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10 basic dinner recipes to try if you usually get takeaways

If you usually rely on dining out and Uber Eats for dinner, the thought of cooking for yourself might be a bit stressful. To help, we've pulled together 10 of our easiest recipes - so even beginner cooks can have healthy and delicious meals under lockdown!

By Harriet Keown
  • 1

    Nici Wickes' simple spaghetti

    This spaghetti recipe highlights the beauty of simplicity. Pasta needs little more than garlic, lemon and oil to make it into an exquisite meal – just throw plenty of flavour at it and make sure it’s cooked al dente!

    New Zealand Woman's Weekly|

  • 2

    Nice and easy fish banh mi

    This recipe for Vietnamese bahn me combines wholemeal-battered Sealord hoki with cucumber, sprouts and coriander for a light and lovely sandwich


  • 3

    Sesame peanut beef and bean stir-fry with noodles

    Dinner doesn't get much easier than this 25 minute stir-fry recipe! Sesame beef is paired with a crunchy peanut sauce and plenty of green beans. Serve with noodles or rice for a midweek family meal


  • 4

    Five-minute tuna, rice and quinoa

    Get dinner on the table in a heartbeat thanks to this five-minute tuna, rice and quinoa dish. Not only is it simple and scrumptious, but it also has all the nutrients needed for a well-balanced meal.

    Woman's Day (NZ edition)|

  • 6

    Ham and pineapple pizza

    Why not save your money on getting pizza delivered to your doorstep when you can have it made within half an hour! This ham and pineapple pizza recipe is ready in under 30 minutes

    Woman's Day (NZ edition)|

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    Nici Wickes' quick and easy meatballs for two

    You'd be hard pressed to find a homemade meatballs recipe that's quicker or easier to make than this one! Pinch the ground meat out of sausages to create meatballs that taste just as good as if you'd made them from scratch.

    New Zealand Woman's Weekly|

  • 8

    Corn, broccoli and feta vegetarian quiche

    For a delicious family meal, you can't go past this corn, broccoli and feta quiche recipe. All you need is 10 minutes to prep, then let the oven do its work and serve with a fresh salad. Easy as that!

    Woman's Day (NZ edition)|

  • 10

    Vegetarian nachos

    Possibly the most popular snack food of recent times, a piping hot share plate of nachos is always a crowd pleaser. This vegetarian version is so delicious that we're pretty confident the carnivores will love it, too.

    Australian Women's Weekly|