Quick & Easy Holiday Meals

School holidays have been stretched out somewhat longer than expected so easy holiday meals are the order of the day. Great for fixing at speed to keep those never-ending hungry tummies at bay.

Saucy Chicken Pitas or wraps

Keep some ready made pitas or wraps on hand for easy meals.

3 Chicken Breast fillets, cubed into chunks
2 tbs Olive oil
1 tbs lemon juice
1 tbs bbq spice
1 tsp tandoori spice
3 tbsp mayo

Coat chicken in spices, oil and lemon juice and marinate for 30 minutes.
Add a little more olive oil to a pan and cook chicken till done. Add mayo and allow to become creamy and warm through. Don’t cook it too long or it will split and become oily.
Warm pitas briefly in your toaster. This will puff them up. Cut in half. You can spread the inside of each pita with a little extra mayo. Fill each pocket with mixed lettuce leaves, cucumber, tomato and the cooked chicken.
These are time saving ideas for for Ramadaan as well. Go here for more Ramadaan recipes.

Curried Egg Salad Pinwheels


Combine chopped hard-boiled eggs, raisins, sliced celery, mayonnaise and curry powder. Trim the crust from a slice of bread and press to flatten. Spread with a layer of egg salad, then roll and secure with a toothpick. Source:bonappetit.com. These are great lunchbox fillers for the kids too. For more lunchbox ideas go here.

Mexican Quesidillas

Quesidillas are super easy to put together for a quick and fuss free lunch or dinner. I spread some sour cream, leftover mince and cheese between two soft flour tortillas. Then toasted it on a hot pan till crispy. Slice with a pizza cutter and enjoy with some guac to dip in. I often make this with rotis and just fill with cheese, chilli and sliced onions. Just as comforting as a grilled cheese sandwich.
Click here for an easy recipe to make your own Soft Flour Tortillas

Savoury French Cheese Toast

French toast savoury

An easy but interesting breakfast or even light lunch.

You will need:
3 eggs beaten
1/3 cup milk
pinch of salt
pinch of pepper
1/4 tsp ground dhunya / coriander
1/4 tsp ground jeera / cumin
1/4 tsp ground chilli powder
a few sprigs of fresh dhunya/coriander leaves

Use about 6 to 7 slices of day old bread. You can use white or brown. I used brown in this photo. Beat everything (except bread) together in a flatish bowl that can fit a full slice of bread at a time. Add a few leaves of the fresh dhunya to the mix and stir it in. Dip one slice at a time turning to coat both sides. Put a small knob of butter or ghee into a hot non stick pan and when melted pop in the toast. Fry till golden brown.
A really great spin on this is to sandwich 2 slices with grated cheese and a few onion slices and fry till the cheese is melted. Serve with some Sriracha sauce for an added kick.
Click here for more French Toast ideas.

Pizza Scrolls

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A great afternoon snack! If you don’t have a favoured pizza sauce use tomato sauce and add some dried Italian herbs. Can be served hot or cold…

  • 1/2 small red pepper, chopped finely
  • 100 g salami, chopped finely
  • 1/2 cup cheese, grated
  • 1/4 cup pizza sauce
  • 2 sheets ready rolled puff pastry
  1. Preheat oven to 200c.
  2. Combine the chopped capsicum, salami and cheese in bowl.
  3. Spread the sauce onto each sheet of pastry, leaving a 2cm border along one side, and sprinkle the red pepper mixture over the top.
  4. Roll up the pastry to enclose the filling (like a swiss roll), leaving the plain edge until last.
  5. Brush the edge lightly with water and fold to seal.
  6. Cut each roll into 1cm rounds (use serrated bread knife) and place on lined oven trays.
  7. Bake for 20 min or until golden.


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