3 Speedy, Healthy Meals To Make This Week
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Quick cooking is the essence of Deliciously Simple, with emphasis on ‘cooking’. There’s a fine line between making a speedy recipe requiring only limited cooking and minimum effort, and producing one through unmitigated cheating, which often involves no actual cooking whatsoever. And so, while speed is the thread running through the recipes, cooking also remains firmly at the heart of them.
The recipes below are straightforward yet imaginative. They’re swift to make, though never speedy for speed’s sake. They sometimes include a few shortcuts, plus, of course, the odd cheat along the way for added convenience. I’ve left out laborious techniques, such as blind-baking a pastry case, and anything that involves multiple methods. As an instinctive feeder, I always strive to create simple, accessible and appealing food that people really want to eat, and I hope through this book you will see that the added emphasis on speed doesn’t have to mean uninventive or uninspiring.
Inspired? Here are three of Jane’s recipes to try at home…
Tomato & Coconut Dhal
This is pretty much a store cupboard recipe, at least it is for me. Gently spiced, it has warmth without fire, is creamy from the coconut milk and immensely satisfying. It’s also good to know that as long as I’ve got some tomatoes, I’m minutes away from a quick lunch, particularly in mid-winter when it’s blowing a hooley outside. All the ingredients, except the tomatoes, go into the pan together at the outset, so it’s nice and simple, too. Suitable for vegetarians, and for vegans as well, if you omit the optional eggs.
The recipe can be completed to the end of step 2 up to 3 days in advance, then cooled, covered and chilled, or it can be frozen (defrost before reheating). For both options, reheat gently in a pan until hot and bubbling.
HINTS & TIPS
This is a lovely dhal without the tomatoes. Add a few handfuls of spinach (young or regular leaves) at the end if you like (just allow it to wilt), with or without the tomatoes.
Salmon Poke Bowl
This is bursting with flavour and is so good, largely thanks to two extremely tasty sauces. Originating from Hawaii, poke is raw fish salad, or ‘sushi in a bowl’ by any other description. Typically, top quality raw fish, such as tuna or salmon, is marinated and arranged over bowls of sushi rice, alongside fresh and pickled vegetables, avocado and spicy mayonnaise. Anything goes (the ingredients are variable), so poke bowls are a good way of using up leftover vegetables, cooked meat and poultry. Try tofu for a change, and don’t forget the chopsticks.
The rice can be cooked the day before. Cool quickly, cover and chill, then serve cold, or reheat to serve (be sure to reheat until hot throughout). The edamame beans, carrot, pickled cucumber and spring onions can be prepared the day before, as can the marinade and sauce; cover and chill separately.
HINTS & TIPS
Traditionally, the rice is served warm and the toppings at room temperature. However, the rice doesn’t have to be warm, it can be served hot or cold.
I love making poke bowls for picnics. They can be prepared in advance, are very transportable and everyone has their own container.
Bacon, Blue Cheese & Spinach Gnocchi
A lovely comforting bowl of creamy gnocchi, spiked with bacon and blue cheese. The gnocchi are fried, therefore everything’s cooked in one pan – it really couldn’t be much simpler.
HINTS & TIPS
To toast walnuts, put a handful of walnut pieces (or halves) into a small, dry frying pan and cook on a medium heat for a few minutes, while stirring, until fragrant and lightly browned. Leave to cool, then chop.
This is very good served with a bitter leaf salad, such as radicchio or chicory, or crisp salad leaves with peppery watercress and rocket leaves. A few walnuts would also be a nice addition to the salad, as would a little walnut oil in the salad dressing.
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