Super Easy Mid-Week Meals

Super Easy Mid-Week Meals

Yep, mid-week meals just got a whole lot easier. I totally get it, you’ve worked hard all day, so why not reward yourself with a bit more relaxation time by cutting down your cooking time?! Luckily, it’s super easy to create healthy nourishing meals in a jiffy, so I’ve put together a list of balanced midweek dinner meal ideas to inspire busy people who love healthy food.  

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Red Lentil Soup

Red Lentil Soup

This week there's been a few weird-weather days here in Melbourne. Even though it's summer, we went through a bit of a rainy, cold-snap and I felt like nothing more than soup. However, because it is summer, I didn't have any of the usual suspects in my fridge, like celery, pumpkin or broccoli. Luckily, I had the right handful of ingredients to make this delish Turkish red lentil soup that I learnt to make last year.

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Chargrilled Eggplant Soup

Chargrilled Eggplant Soup

Well what a day! Today marks Isaac and mine's 8th anniversary together. We met in high school, year 7 to be exact when I had changed schools and ended up in Isaac's class. I made a great bunch of friends, a lot of whom I still call great friends today but Isaac wasn't one of them right away. His locker was above mine but we never spoke to each because you know - high school. So the silence continued for term after term until one day we had a 'battleships' competition in maths class.

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Feta & Silverbeet Rolls

Feta & Silverbeet Rolls

There's this cool little lebanese bakery in my end of town. it's always bustling, always full of lebanese and turkish people (this is the seal of approval i reckon), and it's dirt cheap. they do lebanese pitas, manoush, pides, sweets, thick coffee, and my favourite salty yoghurt drinks (ayran in turkish). they make these triangle pastries filled with lemony greens and onions, then you can sprinkle red pepper chilli into the parcel once it's cooked.

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Lemon and Caper Fish Cakes

Lemon and Caper Fish Cakes

Last night i was eating pizza in front of the tv (WHAT?! but you're a nutritionist!) because i was tired and so was isaac and i couldn't be bothered cooking. so i did one of my favourite things, ordered a semi-healthy pizza (wholemeal base, not much cheese, plenty of veg etc.) and watched SBS because i knew they'd be showing something more worthy my time and my retinas than family feud or a current affair.

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Chicken and Sweet Corn Soup

Chicken and Sweet Corn Soup

The cupboards were pretty much bare when i made this chicken soup. i have zero cooking experience in asian cuisine because it's so daunting - i mean i grew up watching iron chef where they could chop shallots perfectly in a blink and made foam from livers. crazzzzzzy stuff.

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Zucchini Slice

Zucchini Slice

The inspiration for this recipe came from a cooking show i saw on tv, i don't watch tv very much at all and this show only reiterated that for me. they made zucchini slice, it was disgusting. they only used egg-whites (WHY?!), used cottage cheese instead of tasty or parmesan, and used the fattiest bacon i've ever seen.

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Vegan Dips

Vegan Dips

I used to always think that dips were just for the adults at parties i went to when i was little. they seemed to love dip. the women with the double-denim and too-dark-for-them bob haircuts were always chatting, laughing, and slapping each other's thigh when a joke was told all with a jatz cracker in their hand topped with french onion dip. 

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Malaysian Mango Salad

Malaysian Mango Salad

Last year i went to borneo, malaysia to study and undertake a community health project in a few of the communities. even though the communities were not super far away from each other, the food and culinary practices varied incredibly! in the village that was farthest away, lacked transport, and had the lowest socioeconomic status came the most amazing food!

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Salted Chocolate Cookies

Salted Chocolate Cookies

Sometimes i'm actually so lazy on the weekend that i don't get around to eating until it's nearly lunch time. bad, i know. but i'm just sleepy and not that hungry right away and usually just enjoy basking in the sunshine in the backyard with my (fur) baby jessie moomoo and isaac over a cup of coffee.

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Zoodles

Zoodles

I grew up eating pasta, a couple times a week - no less. my mum, and nonna have always made pasta sauce from scratch and in huge variety. bolognese, amatriciana, arrabiata, napoletana (also known as 'stupid sauce' in my family because it's so easy it's stupid), carbonara (the real way, none of this cream business), formaggio e burro, the list goes on!

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