The warm weather may have you itching to get out of the kitchen and into the sunshine, but that doesn’t mean you have to survive on boring or unhealthy dinners. These nutritious meals are quick to whip up and delicious to boot. And once you’ve finished dinner, Dawn Original dish soap will see to the rest: It contains three times more grease-cleaning power (cleaning ingredients per drop vs. the leading competitor’s nonconcentrated brand).
Healthy Fish Fingers
1. Place 5 tablespoons of flour, 1 teaspoon of paprika, the zest of half a lemon, and salt and pepper in one bowl
2. In another bowl, lightly beat two eggs together
3. Fill a large plate with breadcrumbs, ideally made from three slices of whole-wheat bread
4. Slice two Pollock fillets (or any white fish of your choice) into fingers. Coat them in the flour mixture, dip in the egg, and then roll them in the breadcrumbs
5. Fry fish for two to three minutes on each side. Rest them on a Bounty paper towel to soak up grease, and serve with your favorite veggie or a salad.
Creamy Bacon Pasta
1. Cook 12 ounces of whole-wheat penne according to the package instructions
2. Cut five strips of bacon into small pieces. In a large pan, fry the bacon in 1 tablespoon of olive oil until just colored, and then stir in an 8-ounce tub of reduced-fat créme fraîche
3. Steam 2 cups of broccoli in the microwave (cut broccoli into florets, put in a bowl with a splash of water, cover with a plate and heat on high for two minutes), and wash 2 cups of spinach
4. Add the spinach leaves and drained broccoli to the pan, grate in some fresh parmesan, stir until the spinach has wilted, mix in the penne, season and serve
Tip: Not a bacon fan? Salmon, chicken or shrimp work well, too.
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Easy Pita Pizzas
1. Smear the top of a whole-wheat pita with sundried tomato purée, and then add toppings like shredded mozzarella, sliced mushrooms, halved cherry tomatoes, sweet corn and grated parmesan. More adventurous eaters can add black olives, pancetta and gorgonzola
2. Broil the pizzas until the cheese is melted and begins to brown
3. Top with torn basil leaves and serve with a large side salad
1. Mush up a soft avocado with the back of a fork. Add a squeeze of lime, some black pepper and chopped fresh cilantro to the avocado and set aside
2. Quarter 10 ounces of cherry tomatoes, and drain a 15-ounce can of black beans
3. Cut bell peppers into thin slices, and finely chop an onion
4. Slice up 1 pound of chicken breasts and coat with chipotle paste
5. Panfry the onion and peppers until the onion is translucent, and then add the chicken and cook through
6. Smear the avocado mix onto a tortilla, add the chicken mix, and then scatter with black beans and quartered tomatoes. Sprinkle with shredded cheese, roll up and enjoy!
Sweet Potato Burgers
1. The night before, bake three sweet potatoes in a 400 F oven until soft (around 40 minutes). Cool overnight
2. Fry a red onion and a de-seeded red chili pepper in olive oil until softened. Scoop out the flesh of the potatoes and mix with the onions and chili in a large bowl
3. Add 2 teaspoons of ground cumin, a handful of chopped fresh coriander, a drained can of sweet corn, ½ cup of polenta, and salt and pepper. Mix using hands
4. Shape mixture into 4 burgers, and then dip each one into a plate of polenta. Fry on both sides until browned. Serve in whole-wheat pitas with salsa and salad leaves
What are your favorite mid-week meals? Share them with us in the comments below.