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Dinner dash

We all know too well the pressure of getting home after a long day and having to come up with a delicious meal in no time. We have put together some quick and easy wholesome meals to stop you reaching for that takeaway menu.


Blue cheese steak salad



Ingredients

500g rump steak, cut into strips

250g lettuce of your choice

¾ cup cherry tomatoes, halved

¼ cup chives, chopped

250g blue cheese, crumbled

2 tbsp whole-grain mustard

2 tsp Worcestershire sauce

1 tsp balsamic vinegar

¼ tsp salt

¼ tsp pepper

2 tsp lemon juice

Handful of chopped walnuts

Method

Mix the mustard, Worcestershire sauce, vinegar, salt and pepper in a bowl and add the steak, tossing to coat. Place the pan on a medium heat and put coated steak in. Fry the steak, turning it regularly until it is done the way you like. Remove it from the stove and let it rest. In a separate bowl add the lettuce, tomatoes, blue cheese, walnuts, chives and toss. Add the steak, drizzle with lemon juice and serve.


Macaroni and cheese


Ingredients

2 chicken breasts (diced or stripped)

½ onion, thinly sliced

Salt and pepper

Chicken spice

Mixed herbs

250g cheese, grated

2 tbsp crushed garlic

500ml fresh cream

500g mushrooms

500g pasta of your choice

Oil

Knob of butter

Method

Boil a kettle of water and preheat your stove for the pot for the pasta and the pan for the chicken.

Place the chicken in a bowl and season with chicken spice, mixed herbs and a touch of salt and pepper. Once the water has boiled add it to the pot, followed by the pasta of your choice, season with some salt and allow it to boil.

Add the knob of butter to the preheated pan. Once the butter has melted add in the sliced onion and sauté until tender. Add in the crushed garlic and let it simmer a bit. Add the chicken and constantly stir, allowing it to brown. Break the mushrooms into the pan; it does not have to be perfect pieces because the mushrooms will give the dish a different texture. Once it begins to simmer, pour in the fresh cream and stir. Drop the temperature of the stove to low and let it simmer for a few minutes.

Strain the pasta in a colander and gently drizzle some oil over it and toss. Once you are satisfied with the thickness of the sauce in the pan, remove it from the stove and add to the pasta. Place the pasta in a baking dish and cover top with grated cheese. Bake for 15 minutes or until the cheese is golden brown, remove from oven and let cool. Serve up and enjoy.


Fish and chips




Ingredients

500g hake fillets

4 large potatoes, peeled and cut into strips

1 cup flour

1 egg

¼ cup oil for frying

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

1 tsp ground black pepper

1 cup milk

Method

Place the potatoes in a medium-size bowl of cold water. Mix the flour, baking powder, salt and pepper in a separate medium-size mixing bowl. Stir in the milk and egg; stir until the mixture is smooth. Let mixture stand for 20 minutes. Preheat the oil in a large pot and fry the potatoes in the hot oil until they are tender. Drain them on paper towels. Dip the fish in the batter, one piece at a time, and place them in the hot oil. Fry until the fish is golden brown. If necessary, increase the temperature. Drain well on paper towels. Fry the potatoes again for 2 minutes for added crispness.

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