As I’ve said in previous posts, recently I have found myself getting more interested in cooking, so I thought I would share with you some of my weekly recipes. Especially seeing as though I’m still a new blogger, I thought this would be a good way to continue the getting-to-know-me process!
Working full time, I like to cook things I enjoy eating that are easy to make and time efficient. After discovering some recipes I enjoy, I tend to adapt them according to what I have in the fridge that day. So for this post I thought it would be cool to share with you some of my favourite recipes I like to make and if any stand out, give them a try and let me know how they turn out! So here are a select few of my weekly meals that I enjoy making on the day or as apart of my meal prep for the week ahead.
1. Pesto Pasta
A newish recipe I have found this past year that works really well for my work pack lunches. Through routine and repetition, I have found that it makes my week so much easier if I find the time to prep at the weekend. Typically I spend a few hours on a Sunday preparing my work dinners for the week, so that I don’t have to bother after work when I’m tired and just want to be lazy. This recipe came from one of my cookbooks and it is so easy and simple to do that now I have it memorised!
Essentially its pasta, (I use whole wheat) spinach and chicken pieces combined together with red pesto. So simple but so tasty! I love having this for my dinner at work as its filling and different from the usual sandwich. I’m a big fan of cold pasta so this is the perfect meal for my quick dinner at work and takes no time to make, (literally 15-20 minutes).
2. Spinach and Ricotta Cannelloni
This is a meal I prepare if I want to stretch it out and eat the food over a few days. I could eat it twice for tea when I get home and maybe once at work, if I’m in the mood for something different.
Depending on how much mince you cook, you can prepare enough cannelloni to last for at least three meals. Essentially, this meal is made up of mince meat, chopped onions and mushrooms, garlic, spinach and ricotta mixed together and then stuffed into cannelloni pasta tubes ready to be covered with passata sauce. It’s probably the one recipe I’ll mention that takes a lot longer to prepare and cook then all the rest, so if you are interested in this recipe, I’d recommend doing it when you have more time. Taking 45 minutes to cook through, I tend to eat mine on its own but you can add a salad if you enjoy a lighter meal.
3. Oaty Chicken
A variation of my old favourite the breaded chicken breast, since trying to eat healthier foods I have chosen to give up the store bought cutlets (which was so hard!) but I have found that if I make them myself they can be just as good-if not better, than the ones I use to buy at Tesco.
This recipe was from a Joe Wicks cookbook and it immediately caught my eye. Honestly it is so simple to make, and smells delicious if you use coconut oil in your pan. All it is is a mixture of rolled oats, ground almonds, paprika, salt and pepper that you dip the chicken into after it has first been coated with flour and then egg. It takes no time at all to cook and goes great with boiled potatoes (or roasts if you’re like me), a few veg or even homemade chips.
Quick tip- if you flatten the chicken before you dip it in the mixture then it won’t take as long to cook in the pan.
I actually found this recipe on Instagram and it is my weekend breakfast treat I look forward to the most. I was craving pancakes one day and wanted to make some that wouldn’t make me feel too guilty. All I did was search #healthypancakes and here we are!
*Because this recipe has more specific measurements of ingredients than the previous recipes, here is a more detailed list for anyone interested.
½ cup of rolled oats | half a chopped banana | ¼ cup greek yogurt | 1 egg | 1 tsp vanilla extract | 1 tsp baking powder | chocolate chips | 1 tbsp milk (any) if needed
Just throw all the ingredients apart from the chocolate chips, into a blender and mix until smooth. Then pour into a bowl, add the chips and cook in a pan until you think they are ready. Personally, I like mine light to golden brown and find I can get two pancakes out of this mixture. You can eat them plain or top with fruit, granola, honey or whatever else you enjoy. So simple and quick, it takes me around 15 minutes to have them prepped, cooked and ready to eat.
So there you go, 4 recipes I typically make in a week!
Do you like the sound of any of these recipes? Maybe you have your own you would like to share?