Food Hacks for Your Busy Life
With work, kids’ activities, volunteer commitments, and just keeping up with everyday life, we’re all time stretched. And, when the dinner hour hits, no matter if it’s 5:30 pm or 7 pm, when tummies rumble and tempers get short, we all need a few hacks to help us put meals on the table in as little time as possible. Here are some great options that’ll take less than half an hour.

Fish & Dippers

Salt & Pepper Whiting frozen fillets by Lotus and Ming just need a quick 10 minutes in the oven. They are gluten- and preservative-free and packed with protein. Serve alongside a crudité platter of carrot, celery and cucumber batons, cherry tomatoes, and crisp radishes. Mix up a Quick Lemon Herb Dip that works for both the veggies and the fish.

And, bonus…it’s all finger food. So, there’s less to clean up.
Quick Lemon Herb Dip
1 cup plain Greek-style yogurt
Zest from 1 whole lemon
1 tsp lemon juice
¼ cup finely chopped curly leaf parsley or coriander
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tablespoons (or more) dried dill weed
2 tablespoons finely chopped spring onions or scallions
1 tablespoon Extra Virgin olive oil
Mix all ingredients together and let stand 10 minutes, can be made one day ahead and refrigerated.

Meat & Potatoes

When you’re looking for something fast, you don’t usually think meat and potatoes. But, it can be done!

Sidecar’s Sous-Vide Smoky Beef Brisket takes just 10-15 minutes in the oven to warm it up. It’s fully cooked and free from preservatives and artificial ingredients. Plus, it comes in its own yummy juices that are also yum to pour over potatoes. Potatoes that you are going to quick-steam. Simply cut small white or red potatoes in half (or thirds if they are large) and place in a veggie steamer basket. Then, place the basket over about ½ inch of water boiling water. Cover and steam for about 15 minutes.

And, while the meat and potatoes are doing their thing, boil and salt a small pot of water. When it comes to a boil, toss in some fine green beans. Cover. Turn off the heat and let them sit about 5-7 minutes. They will be perfectly crisp-tender every time. Grate a little lemon zest on top and you’re done!
Super Soup

We get it. Some of us grew up eating pre-made soup and it’s just not that exciting. But, this isn’t that same tin-tasting chicken with flacid noodles. Moredough Kitchens is all about providing you with premium quality pantry staples. And with comforting flavours like Lamb, Pearl Barley & Rosemary, Ham Hock & Red Lentil, and Thai Pumpkin, your family will feel the love in the less than 10 minutes it takes to heat it on the stovetop or 3-4 minutes in the microwave.
Rice is Nice

Yes, we live in Asia. And, yes normally we would use a rice cooker and make rice from scratch. But, microwave rice is a revelation. Stick with us here. IAm Super Grains has a line of products that require just 60 seconds in the microwave. Try Bulgur, Chickpea & Chive for a good source of protein and fibre. Simply heat, pour into a bowl and top it with a little feta cheese for extra oomph. Have more than 60 seconds? Cut red, yellow, or green bell peppers (capsicum) in half lengthwise and remove ribs and seeds. Stuff the peppers with the rice mix right out of the packet. Place stuffed peppers in an 8x8 square baking dish. Mix together 1 cup water and 2 tablespoons tomato paste. Pour tomato liquid into the dish, but not over the peppers. You want the liquid to come half up the side of the peppers. Cover and bake for 15 minutes at 200C, or until the peppers start to soften. Spoon liquid over the top and serve.

Feeling like a fiesta? Try the IAm Super Grains Spicy Mexican Brown Rice & Red Peppers. Have more than 60 seconds? Pour rice into a microwave-proof dish, add ½ can of black beans and 1 tablespoon of water. Cover and heat in the microwave 60 seconds. Top with chopped olives, diced tomatoes, scallions, shredded cheese, or whatever your preference. Ole!

Not a fan of rice? Try IAm Super Grains Quinoa, Mixed Pepper and Lentils or the Barley with Sweet Potato & Chorizo (we like that one topped with a handful of rocket leaves).

There you have it, a work-week’s worth of dishes you can pull together quickly and still feel good about feeding your family.

Now, whose turn is it to do the dishes?

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