We know all too well that preparing meals at home is good for your health and your wallet. But between work, lengthy commutes and kids, spending hours in the kitchen isn’t always at the top of our to-do lists.
So why not try one of our nutritious, fuss-free dinner recipes for when time is limited but you're still craving a delicious meal?
Beef Stir-Fry by Tom Wheatley
As diets go, I'm a big meat eater. I've been cutting down over the past year or so, but my favourite staple go-to meals generally have some meat in them. I also have a very varied life when it comes to fitness. Some days I run a half marathon but then still head to the gym for a weight session afterwards. The upshot of that being that I need lots of protein and carbs.
The other reason for choosing this recipe is that I massively love rice. The result is that, more often than not, I end up with some sort of stir fry (my favourite food is paella - it just takes a bit too long to prepare in a rush). Add to that the fact I like a bit of simplicity when it comes to cooking in the evening, because I tend to not get home until later, you’re looking at something with minimal ingredients and minimal cooking time – but as filling as possible.
This dish will supply you with all the carbs and protein you'll need without having to stay up past midnight waiting for it to cook. You can replace the beef with any meet or non-meat equivalent you want, but beef is by far my favourite option.
Low Carb/Keto Bolognese Bake by Sam Pearce
If, like me, you have made the switch to an LCHF (Low Carb High Fat) way of eating, you may find yourself missing some of your favourite Italian dishes made with grain-heavy pasta. This recipe takes inspiration from the excellent YouTube channel Headbanger's Kitchen, using a simplified version of their cheese sauce and my own "Bolognese". One complaint about vegetable-based pasta alternatives such as "courgetti" is that they can be very watery, but roasting the vegetables beforehand draws out their excess liquid - allowing them to soak up all the juices from the sauce. Yum!
Chicken and Vegetable Pizza by Steve Skinner
Pizzas are quick and easy to make, perfect for post run when you are short of time. They are high in carbohydrates and protein helping you refuel and recover ahead of your next training day.
The chia seeds in the dough are a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, fibre, antioxidants, iron, and calcium. Flaxseeds are a superfood as they contain anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids along with antioxidant substances called lignans that help promote hormonal balance. They also help improve digestion, skin, cardiovascular health, and cholesterol while fighting cancer and even sugar cravings.