You’d love to make taste tingling meals, complete with clever sides and chopped vegetables, but who has time for that? You work so hard, often for long hours on end, by the time the PM rolls around you barely get dinner on the plate let alone lunch together for the next day. What to do? How do you avoid the fast food traps of convenience and fabricated taste? You may remember this trick from your days at University, when creativity and the kitchen often mingled easily. Bulk. Meals. Or meals that are pre-made on Sunday and frozen for the weekdays ahead, ready and amazing as ever. While spaghetti bolognaise is a great stand by, try some of these originals as well.
Cheap and cheerful options are often front-runner favourites, and this burrito recipe is no exception. Please note this will only serve one for five days. Double or triple as needed to produce the desired portion amount.
Vegetable List: 2 Tomatoes (sliced), 1 Carrot (chopped), 1 Zucchini (Peeled and diced), 4 Mushrooms (Chopped), and 1 Avocado (smashed and sliced).
By Ethan Sagan
Proteins and Cans: 1 Can of Chicks Peas, 1 Can of Four Bean Mix, 1 Can of rinsed Butter Beans, and 1 Can of Diced Tomatoes in juice. Misc: Taco Spice Mix, Salsa Sauce, Cheese and Tortilla.
Method: Prepare veges and heat a large fry pan with a dash of olive oil. Drain the chick peas, butter beans and four beans mix, pouring them into the pan on a medium to high heat. Stir occasionally. When softened, add vege mix and combine, allowing the mushrooms, carrots and zucchini to cook for a bit, say five minutes, before adding the diced tomatoes. Stir through. Wait for two minutes and let the diced tomatoes heat up, before whisking in the salsa sauce and taco spice mix. Stir again and let it sit for ten minutes on a low heat. Microwave tortillas, grate cheese, and you’re done.
Get Enough of Stroganoff
Beef Stroganoff is the bedrock of thick, luscious flavours and aromas, comforting us from our first bite as kids, to the occasional nostalgic delights as adults. Adopted from a list of Continental pasta recipes, this will be a solid favourite in your take-to-work repertoire.
The Formula: Vegetables List: 3 Large Onions 9 (up to you), 5 Mushroom cups (sliced), Punnet of Cherry Tomatoes (diced).
Protein: 750g of Beef Strips
Misc: Oil, Water, Sour Cream (No Fat) and Beef Stroganoff Recipe Base
Method: Heat a splash of oil in a large fry pan and add beef, onions, tomatoes and mushrooms. Combine sneaky recipe base with water, add to the browned meat and stir until bubbling. Simmer until beef is ripe for the eating, stirring every so often. Boil a handful of pasta, spirals or fettuccine, until cooked. Drain pasta and combine with Stroganoff. After removing from heat, stir in a dollop or two of sour cream for that comfort food taste, with minimal calories.
Your turn! What are some of your favourite lunch meals or dinners to prepare for the week ahead? Do you plan or leave things to chance?
By Ethan Sagan
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