3 Recipes in 30 Minutes

3 Recipes in 30 Minutes

Posted by Geneviève Nadeau on Apr 27, 2012 | Food And Nutrition

I am not trying to turn you into a superhero nor to give you false hope.  My only wish is to transform you, by dinner time, into a productive chef cooking colourful and savory meals!  You only have 30 minutes to spare? Perfect! will make it worth your while! Here is a quick and healthy recipe, along with two variations that will help make your preparing meals more effective. What better way to free up some most deserved time to enjoy with your family!

Meal #1  Chicken and Sundried Tomatoes Casserole (4 servings)*

1 big yellow onion, minced

2 garlic cloves, chopped

1 teaspoon (5ml) canola oil[GN1] 

2 pounds (900g) chicken breast , cut in cubes

2 zucchinis, sliced

2 yellow bell peppers, diced

2  19-ounces (540ml) diced tomatoes

1/4 cup (60ml) basil pesto

10-12 sundried tomatoes

  1. In a large saucepan,  cook onion and garlic in oil about 1 minute
  2. Add chicken and cook for another 5 minutes
  3. Stir in zucchini, peppers and diced tomatoes.  Mix and simmer over low heat about 5 minutes.
  4. Before the end of cooking, add basil pesto and sundried tomatoes.  Simmer a few additional minutes.  Serve with fresh bread.

*Reserve half the mix to prepare meal #3

Helpful Hint: Bring water to a boil to cook pasta while chicken is cooking. Cut also an additional quantity of zucchini and peppers. Ask your kids to help out for a fuin family time!


Meal #2  Vegetarian Golden Beads Salad

Add  540ml of rinsed and drained chickpeas as well as 250 ml (1 cup) fresh baby spinach to your cooked pasta. Add one sliced ​​zucchini and bell pepper, and garnish to taste with canned mandarin oranges. Season with a homemade dressing of olive oil, ground curry and canned mandarin juice. Above all, trust yourself and be your own master chef: sample your salad and adjust seasoning to taste. A pinch of salt and some freshly ground black pepper may change everything!

 Repas #3  Tomato-Style Fast and Easy Pizza

Take half of the chicken and sundried tomatoes casserole mix and distribute it equally on four whole wheat pitas.  Sprinkle them with grated mozzarella cheese and cook in the oven on a baking sheet at 350° F (175° C) for about 10 minutes. This pizza will be the star of your weeknight dinners!  You have extra vegetables in your fridge? Toss them with some of the baby spinach from the night before for a delicious side-dish.

See, cooking can be fast and simple!