Food on Friday ~ very easy dinners

Almost anyone can cook a great dinner inside half an hour.

When you’re working for a living it isn’t always so easy to find the time to cook a proper dinner, and sometimes we just don’t have the energy after a long day at work, (maybe with a stressful commute thrown in).  Ergo during the week what we really want is something very easy for dinner, and preferably pretty quick and requiring the minimum number of pans and dishes.

I firmly believe that the recipes I’m giving you in this week’s Food on Friday fit the bill as far as easy mid-week dinners go, and will also make a great lunch to take to work, or eat at the weekends.

Firstly this week, from San Diego girl Averie Sunshine from Averie cooks we have this really easy chicken stir fry with noodles.  Healthy, very easy, and ready in just 15 minutes, this is a great mid-week stand-by dinner.  There are lots of vegetables in this dish, miss out the chicken, maybe add cashew nuts, and you could have yourself a vegan stir fry,

Chicken Stir Fry with Noodles

Another brilliant stir fry, this time from Dana the Minimalist Baker, 30-minute cauliflower rice stir-fry.  This healthy, flavourful, quick and easy dish is vegan and gluten free, and if you like you could swap broccoli for the cauliflower.  What’s not to like.

30-Minute Cauliflower Rice Stir Fry

When it comes to easy mid-week dinners, there’s nothing easier than a pan of soup you already have in the refrigerator.  So while some soups may take a while to prepare, make a big pot and you have the basis of several lunches and dinners for the week to come.  From Joy the Baker we have a recipe for carrot coconut red curry soup.  To begin with, making the soup will take you about an hour, so maybe that’s best done at the weekend, but once it’s made, add some crusty sourdough bread, and you have a great mid-week dinner.  This is a vegan dish.

Carrot Coconut Red Curry Soup

Another soup, this time from Jessica Merchant at How Sweet Eats; 30 minute Asian chicken soup.  As its says, you should be able to make this big bowl of health in a half-hour.  And best of all, this is a one-pot recipe.

30 Minute Asian Chicken Soup.

Now from Heather Christo we have a fast and easy bee pho, this isn’t really authentic because it’s a very shortcut recipe you can have ready in 45 minutes, a lot of which you can use to do other things ~ like find the show you want to watch on TV.

Fast and Easy Beef Pho

Even though it’s autumn, running into winter, and here in England it’s cold, damp, and grey, sometimes we still crave a salad.  San Francisco girl Andrea from Cooking with a wallflower has a good recipe for autumn apple salad with maple balsamic vinaigrette.  This great looking and very healthy fall salad should be ready in just 10 minutes.  Enjoy.

Autumn Apple Salad with Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette

Finally for this week, a collection for you from Good Housekeeping, midweek meal recipes, all of which should take less than a half hour and use no more than 10 ingredients.  I like the look of all the recipes in this collection, but especially I like this quick pan-fried salmon with sweet and sour leeks, (here in the North East of England we love our leeks).

Quick pan-Fried Salmon with Sweet and Sour Leeks


jack collier





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10 responses

  1. All of these dishes looked absolutely beautiful and delicious.

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  3. I am definitely trying the salmon recipe! Leeks on the shopping list! 🙂

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    1. That’s going to be dinner for me this Sunday. ❤

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  4. That 30-Minute Asian Chicken Soup looks delicious. I bookmarked that, thanks!

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  5. 🙂 A post now bookmarked!!!

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  6. Great recipes you are highlighting from others. Thanks for taking the trouble to share these. Yes, I am one who puts work first and dinner is usually very simple whilst lunch is non existent most times other than 3 tablespoons of oats with 2 tablespoons of Nestum and eat with cream crackers (plain ones) LOL!

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    1. Well now, if you can find 30 minutes you can make yourself a good dinner.
      plain cream crackers uuuuuuuggggghhh ❤ 😉


  7. !. I adore Marmaduke’s egg cups!
    2. Those first meals look splendid!!!
    3. Meals can be super easy when you prepare ahead of time. (Gary, Yummy Lummy, has some great ideas, too) One of my friends does what she calls a noodle bowl. Any veggies raw and cut up in the bowl, cooked meat (if you want), and then dump hot Asian noodles on top. Her kids love the crunch and eat these all the time because it is anything ‘they’ want.
    4. Thank you for sharing these!

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    1. I’m glad you liked these recipes.
      Boiling an egg is about as far as it goes with Marmaduke’s cooking. (Although he likes to supervise.)
      Easy one-pan meals is my favourite type of cooking.
      ❤ ❤ ❤

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