Cooking at home is one of the best ways to cut costs on eating out and make sure that you are getting good, wholesome food. Unfortunately, the 21st century routine means that if you are working, have a family and other responsibilities that it can be difficult to find the time to cook. It can become all too easy to pick up the jollibee delivery menu and order fast food or a takeaway (although a guilty pleasure). If you take the time to prepare though and have the right recipes you can reduce the time it takes to cook. Take a look at some of our favourite meals that can be prepared in no time at all. 

Ravioli with garlic and lemon spinach

Start with a pack of ravioli with any filling you like and cook on the hob according to the instructions on the packet. While this is cooking take a pack of spinach and add to a wok with a drizzle of olive oil and cook until wilted down. This will only take a few minutes, after which you can add some chopped garlic, season with salt and squeeze half a lemon into the pan. Let the flavours get to know each other and then combine with the cooked ravioli for a zesty and healthy meal. 

One pan bacon, pasta and arugula

One of the worst parts about cooking is the clean-up time afterwards. For this quick one pot meal start by cooking your pasta and then putting to one side. Then take a few rashers of bacon, chop them up and fry until crispy. Once cooked use the bacon fat to fry cherry tomatoes and arugula until just wilted. Throw the pasta back in and season with parmesan, salt and pepper. Eat out of the pan if you really want to cut down on the washing up. 

Quick Tuesday night tacos

Taco Tuesday is a tradition that all houses should think about adoption. They are so simple to make and are a great meal for throwing in extra ingredients that need using up. Get yourself a good taco seasoning mix and then you can add almost anything for a great taco. Add a combination of meats, beans and seasoning for your base and then grab some salad and cheese to finish them off. 

Grilled cheese and tomato soup

This is a perfect meal to put together on a cold day where you need some easy comfort food. To make this a meal that can be finished in less than 10 minutes get a high-quality tomato soup from the store and heat it on the hob while you make your grilled cheese. Try buttering both sides of the bread for the best crispy outside. For the cheese go for a sharp cheddar and mozzarella combination to get that great melty consistency. If you want to mix things up a bit or add some extra protein try adding tuna to make a tuna melt, or some bacon if you want something to fill you up. 


Published by James Howart