We all know that feeling. When you come home after a long, hard day and face the same question every single night: What am I going to have for dinner?! It may seem like an easy decision; just pop a frozen pizza in the oven or grab some take-out from the Chinese place next door. But what is that really doing to curb your hunger, give you the vitamins and energy you need, and keep you in shape? Absolutely nothing.
Before you throw in the towel, consider this: research has shown that making dinner from scratch actually takes less time than preparing convenience foods. Choose something that takes less than half an hour to cook (including prep time) and can be done without even slipping off your heels. In fact, you can multi-task: start a dinner and spend its cooking time taking off your makeup or emptying your handbag.
A really simple, easy dinner that may seem almost TOO basic to make is stir-fry. Full of healthy veggies, lean chicken, and packed full of vitamins, a stir-fry can be ready in less than 30 minutes, and the best thing is you can pack some up for lunch the next day.
Easy Peasy Stir-Fry
Start with good oil. Jamie Oliver always preaches that starting with a good olive oil can make the meal, and a good quality one will be putting the RIGHT oils into your body– not fatty, greasy, processed oils. (Bonus: Good oils help your hair and skin stay supple and shiny).
1 cup frozen peas
1 ½ cups chopped snow peas
1 lb chicken breast
½ head of broccoli
½ sweet potato
1 pepper (color of your choice)
½ cup sweet chili sauce
Any other vegetables that you like and find in your fridge!
Begin by chopping up all of the vegetables.
Heat about a tablespoon of oil in the pan over medium high heat until slightly sizzling.
Saute the onions until slightly brown, then add all of the vegetables into the pan.
Cook for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
While the vegetables are cooking, chop the chicken into bite size pieces. Remember to use a different cutting board!
Add the chicken to the vegetables and continue to turn.
Pour the sweet chili sauce into the vegetables and chicken.
Once the chicken is cooked give it a quick stir and enjoy!
- I always like to slice open a piece of chicken with the tip of my wooden spoon. If it easily comes apart then the chicken is cooked!
- Grace Young, author of Stir-Frying to the Sky’s Edge suggests investing in a good wok. Grace says “a wok’s concave shape makes stir-frying easier, and the sloping deep sides prevent food from spilling out.” Translation: faster cooking for all us working girls out there who are in a rush to get their stir-fry cooked!
Tara has worked at InStyle magazine in the distant land of Oz, as an Editorial Assistant and assistant to the Editor in Chief. She completed a Certificate of Business at FBI Fashion College and currently lives in New York City.