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Time Savers: 5 Weeknight Dinners That Are Healthy AND Easy to Make

Time Savers: 5 Weeknight Dinners That Are Healthy AND Easy to Make

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Time Savers: 5 Weeknight Dinners That Are Healthy AND Easy to Make

Tired of takeout? Then it’s time to step inside the kitchen and take the spatula in your own hands.

It’s time to ditch the excuses. Just because you think your kitchen skills are questionable, you do not have to stick to your diet of pizza and coke every night. Yes, we understand that after a tough day at work, cooking is the last thing on your mind, but let’s be honest, having pizza the fourth day in a row is not light on the pocket. And how about the bloated, groggy feeling next morning ? We didn’t think so.

Add these 5 super easy recipes to your arsenal, and step into the world of homemade healthy food, or as your mother would call it, normal food.

Recipe 1: Baked Avocado

You will need:

  • 1 ripe avocado cut into halves
  • 1 egg
  • Olive oil
  • Salt, pepper and chilli flakes

What you need to do:

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. Crack one egg into each avocado half, sprinkle salt, pepper, chilli flakes and add a spoon of olive oil. Bake in the oven until the egg is cooked.

Whoever said that home food is boring, can take a hike!

Recipe 2: Chickpea Salad

You will need:

  • 1 cup boiled chickpeas
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1 chopped tomato
  • 1 chopped chilli
  • 1 spoon chopped coriander
  • Chaat masala, salt and pepper
  • 1 lemon juice

What you need to do:

Toss everything together in one large glass bowl, add the lemon juice and mix well. Tangy, tasty and loaded with protein, your dinner is ready!

Recipe 3: Sautéed Noodles with Veggies

You will need:

  • 1 cup boiled rice noodles
  • 1 small carrot, chopped
  • 1 small capsicum, chopped
  • 1 cup boiled bean sprouts
  • 1 finely chopped chillies
  • Salt and Pepper

What you need to do:

Heat oil in a pan, add the chillies and fry the vegetables. Once thoroughly cooked, add the noodles, salt and pepper along with sprouts and cover it with a lid while on low flame for 5 min.

Serve hot and if you can’t imagine eating veg noodles, add a cup of boiled chicken along with the vegetables.

Recipe 4: Aglio Olio Prawns with Bread

You will need:

  • 6 pieces of medium-sized prawns
  • 1 spoon of chopped garlic
  • 1 spoon chopped parsley
  • 1 spoon chopped bird’s eye chilli (or regular chillies)
  • 3 tbsp olive oil

What you need to do:

Heat olive oil in a pan and fry the chillies and garlic. Add the prawns and cook well while constantly turning the prawns. Add parsley and salt and fry for 2 more min.

Delicious and light, you can easily devour this goodness of a dish with some brown bread.

Recipe 5: Rice Pilaf

You will need:

  • 1 cup boiled rice
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1 chopped celery
  • 1 cup vegetable stock
  • Salt and pepper  

What you need to do:

Heat olive oil in a wok and add the rice. Stir well. Add the vegetables and fry on medium flame. After 3 min, add the vegetable stock and cook on low flame for 5 min till the stock is soaked up.

This dish tastes fabulous either way but you can add a fried egg on top to make it more wholesome.

Plan Ahead

The only difference between real adults and us is that they plan in advance. Sure, it may sound boring to go over your grocery list on Sunday evening, but trust us, it’s better than yet another week of pizza and fries.

– Plan your meals in advance. This will help you on your weekly grocery shopping too.

– Make sure the fridge is stocked with basic fruits, vegetables, and eggs for last-minute meals. (Not Maggi, veggies. Say that thrice.) 

– It’s a smart idea to cut and chop your vegetables in advance and store in airtight boxes. This way half the job is done beforehand.  

All ready to cook?

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