Quick & Easy Dinner

One thing that frustrates me to no end is when clients tell me they don’t have time to cook healthy meals. They blame work, family, commitments, basically anything they can think of. I don’t buy this at all. I’m in the same boat. I work 40-45 hours a week just like everyone else, yet I find the time to cook and eat healthy.

I’m a big fan of bulk cooking and the reheating it to save time. My standard weekday lunch is chicken with some form of sauce and broccoli. I cook 1 to 1.5kg of the chicken and three heads of broccoli up on Sunday, put it all in tupperware containers and reheat it at work. Protein + vegetable = done!

I’ve recently been playing around with egg slices/casseroles for dinners. The original I used was by Nia Shanks and you can find it here. I’ve made my own adjustments week by week, but here’s this weeks to give you and idea of how easy it can be.

INGREDIENTS:
1 Onion

1 Carrot

1 Red Capsicum

1 Green Capsicum

1 Yellow Capsicum

1 Zucchini

250g Short Cut Bacon

12 Free Range Eggs

DIRECTIONS:

1) Chop up all of the vegetables, keeping the onion separate from the rest.

2) Remove any excess fat from the bacon and chop into small squares.

3) In a large frypan, cook the onion and bacon together. Now would be a good time to turn the oven on. I had it at 150′ but my oven is TERRIBLE so you may need to play around with the temp.

4) Once the bacon and onion are cooked, spread it evenly over a baking dish.

5) Using the same frypan cook the remaining vegetables.

6) While they are cooking, whip the 12 eggs up in a bowl. You can add pepper and small amount of salt if you like.

7) When the vegetables are all done spread them evenly over the bacon and onion.

8) Pour the eggs evenly over the vegetables.

9) Cook in the oven for around 30 minutes. Again my oven is terrible so you may need less or more time, just keep an eye on it and remove when the eggs are done.

10) Enjoy!

This will be five dinners for me. All I need to do is reheat which takes a total of two to three minutes.

See how easy it is to cook quick and healthy meals? You don’t have copy this exact recipe, play around with the vegetables. I’ve tried using chicken sausage as a base and it worked just as well.

Being organised on one day saves me for the rest of the week. So no excuses when it comes to eating healthy.

Happy Cooking!

D

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About Dion Stewart

Dion Stewart Level 1 Strength & Conditioning Coach-ASCA Cert III/IV in Fitness-Master Trainer Kettlebell Instructor TRX Suspension Trainer Rehab Essentials Certified through Adam Floyd Kickpad Instructor Les Mills RPM Instructor Also a movie freak, tomboy and small time nerd. You can reach her at dionstewart@westnet.com.au for further information.

Posted on April 30, 2012, in Meals and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. I find that cooking takes me like 10 minutes. I slice chicken breast length ways, so I get 4 meals out of the average 600g packet. About 150g per meal, with a cup of vegies. I forgoe the sauce and usually spice instead.

    And the biggest tip I can give, well, more what I have found works for me really well, is shopping online. You’re not walking past aisles of danger foods (chips, chocolate, icecream, oh my!). You’re sitting at home, ordering specific things.

    It makes it SO much easier to not end up with a trolley full of bad food.

    And it saves time, and it gets delivered. 🙂

  2. Hadn’t thought of the online shopping but it’s a good idea. Remove temptation. Does it cost the same?

  3. You buy free-range eggs but any old bacon? Diiiiioooonnnnnnnnnnnnnnn 😛
    http://www.savebabe.com/

  4. Hmm told off! Had a quick look at that page-will go more in depth tonight. I don’t want to give up bacon, can you recommend free range/cruelty free brands?

    • Yep! Just buy free-range meat wherever you can, and you’ll be making a difference. I think Mondo Butcher in Inglewood is meant to have a great selection, but I’m not sure how pricey!

      Coles have committed to making all of their own-brand pork products (ham/bacon/whatever) pig stall-free by 2012. Not necessarily free-range, but still a huge step in the right direction, and will definitely be a cheaper option. Also you can buy RSPCA-approved meat so you at least know they’ve complied with some basic rules and met a better welfare standard: http://kb.rspca.org.au/?View=entry&EntryID=98

      60 Minutes did a story on pig farming in Australia in 2009 that sparked the response from Coles. You can watch it here: http://sixtyminutes.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=973831

      Hope this helps! The way they treat pigs is truly appalling.

  5. Sweet thanks, i already buy free range chicken, now to source the bacon!

    • I noticed that the free-range Mount Barker chicken is readily available in every supermarket I go into! I think that’s awesome that it’s so easy to find. The market for it is clearly growing 🙂

  6. Yeah that’s the brand I buy, they are bringing out more products slowly, the sausages are nice and not too fatty. The demand is growing so the market should follow. I found bacon-$35 a kilo, eeep expensive!

    • Holy crap! Sounds like buying the Coles brand might be the easiest compromise. I really hope the other supermarkets follow their lead 🙂

  7. There’s some other places I can check out first but yes coles may be the compromise.

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