It’s not always easy to eat healthy, especially when your days are frantic and full.
That’s why we love recipes from Heidi Sze, a dietitian and nutritionist from Victoria, whose tasty dinners use pantry staples and come together quickly.
Best of all, they include the foods we crave (hello, pasta) so you won’t feel like you’re compromising on what you actually want to eat come dinnertime.
So, if you’d like to eat a little healthier, and don’t have huge amounts of time or money to play with, this is a great place to start.
Faster than organising takeaway
Takeaway is always tempting, especially towards the end of the week, but you can save yourself some money and be eating these quick dishes in no time.
- This one-pot pasta with tuna and lemon is ready in 15 minutes with hardly any washing up.Tip: If asparagus isn’t in season, try broccolini or beans to keep it green.
- A potato, pea and cheese frittata works for breakfast, lunch or dinner.Tips: If you don’t have any leftover roast veggies in the fridge, use what you have, whether it’s tomatoes, Spanish onion and feta or extra frozen peas and two types of cheese. Make it go further by serving a salad or toast alongside.
- A no-cook salad with lentils, pesto and rocket is perfect for hangry emergencies (and witching hour).Tips: Reach for store-bought pesto to save time, but if you find yourself with 30 minutes to spare, the pesto recipe is worth the effort. You’ll have enough to make this salad twice, and a pesto pasta with greens or frozen peas down the track.
Lighter takes on comfort food
If you’re stuck in a dinner rut, give one or two of these dishes a try and discover some new weeknight favourites.
- Make fish and chips at home with this baked salmon and spiced wedges recipe.Tip: The quick kale salad in this recipe is one you’ll want to remember — it takes just five minutes to prepare.
- With four key ingredients, this slow-roasted tomato linguini is simple yet decadent.Tip: If you roast the tomatoes ahead of time (weekends and nights are great for this) you can make this dish in 15 minutes flat.
- Colourful taco bowls with beef or beans lets everyone build their own bowl.Tips: Make the quinoa ahead of time (if you can), buy pre-grated cheese, and get family and friends to prep the sides.
- Falafel wraps with a two-minute yoghurt sauce are fun to make and eat.Tips: Treat this one as a weekend recipe, one that’ll leave you with 40 falafel balls to get you through the week (or freeze). Know you won’t have time to make the sides? Buy some chargrilled veggies from the deli section of the supermarket.