I’ve been making a concerted effort this year to homemake as much food as possible. Although I love homemade food, I’m not fanatical about it and certainly wouldn’t ever ban takeaways or ready meals in my house… I mean, who doesn’t love an M&S night in deal?
Unfortunately, when you’re a super busy mum with a business to run, children to look after and a house to keep in some semblance of order - making everyone’s food from scratch everyday seems more of a concept than a reality.
This is why I’ve been collecting lots of healthy homemade recipes that I can whip up (make a mess in the kitchen with) in around half an hour or less.
These are some of my favourites…
Healthy (and quick) Homemade Recipes
If you love pizza but don’t like the faff of rolling your own dough - this is perfect. My friend Carly introduced me to this recipe. Not only is it super quick and easy, it’s fun for the kids to help you make!
4 x Large (or small) tortilla’s (depending on how hungry you are)
2 x Ordinary or buffalo mozzarella tubs or pouches
1 x Onion
1 x Punnet of cherry tomatoes
3 x Sweet peppers
1 x Bunch of basil or oregano
Salami slices (optional)
Cut up the veg and pop it into dishes. Lay out the tortillas and very thinly spread on the tomato pure, leaving an inch gap around the edges.
Lay on a few slices of mini tomatoes (not too many as this can make the base go soggy), the veg, the mozarella and the thin salami slices.
Bake for 10 minutes or until the base is crispy, put a handful of rocket on top, then eat! You can roll it up like a tortilla or eat like a pizza.
Mango Fruit Leather
I found this recipe online. It takes just 30 minutes to prepare and sits in the oven for 4-6 hours so it’s great to do if you’re going to be in the house most of the day. It also lasts for a week afterwards and is a perfect little snack for kids.
Check out the full recipe here.
One Pot Bake
This is so easy to make if you’re short of time, in fact, it couldn’t be easier. It’s healthy and nutritious too.
Ingredients (alter depending on how many people you’re cooking for) the below serves 4:
2 x Onions
2 x Peppers (regular or sweet)
1 x Courgette
3 x Cans of chopped tomatoes
2 x Garlic cloves
8 Boneless chicken thighs or 4 x breasts
Splash of olive oil
2 x cups of rice
½ a stick of chorizo
Chop up your favourite vegetables. I like using the ones in the ingredients list above, but whatever you have lying around would probably work fine. If you have toddlers, you can save some of the chopped veg for snacks tomorrow (I always like to chop an extra pepper for this).
After the veggies are chopped, throw them in an oven dish with the cans of chopped tomatoes. Add half a cup of water with some salt and pepper and a splash of olive oil.
I love chicken thighs, but if you prefer breasts, use those. Pop the chicken in the dish and make sure they’re covered by the veg and tomato juice so they don’t dry out whilst cooking. Cut up the chorizo into slices and add to the pot.
Put the pot in the oven to bake for around 30 minutes at 180 degrees C or until the chicken is cooked through but succulent and tender (you may have to take it out of the pot to check).
Cook the rice and serve together.
Courgette and Pea Risotto (Toddler Friendly)
This is the ultimate easy but healthy meal. You can even cook it in your microwave… I tested it out the other day and I think it’s going to be one of our favourites, especially when I want to cook but am super short on time!
Check out the recipe here.
What are your ultimate easy homemade recipes for you and the family? We’d love to know! Tag us in them on Instagram @matchstick_monkey