Much like the Chinese Proverb of giving a man a fish, these recipes will help them fix their own meals and yours
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Let’s say the women want to take a day off from cooking. Would their family be able to prepare their own meals and treat the women to a good home-cooked meal? With these simple recipes, yes they can. So, kick back your heels, watch some television and be served your meals on a platter. Happy Women’s Day!

1. Soup: A bowl of hot soup always whets your appetite for the main course. This healthy carrot and orange soup that can be put together with ingredients from your pantry, and will be slurped up by all. But, if you are pressed for time, this thick, creamy tomato soup is a tried-and-tested resource.

2. Homemade Pizza: Have pizza dough handy and looking for a quick fix? All you need are the two pizza essentials—cheese and vegetables—and you are good to go. In this recipe, the spices have been tapered down so that kids can enjoy it too.

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3. Burger: Touted to be the best fast food around the world, nobody can say no to a big, juicy burger. You can make them as big as you like (depending to how hungry you are) and you can add on several veggies and even sautéed mushrooms to boost the nutritional value.

4. Sandwich: Perfect for any meal, sandwiches don’t have to be reserved for just picnics and kiddie parties. This egg and vegetable sandwich is fuss-free, nutritious, easy to make and doesn’t require you to make a dash for the grocery store. All the simple ingredients are probably resting in your kitchen and can be whipped together in no time to serve as a filling and healthy meal.

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5. Salad: Eating a salad is always good, but when the salad is enriched with the goodness of protein-powered eggs and fibre- and vitamin-rich asparagus, it’s beyond better. Together, this spring special salad packs a nutritional punch and will satisfy your hunger any time.

6. Raita: A healthy raita is good for the flora and fauna in your digestive tract, and is a good accompaniment with most Indian dishes. Popular raita options are yoghurt with vegetables like cucumber, tomatoes, onions and coriander; but try this raita bar option with fruits for some variety.

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7. Khichdi: A simple khichdi is more than just comfort food. It requires minimum effort to make and is easily digested too. Plus, it is a wholesome meal that has the perfect balance of carbohydrate and protein; and is a good source of dietary fibre, vitamin C, and nutrients like calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium. You could also try the recipe of a much simpler Moong Daal Khichdi.

8. Mocktail: A refreshing drink is the perfect way to unwind after a long day. Put together curd and a vitamin C-rich fruit like an orange or guava, and the drink is rated high in the nutritional chart. Try this healthy and quick recipe.

9. Mug cake: A gooey chocolate cake will a bring a smile to everyone’s face. And if it's got choco chips, it will be love at first bite! You could try the simple mug cake recipe that you can quickly put together in a microwave-safe mug, or here’s a quick and easy recipe of chocolate brownies sprinkled with chocolate chips, baked in a mug. Talk about winning brownie points!

10. One-pot meals: Toss all your ingredients (rice, veggies, meat) into a single skillet or stockpot and you have a non-mess recipe for any day/night of the week. This one, packs the goodness of brown rice and is packed with healthy veggies, resulting in a wholesome meal.

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