Cooking for a family can be a thankless task. You slave away in the kitchen for hours, then all the food gets devoured in 15 minutes! To make things harder, you don’t have enough time to cook during the week. You might be a working mom who stops working at 5pm and has to make dinner right away. Often, you take the easy way out and opt for ready-meals or frozen things that cook quickly. While there’s no problem with eating this now and then, it’s hardly the healthiest option for your family!
Cooking doesn’t have to be difficult or time-consuming. In fact, here are some 30-minute meals you can cook with almost no culinary skills whatsoever:
Chicken is one of the simplest things to cook as you can let it do its thing while you focus on something else. Amongst the many cooking methods, a baked chicken breast is probably the best. All you have to do is mix the raw chicken with a marinade, plop it on a tray, then bang it in the oven for around 20 minutes. It’ll take 10 minutes to prepare, and you can make some rice or microwave some vegetables while it cooks. Very simple, and you can play around with the marinade/seasoning to create similar meals that taste different.
A bowl of pasta with a simple tomato sauce is so easy to make. The best thing is, you don’t need to do any meal prep at all. Italians are the pasta masters, and they will cook sauce by adding passata to a pan with a clove or two of garlic. A couple of basil leaves also get added, then the pan is covered and cooked on a low heat for 30 minutes. This creates an incredibly tasty sauce, and you can cook the pasta while this simmers away. If you wanted, you could cook it for even longer and carry on with other house tasks.
Lastly, we have a dish that probably takes less than 30 minutes if you buy your vegetables pre-cut. A stir fry is easy to make as you chuck everything in a pan and fry it. You can opt for beef, pork, chicken, or even tofu as the main ingredient. Then, add in peppers, onions, and various other vegetables. Mix it with a splash of soy sauce and some Chinese five-spice, and you’ve got yourself a meal. You can also buy stir fry packs that provide all the ingredients pre-prepared and ready to chuck into the pan, so that’s a great alternative if you’re even shorter on time. Or, meat-free stir fry can literally take 5 minutes to make!
See, it’s easy to cook healthy meals in a short amount of time. Realistically, there’s no need to reach for ready-meals unless you physically have no time to cook. These meal ideas provide your family with balanced dinners that aren’t high in sodium or saturated fat. I would recommend looking for specific stir fry or baked chicken recipes if you want some added inspiration. The great thing about the pasta dish is that I’ve basically explained the entire cooking process for you!