Easy & Delicious Western Dinner Ideas for Busy Families

As our activities begin piling up and schedules become tighter than ever, it’s no wonder we hardly find the time to plan a proper healthy meal and instead, options for a pre-packed dinner or fast food.

However, home-cooked spreads are always a healthier choice compared to those pre-packed meals and fast foods. This is because homemade foods usually supply fewer calories, fats, sugars and sodium than most takeaways food by using fresh and healthy ingredients.

On those days when we have a lot of things to do and not enough time to cook a meal, it’s best to make something simple and easy. We all need recipes for dinner, but it can be difficult to come up with ideas when you're still running errands or working throughout the evening.

Although we might be busy sometimes, it’s not advised to skip meals as it could lead to nutritional deficiency in your body.

Let’s start a healthy lifestyle beginning with these healthy meals that can be made in under an hour and still taste great!


1. Mushroom Soup

mushroom soup


Mushroom Soup is a popular dish that is both delicious and nutritious. The main ingredient which is mushroom is rich in umami and is able to give a savoury taste that lingers on your tongue. It can be served as a starter or main course. This Mushroom soup recipe is a thick soup that is made with mushrooms and other ingredients. The preparation of mushroom soup is very simple. The best thing about this recipe is how few ingredients are needed to prepare it. All you need for this mushroom soup recipe are sliced button mushrooms, butter, onion, garlic, cooking cream, water, AJI-SHIO® Flavoured Black Pepper & TUMIX® Chicken Stock. The cooking cream adds a luxuriously velvety mouthfeel to the soup. White button mushroom is the most common type of mushroom used in cooking because it has a mild flavour and texture that goes well with other ingredients. 
This Mushroom Soup recipe is so quick and easy; you'll never buy the canned version again! 


2. Seafood Carbonara Spaghetti

Seafood Carbonara Spaghetti


Seafood Carbonara Spaghetti is one of the easiest pasta dishes you will ever make with just some ingredients readily available in any kitchen. It is simply delicious and so easy to make at home. Loaded with parmesan and seafood goodness! This popular dish originated in Italy, but has been adapted to the local taste in many different countries. This Spaghetti Carbonara recipe is a delicious way to incorporate seafood into your diet, nourishing your body with vitamin B12, zinc and selenium [1]. The silky carbonara sauce is created when the beaten eggs are tossed with the hot pasta and a little olive oil & parmesan cheese which is rich in umami. It’s an umami boom and comforting dish perfect for busy weeknights when you just don't know what to make.


3. Chicken chop

Chicken Chop


The chicken chop is a western dish, localised to the taste of Malaysians. The main ingredients for this chicken chop recipe are chicken drumstick, eggs, flour, oil and TUMIX® Chicken Stock. If you look at the ingredients that go into this dish, they are simple and easy to find. The dish is also quick to make and can be served with a variety of sides. The chicken is marinated in TUMIX® Chicken Stock for 30 minutes to make it flavourful. Marinating longer will also give you better results! 


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[1] Kubala, M. J. S. (2021, September 8). Is Seafood Healthy? Types, Nutrition, Benefits, and Risks. Healthline. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/is-seafood-healthy#benefits