Food, House & Garden

Back to reality: 15 minute meals!

With everyone heading back to work and school, it can be hard to find time to make healthy and delicious meals for the family.

Thanks to IGA* we show you how to make five of our family’s favourite 15 minute meals:

beef and broccollini stir fry

Beef and broccolini stir-fry. This is our favourite easy preparation meal.

Ingredients:

600g packet hokkien noodles

1 bunch broccolini

2 tablespoons peanut oil

400g rump steak

1 onion, halved, thinly sliced

2 cloves garlic, crushed

2 tablespoons soy sauce

1 tablespoon sweet chilli sauce

½ cup cashew nuts

Method:

Place noodles into a large heatproof bowl. Cover with boiling water. Stand for 5 minutes. Drain.

Step 2

Cut tops from broccolini and thinly slice stems. Heat a wok over high heat. Add 2 teaspoons of oil and half the meat. Stir-fry for 1 minute. Remove to a plate. Repeat with remaining beef.

Step 3

Heat remaining oil in wok. Stir-fry onion and broccolini stems for 2 to 3 minutes. Add garlic and broccolini flowers and stir-fry for 1 more minute.

Step 4

Add noodles, meat, soy sauce, and sweet chilli sauce. Toss until heated through. Serve immediately.

chicken fajitas

 Chicken Fajitas. Fajitas are so easy to make and the kids can have fun making their own.

Ingredients:

2 tsp smoked paprika

1/4 cup (60ml) olive oil

1kg chicken thigh fillets, cut into 2cm-thick slices

10 soft flour burritos

1/2 bunch watercress, trimmed

Creme fraiche or natural yoghurt, to serve

Tomato salsa

3 medium ripe tomatoes, finely chopped

1 small Spanish onion, finely chopped

1 tsp finely grated lime rind

1 tbs lime juice

1 small red chilli (or to taste), finely chopped

1 avocado, peeled, coarsely chopped

1/3 cup chopped coriander

2 tbs olive oil

Method:

Preheat barbecue or chargrill pan on high. For salsa: combine tomatoes, onion, lime rind and juice, chilli, avocado, coriander and oil in a bowl. Taste and season with salt, pepper and sugar.

Step 2

Combine paprika and oil in a medium bowl. Add chicken and season with salt and pepper. Gently toss to combine. Cook chicken on barbecue or chargrill pan, turning occasionally, for 8-10 minutes or until browned and cooked through. Place chicken on an oven tray, cover with foil and set aside in a warm place.

Step 3

Warm burritos on barbecue or chargrill pan until lightly charred.

Step 4

Place burritos on serving plates. Top with chicken and spoon over salsa. Add watercress and a dollop of creme fraiche. Fold to enclose filling and serve.

spaghetti carbonara

Lower Fat Spaghetti Carbonara. Pasta and bacon. What is not to love about this dish?

Ingredients:

375g dried spaghetti pasta

150g shortcut rindless bacon, halved lengthways, cut into thin strips

3 eggs, lightly beaten

1/3 cup finely grated parmesan cheese

1 tablespoon olive oil

Chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves, to serve

Method:

Cook pasta in a saucepan of boiling, salted water, following packet directions, until tender. Drain. Return to pan.

Step 2

Meanwhile, heat a frying pan over high heat. Add bacon. Cook, stirring, for 3 minutes or until golden and crisp. Whisk eggs and cheese in a jug. Season with pepper.

Step 3

Add bacon and oil to pasta. Heat over low heat for 1 to 2 minutes or until combined. Remove from heat. Add egg mixture. Stir to combine. Sprinkle with parsley. Serve.

fried rice

Speedy Fried Rice. I honestly don’t know any kids who doesn’t love fried rice and it is so easy to make!

Ingredients:

2 teaspoons vegetable oil

3 rashers shortcut rindless bacon, chopped

4 green onions, finely sliced

1 cup frozen peas, corn and capsicum

1 egg, lightly beaten

450g packet long-grain white rice in 2 1/2 minutes, uncooked

1 tablespoon soy sauce

 

Method:

Heat oil in a wok or frying pan over medium-high heat. Swirl to coat. Add bacon and onion. Stir-fry for 2 to 3 minutes or until bacon is golden and crisp.

Step 2

Add peas, corn and capsicum. Stir-fry for 1 minute. Add egg. Stir-fry for 1 minute or until egg is cooked. Add rice and soy sauce. Stir-fry for 2 to 3 minutes or until heated through. Spoon into bowls. Serve.

All in one quiche

 All in one Quiche

This recipe requires about 15 minutes to prepare but takes 45 minutes in the oven. The best part of this quiche is you can modify it to include anything you might have left over in the fridge. I have made it with bacon or left over roast meat instead of the chicken and whatever vegetables you have on hand. It really is an easy and versatile recipe.

Ingredients:

3/4 cup of flour (preferably plain but self-raising is fine too)

3/4 cup grated cheese

1 teaspoon butter, softened

4 eggs, lightly beaten

1 cup milk

310g can corn kernels, drained

1 onion, finely chopped

2 tablespoons basil, chopped

1 small barbecued chicken, skin removed, meat shredded

1 tomato, deseeded, diced

1 tablespoon flat-leaf parsley, chopped

Method:

Preheat oven to 180°C. Lightly grease a 3cm deep, 24cm (base) quiche dish.

Step 2

Combine flour, cheese, butter, eggs and milk in a bowl. Stir well.

Step 3

Add corn, onion, basil, chicken, tomato, parsley, and salt and pepper to egg mixture. Mix well. Pour into prepared quiche dish. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until golden and firm to the touch. Serve.

All of the ingredients used in the above recipes can be found at your local IGA supermarket.

IGA supermarkets have some fantastic back to school specials at the moment, including half price Copyright Copy Paper A4, Willow Snaplock Container 44L, Selected Bic Stationery Range, Bonds Boys/Girls Underwear & Socks, Décor Pumped Brain Food Snackbox Range, Marbig Exercise Books & Binder Books and Spirax Notebooks & Lecture pads.

 

For more information on IGA’s current specials, you can view their latest catalogue here: http://catalogues.iga.com.au/home.html

 

IGA also has a Facebook page and Instagram, so be sure to check those out for more back to school ideas and specials.

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How do you make things easier for yourself when the kids go back to school?

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