There are always days when we just do not stop and dinner time suddenly lands out of the blue giving us a big old smack in the chops. Argh! What to do for dinner?
Here are some favourite super quick dinner recipes and ideas from our awesome community of MamaBakers who have been there done that. Or rather are there doing that!
These mamas know what they’re talking about.
Quick Family Dinner Recipes
Cooked chook, basil, parmesan cheese, tomatoes, red onion, garlic, butter, chicken stock and arborio rice in the rice cooker… Melt butter garlic then add red onion then rice then stock. Cook till rice cooker turns off. Then shred chicken and add all other ingredients and sit for 5 minutes – always a favourite.
Chicken legs rubbed with mild curry powder, sealed in pan then into the oven for 20 mins.
Cut potatoes, and microwave for 15 mins then fry in pan on stove to get “crippy taytos”!
Cook 1.5 cups basmati rice with 3 cups water & 1 heaped tspn chicken stock powder in large microwave-safe bowl, no lid, on high in microwave 20mins.
While rice is cooking, finely chop 1 brown onion, 1 celery stick, 250g bacon & 2 spring onions.
Gently whisk 2 eggs in cup.
Heat wok over med-high, add 1/2tsp oil & add 1/2 egg while swirling wok.
Remove flat, round egg & cool slightly.
Repeat with another 1/2tsp oil & rest of egg.
Roll both flat eggs into “cigars” & chop.
Heat wok over high heat, add 1tsp oil & sauté the onion, celery & bacon.
Add 1/2cup each of frozen peas & corn & add chopped spring onion & sliced egg. Stir in 1 tin chopped tomatoes.
Add cooked rice & mix to combine.
Voilà! Dinner is served! Note: could also be used as a side dish with grilled chicken breasts, steak, lamb, fish etc…
Onion, garlic, bacon browned then add cream, broccoli and peas and crack an egg in before stirring through pasta or we use zucchini spirals instead too.
Boiled pasta (I use 3 minute pasta regularly), whatever meat we have in the fridge diced or shredded or chopped etc (leftover or sandwich meat at times diced or sliced meat that was prepped for a meal I don’t want to cook) thrown in a pan and heated through or cooked with some minced garlic and a little minced chilli, add a tin of diced tomatoes, a sprinkle of mixed herbs (or fresh if we have them), depending on which children are home, a tin of beans (red kidney, cannelloni etc) drained and mixed in. Heat the sauce through add drained cooked pasta and you have mummas throw together quickie.
Although unusually have several frozen meals in single portions ready to go in the freezer just incase the kids don’t like a new recipe I’m trying or I can’t be bothered cooking.
English muffins with garlic butter, ham and cheese. Sliced carrots and cucumber on the side
Grate up vegetables equal to 2 cups (some ideas are carrot, zuccihni, red capsicum and you can add a small tin of corn)
1 cup of SR flour
1 eggMix together and add a a little milk if it a little more ‘wetness’
Spoon about 1 tablespoon into a medium heat frypanYou can serve some bacon, haloumi or smoked salmon on the side. But if my kids are truely “hangry” I just get them to stand next to the me with their plates and pop them straight on as they are done.
Quick Dinner Ideas
Kathy: Fried rice but on cauliflower rice so no waiting for rice to cook
Mayan: Pancakes with melted cheese cooked onto them, bowl of cucumber and carrot and some fried bacon