How to throw together dinner in 3 easy steps

At my home we use a simple 3 step ‘formula’ to create delicious, healthy and incredibly satisfying dinners.

Just follow these 3 steps:

1) Choose a good quality protein. Whether it is fish, chicken, eggs, beef, lamb, tofu or lentils.  We love to do as much as possible on the BBQ, especially in Summer.  We try to minimise using processed ingredients/sauces and usually stick with olive oil, fresh herbs and spices. Good for the bank and better for your health.

2) Choose a grain and/or substantial vegetables.  Favourites for us include brown rice, sweet potato, corn or pumpkin. Alternatively a mixed stir fry with noodles can be inserted here 🙂

3) Go mad with salad! We have a large, fresh salad at every dinner sitting. We pile in the spinach leaves and add whatever vegetables we have in the fridge. Occasionally, depending on what else we are having, we will add a cheese, nuts or fruit. For dressing, we use a good quality olive oil and vinegar. Rock salt, pepper and a squeeze of lemon to add the final touch.

Spinach, Bocconcini and Cherry Tomato Salad

Spinach, Fig and Roasted Sweet Potato Salad

Roast chicken, vegetables and salad

Oven baked salmon, roast veggies and salad (click for more details on this!)

*Please not that cold winter nights call for something a bit more heart-warming.
That is tonight for us. My mums cottage pie is on the menu.. with a large green salad ofcourse 🙂

Happy dining!

Please share your dinner tips (in the comment section bellow) with me!  

Eating Well and Feeling Satisfied

Food is a big part of my life. It is a big part of my culture and a massive part of my social life. I like to eat and feel satisfied 🙂 I love to share good food with the people I love.

Fig, Spinach and Sweet Potato Salad

Sushi Salad – Fresh, Delicious and Fun!

Some tips for eating well and feeling satisfied:

  • Never deprive yourself of anything. If you want something, have it and enjoy it a small portion of it.
  • Fill your fridge with lots of fresh, colourful produce. How can you possibly turn down a good salad or a juicy piece of fruit when it is staring right at you?
  • Embrace the grains! Carbs can be your friend if you choose the good quality, wholesome wholegrains. Complex cabrs including oats, wholegrain bread and brown rice help to keep you hunger at bay and provide you with energy to fuel your exercise.
  • Try to include a protein in all your meals. Protein, found in foods such as eggs, chicken, meat, nuts and fish is vital for the growth and repair of cells.  Protein also helps with satiety, as it digests slowly and does not cause massive spikes in your blood-sugar level.  For more info on this check out this article from the Livestrong website –The Advantages of a Protein Diet.
  • Keep hydrated by drinking lots of water and herbal teas.
  • Finally, the very best tip I have to share is one I learned from my late Grandfather.  That is,  to eat slowly, savour every mouthful and share your meals with the people you love 🙂 

My Cousins and I sharing one of many special dinners with our late Grandfather

What is your best tip for eating well and feeling satisfied?