Not everyone is a domestic goddess.
I certainly can’t whip up a three-course meal in an hour like those on Masterchef but I enjoy trying.
I spend time scouring recipes for new tastes to delight my palate and get real satisfaction from plating up a luscious meal. I do however get frustrated when there is an ingredient I have never heard of or am forced to go and spend and fortune to be able to cook the feast.
So you can imagine my delight at discovering Jamie Oliver’s latest recipe book, 5 Ingredients. Not only are most of the items typically in our store cupboards, the ingredients you may have to buy don’t cost the earth. Having a meal which is easy to whip up after a long day in the office or doesn’t require much prep is a godsend.
I understand from research findings that those who eat home-cooked meals tend to be happier and healthier. I guess going to restaurants you never know what the food has been cooked in, I for one don’t like to cook with heaps of butter. The benefits are also extended to mental health which can be increased considerably when you enjoy home-cooked meals with loved ones.
This week I tried four of the recipes in 5 Ingredients, none of them took longer than 40 minutes to prep and cook…that’s a winner in my opinion.
DAY ONE: Sticky Kickin’ Wings
This little beauty takes 6 minutes to prep and only 40 to cook.
1 tablespoon sesame seeds chicken wings, teriyaki sauce,
4 large chicken wings, teriyaki sauce,
2 tablespoons teriyaki sauce
1 fresh red chilli
2 spring onions
After toasting the sesame seeds, remove them onto a plate. Fry the chicken wings until golden on each side, add teriyaki sauce and water. Add the chilli and let the chicken simmer for 35-40 minutes until you have a sticky sauce. Finally, add a splash of red wine vinegar then add the spring onions and sesame seeds to finish.
DAY TWO: Quick Steak Stir Fry
Even better, just 16 minutes to prep and cook.
4 garlic cloves
4cm piece of ginger
2 tablespoons black bean sauce
After adding the garlic and ginger into a cold non-stick frying pan, add one tablespoon of olive oil and put aside. Add the asparagus to the pan, season the steaks and add alongside the asparagus. The recipe suggests cooking for three minutes, cook according to your steak preference.
Add the black bean sauce and one tablespoon of red wine vinegar. Then slice accordingly and transfer onto a plate.
DAY THREE: Egg and Mango Chutney Flatbread
Even less than the last recipe, just 12 minutes!
4 large eggs
4 heaped tablespoons of natural yoghurt
1 fresh red chilli
2 tablespoons of mango chutney
3 heaped tablespoons of self-raising flour
This was my first time making flatbread, I have to say I am super proud of myself now and don’t think I will be purchasing it again!
Add eggs to a simmering pan of water, boil for five and a half minutes exactly (this timing actually works perfectly) then remove and add cold water then peel.
Making flatbread is easy, mix flour with a pinch of salt to 3 heaped tablespoons of yoghurt (save the final tablespoon for adding to your flatbread later), and a tablespoon of olive oil. Mix until you have created a dough. This will make two flatbreads so roll out and add to a frying pan on medium heat, turning, once golden.
Finally add mango chutney then yoghurt to the cooked flatbreads, add the boiled eggs, cutting them open to allow the yolk to spread, finally add the chilli and season.
DAY FOUR: Creamy Mustard Chicken
Just 20 minutes is all this little bad boy takes.
1 red onion
2 teaspoons wholegrain mustard
60ml single cream
2 skinless chicken breasts
Chop a red onion and chicken breasts into strips. On a medium heat add the mushrooms to a dry frying pan, let them become golden then add both onion and chicken to the pan with a tablespoon of olive oil. Cook for just 5 minutes adding mustard, 150ml of water and cream. Bring to the boil then simmer until the chicken is cooked, adding seasoning.
Who said cooking wasn’t easy! I am excited to try the remaining recipes and have the week planned out. The good thing is that they are healthy, can be adapted for any diets like Slimming World or Weight Watchers and they are a pleasure to eat.
You can buy Jamie’s 5 Ingredients on Amazon here for £10.99.
Happy cooking! Have you tried any of these recipes? I would love to hear about your favourites!
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