When was the last time you kept aside your hectic schedule and actually did something other than work? I mean, isn’t it the perfect time to ignite your passion? You can dabble with music, dance and even tune into the inner chef in you!
So, if you, just like me, love cooking then you have got to try these scrumptious dinner recipes that’ll feed your tummy and the soul too.
I have curated some of my most favourite recipes to get you started. So, put on that apron and get, set, cook!
1. Chicken Stir-Fry
Take a cue from the name of the dish and you’ll be able to guess how quick it is to prep this hearty meal. Small pieces of chicken combined with fresh veggies and dazzled with teriyaki sauce on top. What’s not to love?
450gms Chicken Breasts, boneless and skinless
12 Mushrooms, sliced
3 Carrots, peeled and julienned
115gms Green Beans, diced
1head Broccoli stems removed
2 Garlic Cloves, finely minced
2tbsps Dark Sesame Oil, divided
2 to 3tbsps Teriyaki Sauce
Heat 1tbsp oil in a pan over medium heat. Add garlic and stir. Now, put the chicken in the pan and cook it for 4 minutes until it gets brown on each side. Once done, remove the chicken from the pan, slice into strips and keep it aside. Heat the remaining oil in a wok over high heat. Add all the veggies and teriyaki sauce into it and stir-fry till the veggies begin to soften. Next, add the chicken strips to the wok and cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Serve hot! Wasn’t that easy to prepare?
2. 5-Ingredient Pasta Salad
Everyone loves pasta. Yes or YAAASS? This can be an ideal recipe for the whole family. Super delicious, full of flavours and not too much mehnat. Win-win in every department, I must say.
450gms Whole Wheat Pasta
340gms Roasted Red Peppers drained and roughly chopped
170gms Basil Pesto
1 Ball Fresh Mozzarella Cheese, diced
3 Handfuls Fresh Arugula
Boil the whole wheat pasta in a large stockpot filled with salted boiling water al dente, as per the package instructions. Drain the pasta and then rinse it for approximately 20 to 30 seconds under cold water. Now, take a large bowl and toss the pasta with the remaining ingredients and mix well. Tada! Get ready to dig in.
3. Easy Baked Fish Fillets
Looking for a simple fish dinner which can be made using available ingredients in your pantry? This recipe is a clear winner especially for last-minute dinners with very little prep involved.
700gms White Fish Fillets
Olive Oil, to grease
1tbsp Fresh Lime Juice
1tbsp Light Mayonnaise
1/8tsp Onion Powder
1/8tsp Black Pepper
1/2cup Fresh Breadcrumbs
1 ½ tbsps. Butter
2tbsps Fresh Parsley, chopped
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Coat an 11x7 –inch baking dish with olive oil and place the fish fillets inside. Combine onion powder, pepper, mayonnaise and lime juice in a small bowl and spread over the fish. Sprinkle breadcrumbs on top and drizzle with butter. Bake for 25 minutes at 425 degrees or until the fish flakes easily as you test it with a fork. Finish the recipe by sprinkling some parsley on top. Wasn’t that hassle-free?
Now that the food scene is sorted, how about you pair it up with a delicious cocktail?
The Nutty Cocktail
This is one of the easiest cocktails you can whip up for cocktail o’clock.
45ml Black & White whisky
2 bar spoons almond/coconut syrup
2 dash bitters
1-piece orange twist, for garnish
Fill a tall glass with good quality ice cubes.
Add all ingredients, stir until chilled.
Pour into a tumbler over an ice sphere.
Garnish with an orange twist.
Try these simple dinner recipes for your weeknight meals the next time you get a craving for good food!