If you are regularly cooking for one, it can be easy to get sick and tired of all the work and effort required to make dinner each night.
Is it any wonder that frozen meals, toast and cereal become a quick and easy alternative to hours in the kitchen?
Unfortunately when we revert to these options for dinner too regularly, our nutrition can suffer, so if you are regularly cooking for one, here are five quick and easy, nutritious and calorie controlled meal options that you can prepare in no time, and ensure your nutrition does not have to suffer simply because you live alone.
Eggs are one of nature’s superfoods, packed full of key nutrients and protein and the simple mix of an egg, whatever vegies you have on hand that are easy to chop including tomatoes, mushrooms, spinach and capsicum along with a little of your favourite cheese ticks a number of key nutritional boxes in a meal that can be made in five minutes.
Grill and vegetables
Whether you prefer lamb cutlets, lean sausages or a piece of chicken breast – any grilled lean meat when teamed with a basic salad or a packet or two of frozen vegetables is another nutritionally balanced meal that can be prepared in no time.
Frozen fish and stir fry
The range of plain frozen fish fillets including salmon is wide and when teamed with one of stir fry vegetable kits readily available in supermarkets is a tasty low calorie meal. Another option is the range of fresh fish fillets and prawns in a light marinade that can be found in the fresh section of supermarkets and any of the frozen stir fry vegetable kits that also often come with a sauce to flavour the vegetables.
With a large range of lean beef and turkey burgers, as well as pork and chicken meatballs, you can literally create any number of burgers you like, minus and carb rich bread rolls if you use lettuce or even mushrooms as your burger base. Teamed with plenty of salad, this is a protein rich, tasty dinner that again can be prepared in literally minutes.
Forget slaving away over a pot of mince and vegetables for hours – the simple of mix of a few corn chips or tacos shells, warm kidney beans, corn, chopped up vegetables, avocado and a sprinkle of sour cream and cheese is a meat free meal, packed full of vegetable protein that feels like a treat, but one minus the calories and fat of take away Mexican.