Top 5 quickest recipes

Sometimes I spend hours in the kitchen perfecting a meal or cake but a lot of the time we just need a quick 10 minute recipe for a delicious meal to speed things up or if you’re in a rush. These are some of my favourite meals that i make when my family are rushing about going to clubs and meetings…

  1. Pesto Pasta

All you need is a bag of pasta and some pesto. That’s it!

  • Place the pasta in a pan and boil a kettle
  • Pour the boiling water over the pasta and bring to the boil (that’s what us chefs say for turning the heat up 😉 )
  • Leave the pasta to boil for about 8-10 minutes and you can test to see if it’s cooked by either tasting a bit (but be careful because it is very hot) or chopping one piece in half and if it still looks a bit white inside it’s not cooked- personally I prefer tasting it 🙂
  • Once the pasta’s cooked drain it and add a big blob of pesto
  • Mix it together until it’s evenly spread over the pasta
  • ENJOY!!!

2. Glazed Salmon and Rice

This recipe is quick but looks and tastes amazing!

Ingredients:

  • 185g long-grain white rice
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 150g skinless salmon fillets

Method:

  • Put the rice in a pan and pour boiling water over it
  • Turn the heat on and stir regularly to avoid the rice sticking to the bottom of the pan
  • Whilst the rice is cooking, mix the honey and soy sauce together. On a foil-lined baking tray, cook the salmon fillets for approximately 8 to 10 minutes, covering it with the honey mixture in the last 4 minutes.
  • Now drain the rice and serve up with the salmon
  • ENJOY!!!

3. Vegetable Stir Fry

Ingredients (you can use literally any vegetables left in your fridge these are just some i have used in the past that worked well):

  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 4 spring onions sliced into small rings
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 carrot, cut into sticks
  • 1 red pepper, cut into thick sticks
  • 100g baby sweetcorn, halved
  • 1 courgette, cut into thick sticks
  • 150g sugar-snap peas, tops and bottoms chopped off
  • 2 tbsp hoisin sauce
  • 2 tbsp low-salt soy sauce

Recipe Tips

Make sure all the food is prepared before you start cooking.

Cut all of the vegetables to a similar size to ensure they cook evenly.

The oil needs to be hot before you start cooking, but reduced to a medium heat once you start cooking.

Method:

  • Heat a frying pan on a high heat and add the oil. Add the spring onions, garlic, and stir-fry (frying over a high heat while stirring regularly) for 1 minute, then reduce the heat. Take care to not brown the vegetables.

  • Add the carrot, red pepper and baby sweetcorn and stir-fry for 2 minutes. Add the courgette and sugar snap peas and stir-fry for a further 3 minutes. Keep the vegetables moving

  • Add 1 tablespoon water, hoisin and soy sauce and cook over a high heat for a further 2 minutes or until all the vegetables are cooked but not too soft. Serve with noodles or rice.

  • ENJOY!!!

4. Cheese and Ham Omelette

Ingredients (for 1 omelette):

  • 3 eggs
  • 10g butter
  • 30g cheddar cheese
  • 1 thick slice ham, finely chopped
  • Salt and ground black pepper

Method:

  • Gently beat the eggs together in a mixing bowl and season with salt and pepper

  • Heat the butter in a frying pan until melted. Pour in the eggs and cook for a few seconds, until the bottom of the omelette is lightly set. Keep the mixture moving as it starts to set and then leave it to cook evenly but occasionally give the pan a shake so it doesn’t stick

  • Put the cheese and the ham in the centre of the omelette and cook until the cheese has melted.

  • Increase the heat to high and cook the omelette for a further 30 seconds, or until it browns on the bottom.

  • Fold the omelette in half, then remove the pan from the heat and tilt it slightly to move the omelette to the edge of the pan. Slide the omelette onto a serving plate

  • ENJOY!!!

5. Spaghetti Carbonara

Ingredients:

  • 375g spaghetti
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 200g bacon, cut into about 2cm-long pieces
  •  2 whole eggs
  •  2 egg yolks
  •  120ml cup pure cream/heavy cream/ craime freche
  •  30g cup finely grated parmesan cheese

Method:

  • Pour some boiling water into a saucepan over some pasta and turn the heat on
  • While the pasta’s cooking, heat oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat. Add bacon. Cook for 4 minutes or until crisp.
  • Whisk eggs, egg yolks, cream and parmesan in a jug. Season with pepper.
  • The pasta should be cooked after about 8-10 minutes but you can test it by tasting it. Drain the pasta and add bacon and egg mixture to the pasta.
  • Cook, tossing, over low heat for 1 minute or until combined.
  • ENJOY!!!

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