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Five nights, five meals

Saturday May 5, 2012, Written by Rebecca Saady

Sliced roast beef with rice noodles and courgette

So as you may or may not know I am half way towards qualifying as a nutritional therapist. I love eating healthy, great tasting food that is quick and simple to make.

However, like many of you out there, some evenings I cannot be bothered to spend ages cooking dinner. So I thought why not share my evening meals that I prepared last week, along with how I made them to hopefully give you some inspiration come dinner time? Enjoy!

Leftover roast with rice noodles and griddled courgette (pictured above)
Slice half a courgette lengthways and cook in a griddle pan. Season with black pepper.
In a wok add a thumb-sized piece of thinly sliced ginger, half a clove of garlic with a drizzle of olive oil.
Add cooked soya beans (pre-boiled from frozen in water for 3 mins then drained).
Next add a small handful of fresh rice noodles.
Add soy sauce, Thai fish sauce and lemon juice.
Serve with cold sliced roast beef/chicken/pork from Sunday roast.
Sprinkle a handful of flat leaf parsley on top.

Tuesday Dinner
Pancake style wraps with prawns, butternut squash and courgette
Pan fry 6 pre cut butternut squash slices with olive oil until soft and golden brown. Grill 12 raw prawns until cooked (no more than 5/10minutes)
Grate half a courgette.
Whip up a basic pancake mix. There’s a good one here
Then fill em up! On each pancake put a few grated courgette, 2 butternut squash slices and 3 prawns. Add a squeeze of lemon and a pinch of chili flakes.
Roll up and enjoy.

Wednesday Dinner
Calves’ liver with watercress
Pan fry calves liver for 2 ½ minutes on each side.
Add drizzle of balsamic vinegar.
Serve on a bed of watercress leaves with olive oil and a squeeze of lemon! Simple.

Tursday Dinner
Sirloin steak stir-fry
Slice small steak thinly.
Add ginger, garlic to wok.
Add a large handful of spinach.
After 1 minute add steak and cook for 2 minutes.
Add rice noodles and sprinkling of turmeric, Thai fish sauce, soya sauce, lemon and mix well.
Cook for a further 2 minutes. Plate up and sprinkle with coriander.

Friday Dinner
Plaice fillet with roast vegetables and plantain
Take one plaice fillet and dip it in seasoned flour, then beaten egg, then back in seasoned flour.
Bake at 200ºC for 20 minutes.
While the fish is cooking, chop half a courgette, and place on a baking tray with cherry tomatoes and drizzle with olive oil.
Slice 1 small plantain (found at some bigger supermarkets or West Indian/Iranian shops) and shallow fry for 2 minutes on each side until golden.
Drain on kitchen paper.
Serve the roasted vegetables with some spinach leaves. Job done!

If you have any questions or queries about special dietary requirements, nutritional eating or health in general then please leave a comment or email me

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