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    Quick easy meals to make at home: Recipes for a quick, healthy dinner


    After a long day at work, all we want is quick, easy meals to cook. Even better if we they’re hassle-free, tasty, and comforting. This isn’t too much to ask, is it? Don’t worry, you can achieve quick and easy meals with ease thanks to our tips and tricks for fast cooking recipes, including easy-to-prep ingredients and time-saving gadgets. Read on to discover a range of quick, easy dinner recipes for family mealtimes, including some 30-minute dinner recipes for really speedy cooking. Ready, set, let's cook!

    Creating a quick, easy dinner: Dinner ingredients made simple

    If you only have 30 minutes, dinner preparation can feel quite overwhelming – especially if you’re trying to keep it healthy. It’s easy to turn a supposedly simple dinner recipe into a marathon: the potatoes need to be peeled and cut, the vegetables cleaned and washed, and the meat diced.


    The key to cooking a quick, healthy dinner is efficient preparation. Make sure you deliberately choose recipes with as few ingredients as possible or alternatively prep your ingredients in advance. To prepare dinner recipes at lightning speed, follow these useful hacks that will help you learn how to cook fast:


    • Use frozen or canned veggies. Canned or frozen vegetables are vitamin-rich, usually pre-chopped and are easily heated up. They are perfect for adding to sauces or soups.
    • Consider pre-sliced meat. At your local butchers – and in supermarkets – you can buy freshly sliced or chopped meat, which saves considerable time during preparation.
    • Purchase pre-made carbohydrates. Have some fresh pasta prepared in the fridge for quick midweek meals. For inspiration, check out our quick and easy recipes for making your own pasta dough.
    • Plan ahead. Spend a few hours of your weekend preparing the bulk of your meals for the coming week. Trust us, you’ll be thanking yourself by the time Wednesday rolls around! Meals like our fried meatballs are perfect to refrigerate or freeze in plastic containers. Similarly, try cooking a backup of staple ingredients, such as a coriander pesto sauce that you can easily add to your pasta or grilled chicken. 

    Quick recipe for dinner

    6 must-have items to create a quick recipe for dinner


    To prepare a quick, easy dinner as easily as possible, the right equipment is essential. The truth is, even a blunt knife or a missing pot lid can delay preparation and cooking time! Here are our top must-haves to make creating quick and easy meals much simpler.


    • Pot lid. Using a lid will help you cook faster and in a more environmentally friendly manner. After all, a shorter cooking time means less energy consumption.
    • Pasta & noodle maker. Pasta is such a quick and easy dinner, but so much better fresh. Save time – and money – by making your own pasta with the Philips Pasta & Noodle Maker.
    • Vegetable slicers. With these handy tools, you can avoid tears and cuts when slicing onions and similar foods. They also allow you to quickly – but carefully – shred your vegetables.
    • Hot air fryer. The speediest of cooks use a hot air fryer at home, such as the Philips Airfryer XXL. With it, you can fry, grill, bake, roast or even toast, save time preheating the oven and prepare a delicious, quick dinner at the touch of a button. It’s 4 times faster than an oven*! The Airfryer XXL is also quick and easy to clean, with a removable QuickClean basket and non-stick drawer for fast, easy, and dishwasher-safe cleaning.

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    Viva Collection

    Pasta and noodle maker


    Viva Collection Pasta and noodle maker


    Fresh, quick pasta the way you like it

    Philips Viva Pasta and Noodle Maker is a fully automatic solution that enables you to prepare fresh pasta and noodles from scratch without spending a lot of time and effort. Its compact size means it can easily fit into your kitchen. See all benefits

    Fresh, quick pasta the way you like it

    Philips Viva Pasta and Noodle Maker is a fully automatic solution that enables you to prepare fresh pasta and noodles from scratch without spending a lot of time and effort. Its compact size means it can easily fit into your kitchen. See all benefits

    Quick, easy meals: Getting the preparation right


    Like with most things in life, good preparation is the key to whipping up a quick healthy dinner. Here are some things you should consider if you want something fast and easy to cook.


    • Find recipes in advance. Sometimes it can take a while to decide what you want to eat and then, when it gets down to cooking, you find that one ingredient is missing! Make time during the weekend to find five recipes for the upcoming week and compile a shopping list. You’ll find three ideas for delicious meals below.
    • Be sure to have supplies on hand: frozen vegetables, canned goods, and other long-lasting ingredients such as vegetable stock should always be nearby just in case fresh alternatives are not available.
    • Prepare the workspace: save time by clearing the cooking surface immediately after preparation. Ingredients that do not need to be chilled can be left out in the mornings to prepare quick recipes for dinner immediately after work.

    3 quick recipes for dinner


    Now that you’re perfectly prepped, the only thing left to do is decide on a quick, healthy dinner recipe. Here's the perfect inspiration for 3 quick, easy meals to try:



    If you’re looking for a quick, easy meals, you can now use our guide to help you whip up quick, healthy dinner recipes in no time.


    * Compared to cooking meat/pork chops, 6 pcs (1.7lbs) in a standard oven

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