Spec Me. Family Friendly, Cheap and quick meals

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so im always trying to think of new and exciting meals to cook for the wife/kids but we always end up with the same old things.

mainly pasta based meals during the week, typical roast on the weekend.

spag bol, lasagne, carbonara

pizzas now and again.

now im looking for some quick and easy meals (30 mins or so to make) which is also not extravagant etc.

anyone got any ideas?

(nothing fish based)
 
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30mins isn't a great deal of time to make something ready to eat that's homemade. You could expand a bit with a slow cooker though, stick it on in the morning and ready by evening.

A few suggestions:

  • Stir-fry
  • Marinaded chicken, served in pitta
  • Falafel with salad / pitta
  • Slow cooked curries
  • Slow cooked stews
  • Soups
 
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30mins isn't a great deal of time to make something ready to eat that's homemade. You could expand a bit with a slow cooker though, stick it on in the morning and ready by evening.

A few suggestions:

  • Stir-fry
  • Marinaded chicken, served in pitta
  • Falafel with salad / pitta
  • Slow cooked curries
  • Slow cooked stews
  • Soups

thats a good point actually, we do have one of them.

wife decided to make a spag bol in oune the last time it was used but the meat dissintergrated so it hasnt been used since.
 
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Don't do fish myself but wife and kids love prawns.

I usually fry up some prawns, throw is some peppers and straight to wok noodles. Only effort involved is chopping up the peppers but I think you can buy them frozen.

We also have a slow cooker which has never been used. Need to look in to it now everyone is back at school.
 
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Our Family favourite, very healthy and reasonably quick

Chicken breast, sliced and fried in Vegetable oil. Drain off the excess fat, then add Mexican spice mix to taste.

Wrap the chicken in soft wraps with finely chopped cucumber, pepper, spring onions & tomatoes. Also small amount of cheese and either creme fraiche, tsatziki, or Salsa
 
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This takes an hour, but only 10 minutes max to prep.

I have also made this in the slow cooker. Just sizzle the first bits, chuck it into the slow cooker with the stock and the rest and let it cook slowly all day.

I skip the parsley for extra coriander myself. Tasty, healthy and filling.

Red Lentil and Chorizo Stew

INGREDIENTS

Serves: 4

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon sweet paprika
3 cloves garlic
1 chorizo (cut into thick chunks - I have also used Italian sausages)
1 onion (finely chopped)
2 sticks celery (finely chopped)
2 red peppers (finely chopped)
1 litre chicken stock
6 roma tomatoes (roughly chopped)
250 grams red lentils
2 tablespoons fresh coriander (chopped)
2 tablespoons fresh parsley (chopped)

METHOD

Heat oil in a large heavy based saucepan over medium heat. Add paprika, garlic and cook for 30 seconds.
Add chorizo, onion, celery, capsicum and cook 2-3 mins until chorizo begins to sizzle.

Add stock, tomatoes and lentils then bring to boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for an hour, adding a cup of water if it becomes to thick. Season to taste.

Ladle soup into bowls and sprinkle with the herbs. Serve immediately.
 
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Chicken and Chorizo Paella! :D

Ingredients:

30g chorizo per person
1 x chicken breast per person
1 - 2 whole onions
paprika to taste (more is better :p)
frozen peas/sweetcorn (1 tbsp per person should do)
red pepper
rice (50g per person)

Method:

Chop chorizo into quarter circles
dice chicken breasts
chop onion
measure out some paprika (I like to guess)
chop pepper
measure out peas/sweetcorn

lay everything out. Be organised!

Fry off the chorizo on medium heat until it starts to brown/blacken.
remove from pan using slotted spoon leaving the oil in the pan
add onions and stir fry until they soften and take on the oil colour
add paprika and keep stirring. May need to add a little water if using a normal pan.
add chicken and stir fry with onions/paprika until cooked.
remove from pan and place with chorizo in a bowl.

start rice cooking with ~250ml water per person
as rice comes close to being ready add frozen veg
stir thoroughly and add chicken/chorizo/onion/paprika mixture
finally throw the pepper on top, stir and heat through until pepper is hot.
serve!

:)

If you want you can start the rice at the same time as frying off the onions to save a little time.
 
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Couscous is your friend.

Cheap, healthy, really easy to cook (put it in a bowl, fill with boiling water, cling film over the top, it will be ready in a few minutes).

Then cook up some chicken/prawns and veg on the hob, and some sort of sauce/seasonings. Done. You can make a meal in less than 15 minutes.
 
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Kebabs are pretty versatile, you can have pretty much anything on there, chicken, lamb, chorizo, peppers, onion, tomatoes... whatever you fancy, and they can be served with couscous, rice, salad or tortilla wraps, so lots of options.
 
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Couscous is your friend.

Cheap, healthy, really easy to cook (put it in a bowl, fill with boiling water, cling film over the top, it will be ready in a few minutes).

Then cook up some chicken/prawns and veg on the hob, and some sort of sauce/seasonings. Done. You can make a meal in less than 15 minutes.

This, love the stuff.I usually have as an accompaniment to peppers, courgette, onion, garlic, tomatoes that have been sliced up, tossed in olive oil, and roasted in the oven for a while.
 
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