Survival Instinct

“5 minutes” dinners have become a specialty! Developed from pure Survival instinct, here are a few tricks to avoid frantically dialing your Pizza guy while munching on a day old piece of bread.

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Leftover gains, keep for a few days in the fridge and are perfect again once warmed for a few minutes
  1. When you prepare any type of grain (rice, bulgur, quinoa, …) , double the amounts and store the leftover in an airtight container
  2. If you cut vegetables. pre-cut a few more and store them covered in your fridge for the next few days
  3. Don’t be afraid to buy cheeses with a long shelf date (e.g. Any good french cheese, or Feta cheese cube in brine keep a few months)
  4. Try to buy glass or transparent containers so you can stack them and see what’s their content. It allows for faster turn – Nothing worse than having to go over a mystery box that has been hanging in the back of a fridge for a few days too long..

As I am not a big fan of “reheated” dinners, these simple shortcuts allow me to play the leftover card when needed without having to ensure the same flavor twice in a row (remember -> Food Snob<-). This is how tonight’s 5 minutes dinner happened!



Warm Zuchini & Feta Bulgur

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1 – 2 Zuchini sliced, 2 cloves of garlic, 2 cups of Cooked Blugur, a handful of Feta Cheese cubed, 1 tbs lemon juice, Salt & pepper  – Optional. Humus & Cayenne pepper
  1. Simply throw your thinly sliced Zuchini in a hot pan with some olive oil and 2 cloves of garlic sliced in the middle – cook for only a few minutes until they look translucent


2.  Add the cooked Bulgur as per package instructions (I cooked mine “Risotto” style i.e with some white wine in the beginning)  & Stir in gently

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4- Add some Feta cheese  – Stir for a few minutes more  – add a little bit of water if it starts sticking.FullSizeRender (3)

5. Drizzle some lemon juice & season with Salt & pepper

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Ready! I served it with a generous spoon of Humus and Cayenne pepper and of course the mandatory drizzle of Olive oil!

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And SO fast!

What are your tricks for quick dinners?




2 Comments Add yours

  1. That looks DELICIOUS! I never think to make extra of stuff and store it, I am going to try this for next week when I’m back at work. Thanks for the tips!


    1. Hungryinhelsinki says:

      Thanks @taniaadrianne 🙂 let me know how it turns out!

      Liked by 1 person

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