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5 surprising weeknight meals you can easily make in a frypan

One-dish wonders with a side of effortless clean-up.

Busy weeknights are all about meals you can get on the table with minimal fuss, and that means little prep and clean-up required; bonus points if the recipes are simple but deliver big flavour rewards.

We’ve all heard of one-dish wonders, promising easy cooking and effortless washing up, and you’ve probably even tried to make these your go-to, but it can be difficult to maintain variety.

Enter Sunbeam’s new DiamondForce™ range of electric cookware — which includes a banquet frypan. The revolutionary non-stick coating features a unique diamond-infused two-layer coating that makes wiping off food scraps a breeze and is two times more durable than traditional non-stick coating.

Washing up aside, there are other worthy features of note for this frypan including extra high sides that makes easy work of whipping up family-sized meals and liquid-based dishes such casseroles, stews and soups.

It also has a built-in tilt-and-baste lever, allowing for hands-free basting, draining of fats, and the easy serving of meals. It really is the perfect addition to any cookware collection.

With the right tools in hand, it’s time to get inspired by these tasty weeknight meals you can easily make in a DiamondForce frypan.

Roll into the week with succulent Monday night meatballs made from lean beef mince with convenient tin tomatoes, capsicums and cooked pasta added to the mix for substance, and oregano, basil, garlic and Worcestershire sauce for flavour. Served in under an hour — and that includes the washing up!

This vegetarian pasta with fresh herbs and greens is super-speedy to throw together and guaranteed to satisfy. Just toss penne, broccoli, beans, greens, and parmesan cheese into the pan and cook for 30 minutes. The result? An absolute weeknight winner with not a burnt vegie or stuck-to-the-bottom penne in sight.

Think roasts are reserved for Sunday night? Think again.

This family lamb roast dish is so easy to prepare, just score the top of the lamb and insert garlic and rosemary, rub with oil and season. Sear one side then turn over and leave to cook for an hour before removing to rest.

With the Sunbeam DiamondForce™ Banquet Frypan you can be sure the lamb will cook to perfection as the pan is thermostat-controlled, ensuring precise cooking temperatures (as well as fast heat-up). Bonus, no after-dinner oven tray scrapping required; with this pan just a quick wipe is all that’s needed.

For nights when time is of the essence, whip up a batch of pumpkin gnocchi with mushrooms and blue cheese; ready to enjoy in under 15 minutes. With pumpkin seeds for extra crunch, this dish is sure to be a crowd favourite including whoever washes up, with the creamy leftovers sliding right off the pan. No more overnight soaking required.

No need to order takeaway when you can make this Green Chicken Curry in less time than it would take for a delivery person to arrive. Just cook the chicken, add your other ingredients to the pan, and leave to simmer before serving on a bed of jasmine rice.

So, if you’re now dreaming of a zero-fuss, minimal-mess meal to cap off a frantic day, just know that easy, delicious dishes are just one frypan away.

Brought to you by Sunbeam. Experience the DiamondForce™ advantage in Sunbeam’s Electric Cookware range which includes banquet frypan, 25cm skillet, 3-in-1 Digital 5L air fryer, professional 7.5L wok, and Reversagrill BBQ grill.

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