Top 7 Effortless Late-Night Dinner Ideas For Busy Weeknights
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Weeknights are the hardest to deal with when you return from a long day's work hungry and in need of a delicious meal. While take-out meals can be a way to deal with these situations, they probably are not the healthiest option. For times like these, easy recipes can be a lifesaver for you.

Yes, there are countless recipes that you can whip up quickly in the comfort of your kitchen and make yourself a healthy meal without emptying your pocket every now and then. From simple stove-top stir-fry to one-pot recipes that don't require much preparation or in some dishes that require no cooking at all, there's a world of possibilities that you can explore to make yourself a wholesome meal when you're not in the mood for cooking.

From bachelors and students to experienced cooks, these seven recipes are perfect for anyone.

Try These 7 Easy Recipes For Lazy Dinner Prep

1) Scrambled Eggs

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Scrambled eggs or anda bhurji pack proteins and flavours, creating a humble yet tantalising recipe made in under 15 minutes. Just beat your eggs, put them in a hot pan, stir and add in spices, onions, tomatoes and chillies to make a quick and healthy dish. You can eat it with whole-grain bread as well.

2) Tadka Dal Chawal

Making dal has never been easier. With a pressure cooker, it is easy to cook lentils in just 10 minutes. After the lentils are done, quickly blend them with water and add some salt to taste. Make a quick temper with garlic, onion, tomatoes, spices, chillies, and cumin seeds, then throw in your dal and cook it until it starts boiling. Serve it with cooked rice and enjoy a hearty meal.

3) Vegetable Stir-Fry

With all the vegetables available in your fridge, you can make a quick stir-fry by chopping them all and cooking them in oil with some spices. Pair this stir-fry with leftover roti or cooked rice and enjoy a satisfying feast in the comfort of your home.

4) Masala Pasta

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The Indian version of pasta includes several hearty masalas, infusing their warming flavours to make a comforting recipe. Just boil your pasta or macaroni al dente, make a spicy masala with onion, tomatoes, chillies, and vegetables of choice with salt to taste, add boiled pasta to this masala and stir until well combined. Your pasta is ready to be devoured!

5) Stir-Fry Paneer Or Tofu

For a vegan or vegetarian protein boost, paneer and tofu are an ideal choice to make something delicious for dinner. The thing about paneer and tofu is that they pair extremely well with any spice or even cream and cheese to make a delicious restaurant-like dish at home. 

6) Vegetable Skewers

Vegetable skewers are a lazy cook's dream because they showcase assorted vegetables sitting all together on a skewer and making a gourmet treat effortlessly.  Simply chop assorted veggies like broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, mushrooms, bell peppers, zucchini, and more, slide them onto skewers, drizzle with olive oil and seasoning, then grill or bake until tender. Customise vegetables with different toppings and seasonings to make it your way. 

7) Vegetable Toast With Greek Yoghurt

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Assorted vegetables sitting on a toasty bread slice and topped with creamy Greek yoghurt is a comforting recipe that fills the gut and is light on the stomach. Just spread Greek yoghurt on top of toasted bread with vegetables like  cucumber, tomato, and avocado. Sprinkle it with salt, pepper, and herbs for extra flavour and add a dollop of Greek yoghurt on top as well. 

For all the lazy cooks, these recipes present a delicious satisfaction for late-night dinner meals when cooking seems like a dire task. Try these recipes and say goodbye to outside meals.