How many times have you arrived home from holidays or few hard days at work and found you have nothing in the fridge? Before you pick up the phone and call the fast food home delivery service, we propose you some easy and fast recipes to cook at home. They will be healthier and cheaper for sure. And they just require few ingredients!
So, stop worrying about this, the following tips and recipes will solve this problem and help you improvising in the kitchen. But, for now, keep reading this post. If you identify yourself with one or more of the following points, it means this post is made for you.
1. You work many hours a day and you don’t have time to go to the supermarket.
2. You are studying and working at the same time, and the last thing you want to do at home is cooking.
3. You have just become independent from your parents and you still don’t know how to organize yourself. You have no idea about how your parents managed to have a decent meal every day, to cook good recipes, to have time to play sports, eat healthy and have a social life.
4. When you go to the supermarket you don’t know what ingredients buy to cook good meals.
5. You are just lazy, and you think eating healthy and varied requires a lot of time and money.
1. El truco más conocido y que seguramente en alguna ocasión ya habrás utilizado es usar detergente de platos y agua caliente.
4 easy and fast recipes with few ingredients for an empty fridge. Tips to improvise in the kitchen.
1. MACARONI WITH BACON OR CHICKEN
One of the most recurrent options for those days of ’empty fridge’ is pasta. We all have a packet of macaroni or spaghetti stored in the pantry. Pasta is very versatile, you can combine it with almost everything.
-100 g. macaroni or some other type of pasta
-70 g. of bacon or chicken (as you prefer)
-50 g. of fried tomato
Boil water with a bit of salt and oil and cook macaroni according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
While they are boiling, start preparing the sauce and meat. Peel and chop the onion and brown it in a Castey frying pan for 10 minutes. Be careful, don’t forget adding salt and pepper.
Cut the bacon or chicken into small pieces and add them to the frying pan where the onion is being poached. You can also buy it already cut and packed, it will last longer. Sauté for a couple of minutes and then add the fried tomato. Mix everything until tomato and meat are unified. Then mix your sauce with the pasta. Don’t worry if you don’t have tomato. You can remove it from the recipe. Bacon and onion are enough to make this meal taste good.
If you want to cook au gratin you just need to add some cheese and place your frying pan with removable handle in the oven for some minutes to get that final crispy taste.
2. MASHED POTATOES
Another good option when we don’t have many ingredients is preparing a good side of mashed potatoes. You can use it to accompany any piece of meat or fish you have in the freezer.
-3 small potatoes
-1 tablespoon of melted butter
-4 tablespoons of milk
-1 teaspoon salt
-1 pinch of pepper
Peel the potatoes, cut them into small pieces and boil them in a casserole for 25 minutes. When they are soft, remove them from the casserole and mash them.
Melt the butter in a saucepan, add the milk and mix well. Then add the mashed potatoes, salt and pepper and stir well to unify everything. That’s all the recipe ¡Enjoy your meal!
3. CHEESE AND TOMATOE TOASTS
This recipe has literally three ingredients. If you have some frozen bread, one or two tomatoes and a few slices of cheese, you can cook this simple, but delicious recipe. It will remind you Friday Days of Pizza. It’s a really fast and easy recipe, it will only take few minutes.
– Slices of bread (as you like)
– Slices of cheese (same quantity of bread slices)
– 2 tomatoes
– Basil or oregano (as you prefer)
Defrost the bread, cut it into slices and place it on a Flat Tray Pan. Put a slice of cheese on top and do the same with tomato slices. Add some salt and pepper. Bake at 180 degrees for 6-7 minutes. Once served, add some herbs on top. That’s it!
4. MUSHROOMS AND ASPARAGUS OMELETTE
This is one of those easiest and fastest recipes that just requires few ingredients. In addition, these ingredients can always be changed depending on your taste, pleasure and the ingredients you have at home.
-1 or 2 Eggs (depends on how much hunger you are)
First of all, wash mushrooms and asparagus. Then cut them into pieces of 2-3 cm sauté the mushrooms and the asparagus in a wok until they are browned, a little crispy outside and tender inside. Don’t forget to add some salt. Add a tablespoon of olive oil in a small non-stick frying pan and make an omelette. When eggs start setting up, add mushrooms and asparagus and wrap the omelette. ¡Bon appetit!
If you prefer, you can also add the asparagus and mushrooms mix to beaten eggs before cooking.
Actually, enjoying a good meal doesn’t involve a long investment of time and money. In many occasions, leftovers in your fridge and pantry are enough to prepare a good dinner. Sometimes you just need a little imagination and optimism. Innovating and trying new things is never a bad decision, you will be surprised with the results.
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