Five 10 Minute Meals

A handful of super quick to prepare meals is an essential part of any busy parent's cookery repertoire. A 10 min meal you can whip up when you're running late, forgot to defrost the meat or other last-minute disaster can help you avoid the expense of a take out meal. I like to include one or two of these meals in my weekly meal plan, just to get an extra bit of time to put my feet up (only joking, extra time to play dolls or lego more like!).

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FIVE 10 Minute Meals

 

1. Ramen Noodles with Hot Smoked Salmon

10 minute meals ramen noodles with hot smoked salmon

To make this, simply cook the noodles (according to the pack instructions) in a saucepan, and add in a handful of quick cooking vegetables per person to cook alongside the noodles. I like to use some frozen peas, a few baby spinach leaves and some sliced mushroom or red pepper). You can use the sachet of flavouring, or add 1tsp soy sauce, a little garlic puree and a quarter tsp of curry powder per person. Divide into bowls, and top with a pack of hot smoked salmon, flaking it with your fingers. Add some coriander and a squeeze of lime juice if you have it handy.

 

2. Chicken Ceasar Salad with Crispy Bits

10 minute meals chicken ceasar salad

This is a serious cheat meal - I use a Caesar Salad kit (available in all the major supermarkets) which comes with romaine lettuce, a sachet of dressing, parmesan and croutons (but not enough for my liking!), and along with that a rotisserie chicken, with the breast and leg shredded to add in. Sometimes I a handful of cherry tomatoes or sliced cucumber also.

I like to add a bit more bulk to the salad with Crispy Bits - what I call this mix which I toast in my airfryer: 2 slices of thick bread, torn into pieces, 2 tablespoons of pumpkin seeds, 2 tablespoons crispy onions from a pack. Toss with a little spray rapeseed oil and airfry for 5 mins until crispy. Add on top of the salad just before serving. Delicious!

 

3. Cashew Satay Noodles with Steamed Vegetables

Peanut Free Satay Noodles

This is really simple. I make a no-cook satay style dressing with cashew butter as my daughter is allergic to peanuts. You could use peanut butter if you prefer though. simple cook some thick egg noodles according to the instructions, and in a separate pot steam some quick cooking vegetables - babycorn, sugar snap peas, mangetout and sliced pepper will only take 2 to 3 mins to steam. Mix up the dressing ingredients, which you will find on this instagram post, toss with the noodles and serve with the steamed veg and some scattered cashew nuts.

 

4. Boxty Pizza

10 minute meal boxty pizza

Bought packs of boxty are one of the most underrated convenience foods. Generally great quality, made in Ireland and with little to no additives, boxty makes an excellent pizza base. Top with a little pizza sauce and whatever toppings you have handy, and bake for 8-10mins in a hot oven. Find more details in this instagram post

5. Baked Bean Shakshuka

Shakshuka is a Middle Eastern dish of eggs baked in a rich tomato sauce.This is a non-traditional version made with baked beans! You'll find all the details here. This one is great served with some crusty bread.

Need more inspiration for your meal plan? Join me in my new monthly meal planning workshop, where I will help you plan out a full month's worth of meals for your family and give you lots of guidance on cooking, shopping and storing food, easy recipes and sample meal plans. Starts 31st March online. Contact me for more details!