Quick And Simple Dinner Recipes For The Family

Life is so hectic these days that it can sometimes be hard to cook healthy meals for the family and still have time for all the other responsibilities life throws at us. Below are three very simple and easy dinner recipes which are tasty and nutritious but take no longer than 30 minutes to cook!

Seared chicken

Cheese and mushroom chicken

Serving size 4


  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 250 grams fresh button mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1/2 clove garlic, chopped
  • 75 grams mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees C. Wash the chicken and cut each breast in half.
  2. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. Sear the chicken, turning until no longer pink, for five minutes.
  3. In another large pan heat 2 tablespoons oil over a medium-high heat. Stir in the mushrooms, onions and garlic. Cook for five minutes.
  4. Pour the contents of both pans into a baking dish, season well, Then sprinkle the cheese over the top, and bake for 10 minutes.

Thai beef stir-fry

Serving size 4


  • 2 large garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 red chilli, thinly sliced
  • 1 red onion, sliced
  • 1 yellow pepper, sliced
  • 1 red pepper, sliced
  • 175 grams broccoli
  • 150 grams broad beans, soaked in boiling water for one minute
  • 50 grams cashew nuts
  • 600 grams beef sirloin, sliced into strips


  1. Mix the garlic, lime juice, soy sauce and sugar together in a bowl.
  2. Heat a frying pan over a high heat and add half the olive oil. Fry for two minutes on each side, then remove and cut into thin strips.
  3. Heat the rest of the olive oil in a wok over a high heat. Add the chilli, onion, peppers and broccoli.
  4. Stir-fry for a couple of minutes, then add the broad beans and cashews and stir-fry for another four minutes.
  5. Stir through the strips of beef and cook for a further minute.
  6. Pour over the dressing, toss and serve in bowls.

Pesto pasta

Serving size 4


  • 30 grams fresh basil
  • 1½ cups pine nuts
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 5 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons parmesan cheese
  • 300 grams green beans
  • 400 grams fresh fettucci


  1. Chop the basil, pine nuts and garlic up using a food processor.
  2. Stir in the olive oil and cheese to the mixture.
  3. Cook the green beans in salted water for 5–7 minutes.
  4. Add the fresh pasta to the green beans and boil for three minutes.
  5. Drain the green beans and pasta.
  6. Add the pasta and green beans to the pesto mixture and if it is too thick thin it with water.
  7. Serve immediately.

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