There’s really nothing worse then getting home at 6:30 pm and realizing you just don’t know what to eat for supper (okay, I’m aware that there probably are worse things). On top of that, you’re starving and can’t imagine possibly slaving away preparing a meal that is long and labor intensive, because you definitely want food now. There is no need to eat a boring, unhealthy and unexciting supper on these kind of nights, because super quick, easy and delicious meals do exist! Woohoo! I hope you can pull some inspiration from this post, and keep in mind that I am giving you general ideas and not necessarily step by step recipes.
Versatile and Super Quick Stir Fry
Stir Frying is my favorite last minute meal idea. Although some stir fry’s require a lot of chopping and preparation, some don’t require that much time at all, and once everything starts cooking, you will be eating within 10 minutes for sure. For the fastest option, I recommend using rice noodles for your stir fry base, since it requires so little time to cook. Then, I usually go for any veggies I have lying in the fridge or the freezer and add some sort of protein such as chicken, shrimp, tofu or whatever you prefer. If you don’t want to lose time making a sauce, low sodium soy sauce usually does the trick.
What is fun about stir frying is that it is so versatile and the recipe ends up being different almost every time. However, my favorite guide for stir frying is from the following infographic, this one is so detailed and SO awesome. You can tailor your stir fry recipe based on what you have.
I know that this infographic is a long one, but seriously, it is so useful! I also highly recommend the black pepper sauce recipe, it is SO flavorful.
Sauteed Veggie Bow tie Pasta
I made this recipe one night for my mom and I, it was super last minute and was ready in an instant. I threw bow tie pasta in boiling water and while the pasta was cooking, I sauteed a bunch of veggies. The idea with this type of pasta is that you want a higher veggie to pasta ratio. This makes you think you are eating a lot of pasta but actually, you’ll be eating tons of veggies! It’s a win-win right? It’s almost like you’re tricking your own brain into thinking that your shoveling in loads of pasta, when in fact you are also getting some invaluable vegetables.
When I made this recipe, I sauteed broccoli, eggplant, squash and asparagus, but of course the veggie choice is completely up to you. To add flavor to the veggies, I added some olive oil, thyme, marjoram, salt and pepper. Once the pasta was cooked, I added the veggies and an all natural marinara sauce to the pot and voila! Dinner was served. The marinara sauce we bought is from Costco (The White Linen Collection), it has minimal ingredients and a relatively low amount of sodium for a store-bought sauce, it almost tastes as good as homemade!
A butter chicken recipe ready in 30 minutes or less?! Believe it. This right here is one of my go-to meals, I’m in love with this recipe! Just make sure you have some naan bread on hand and you are good to go for this one.
Savory Salmon and Quick Sides
Salmon can be very fast to make! For this recipe, I placed a large piece of salmon in a baking dish lined with aluminum foil, and brushed on some olive oil, maple syrup (yes, maple syrup!), fresh cut up basil, dill, parsley, salt and pepper. I then put it in the oven on broil, and it was ready in about 10-15 minutes. To accompany the salmon, I cooked asparagus in the microwave for 2:30 minutes and opened a plain old can of corn. The sides are up to you, you could easily just sauté some zucchini or asparagus or even cook rice; the options are really quite endless.
Plus, salmon is such a good source of omega 3, so if you enjoy eating it, this is an easy way to make it an integral part of your diet.
Although a spaghetti squash takes longer to cook, this meal is ready in an instant if you manage to precook your squash. All I did was dry fry some tofu and incorporated it in a big bowl where I added the prepared spaghetti squash and the same marinara sauce I mentioned above. I mixed everything up and added it back into the squash, which made for quite an awesome bowl to eat out of. Then, I sprinkled the top with mild tasting cheese, popped it in the oven on broil for a couple minutes and strolled into heaven while digging into this cheesy (yet healthy!) masterpiece.
Macadamia and Rice Krispies Coated Chicken Strips with Honey-Mustard Sauce
This was a supper I got to enjoy over the past week from a friend who cooked supper for herself and I. I was impressed with the ease of preparation and the deliciousness of the result. She simply used a coffee grinder to grind up macadamia nuts (almonds would do the trick and might even give a crunchier result) and Rice Krispies. She added this mix to a bowl and seasoned with garlic powder, salt and pepper. She then coated the chicken strips in olive oil and dipped them in the prepared mix. As the chicken strips were baking, she simply mixed up Dijon mustard and honey to serve as a dipping sauce. She quickly fried up some zucchini, and dinner was served!
Let’s share quick meal ideas!
What are your go to meals for last minute suppers?