Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Jamie's 30 minute meals. MADE.

How to whip up a meal that impresses.
All the time.
Every Time.
In 30 minutes.
These were some of Jamie's 30 minute meal recipes that we've tried and tested this long weekend.
Adapted from the recipes on

Perfect roast potatoes

Tips & tweaks:
Use Yukon Gold potatoes.
They are my gold standard for baked carbs that are worth every single calorie.
Salt generously.
And those cloves of garlic would be so sweet, you wish you put more in the first place.

Mustard chicken with leek

Tips & tweaks:
Even a non mustard lover would eat this all up.
The taste of wholegrain mustard is not the same as mustard from a squeeze bottle on hotdogs.
Just so there was gravy,
some chicken broth was added.
And because bacon ANYTHING tastes like heaven,
some roughly chopped pieces of bacon were thrown in. 
More leek definitely.
It was a lot more watery that planned but the unmistakable sweetness from the mustard and savoury tinge from the bacon was unmistakable.
And perhaps the added taste dimensions of some pan fried crisp bacon as toppings in the next attempt.

The best pork chops sans the crackling

Cubed carrots and beetroot.
And a generous drizzle of olive oil.
As always.
Roast them for half an hour at 220 degrees celcius.

Tips & tweaks:
The meats were marinated for about 3 hours.
The honey was omitted.
The apple cider did wonders to lock in the juice in the pork chops.

Side salad of lettuce, chopped sundried tomatoes, pitted olives and cubed feta cheese.
Generously drizzled with balsamic vinegar and olive oil.
Top with roughly torn pieces of turkey breast.

Now that's what I call a HAPPY MEAL :)
and a healthy one at that.

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