I hope you are all doing well!
With our “never-ending” to-do lists and our busy schedules, it’s very hard to allocate some time to cook: think about a meal idea, then look for the ingredients (that we 90% of the time don’t have 😅). I must say with college, I hardly find the time to grocery shop to begin with, mainly because I don’t specifically know what I need to buy, so I end up buying more than what I need #thestruggle.
I am on an exchange this semester, so I took this as an opportunity to make some effort and try out easy recipes. Honestly, I just use what I have in the fridge and try to create something with it. The key is to have go-to recipes that are easy and quick to make. And because I usually end up cooking more than what I need for a single meal, I decided to attempt meal prep, which has been a life saver. This is simply a meal prep for 2 days, but it makes all the difference. This way of cooking has also helped me avoid waste. This “veggies-chicken” sandwich has been my favourite so far. You can adjust this recipe the way you want and with the vegetables you have. Of course if you are vegan you can skip the chicken part, and maybe even add different types of veggies. The quantities are also up to you depending on how much you have.
If you are ready, let’s go ahead and get started 😁.
You will need:
- 1 Zucchini.
- 1 Pepper.
- 2 Onions (any type of onion).
- 2 Tomatoes.
- Olive oil.
- Chicken breast.
- Black pepper
- Paprika powder
- Side dish: White rice.
** Cut all your vegetables. I suggest cutting them in small pieces so that they take less time to cook.
** For the chicken breast, I cut it into small cubes and seasoned it with some paprika powder, salt and black pepper.
1- In a pan, put about 3 tablespoons of olive oil, that you will warm on a medium heat. Then add your chopped onions. After stirring it for few minutes, add your pieces of chicken.
2- When the chicken is semi cooked, add your zucchini. I would suggest that you cover the pan simultaneously so that the vegetables cook evenly.
3- Finally, add the pepper and tomatoes. At this point, you can sprinkle your spices. I put a generous amount of paprika powder because not only it tastes good but also adds a little bit of color to the vegetables. Feel free to put any kind of spices you prefer. You can add a little bit of water if your vegetables look dry, so that they don’t stick to the pan.
You can enjoy this meal with some white rice as a side dish; which I tend to do on the second day.
** If you are fancying a sandwich, you can use any type of wholemeal bread; which is the option I usually go for. I prefer wholemeal pita breads with this recipe, as I feel like the bread is light and easy to fill with any type of garnish.
** To give the bread a little bit of moist and also a nice taste, I love adding garlic dressing. It honestly makes all the difference. But you can use any kind of dressing you like.
** After putting the dressing of your choice, all you have to do is to put your “chicken-veggies” in your sandwich.
Disclaimer: It might get messy while eating it, so make sure to be equipped with a fork 😂
** Keep the rest in a container, and save it for the next day.
I hope you enjoyed this post.
Now it’s your turn: What is your favourite go-to lunch recipe?