Seven simple family dinners when there is no time to cook
You don’t need me to tell you how busy you are at this time of year. Nor do you need me to tell you that, despite being very busy, your family still has to eat. You know that. What could be helpful for me to share with you, though, is a week’s worth of meals that you can bung on the family table while barely pausing for breath from your never-ending to-do list. So instead of saying ‘to do’, you can say ‘ta da’! (Hey, there’s always time to cringe at bad jokes…)
1. Fettucine boscaiola
Nothing could be easier and more happily scarfed down by all than a big fat bowl of fettucine boscaiola. Use fresh pasta and it’ll be on the table even quicker!
- See here for the Fettucine boscaiola recipe.
2. Easy chilli con carne
Minimum effort, maximum satisfaction. So easy, it’s got the word ‘easy’ in the title. Our kind of dish.
- See here for the Easy chilli con carne recipe.
3. Fast burgers
The kids want takeaway, and you don’t want to cook. But when you can whip up some yummy burgers faster than it takes to drive to the fast food shop, it makes sense to both your wallet and your waistline to opt for this tasty homemade version instead.
- See here for the Fast burgers recipe.
4. Quick glazed salmon
A healthy and delicious way to get a fix of fish into the family’s diet, this also happens to be ridiculously simple. Not to mention so quick that it’s got the word ‘quick’ in the title …
- See here for the Quick glazed salmon recipe.
5. Spaghetti with tuna and olives
Got time to crack open a tin of tuna? Well then, you’re practically done! A great family meal for satisfying the hungry hordes without working up a sweat in the kitchen.
- See here for the Spaghetti with tuna and olives recipe.
6. Chorizo fried rice
An awesomely simply dish that’s perfect for using up leftover rice. Get the kids to set the table before you start cooking … by the time they’ve finished it will be ready. In fact, if your kids dither as much as mine, dinner will probably be ready first!
- See here for the Chorizo fried rice recipe.
7. Hoisin chicken stir fry
It’s hard to find a speedier meal than a stir fry – it’s only the chopping of veggies that takes time and this recipe has less prep than most, without skimping on health or taste.
- See here for the Hoisin chicken stir fry recipe.