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by Dimple Dalby (subscribe)
I am a freelance writer and a full time software developer from London. Hope you enjoy reading my articles here. Read more of my quirky articles at my blog: Voices in my Head
Published August 23rd 2012
I love cooking, but cooking dinner after a long day's work is one of my worst nightmares. So I have a few carefully designed recipes which will help you cook a quick dinner, keep your waist intact and won't drill a hole in your purse.

1. Chicken salad
Salads are not always boring, but they are certainly one of the easiest to prepare. The best part of having salad for dinner is that it is a meal in itself and you don't need nothing t accompany it. Here is a recipe to a tasty and easy salad:
Pan fry chicken breast cut into small pieces along with onion, ginger, garlic, chilli and pepper powder. Add salt to taste and you can vary the quantity of the ingredients to suit your personal taste. Serve on a bed of shredded lettuce leaves and squeeze the mayo dressing on top for that extra kick!

2. Three in one cheese bake

Unlike the first choice, this is a guilt filled option. Three in one cheese bake is a bake with any three ingredients of your choice with feta cheese on top baked for 20-25 minutes on high temperature. My personal favourite choices are bacon, sweet potato and broccoli. The saltiness from the bacon and sweetness of sweet potato and the crunchiness from broccoli gives it a balanced taste.

3. Shredded (spicy) fish
This one is for the seafood lovers. All you need is a tin of any fish - I prefer Mackeral or Tuna. I buy the tinned fish in oil rather than brine as it adds more flavour and you wouldn't have to add extra oil while preparing. Empty the contents of the tin into the pan and shred the fish with a spoon. Keep stirring now and then so that it doesn't burn or stick to the bottom of the pan. Add thinly sliced onion, green chillies and chopped garlic. This makes a very good filling for the tortilla wraps.

4. Spinach rice
This one is not to disappoint the vegetarians out there and its an healthy option for others. Chop a packet of spinach into very small pieces and sit fry with a few drops of oil and chopped garlic. Add salt to taste. Make rice and mix with the stir fried spinach. Add extra salt for the rice as well. A side dish of dal curry makes it a perfect dinner.

5. Lamb meatball curry
To a packet of minced lamb, add chopped garlic, onion and ginger. Also add chopped coriander leaves, Garam masala and chilly powder. Mix them together and make them into tiny balls. Pan fry them till they turn brown on all sides. Pour a packet of coconut milk into the pan. Add salt to taste. Also add garam masala to suit your taste into the gravy. Boil the gravy till it thickens. It is an excellent side dish with rice, naan or a French stick.

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Why? Easy to prepare dinner recipes
When: For dinner
Where: Anywhere
Cost: Under 5 for each dish
Your Comment
These recipes sound very tasty and what's more important again, not too time consuming or difficult. Only thing is, where are your directions for making the three cheese bake. Is it a given that it's like a frittata and most people know how to make this??? Or is it a pasta bake? Not sure. Could you enlighten sometime please. I do agree that baby spinach (and rocket) is the new lettuce. Makes for a far more interesting and varied salad! Always have some as a fall back, in the fridge.
by curiouser&curiouser (score: 2|526) 3044 days ago
Nice ideas Dimple- thank you! Did you know that Baby Spinach is the new lettuce?! Try raw baby spinach to benefit from more fibre, more calcium and more vitamin C. Enjoy!!
by cath. (score: 0|2) 3101 days ago
Glad to know you liked the ideas. do try them. I love spinach, will definitely replace the lettuce with them and give it a try ;)
by Dimple Dalby (score: 0|9) 3100 days ago
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