In the hustle and bustle of the modern world, there doesn’t seem enough time in the day to get everything done that needs to be done. Work, family and social commitments and the need to sleep and eat seem to compete for time. It can be hard to find things to cut out of the schedule. Replenishing your energy is an essential activity, so meals shouldn’t be skipped. But you can free up a little time by preparing healthy meals that are quick and easy. Here are a few quick meal ideas for you to consider.
The barbeque or indoor grill is one of the healthiest, quickest and easiest ways to cook a meal. Most meats cook quickly on a grill. The fats and other unhealthy sediments drain away so that you are not putting them into your body when you eat. Coupled with a quick and easy green salad, the barbeque is the perfect solution for the busy diner. If you need a grill, visit an outdoor equipment specialist like Barbeques Galore – the Ziegler & Brown range is suitable for cooking quick and easy meals.
Crock Pot Stews
Nothing says ‘welcome home’ quite so much as the aroma of a stew or casserole wafting down the hall when you return from a hard day’s work. Cube some beef, chicken, lamb or pork, chop up some vegetables, mix a stock and let it simmer in a slow cooker for the day. Once you’re home, all you need to do is ladle it onto a plate and butter some fresh bread.
Hamburgers needn’t be the unhealthy mess you buy from the local fast food joint. They can be nutritious and very quick to throw together. Pull out the grill again and mix some lean mince with a bit of finely grated carrot, onions and spices. Flatten it into a patty and slap it on the hot grill. Slice some tomatoes, some lettuce or other green leaves and place on a whole grain bun or focaccia bread. When the meat is ready, slap it on and add sauce of your choice. Nothing could be easier.
The good thing about pizza is you can put anything you want on it as a topping. Buy a premade pizza base or use pita, focaccia or other bread to your liking. Chop up whatever you want for a topping – meats, seafood, cheese, onions, tomato, mushrooms, capsicum; your toppings are limited only by your imagination. Cooking will take 10 to 15 minutes. Ideally, you’ll have a wood-fired pizza oven on your back patio, but few people are lucky enough for that. Instead, place it on a middle shelf in a medium-heat oven until it is done. For an even better result, buy a pizza stone for your barbecue and cook it under the rangehood.
Eating well doesn’t have to take hours of preparation and a similar period in cooking time. Many modern recipes are written with the busy person in mind . You can have a great meal on your table within 20 to 30 minutes.