I’ve always been sceptical about all this ’30 minute meal’ malarkey, especially when you look at the finished dish, something that clearly aims to be akin to restaurant quality. There is no way in the world I could ever serve that up in half an hour. For starters, they never seem to factor in exactly how long it takes to chop up vegetables.
I’ve just read one that tells you to ‘pick and chop the fresh rosemary leaves’. Well that’s a good 5 minutes used up right there. These people clearly have some sort of kitchen elves helping them out, but for those of us who don’t have access magical creatures, I’ve decided to buck this baffling trend.
No, not by giving you some ideas for 30 hour or even 30 day meals, but by getting you your dinner even faster in a slightly more honest fashion. There’ll be no gastro pub-type recipes here, oh no. This post is about getting you a meal (of sorts) in front of you in 15 minutes or less. Yes, I said 15 minutes. Clue: most of them involve toast. Or eggs. Or toast and eggs…
Eggy Bread and Tomatoes
Whisk up some eggs in a bowl with some salt and pepper (using 1-2 eggs per person). Chuck in your first slice of bread so it starts soaking up the egg ASAP. Heat up some oil in 2 frying pans. Chuck some whole cherry tomatoes in 1 pan and fry until they’re as mushy as you want. Fry your slices of eggy bread for a minute on each side until golden. This is also a great way to use up those slightly dried out bits of crust that would otherwise be heading for the bin.
Eggs on Toast
You may be detecting a variation on a theme here – well, I said I was going to be honest! I don’t think fried eggs on toast needs any further explanation apart from don’t forget the salt and freshly ground black pepper.
Pasta and Creamy Tomato Sauce
Get a pan of water onto boil. Put in some salt and pasta. Whilst you’re waiting, heat a generous amount of olive oil in a frying pan and chuck in some crushed garlic, followed immediately by 2 tins of tomatoes. Cook until thick and reduced down. Add salt, pepper and half a pack of soft cheese. Stir through the cooked pasta.
Omelette (and Toast?)
What would we do without eggs, eh? Melt about 20g of unsalted butter in a non-stick pan and then pour in your seasoned whisked eggs, gently moving them about the pan before letting it settle and cook through. Should take about 3-5 minutes. Fry off some mushrooms first if you want to include them in the mix too.
Tuna and Cheese Melt
Drain a can of tuna then mix with some mayonnaise, a smidge of ketchup and some Worcestershire sauce. Lightly toast some bread and then spread the tuna one side and top with grated cheese. Stick under the grill for a minute until it melts.
If you simply must satisfy that red meat craving, fry some steak for a minute on each side and stick in between two slices of bread with some sliced tomato and horseradish sauce.
Beans on Toast
And last but by no means least, it’s quite possibly my favourite meal in minutes. It may require almost zero effort but there’s no denying that beans give you that essential nutrition and with a dash of Worcestershire sauce and some grated cheese, you really can’t go wrong.
They may not be fancy but they’ll definitely get a meal in your belly in well under half an hour. You’ll have polished off that plate and be putting your feet up with a cuppa when everyone else is still in the kitchen slaving over their ’30 minute meals’.
You’ve got 15 Minutes… What do YOU Throw Together?
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