Quick Dinner Ideas For The Busy Mum

Let’s paint a picture – you’ve come back from a nine hour shift at the office, running around all day in your high heels. You’ve picked up the kids from school and even took some clothes to the dry cleaner. As soon as you parked the car in the driveway and opened the door, you can feel the exhaustion. It’s time cook, but why would you spend hours in the kitchen when you can take advantage of the dinner ideas I am about to tell you about? In less than 30 minutes you kitchen will be smelling of freshly home-made food, and you will get to rest your feet and enjoy the evening with your family.

Quick Dinner Ideas – Ready in 30 Minutes

  1. Chicken & beans burritos with nachos
  2. Tomato & aubergine pasta
  3. Salmon with Noodles

And here are the recipes to these quick dinner ideas, ready in 30 minutes or less, as promised:

1- Chicken & Beans Burritos With Nachos (Prep: 10-20 minutes)

To prepare the chicken & beans burritos you will need:

  • olive oil (2 tbsp)
  • already cooked roasted chicken breast (10 oz)
  • re-fried beans (2 cans)-
  • 2 avocados (sliced)-
  • sour cream
  • red peppers
  • flour wraps
  • nachos

To make your burritos all you need is to do is slice the chicken and peppers and place them in a pan with olive oil, on medium heat. Meanwhile, warm up your wraps in the microwave (1 minute) or oven (3 -5 minutes). Empty the re-friend beans in a microwave dish and warm them up as well for 1 minute, take out and stir, and return to the microwave for another minute. When the chicken and peppers are warm, place them on the wraps and top them with avocado slices and sour cream. Open a bag of nachos and serve them on the side, and your healthy Mexican dinner is ready.

2- Tomato & Aubergine Pasta (15 minutes)

This is one of the most delicious quick dinner ideas, prepared in a traditional Italian style. To prepare the tomato and aubergine pasta you will need:

  • 10 oz of your favourite pasta
  • 1 large aubergine, cubed
  • 8 cherry tomatoes, sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • olive oil (2 tbsp)
  • chopped parsely

Boil the pasta in salted water al dente (6-10 minutes). Meanwhile, warm up a frying pan with olive oil and gently fry the cubed aubergine. Add the garlic half way through and the tomatoes at the end. Once the pasta is ready, drain it and drizzle some olive oil on top. Pour the mixture of aubergine, garlic and tomatoes on top and garnish it with chopped parsley. Serve and enjoy.

3- Salmon With Noodles

If you want to cook a healthy dinner that also tastes delicious, the salmon with noodles dish is one of the best ideas for a quick dinner. To cook this dish you will need:

  • salmon fillets (4-6, depending on how many servings you want)
  • 10 oz of egg noodles
  • lemon
  • butter (2 tbsp)
  • poppy seads (2 tsp)

Preheat the oven at 450 F and cover your tray with a baking sheet, sparingly coated with butter. Season the salmon and place it on the baking pan skin side down. Leave it in the oven for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, place the noodles in boiling water for 5-10 minutes and drain. Toss the noodles with lemon juice, butter and poppy seeds and serve on plates, with the salmon on top.

With these three quick recipes you will keep your family happy at dinner time, but also save your energy. You no longer need to cook a roast dinner for 2 hours on a weekday, when you could choose one of these quick dinner ideas and have a healthy and tasty meal ready in 30 minutes.