Dinner Guide

Short on dinner inspiration? Look no further! Here, you’ll find all of the dinner-friendly recipes that have appeared on FoodHappy over the years, from curries to sandwiches, and everything in between. Next to each recipe, you’ll find a quick description of the dish alongside an indication of how long it takes to prepare and how much you can expect it to make. All that’s left is to click on the link to your soon-to-be dinner and get cooking!


Moroccan-inspired Vegetable Tagine   


The Idea: A well-rounded, simpler take on a traditional Moroccan tagine. Think sweet spices, legumes, lots of veggies and plump raisins with the hours-long cooking time.

Serves: 4 and scales easily.

Time (prep included): ~60 minutes.

Spicy Tomato Biriyani   


The Idea: Rice turns into a warming meal with the addition of tomatoes, onions and sweet spices like cinnamon and cardamom. The dish is a little light on vegetables, so serve it alongside a simple salad or some sliced, fresh veggies.

Serves: 2 and scales easily.

Time (prep included): 50 minutes or less. 

Speedy Chana Masala 


The Idea: This classic Indian chickpea curry comes together quickly and packs a punch, thanks to the addition of lots of spices. Another one to serve with a side of veggies. 

Serves: 4 with rice. 

Time (prep included): ~35-40 minutes.  

Easy Lentil Curry (Daal)    


The Idea: Red lentils pack a lot of protein, and cook faster than most other types of lentils – awesome! Here, they’re cooked with easy-to-find spices and veggies. Best served atop rice with lots of cilantro and plain yogurt.

Serves: 3-4 with rice.

Time (prep included): ~35-45 minutes. 


Sweet Potato Pasta


The Idea: Roasted sweet potato makes for a surprisingly rich base to a dairy-free pasta sauce. White beans and kale round out the meal. Yum!

Serves: 4-6

Time (prep included): ~35 minutes. 


Mac and Cheese, the Roman Way

macandcheese.jpgThe Idea: Pasta topped with the world’s easiest cheese sauce, made in the same pot you used to cook your pasta in. Simple and delicious.

Serves: 2-3 and scales easily.

Time (prep included): ~20 minutes. 

Lemon Linguine with Arugula and Basil

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The Idea: Linguine is tossed with a simple sauce made from fresh lemon juice and hard cheese. 

Serves: 6 and halves easily. 

Time (prep included): 15-20 minutes.   

Arrabiata (Spicy Tomato Pasta) 


The Idea: Simple, spicy tomato pasta sauce. Perfect for lazy, chilly nights.

Serves: 6-8. 

Time (prep included): ~35 minutes. 




Potato Pizza 


The Idea: Boiled potatoes make for a surprisingly satisfying addition to cheesy pizza. Throw a green salad on the side of this one to lighten things up!

Serves: 2-3.

Time (prep included): ~35-40 minutes, plus the time it takes you to make/buy pizza dough. 

Fresh Tomato, Arugula and Mozzarella Pizza  

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The Idea: One of my favourite, super-fresh Italian combinations. Simple, easy, delicious. Happy pizza, this one. 

Serves: 2-3.

Time (prep included): ~30 minutes, plus the time it takes you to make/buy pizza dough. 


The Idea: Contrary to popular belief, brussel sprouts can be delicious. Here, they’re made exceptionally tasty through roasting (the fact that they’re atop cheesy pizza doesn’t hurt either!). 

Serves: 2-3.

Time (prep included): ~30 minutes, plus the time it takes you to make/buy pizza dough.  



Egg on Rice  


The Idea: Another FoodHappy take on fast food. Here, a few quick-to-prepare veggies are cooked in the same pan as a frying egg. The whole thing gets set atop rice and topped with sriracha and soy sauce. Totally addictive and too, too easy. You’ve been warned!

Serves: One, and scales up easily.

Time (prep included): 10-15 minutes, plus time to cook your rice (though leftover rice will do just fine!).  



Nicoise Salad   


The Idea: Fresh summer veggies get mixed up with blue cheese, olives and herbs in this take on the classic French salad. One of my favourites!

Serves: 4.

Time (prep included): ~35-40 minutes.

Pesto-y Farro Salad   

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The Idea: Farro is as easy to cook as rice, and even tastier. Here, the farro gets mixed with equal parts fresh veggies and tasty, salty stuff (like olives and sundried tomatoes). It’s great the next day, so make lots!

Serves: 2-3.

Time (prep included): ~35 minutes.

Quinoa Salad     


The Idea: Wholesome quinoa serves as the base for this tasty salad that’s full of textures and flavours: toasted almonds, crispy romain, salty feta and sweet, dried cherries.  

Serves: .

Time (prep included): 


Vegetarian Jambalaya    


The Idea: Southern-inspired rice and bean stew, with a few veggies and a loooot of butter. Tasty, and a little time-consuming, but totally worth it. 

Serves: 8 and scales down.

Time (prep included): ~60 minutes (maybe a bit more). 









Australian-style Egg Salad Sandwiches 


The Idea: Curried egg salad is topped with grated carrot, pickled beets, tomatoes, cucumber and lettuce.

Serves: One, but scales up easily!

Time (prep included): 25 minutes, and less if you prep your veggies while your eggs are boiling.  

Avocado Eggwich

eggwich.jpgThe Idea: A healthier take on fast food (think: good bread, fried egg, cheese, avocado, and more). 

Serves: One, and scales easily. 

Time (prep included): ~10 minutes.

Bruschetta, Five Ways 


The Idea: Good bread is turned into garlic toast, then topped with all sorts of simple, tasty things, like easy white beans with tomato and rosemary, and grilled zucchini with lemon. One of my favourites!

Serves: As many people as you want to feed, lucky them. 

Time: Variable, from about 3-10 minutes. 



Mulligatawny (Curried Lentil Soup)

mulligatawny.jpgThe Idea: Lentils are simmered with cumin, curry powder and more until soft, salty and addictive. 

Serves: 6, and scales easily. 

Time (prep included): ~45 minutes (but most of that is hands-off simmering time).  

Pumpkin Soup (and Other Pumpkiny Things)

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The Idea: Pumpkin is great for you, but roasting (let alone tracking down a cooking pumpkin) is a lot of work. Here, canned pumpkin is used for ease, to make simple, tasty dinners like curried pumkin soup, pumpkin dumplings and pumpkin pasta.

Serves: The soup serves 4. 

Time (prep included): ~35 minutes. 

Super-decadent Mushroom Soup 

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The Idea: Mushroom soup is made all the more hearty with the additions of red wine, cream and rosemary. One of my mom’s favourites!

Serves: 4-6. 

Time (prep included): ~35 minutes.