This year I have Fergalino in pre-school and Finbarello family daycare 2 days per week.
So while I have the luxury of 30-60 minutes to get dinner ready most nights, Thursday and Friday dinners need to be super quick.
I was thinking about the types of dinners I cook on Fridays.
When everyone is tired after a long week.
When I usually get home late from picking up the boys.
Here’s a quick list of my go-tos…
My 7 Favourite Fast Friday Dinners
1. Friday Night Fish
In the last few months I’ve discovered that if I buy fish from the farmers market and freeze it straight away, we can then easily have delicious fish any night of the week. I have a soft spot for fish on Fridays after all those years of catholic boarding school. Either quickly pan fry like this or BBQ fish fillets and serve with salad for me and leftover roast spuds or sweet potato for my carb-lovers.
2. Fried Rice
If I’m planning fried rice for my carb lovers on a Friday I make sure I cook extra rice during the week. Too easy. Then I get to treat myself to one of my favourite easy meals of canned sardines and mayo served with leftover cooked veg (boiled broccoli is a fave), sauerkraut and some salad leaves or fresh herbs.
3. A Quick Curry
It’s hard to go past a good curry. To keep my boys happy I either brown the protein in the pan or simmer it in coconut milk and keep theirs separately (to have with rice, soy sauce and roast cashews). Then add the curry paste or powder to spice things up for my Irishman and me.
4. A Speedy Ragu
Like this quick pork ragu using sausages. Served with pasta for the carb lovers and baby spinach or other pre-cooked veg from the fridge for me.
5. A Hummus Meal
Basically serve some cooked ground (minced) meat with a little spice or some spiced lentils on a bed of hummus. Add pita bread for your carb lovers. And if you want to make it lower carb, make a batch of my broccoli hummus earlier in the week.
Everyone loves tacos. These quick beef tacos are a current fave. And now I’ve discovered these low carb zucchini tortillas, which I keep in the freezer for me, I love tacos too. Or if I’m not that organized I use lettuce or cabbage leaves. Corn tortillas for everyone else. Life is good.
7. Friday Night Pizza
This requires a bit of planning in advance either making cauliflower pizza bases or regular pizza bases (or both to keep everyone happy). But your pre-planning will be so worth it when you’re enjoying your home made Friday night pizza.
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Have fun in the kitchen (especially on Fridays!)