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Prepare a Nutritious Dinner For Your Family In Under 30 Minutes

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If there's one thing I’ve mastered during the pandemic, it is the art of cooking new dishes that don't take much time. Despite my long working hours, I take great pride in putting together a healthy and lip-smacking meal for myself and my husband.

Sure, there's always the option to order in, and we do that every week. But eating outside food isn't a healthy practice in the long run. So if you think you don't have enough time to cook a proper meal, make it happen with these quick and easy recipes:

Coconut Prawn Curry

I love prawns! They tickle the taste buds and are healthy for the body. Prawns are rich in calcium, phosphorus and potassium, and are a good source of vitamin A and E. A delicious prawn curry in coconut milk cooks in no time from scratch. Here's how:

  1. Thoroughly rinse 7 ounces of shelled and deveined prawns. Put aside to dry.
  2. Grind 2-3 tomatoes and one onion to create a smooth and rich paste. You can also toss a garlic clove and a small piece of ginger into the mix for flavor.
  3. Put 1-2 tablespoons of oil in a pan and set your burner on medium. Let the oil heat for 5 minutes.
  4. Add the tomato-onion paste to the pan and cook until it is semidry. Keep stirring the contents of the pan occasionally.
  5. Add one teaspoon of cumin and a few spices to the semidry paste — red chili, turmeric, black pepper. Sprinkle with salt to taste. (Before you do that, please make sure your burner is on medium. Otherwise, the mixture will burn. Then, stir the contents again so all spices mix nicely.)
  6. Quickly add 1 cup of water and ½ cup of coconut milk before tossing the rinsed prawns into the pan. Saute the curry a couple of times and let it simmer for about five to seven minutes.
  7. Garnish with fresh coriander leaves. Serve with steamed rice.

One-Pot Mushroom and Potato Curry

Not everyone likes mushrooms. But if you do and you're looking for a filling meal, then you must try this recipe.

  1. First things first — soften 3-4 potatoes in boiling water. I use a pressure cooker and give one whistle. But if you use a microwave, that works, too.
  2. Simultaneously, rinse 4-6 ounces of button mushrooms and keep them aside.
  3. While your potatoes are boiling, grind 2-3 tomatoes and 1 onion to create a thick paste and start cooking them with 1-2 tablespoons on medium.
  4. Once the paste starts to become semidry, sprinkle in a few dried herbs like basil leaves, rosemary, thyme, and parsley. If you want your meal to be a bit spicy, add red chili flakes or powder (½ teaspoon). Add salt to taste. Mix the ingredients properly.
  5. Quickly add a cup of water and your boiled potatoes. Slice and dice them before adding them to the pan. Also, stir in mushrooms.
  6. Cover the pan's lid and let it cook for 5-7 minutes until the mushrooms have appropriately cooked. Meanwhile, prepare steamed rice.
  7. Garnish with fresh coriander leaves.

Indian-Style Stir-Fried Cabbage

Think curry, and it's hard not to think of Indian cuisine. But if you're not a big fan of curries or can't prepare one, there is still a wealth of tasty and dry vegetable recipes you can explore, like this one:

  1. Heat one tablespoon of oil in a pan over medium flame. Add mustard seeds and cook them for about 30 seconds until they start to jump and pop.
  2. Chop one medium cabbage and toss it in the pan. Mix well with the mustard seeds. Adjust salt for taste and keep stirring occasionally.
  3. Add ½ teaspoon each of black pepper and red chili powder. Add a pinch of turmeric powder if you like. Mix the pan contents properly, and then leave them partially covered until the cabbage becomes soft.
  4. Uncover the lid and continue cooking until the excess liquid has evaporated. Garnish with chopped cilantro or coriander leaves. Serve with a brown bread bun.

I find cooking extremely therapeutic as it allows me to unwind while preparing a nutritious meal to enjoy. What is your go-to recipe? Please share it with us at 

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