Lerato Maimela
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13 Sep 2021
5:18 pm

Five easy dinner recipes ready in under 25 minutes

Lerato Maimela

With these delicious dinner recipes that can be prepared in under 25 minutes, you can create a different one for each day of the week.

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Making dinner does not have to feel like a long, difficult or time consuming task. These five dinner recipes can be prepared in under 25 minutes, and not only are they quick to make, but they are also easy to prepare and super delicious.

Choose a single yummy recipe to make for each day of the midweek.

5-ingredient beef stir fry

5-ingredients beef stir fry. Picture: iStock

Ingredients

  • 500g of beef strips
  • 300g of stir fry vegetables
  • 2 tablespoon of Thai chilli jam or sweet chilli sauce
  • 2 tablespoon of oyster sauce
  • 450g of microwavable jasmine rice

Instructions

  1. Spray a wok or large frying pan with olive oil and heat over high heat. Add half the beef. Stir-fry for 2-3 mins or until browned. Transfer to a plate. Repeat with the remaining beef.
  2. Spray wok or pan with more olive oil and heat over medium-high heat. Add vegetables. Stir-fry for 2-3 mins or until just tender. Return beef to wok or pan with chilli jam or sweet chilli sauce, oyster sauce and 2 tbs water. Stir-fry for 1-2 mins or until heated through.
  3. Heat the rice in microwave following packet directions. Divide evenly among serving bowls. Top with the stir-fry

This recipe was found on taste.com

Tomato and chili pasta with ricotta

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Tomato and chili pasta with ricotta. Picture: iStock

Ingredients

  • 700g of mixed tomatoes, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon of dried chilli flakes
  • 2 tablespoon of red wine vinegar
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 2 tablespoon of drained baby capers
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 1 teaspoon of finely grated orange rind
  • 1 tablespoon of orange juice
  • 400g of spaghetti
  • 40g of unsalted butter
  • 1 cup of finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 80g of baby rocket leaves
  • 200g of reduced-fat ricotta

Instructions

  1. Combine tomato, chilli flakes, vinegar, garlic, capers, honey, orange rind and orange juice in a medium bowl. Season.
  2. Cook the pasta in a large saucepan of boiling water following packet directions or until al dente. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup (125ml) of the cooking liquid.
  3. Return the pasta to the pan with the butter, reserved cooking liquid and half the tomato mixture. Gently toss to combine. Add parsley. Toss to combine.
  4. Divide the pasta mixture evenly among serving plates with the rocket. Top with the ricotta and remaining tomato mixture. Season with pepper.

This recipe was found on taste.com

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Creamy vegan sausage and spinach pasta

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Creamy vegan sausage and spinach pasta. Picture: iStock

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon of sunflower oil or olive oil
  • 2 red onions, thinly sliced
  • 8 vegan sausages, thawed if frozen (we like Tesco Plant Chef or Birds Eye Green Cuisine)
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 teaspoon of fennel seeds, crushed in a pestle and mortar
  • 300g of dried pasta shapes such as rigatoni or fusilli
  • 200g of baby leaf spinach (see tip)
  • 300ml of single soya cream
  • Handful freshly chopped flatleaf parsley (optional)

Instructions

  1. Heat the oil in a large non-stick frying pan. Add the onions and fry over a medium heat for 3-4 minutes. Cut the sausages into small chunks, then add to the onions along with the garlic and crushed fennel seeds. Cook for 6-8 minutes, stirring, until golden. Add a splash of water if the sausages start to stick to the pan.
  2. Meanwhile, boil the pasta according to the pack instructions. Drain the pasta, reserving about a cupful of the cooking water.
  3. Add the spinach and soya cream to the frying pan. Season with a little salt and ground black pepper, then cook, stirring, for 2-3 minutes until the spinach has wilted. Mix in the cooked pasta and enough reserved cooking water to make a creamy sauce.
  4. Serve straightaway, garnished with parsley if you like.

This recipe was found on deliciousmagazine.co.uk

Prawn red Thai curry with coconut rice

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Prawn red Thai curry with coconut rice. Picture: iStock

Ingredients

  • 200g of basmati rice
  • 1 tablespoon of groundnut oil
  • 2cm of fresh ginger, cut into matchsticks
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely sliced
  • 1 red chilli, finely sliced
  • 2-3 tablespoons of Thai red curry paste
  • 400ml of tin coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon of Thai fish sauce
  • 100ml of vegetable stock
  • 6 baby Chinese cabbage, halved or quartered
  • 450g raw, peeled king prawns
  • Juice of 1 lime, plus wedges to serve
  • Handful of fresh coriander, chopped

Instructions

  1. Put the rice in a pan and rinse well in cold water. Drain, then add more water to 1cm above the level of the rice. Bring to a simmer over a gentle heat, cook for 1 minute, then cover tightly, turn off the heat and leave to cook undisturbed.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in another saucepan, add the ginger, garlic and chilli and soften for a couple of minutes. Add the red curry paste and cook, stirring, for 2-3 minutes, then add two thirds of the coconut milk along with the fish sauce and vegetable stock. Bring to a gentle simmer and cook for 5-6 minutes. Add the Chinese cabbage and the prawns, then cook for 4-5 minutes more.
  3. Ensure the rice is cooked and all the liquid has been absorbed, then stir through the remaining coconut milk until well combined. Serve the curry scattered with coriander.

This recipe was found on deliciousmagazine.co.uk

Healthy shredded chicken tacos

Healthy shredded chicken tacos. Picture: iStock

Ingredients

  • 2 thinly sliced chicken breasts
  • 2 tablespoon of Sriracha
  • 6 corn tortillas
  • 1 cup of chopped red cabbage
  • 1/2 cup of chopped peppers
  • 1/4 cup of feta cheese
  • 1 lime

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Place the chicken breasts on a baking sheet and top with Sriracha. Bake for 30 minutes (or until they’re fully cooked).
  3. While the chicken is baking, heat the tortillas up (optional).
  4. Top each tortilla with chopped red cabbage and chopped peppers.
  5. When the chicken has finished baking, shred it and place in the tortillas.
  6. Top each taco with feta cheese and a drizzle of lime. Enjoy!

This recipe was found on jaroflemons.com