Quick and easy Sunday night dinners

Quick and easy Sunday night dinners

When I have been working the whole week I like to take it easy on a Sunday night and I’m always looking to cook something tasty, nutritious and quick. Enter the mushroom – just love this fabulous veggie. It’s always in my fridge and if I’m not flinging them raw into a salad, I’m adding them to stew and sauces. I honestly can’t live without them.

Here are a few of the easy dishes I make using them.

Lets cook!

Moussaka and Brinjal Canneloni

Serves 4 to 6


Ingredients for the Brinjal rolls:

2 large brinjals

Olive oil, for brushing


For the Moussaka filling:

5ml oil

1 red onion, diced

2 garlic cloves, crushed

200g minced lamb

200g button mushrooms, minced

15ml harissa paste

5ml ground cumin

3ml ground cinnamon

½ jar passata tomato sauce

1 (410g) can brown lentils, drained


To assemble:

150g fresh ricotta, crumbled

50g thick Greek-style yoghurt

35g Parmesan cheese, grated

½ jar passata tomato sauce


Method for the Brinjal rolls:

Cut the brinjals lengthwise into ½ cm thick slices. Lightly brush both sides of the brinjal with some olive oil. Heat a griddle pan or braai. Cook the brinjal slices, in batches, for 2-3 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate and set aside to cool.


For the Moussaka filling:

Heat the oil in a pan and gently fry the onion and garlic for 4 – 5 minutes. Fry the lamb and mushrooms for 3 – 4 minutes. Stir in the harissa paste, cumin, cinnamon and tomato sauce. Simmer for 5 minutes. Stir in the lentils and set aside to cool.


To assemble:

Preheat the oven to 160°C. Combine the ricotta cheese, yoghurt and half of the Parmesan cheese in a small bowl. Place a brinjal slice on a work surface and top with a little of the ricotta mixture and a spoonful of the mushroom and lamb mixture. Roll up to enclose filling. Spread the remaining tomato sauce on the base of an ovenproof dish and place the brinjal roll on top. Repeat with remaining brinjal slices and place in a single layer in the baking dish. Sprinkle the remaining Parmesan cheese over the brinjals. Bake for 15 – 20 minutes. Top with fresh herbs, if desired, before serving.


Open Wrap with Mushrooms & Halloumi Cheese

Serves 4



15ml olive oil

300g big brown mushrooms, thickly sliced

3ml paprika

80g halloumi cheese, sliced

160g smooth cream cheese

30ml fresh herbs, such as parsley and coriander, chopped

1 lemon, zest & juice

4 to 6 wraps, toasted, if desired

15ml parsley, chopped

Salt and milled pepper

1 avocado, sliced

1 handful rocket leaves

45ml flat-leaf parsley, torn



Heat the oil in a pan and fry the mushrooms and paprika for 4-5 minutes, or until the mushrooms are cooked. Set aside. In the hot pan, fry the halloumi slices for 30-40 seconds per side and set aside. Combine the cream cheese, herbs and lemon juice and zest in a small bowl. To assemble, place a toasted wrap on a flat surface a spread some of the cream cheese mixture down the middle. Top with the reserved mushrooms and halloumi cheese, and some avocado slices, rocket and micro salad leaves. Serve at once.


Cook’s note: This would also make a good topping for lightly toasted Low GI slices of bread for a healthy and hearty breakfast or lunch.