Busy week, busy days… Mums work full-time or part-time or stay at home but still have thousands of responsibilities. The picture is overwhelming already. Obviously, it is not easy to eat healthy under such hectic circumstances. How to possibly prepare a healthy dinner for your family? Dinner time is coming in minutes, you are exhausted and surely don’t feel like cooking. There is still hope to save the family dinner. Plenty of quick and easy dinner ideas out there, I’ll give you one of mine.
Chicken and Vegetable Dish – ready in less than 30 minutes, tasty and quite healthy. No fuss, no culinary skills needed. Everyone can cook this, it’s really easy. Although it’s made of frozen ingredients mainly, it’s better than frozen ready-to-cook food.
Ingredients, 4 servings
- 500 g chicken breast fillet
- 1/3 cup peas
- 1/3 cup sweetcorn
- 1/2 cup whole green beans
- 1/2 cup broccoli
- 1/3 cup cauliflower florets
- 1/2 cup Brussels sprouts
- olive oil
- 1/3 teaspoon curry powder
- 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
- 1-2 tablespoons light soy sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- the zest and juice of 1/2 lemon
- black pepper
- fresh dill
Dice the chicken fillets into cubes and put them in a bowl. Season with salt, black pepper and add some more flavours – curry powder, turmeric, soy sauce, fresh lemon juice and zest, and dried oregano. Maybe, some white wine, too.
Put aside. Normally, I would let it marinate for at least half an hour but this time, we are in a hurry, we need that dinner ready as quickly as possible.
Prepare a pot of water and let it boil.
In the meantime, drizzle some olive oil in a large pan and start cooking the chicken breast cubes on a medium heat. Stir occasionally.
Place the veggies into the pot with boiling water, put the lid on and cook for 3-4 minutes, medium heat again. All of the listed vegetables in this recipe are frozen. Of course, you could use fresh ones if you wish, but I personally find it difficult to have them fresh all the time. Besides, even Jamie Oliver says that frozen vegetables are a good alternative. Who am I to contradict Jamie Oliver? Seriously, I always keep my freezer well-stocked – vegetables, meat, herbs (I particularly have a problem with fresh herbs, except for my basil pot I’m so proud of). Now, back to the recipe…
Drain the half-softened vegetables and add them to the chicken cubes. By this time, the meat should have got quite tender, so you just need to bind the flavours together. Stir and cook for a few more minutes.
Sprinkle with fresh fill. You’re done!
Everyone at the table! Dinner is ready.
That was fast and easy, wasn’t it? Fast food? Yes. But homemade.