I noticed around me, especially at my own person that I eat a lot in the city. We prefer to make a phone call, gather in the city and spend enormous amounts of money on food. Some do it out of convenience, but most of us have a permanent excuse: no time for cooking.
But my big question is: if you don’t have time for cooking, where do you find time to eat in the city?
Maybe some of you will say that gathering in the city is more about socializing and relaxing. Yes, it’s true. But that does not mean you have to spend a fortune on food.
A friend of mine has installed a while back an application where he makes daily notes about the money he spends. At the end of each month he notices that most of his money goes away on food.
I am thinking about installing that application also, thinking that maybe it will make me more aware of my spending. But last night I said to myself that I do not need an app to improve my lifestyle.
I went to the kitchen, took out a chicken casserole from the fridge, washed it, seasoned it and put it in the oven (in a special oven bag) with 3 diced potatoes. That took me less than 5 minutes. Then I just completed the other chores around the house and in 40 minutes the food was ready without me doing anything.
So I prepared a list of quick recipes to prepare, perfect to do during the week when, after 9 hours of working and other 1-2 hours spent on the road we do not feel like doing anything.
- Chicken with baked potatoes
500 gr chicken
3 large potatoes cut into pieces
Seasonings to taste (salt, pepper, paprika, rosemary)
Oven bag (you can find it in any supermarket)
- Season the chicken and the potatoes and put them in a special oven bag. Cook it at 180 degrees C for 40 minutes in the preheated oven.
- Salad with Chicken
100 g chicken strips
Vegetables (tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, carrots)
Seasonings to taste (salt, pepper, oregano)
- In this recipe you can use the remaining chicken from the night before. So you won’t waste your time with it’s cooking. If you don’t have any left overs, season the chicken strips and fry it slightly in pan. Then mix the chicken with the chopped vegetables and spices.
- Vegetarian pizza (yes, pizza can be done quickly)
Frozen pizza dough
Vegetables (broccoli, artichokes, peppers)
- Roll out the pizza dough and cover it with the tomato sauce first then the add the rest of the ingredients. Cook it in the preheated oven at 180 degrees Celsius for 20-30 min.
- Taco with beef
100 g beef strips
Vegetables (peppers, corn, red beans)
Seasonings to taste (salt, pepper, chilli)
Taco shells (you can find them in the supermarkets)
- This recipe can be made using meat remaining from the previous day. Add the meat, the mushrooms and the vegetables in the pan, season it and leave it to cook. Then add them in the taco shells and covered with sauce.
- Baked Fish
A large fish
Vegetables (potatoes, carrots, zucchini)
Seasonings to taste (salt, pepper, garlic, cilantro)
- Cut the vegetables into slices, season it and place it in a pan. Season the fish and place it on top. Place lemon slices inside the fish, pour the white wine into the pan so that it covers the vegetables and cook it at 165 degrees C in the preheated oven for 40 minutes.
As you can see everywhere says “to taste”. That’s because I never follow a recipe strictly, but I adapt it to my taste and to everything I have around the house. Always before I leave work I thinking about what kind of food I want to cook, what I need and what I already have at home. So I can stop on the way to a supermarket to get stocked without losing much time.
These were five simple and delicious recipes with a minimum preparing time. Even if some have longer cooking time, the best aspect is that you mustn’t stay in the kitchen to always check on it.