3 quick tasty dinners for busy ladies

Working hard doesn’t mean you have to eat crap! 

There’s a certain amount of planning that goes into my weekly shop, to ensure I’ve ordered the essentials, but also so I can plan what I’m eating – normally this depends on what I’ve got on during the day and if hubby is eating at home that night.

It’s important to alternate what kind of food you eat, so you’re not overdoing the red meat, and so you’re getting the right amount of protein, carb, vitamins and minerals.

My online food shopping basket consists of:

  • red meat
  • chicken
  • fish/prawns
  • veg
  • salad
  • tins of tuna
  • pasta
  • herbs
  • some tortillas
  • chopped tomatoes

I’ve noted down three of my favourite dinners to cook from scratch, quickly and they are fairly healthy too…

3 quick tasty dinners for busy ladies

#1 Linguine carbonara

I was given fresh eggs by someone and I immediately knew I wanted to make carbonara for dinner!

All you need is:

  • pack of linguine
  • smoked reduced fat bacon medallions (or lardons if you need the fat)
  • parsley
  • garlic (or not)
  • parmesan or pecorino cheese
  • fresh eggs – one per person

OK, get the pasta on. Should take 10 mins approx.

Now, mix up the eggs, add salt and pepper, add a handful of chopped parsley -put to one side

Get a frying pan, heat up and add the bacon or lardons. If you use bacon you’ll need a tiny bit of oil, but if you use lardons you won’t as the fat will break down. Add a teaspoon of chopped garlic and pan fry for about 3 -4 minutes.

OK drain the pasta, but keep some of the liquid. Add the bacon and garlic into the pasta and mix. Now, add the egg mixture. The hot pasta will cook the eggs. Be sure not to beat them or you’ll get some scrambling going on!

Finally, add about a tablespoon (if you’re cooking for 2) of parmesan or pecorina, then another sprinkling of parsley and Bob’s your Uncle!

#2 My version of Wagamama’s Yaki Soba

Every time I visit Wagamama I order the yaki soba with chicken and prawns. It’s so tasty and there’s a lot flavour and texture going on. Here’s my version.

What you need:

  • fine egg noodles
  • jar of pickled ginger
  • garlic
  • chicken, prawns (both or one)
  • red, green or orange pepper
  • red onion
  • soy sauce
  • lime
  • coriander

OK, firstly, boil the kettle. The noodles only take three minutes to cook, so get the frying pan on the hob.

Add veg oil, quite a bit of garlic (I use 3-4 cloves but I love garlic), add one or two peppers (more if you want to bulk up), cook for a couple of minutes, then add sliced red onion. Cook for about 3-4 minutes. Don’t make it all soft, then there’s no crunch!

OK, put the noodles on.

Now add tiny pieces of chicken and/or prawns to your frying pan. Cook it all off and add a squeeze of lime juice, a couple of teaspoons of pickled ginger and mix together. Now add some soy – season to taste.

OK, drain the noodles, add to the frying pan and mix together. Finish with a sprinkling of coriander.


#3 One tray chicken wonder

This is super easy and you can go away and do other things when it’s cooking.

What you need:

  • chicken breasts
  • red onion
  • (fennel – fresh if you like it)
  • peppers
  • garlic
  • small white potatoes (or larger ones in smaller pieces)
  • veg oil
  • balsamic
  • fennel seeds

OK, put the oven on to 180 for a fan oven. Grab a baking tray.

Add a splash of oil to the tray and put into the oven. Leave for 5 mins as the oven heats up.

Meantime, dice the chicken, potatoes and cut the onions, fennel and peppers into big(ish) chunks.

Pull the oven tray out, add the chicken to the oil and give it a stir to seal the outside. Now add 3-4 cloves or garlic – skin on is fine.

Now add the veg, splash with a good shower of balsamic, sprinkle with around a teaspoon of fennel seeds, a bit of sea salt and freshly ground pepper, then put back in the oven for around 30 minutes.

Keep an eye on the food and stir occasionally, make sure the chicken doesn’t dry out – you might to put some foil over it. All ovens vary so you’ll know best.

And that’s basically it. One tray chicken wonder! Feel free to sprinkle with fresh herbs to serve or add a drizzle of balsamic glaze and serve.

Got any other your own recipes or dishes you’d like to share? Comment below!

Thanks for stopping by – please share my post with those busy ladies you think would like the recipes.

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