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Quick Dinner for Two

Quick and easy dinner for two
Dinner for two doesn’t have to be extravagant. This great quick meal when there isn’t much food in the pantry. These pasta side dishes are great to have on hand for when you really don’t feel like spending much time in the kitchen.

One packet generally serves four people as a side dish but also make a great dinner for two when you add a few extras. This time I added one chopped carrot, roughly 1/4 cup of peas and one small tin of tuna. The idea of adding the extra items is to make more of a nutritionally balanced meal, plus add some more volume to fill you up. Another great bonus is the fact that it cooks in very little time. The directions say you can cook it on the stove top or in the microwave.

I’ve also made this a few times when it’s just me needing dinner. The other half goes into a container in the fridge and that’s lunch for the next day sorted!
quick easy meal


There is a range of optional ingredients that you likely have on hand. Some of the options I have used before are:

  • chopped carrot
  • frozen peas
  • frozen corn
  • chopped broccoli
  • frozen mixed vegetables
  • small or large tin of tuna
  • cooked chicken pieces
  • cooked bacon
  • ham
  • shaved or cooked turkey

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Breakfast Protein Mug

4 Ingredient High Protein Breakfast
Breakfast is my absolute favourite meal of the day, and you can bet your bottom dollar that I will eat breakfast before I leave the house. I choose toast or cereal most days, but sometimes I like to switch it up. Porridge or pancakes are great for days when I have a bit more time. But when I started working out, I discovered the beauty of eating a high protein breakfast to give me the energy to start my day.

I generally have all of the ingredients on hand, so it’s often an easy choice. This high protein breakfast is often on high rotation during the winter, as I prefer a warm breakfast to warm me from the inside.


Breakfast Protein Mug

Course Breakfast
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 3 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 503 kcal


  • 1 banana
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup quick oats
  • 1 tbs peanut butter


  1. Peel the banana and break into pieces in a mug then microwave for about 30 seconds

  2. Mash the banana then add the peanut butter, stir to combine

  3. Add the oats, stir to combine

  4. Add the milk, stir to combine

  5. Microwave for 30 seconds, give it a stir then microwave for another 20-30 seconds

Recipe Notes

  • putting the banana in the microwave makes it much easier to mash, this also helps the peanut butter melt & is easier to mix.
  • I used crunchy peanut butter for added texture
  • this is best made in a mug as you can stir as vigorously as needed without making much mess
  • while I haven't tested it, any kind of milk should work or even water
  • I have also added this recipe to myfitnesspal, just search for 'Breakfast Protein Mug'
  • unfortunately, this recipe isn't my own creation, credit goes to PopSugar

Nutrition Information (based on the brands I used)
kJ - 2,107                            F - 21                            C - 65                            P - 15

Smoothie Bowl

Smoothie Bowl
One of the main reasons you would make a smoothie bowl is to take numerous photos for your various social media accounts.
I’m honestly not a fan of having a smoothie in a bowl. I find it really difficult to eat. Or is it drink? Either way, I have decided that I like to drink my smoothies from a glass.
The first thing you need to make a delicious smoothie bowl is frozen fruit. I always have blueberries or raspberries in the freezer and they are perfect for this. Not only are they tasty fruits, but they also have an amazing colour, for those Instagram posts of course. Bananas are another great option to make sure your smoothie is thick. If you like it extra thick, use a frozen banana.


Smoothie Bowl

Course Breakfast, Snack


  • frozen blueberries
  • milk any
  • protein powder
  • banana sliced
  • strawberries sliced
  • chis seeds


  1. Blend the blueberries, milk and protein powder in a blender.

  2. Empty the contents of the blender into a bowl.

  3. Strategically place the chopped fruit in the bowl.

  4. Sprinkle chia seeds on the top.

Quest Bar Cookies

life by kathleen quest cookies

I have read a lot about the different things that can be done with Quest bars and was craving something sweet. I trolled some hashtags on Instagram and browsed Pinterest but decided that I could wing it.

  1. Pick a flavour
  2. Attempt to roll it out flat
  3. Cut into pieces, as big or small as you like
  4. Bake for 10 minutes at 180°c

I was surprised that they puffed up a bit and actually looked like square cookies. It’s best to eat them fresh out of the oven as they go a bit hard once they have cooled.

Protein Fruit Dip

Sweet Yet Healthy Fruit Dip

Dip always makes a great snack. And, for those that have a bit of a sweet tooth like me, this protein fruit dip is a protein-packed afternoon treat. You can eat this straight from the bowl with a spoon, add fruit to the bowl, or use it as a dip with fruit. You can even cover fruit in the dip and freeze it for a cool treat.

I find chocolate or strawberry protein powder works well. But vanilla is my absolute favourite for this recipe. I haven’t had the chance to test it with any other flavours. But I’m sure it would taste amazing with cookies and cream.


Protein Fruit Dip

Course Breakfast, Snack
Prep Time 2 minutes


  • 40 g Greek Yoghurt
  • 1 scoop Flavoured Protein Powder


  1. Measure out Greek yoghurt into a bowl.

  2. Mix in one scoop of protein powder with a spoon.

  3. Serve with fruit or eat it on its own as is.

Recipe Notes

If you don’t have a pair of scales handy, 40g of Greek yoghurt is roughly 4 heaped teaspoons.