Looking for some quick, easy and healthy dinner ideas you can whip up while working from home? Here are some meal options you can make between meetings that tick all the nutrition boxes.
1. Slow cooker inspo
Allow us to introduce you to your new best friend… the slow cooker! There are some extremely affordable slow cookers out there and they are truly worth their weight in gold. A slow cooker can transform a simple recipe into something extremely flavourful. Throw everything together between your morning meetings, and at the end of the day be rewarded with something dinner-party worthy. Mix and match your protein source with different combinations of vegetables, herbs and spices, the options are endless! Here are our winter weather favourites:
- Bean chilli con carne
- Lamb shoulder
- Shredded chicken (fantastic to use as a base for things like tacos)
- Asian style pork
- Thai fish curry.
2. Plenty of pasta
It’s super simple to prepare at the end of the day and always a crowd-pleaser. Opt for wholemeal when possible for added fibre and nutritional content, and pair it with a protein source to keep you feeling fuller for longer. Don’t forget a pop of colour (aka veggies). Here are some ideas:
- Pesto pasta with chicken and spinach
- Tuna pasta with peas and tomatoes
- Salmon pasta with asparagus and lemon
- Spaghetti with lentil bolognese.
3. Fuss-free frittatas
Frittatas require minimal fuss and are a great way to use up the random bits and bobs that accumulate in the fridge throughout the week. They’re so quick and simple you that can get everything ready in a matter of minutes and simply pop it into the oven. Voila! They’re so easy you might even get away with prepping them while your headphones are in on a work call…we won’t tell! This option is also fantastic for leftovers the next day for breakfast or lunch. Yum.
4. Simple salads
Salads are another super nutritious but minimal-effort dinner to have on the weekly menu while working from home. They can be as simple as you need them to be, or you can get creative when time permits. To make your salad nutritionally complete, include the following elements:
- Colour: spinach, rocket, lettuce, sprouts, tomatoes, cucumber, beetroot, carrot
- Quality protein: lentils, beans, eggs, poultry, fish or other seafood, meat, tofu
- Nutritious carbohydrates: such as brown rice, quinoa, buckwheat, freekeh, bulgur wheat, potato, sweet potato
- Healthy fats: avocado, olives, nuts, seeds, extra virgin olive oil
- Something tasty: include a sprinkle of extra flavour, like hummus, guacamole, feta, halloumi, sundried tomatoes.
5. Easy oven bakes
Simplify dinner (and reduce the number of dishes you need to do after) with one tray oven bakes. Nutrition minus the fuss. Think butterflied chicken, herbed salmon, Shakshuka eggs… a quick Google will provide an abundance of options to try. Forget multiple steps and a sink full of pots and pans. All you need to do is place everything on your tray, and bake. That’s our idea of a perfect weeknight dinner while working from home.