How to find a quick fix in the kitchen
After a long week at work, on a Friday the last thing on your mind should be: “What's for supper?” Friday is all about finding the quick fix in the kitchen. Ditch the takeout and try some of these quick cost-effective meals that also pack a punch in taste and will definitely be a winner with the entire family.
Steak/lamb fold over
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 onion (diced)
3/4 tsp salt, divided
1 1/4 tsp ground cumin, divided
500g steak or lamb (chopped into bite-sized cubes)
4 pieces naan bread
1/2 cup yogurt
1/2 cucumber (diced)
1 tbsp coriander (coarsely chopped)
1/2 medium head lettuce (thinly sliced)
1/4 red onion (thinly sliced)
Heat oil in a large frying pan over medium to high heat. Add the
onion, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and one teaspoon cumin. Simmer and stir occasionally until the onions are soft.
Add the steak or lamb and season with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Sauté until cooked through and browned.
Wrap the naan in foil and heat in preheated oven for five minutes.
In a bowl, place the yogurt, cucumber, coriander, 1/4 teaspoon cumin, and 1/4 teaspoon salt.
Stir to combine and set aside. On each naan, place a handful of lettuce followed by the meat and a couple teaspoons of the sauce. Top with some red onion over the sauce. Serve warm.
For the filling:
1 tbsp vegetable oil
½ onion (chopped)
500g chicken breast (cubed) 1 garlic clove (minced)
1 chilli (stemmed and chopped) ½ tsp salt
1 tsp chilli powder
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1/4 tsp ground cumin
For the tacos:
1 avocado (peeled and diced) 1 chilli (finely chopped, only add if you prefer it spicy)
Handful of coriander (chopped) ½ cup red onion (finely chopped) ½ cup chopped tomato
Plain yoghurt (To drizzle) 6 taco shells
Heat the oil over medium-high heat in a pan and sauté the onion. Add the meat and continuously stir, add the garlic and chilli and cook until the garlic is soft. Add the salt, chili powder, black pepper, cumin, and a few drops of water. Mix well, and cook until well blended.
To assemble the tacos, put chicken, avocado, tomato and red onion in each taco shell.
Sprinkle some chilli and coriander over. Drizzle with some plain yoghurt.
Beef burger sliders
1 onion, (finely chopped) 1 tbsp vegetable oil
2 garlic cloves, (minced) 1 kg minced beef
2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce Salt and pepper
24 small slider rolls
Grated cheese Mayonnaise Gherkins (sliced)
Heat the oil over medium to high heat in a pan and sauté the onion.
Add garlic and cook 30 seconds longer.
In a bowl, combine minced beef, Worcestershire sauce, onion mixture, salt and pepper, and mix well. Build 24 small patties.
Cook burgers on medium heat in a pan as desired.
Place the burgers on the slider rolls and add toppings.
Chicken and mushroom pizza
1 tbsp olive oil
1 chicken fillet (diced)
1 large pizza base
Half a cup mushrooms (sliced)
125g mozzarella (grated)
Handful of cherry tomatoes (chopped in half)
30 ml chives (chopped)
Pre-heat the oven to 200°C.
Add the chicken spices to the chicken. Heat the oil in a large frying pan and toss in the chicken cubes. Sauté for five minutes and then remove from heat.
Place the pizza base on a large flat baking sheet.
Spread mayonnaise all over the base and cover with mozzarella cheese. Scatter the mushrooms, chicken and tomatoes over the pizza base.
Add one more layer of cheese and top with dollops of mayonnaise around the pizza. Spread the chives over and pop the pizza into the oven for 8 - 10 minutes until the base is crisp and golden and the cheese is bubbling.
Writer: Nicolas Francis