Heat the oil in a non-stick pan, and fry chicken pieces until almost cooked. Tip out on a plate. Pour 250ml water into the pan along with the lemon zest and juice, sugar and ginger. In a bowl, mix the cornflour with a little water, and whisk into the pan. Bring to the boil, and then add the chicken strips. Reduce the heat and cook until the chicken is cooked and the sauce is thickened. Meanwhile, cook the noodles and vegetables together in boiling water for 4 minutes, then drain. Add the noodles to the chicken, garnish with cashews and serve.
1 tbsp olive oil, 2 sliced red capsicums, 2 crushed garlic cloves, 1 small eggplant, 1 tbsp red wine vinegar, 3 chopped medium tomatoes
Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat and add capsicum along with garlic. Cook until the capsicum has softened. Add chopped eggplant and cook until vegetables have just softened before adding vinegar and tomato. Cook until vinegar has evaporated. Next, add 1/4 cup cold water, and season with salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer. Simmer until sauce is thick and the vegetables are tender.