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8 Quick And Easy Meals And Dinners Recipes For Busy People | Food In A Flash- HomeDecorWarrior

Updated: Aug 6

This 8 Quick And Easy Meals And Dinners Recipes That Fit Your Busy Schedule... Make a mega pastry packed full of tasty vegies your new dinner winner...Cook all your comfort food faves - cottage pie, roast chook, lemon slice...

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Here's quick and easy meals recipes


1. Intensely Potato Pie

Not all potatoes are the same, which requires choosing the right kind - starchy or waxy - so your can make a rich, hearty and wonderful spicy and spudilicious meal.


Here's Easy Steps To Make Intensely Potato Pie Recipe


Preparation time: 25 mins

Cooking time: 50 mins

Serves: 10


Gather your supplies

  • 4 medium starchy potatoes

  • 100g ghee, melted

  • Sea-salt flakes and freshly ground black pepper, to season

  • 4 medium waxy potatoes

  • 1 leek, diced

  • 1/2 head fennel, finely diced

  • 8 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter

  • 2 Tbsp plain flour

  • 250ml chicken stock

  • 1 bunch dill, chopped, plus extra sprigs, to garnish

  • 2 cups crinkle-cut potato chips, broken


STEP 1 Preheat oven to 180 degree C fan-forced (200 degree C conventional). Coarsely grate starchy potatoes, then squeeze out excess moisture. Mix with ghee in a large bowl and season. Press into sides of a 22cm fluted non-stick tart tin. Line with baking paper, then foil, add baking weights and bake for 30 minutes.


STEP 2 Meanwhile, dice and stem waxy potatoes until tender. Saute Leek, fennel and garlic in butter in a frying pan for 5 minutes, until softened. Add flour and cook briefly. Add stock and simmer until thickened. Fold in potato and dill.


STEP 3 Remove weights and lining, put filling in crust; bake for 20 minutes. Cool slightly, top with chips and dill. Serve.


2. Drunken Chicken With Kibbled Greens

A Glass of wine with your dinner is one thing, but what about taking that wonderful flavour in the meal? This tender and succulent chicken does just that.


Here's Easy Steps To Make Drunken Chicken With Kibbled Greens


Preparation time: 20 mins

Cooking time: 1 hour

Serves 6


Gather your supplies

  • 1.6 kg whole chicken

  • 750ml riesling

  • 4 bay leaves

  • 12 peppercorns

  • 1 bunch flat-leaf parsley

  • 1 and half tsp arrowroot

  • 2 cups green beans, finely chopped

  • 2 cups kale, finely chopped

  • 2 cups broccoli, finely chopped

  • 8 cloves garlic, minced

  • 6cm piece ginger, grated

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

  • Sea-salt flakes and freshly ground black pepper, to season

  • Cooked quinoa and lemon slices, to serve


STEP 1 Preheat oven to 220 degree C fan-forced (240 degree C conventional). Place chicken in a saucepan just big enough to hold it. Add riesling, bay leaves, peppercorns and parsley stalks, then pour in water to cover. Set over medium heat and bring slowly to a simmer. Cook for 45 minutes, until just firm to touch.


STEP 2 Transfer chicken to a roasting pan and bake for 10 minutes, until just browned. Meanwhile, to make gravy, strain cooking liquid into a saucepan and boil rapidly until reduced to 2 and half cups. Mix arrowroot with 1 Tbsp water, whisk into sauce and simmer until thickened.


STEP 3 Put a frying pan over high heat and fry beans, kale, broccoli, garlic and ginger in oil for 4 minutes, until softened. Toss through chopped parsley leaves and season. Carve chicken and serve with quinoa, green, lemon and gravy.



3. Spinach, Cheese And Winter Vegetable Pastry Coil

There are so many tasty winter vegetables, so why don't you put heaps of them into one delicious family dinner, combined with the frozen spinach everyone seems to have in the freezer, and create mir-a-coil!


Here's Easy Steps To Make Spinach, Cheese And Winter Vegetable Pastry Coil


Preparation time: 30 mins

Cooking time: 50 mins

Serves 6


Gather your supplies

  • 1 red onion, finely diced

  • 8 cloves garlic, minced

  • 4 springs rosemany, chopped

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

  • 1 turnip, finely diced

  • 1 swede, finely diced

  • 2 parsnips, finely diced

  • 2 carrots, finely diced

  • 4 large mushrooms, finely chopped

  • Sea-salt flakes and freshly ground black pepper, to season

  • 2 x 250g packets chopped frozen spinach, thawed

  • 200g cheddar cheese, grated

  • 1/2 cup black olives, pitted, chopped

  • 15 sheets filo pastry

  • 250g unsalted butter, melted

  • 1 Tbsp sesame seeds

  • Salad leaves, to serve


STEP 1 Preheat oven to 180 degree C fan-forced (200 degree C conventional). Saute onion, garlic and rosemany in extra virgin olive oil in a large saucepan set over medium heat for 5 minutes, until softened. Add turnip, swede, parsnip, carrot and mushroom, season generously, then cook for 10 minutes, until vegetables have softened.


STEP 2 Place vegetable mixture in a colander to drain and cool. Squeeze spinach to remove excess moisture, then fold into vegetable mixture with cheese and olives in a large bowl.


STEP 3 Lay 3 filo sheets lengthways on a bench with edges slightly overlapping, to make one long strip of pastry, then brush generously with butter. Repeat 5 more times. Arrange vegetable mixture in an even line along the near edge, then roll up to make a long log. Do not over-tighten log as pastry will crack.


STEP 4 Starting at one end, gently twist into a coil and transfer to a lined oven tray, Brush with butter, scatter with seeds and bake for 30-35 minutes, until deep golden. Server with salad.



4. Cottage Pie With Cheese Bean Topper

An English classic, when done right it also creates the perfect use for that broccoli stem you always end up throwing away.


Here's Easy Steps To Make Cottage Pie With Cheesy Bean Topper


Preparation time: 25 mins

Cooking time: 50 mins

Serves: 6


Gather your supplies

  • 2 brown onions, finely diced

  • 2 sticks celery, finely diced

  • 2 carrots, finely diced

  • 1 broccoli stem, grated

  • 8 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

  • 1 tsp dried mixed herbs

  • 1 kg regular beef mince

  • 2 Tbsp plain flour

  • 375 ml beef stock

  • 1 Tbsp beef stock paste extract

  • 2 x 400g cans butter beans, drained

  • 1 cup grated tasty cheese

  • Chopped flat-leaf parsley leaves, to serve


STEP 1 Preheat oven to 180 degree C fan-forced (200 degree C conventional). Combine onion, celery, carrot, broccoli stem, garlic and half the oil in a flame proof casserole dish and cook gently for 20 minutes, until softened. Stir in herbs, then set aside.


STEP 2 Pour remaining oil into a pan, add beef and cook until browned. Scatter in flour and cook briefly. Return vegetables with stock and beef extract, then simmer until thickened, about 10 minutes.


STEP 3 Crush beans, mix with cheese, then spoon on top of beef. Bake for 20 minutes, until golden on top. Scatter with parsley and serve.



5. Rhubarb And Cheese Tart

Trying to choose between a sweet dessert or a cheese platter? You can have both... in the one dish! Plus, in the same way salt (savoury) makes caramel (sweet) taste more intense, cheese can d the same for rhubarb.


Here's Easy Steps To Make Rhubarb And Cheese Tart


Preparation time: 25 mins

Cooking time: 50 mins

Serves: 10


Gather your supplies

  • 800g rhubarb stalks, finely chopped

  • 275g caster sugar

  • Juice of 1 lemon

  • 150g unsalted butter, at room temperature

  • 2 tsp vanilla bean paste

  • 1 and 3/4 cups plain flour

  • 100g tasty cheese, grated

  • 150g ricotta


STEP 1 Preheat oven to 180 degree C fan-forced (200 degree C conventional). Combine rhubarb, 125g caster sugar and lemon juice in a large saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring often, for 30 minutes, until a thick paste forms.


STEP 2 Meanwhile, beat butter, 100g sugar and 1 tsp vanilla in a bowl until light, then gently fold in flour and tasty cheese. Press into sides of a greased 35 x 12 cm fluted tart tin and then line with foil and baking weights. Bake for 25 minutes, until golden Remove weights and foil.


STEP 3 Spoon rhubarb paste into pastry shell. Mix ricotta with remaining sugar and vanilla and dollop on top. Bake for 20 minutes, then cool on a wire rack. Serve.



6. Spiced Pear And Date Crumble

You can easily bake this deliciously different take on a classic winter dessert - and it's even better the next day!


Here's Easy Steps To Make Spiced Pear And Date Crumble


Preparation time: 20 mins

Cooking time: 30 mins

Serves 6


Gather your supplies

  • 6 pears

  • 3/4 cup caster sugar

  • Juice of 2 oranges

  • 1 and half Tbsp cornflour

  • 1 cup plain flour

  • 100g unsalted butter, softened

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar

  • 1/2 cup desiccated coconut

  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut

  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon

  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg

  • Ice-cream, to serve


STEP 1 Preheat oven to 180 degree C fan-forced (200 degree C conventional). Peel and core pears and cut into wedges. Mix with caster sugar and juice in a medium saucepan and cook gently until barely softened. Drain well, reserving liquid. Toss with cornflour, dates and 1 Tbsp of reserved liquid in a large bowl. Place in a 2L baking dish.


STEP 2 Mix flour and butter in a bowl, then rub with fingertips until crumbly. Add oats, brown sugar, coconuts and spices and mix well. Add 2 Tbsp water, then scatter over pear mixture. Bake for 20 minutes, until bubbling and golden.


STEP 3 Meanwhile, pour remaining reserved liquid into a medium saucepan and boil over medium heat until syrupy. Serve crumble warm with syrup and ice-cream.



7. Old -Fashioned Lemon And Grapefruit Slice

A Simpler version of a traditional slice that has been famous in Aussie country bakeries for generations.


Here's Easy Steps To Make Old-Fashioned Lemon And Grapefruit Slice


Preparation time: 20 mins

Cooking time: 45 mins

Makes: 20 squares


Gather your supplies

  • 1 cup plain flour

  • 3/4 cup icing sugar mixture

  • 250g cold unsalted butter, grated

  • 4 free-range eggs

  • 3 free-range egg yolks

  • 1 cup caster sugar

  • 1 Tbsp cornflour

  • Finely grated zest and juice of 4 lemons

  • Finely grated zest and juice of 2 grapefruits

  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste


STEP 1 Preheat oven to 180 degree C fan-forced (200 degree C conventional). Sift flour and icing sugar into a large bowl, then add half the butter and rub with fingertips until crumbly. Add 1/4 cup iced water and mix to form a shaggy dough. Press into bottom of a lined 27 x 17cm slice pan, prick with a fork and then bake for 18-20 minutes.


STEP 2 Mix eggs, yolks, caster sugar, cornflour, zests, juices and vanilla in a bowl and whisk until smooth. Transfer to a medium saucepan set over low-medium heat and cook until barely simmering. Remove from heat and whisk in remaining butter.


STEP 3 Strain through a fine sieve over baked base, then bake for 20-25 minutes, until frim. Allow to chill completely before slicing. Serve.



8. Basque Burnt Cheesecake

Basque Burnt Cheesecake has been the 'it dish' of 2020. But respectfully, most recipes doing the rounds miss three key elements of technique. So we're going to show you the right way, for perfect result.


Here's Easy Steps To Make Basque Burnt Cheesecake


Preparation time: 10 mins

Cooking time: 1 hour

Serves 12


Gather your supplies

  • 1kg cream cheese, chopped

  • 1 and half cups caster sugar

  • Finely grated zest of 2 lemons

  • 2 tsp vanilla bean paste

  • 1 tsp freshly grated nutmeg

  • 8 free-range eggs

  • 1/3 cup plain flour

  • 400ml thickened cream

  • Fresh fruit, to serve


STEP 1 Preheat oven to 210 Degree C fan-forced (230 degree C Conventional). Put cream cheese, sugar, zest, vanilla and nutmeg in the bowl of a food processor and process until a smooth puree forms. Add eggs one at a time, scraping down after each addition, then mix in flour. Fold in cream.


STEP 2 Spoon into a lined 24cm cake tin a bake for 20 minutes on a preheated baking tile or pizza stone. Reduce heat to 190 degree C fan-forced (210 degree C conventional) and bake for a further 40 minutes. Cool completely, then serve with fruit.

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