Sometimes you just don’t have the time to mess around measuring endless ingredients out and using every utensil you own to cook a meal. I know I certainly don’t anyway! Isn’t it much better when you can have a few “go to” meals that you make without a recipe and that are easy to do whilst doing other things. I find now I am working from home I like meals that I don’t have to stand stirring for ages and I can leave and keep going back to in between replying to emails and typing up things like this! Busy parents too have much better things to do than gradually simmering before adding another ingredient then allowing to cool and meanwhile mixing up this that and the other don’t they! So I thought I would share with you my favourite easy to prepare meals that whilst you might need a recipe the first few times many of them you will soon be doing quickly without and they are just so easy to prepare!
Cheesy Leek and Potato Pie – This takes around 25 minutes preparation/cooking before it goes into the oven which doesn’t sound overly quick but it is really easy and could be made quicker with instant mashed potatoes if you wanted. It is one all the family will love so that makes it great too as no cooking separate meals!
Stir Fry – You don’t need a recipe just pop whatever you fancy in and some soy sauce and hey presto you have a super quick and healthy meal!
Mushy Pea Curry – About ten minutes worth of can opening and vegetable chopping then the Slow cooker does the rest!
Sausage Casserole – Made in the slow cooker this is really quick and easy to prepare and the slow cooker does the rest during the day.
Winter vegetable casserole – again quite easy to prepare especially if you buy prepared or frozen vegetables for it and just pop it in the slow cooker.
Gardener’s Pie – like the winter vegetable casserole above but with a mashed potato topping and cooked in the oven.
Jacket Potatoes – These can be done in the slow cooker during the day so you just have to sort the toppings out. Even without a slow cooker these are one of the easiest low preparation meals around!
Cowboy Pie – Really easy to make and not too much messing around preparing, especially if you buy frozen or prepared vegetables to save even more time!
Garlic mushroom and spinach pasta bake – This basically takes as long as it takes the pasta to boil as you do the other things at the same time then mix it together and pop in the oven. A really straight forward meal that is a change from spaghetti Bolognese as a pasta dish.
Creamy cheese and ham fusilli bake – like the recipe above this is great as it takes as long as the pasta takes to boil to prepare then just pop it in the oven. This is a recipe popular with kids too.
Omelette and Salad – Really quick and doesn’t even need a recipe but the sort of thing I often forget about but really enjoy when I do have.
Beef or Quorn Keema Curry – This is so easy in the slow cooker it takes about 5 minutes at the most to prepare in the morning especially if you use frozen onion! to make it a meal just cook rice later or even buy frozen rice!
Mixed Vegetable Biryani – This is a little more preparation than the other meals I have shared but I think it is totally worth it! There is about 10 minutes of chopping and measuring out ingredients and then 15 minutes at the hob but then the rest does itself and you can leave it to finish cooking.
Cooked Breakfast or Fry up – Using fry light and low syn sausages this is a great easy meal that I make in around 20 minutes. Pop the sausages under the grill then add the bacon a while after depending how you like it, meanwhile open cans of tomatoes and beans, pop some mushrooms in another pan and fry an egg. It does make a bit of washing up but for a comforting meal that feels naughty I think its worth it!
Sweetcorn Fritter – This is really quick and easy to make and is so much more filling than just a salad. You could make it for all the family or just save the rest for lunches for a couple of days! A quick and tasty meal!
Huevos Rancheros – This is so easy and cheap to make but actually really tasty and worth a try.
Barbeque chicken – This is so easy to pop into the slow cooker and makes a really popular meal for all the family to enjoy, except vegetarians like me!
Spaghetti Bolognese – The Bolognese can be easily made during the day in the slow cooker then you just need to quickly boil up some spaghetti – super easy!
Crustless Quiche – There are so many different combinations you can make in a quiche but I recommend 6 eggs, a tub of cottage cheese and then whatever vegetables you fancy, avoid watery ones like mushrooms and tomatoes though. Season it well and add herbs if you like then bake for around 20-30 minutes depending on size or until firm and golden on top.