How To Cook Easy Dinners: A Guide For Busy People

Weeknight cooking can be stressful. But fear not, Dinnerly is here to help! Here are some tips and tricks and dinner ideas to help you cook easy dinners.

By: Lucca / 08.10.2019

Quick and Easy Dinner Ideas

"What's for dinner?" It's the dreaded question that comes too often after a busy day. Did you know that 62% of us Australians find dinnertime stressful? I mean, who has time to be stressing over dinner when they have a full-time job, kids, household chores, social commitments, or other endless to-do lists? It's not surprising that so many of us fall into bad habits of eating unhealthy and expensive takeaways or the same pasta dish every night. Here are some tips and tricks from the Dinnerly team to get you cooking easy healthy meals at home.

One-Pot Easy Dinners

If you're looking for simple cooking and minimal washing up, one-pot meals are a lifesaver. All the ingredients go into one pot, a little bit of stirring is required, and then you have a delicious (mess-free) dinner.

People have been cooking one-pot easy dinners forever: Italians created creamy risotto, the English made hearty stews, and the Moroccans have been cooking Tagines since the early ninth century. One-pot easy dinners are full of flavour, allow for plenty of diversity and are ideal for batch cooking or meal prepping. They suit any occasion or season: think comforting casseroles when it's cold or a light stir fry on a Summer's evening. And don't worry, a one-pot dinner doesn't need hours of attentive cooking, our Beef, Carrot and Apricot Tagine takes less 20 minutes! The Dinnerly chefs have lots of one-pot quick and easy dinner ideas for you, check out our Shepherd's Pie with Cheesy Sweet Potato and One-Pan Turkish Tomato and Capsicum Bake with Rocket and Yoghurt.

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Easy Vegetarian Recipes

Try cooking vegetarian dishes! Vegetarian meals are usually more affordable and healthier (aren't veggies are wonderful!) than meat dishes. If you're not used to vegetarian cooking, you might be surprised at how simple vegetarian recipes can be. Our Corn and Black Bean Burritos are kid-friendly, healthy and take under half an hour. Discover 4 more quick and easy vegetarian recipes here.

Planning Your Weeknight Easy Dinners

Ultimately, to achieve delicious weeknight easy dinners, you have to be organised and ready to plan ahead. Planning your meals at the start of the week means you'll have your easy dinners ready to go when you get hungry. Even better is meal prepping: you cook all your meals on one day of the week, meaning minimal effort on the others. The beauty of meal prep is that it can be done whenever suits you and you can prepare as much food as you want or need. It's perfect for easy weeknight dinners, work lunches, quick meals, or healthy on-the-go snacks.

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Quick and Easy Dinners with a Meal Kit

The best way to plan ahead is to order a meal kit, such as Dinnerly. You choose all the easy dinner recipes you want to cook that week and the meal kit will do the rest (a meal kit delivers recipes and fresh pre-portioned ingredients to your house). Here are 3 ways a meal kit will make your weeknight dinners so much easier:

1) Save You Time

Meal kits make life so convenient and they will save you so much time. Imagine never wasting time meal planning or in the supermarket again! You select online where and when you want your fresh food delivered and you don't have to worry about delivery times (the boxes are insulated so the food stays fresh if you're not home). A meal kit is a subscription service but you can skip any week or pause and restart your subscription at any time.

2) Delicious Meal Plans

Do you get fed up with repeating the same dishes over and over again? It's hard to be creative when you are trying to get dinner on the table as quickly as possible. Getting a meal kit is the best way to diversify your weekly menus, without adding any extra stress to your dinnertime routine. Dinnerly offers 20+ delicious yet simple chef-designed recipes every week; there's always something for everyone on our menu, be it vegetarians, comfort-food seekers, health enthusiasts or fussy eaters!

3) Easy Healthy Dinner Recipes

You may want quick and easy dinners every night of the week, but remember, it's important to eat a balanced diet. Life will feel so much easier if you're feeling fit and healthy. Ordering from a meal kit is a great way to eat healthier. You're far less likely to resort to that unhealthy takeaway if you have your delicious meal kit easy dinners waiting for you at home. At Dinnerly, the chefs are always supported by a team of nutritionists, so you know everything on the menu is balanced and nutritious.

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Cooking Easy Dinners With Dinnerly

So, have we convinced you that a meal kit will solve all your dinnertime worries? If so, you need to check out Dinnerly, the most easy-going and affordable meal kit on the market (portions start at only $4.85).

Dinnerly was created for people who like homemade cooking, but also love making life easier; it's for the 62% of us who find dinnertime stressful. Our recipes are designed with simplicity in mind, no frills just healthy and delicious easy dinners. Our chefs designing the menus are all busy people who understand what busy people want; Yasmin, our Culinary Director, is a best-selling author and a busy mum of two.

We keep it simple, but simplicity doesn't mean sacrificing on taste or quality. To keep costs low for you we include fewer ingredients than other meal kits, but we always use the freshest ingredients sourced from trusted and sustainable Australian farmers.

With Dinnerly, you can learn simple cooking techniques while following our easy-to-follow recipes. All our meals can be prepared in 5 simple steps and they take under half an hour. Each week there are 20+ recipes to choose from, and if you can't decide we'll pick something delicious for you!

So, go on! Let Dinnerly be your helping hand! Click here to see our menu and start cooking easy dinners at home.

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