As lazy summer days wind down and back to work season hits, it seems like our schedules are instantly jam-packed. Between work deadlines ramping up, getting back in a routine, and shorter days, it can often feel like there’s barely time to eat dinner let alone prepare it. Use these shortcuts and go-to recipes you can make in less than 15 minutes.

Egg Sandwich Panini

Give your typical protein intake an upgrade with this quickie flatbread Panini. Scramble the eggs in a pan, then add them as a filling to a flatbread sandwich with tomatoes, basil and mozzarella giving the sandwich a quickie grill.

Chickpeas and Veggies

What’s faster than rinsing and draining a can of beans? Almost nothing! Get energised with this quick recipe featuring chickpeas and spinach. Take a pan, combines sauté chickpeas and spinach with smoked paprika, garlic and a pinch of salt and pepper for a flavourful delight, and stuff it into a pita.

Chicken Meatballs

Here is a meal prep for all the chicken lovers, get some chicken mince balls frozen to go for emergency lunches or even dinner plans, whip them out during the week for a quick pasta. Add one teaspoon oil in a pan and cook the mince balls with a little garlic paste, salt and pepper to give it a nice flavour. Then add a little store bought marinara sauce, sprinkle coriander leaves and you are ready to grab a delectable treat for yourself!

Broiled Salmon

You might think that cooking salmon seems ambitious for a weeknight but it really doesn’t take long to bake or broil fish. All you have to do is to brush the salmon with olive oil and sprinkle on paprika, coriander and black pepper. Then place the salmon in the broiler on aluminium foil and cook for around eight to ten minutes. Meanwhile, the broccoli is steaming in the microwave. Then simply plate them all beside a wedge of lemon. This quick dish is a delicious way to get satisfying protein in a wholesome meal!