[dropcap style=”font-size: 60px; color: #9b9b9b;”] W[/dropcap]hen was the last time you got caught up at work and ended up getting home later than you’d like? If you’re like most people I was probably yesterday or at least within the last week or so.
One of the most common answers I hear when I ask people about their cooking problems is… you guessed it… ‘I don’t have enough time’.
But the thing I’ve discovered is that dinner can easily be made in 10 minutes or even in as little as 5 minutes. You just need to start with a super quick recipe.
To prove the point, I decided to video myself cooking the recipe for this week’s blog post in one take. To see if I could make a healthy warm meal in 5 minutes.
So how did I go?
Well, I had the camera rolling for 6 minutes 21 seconds. A little outside my goal of 5 minutes.
But still a great result. I’m sure if I had talked less and cooked more I could have easily cracked the 5 minute mark, but it would have made for a much less interesting video :)
Not sure you could make dinner in 5 minutes? Here are 3 steps to get you started…
3 steps for making dinner in 5 minutes or there-abouts…
1. Choose a simple recipe.
The easiest way to do this is have a look at the ingredients list. Long list? Keep looking… Of course the even easier way is to do a search on Stonesoup or just browse the Stonesoup Recipe Index because you’ll be guaranteed each recipe will be simple with 5 ingredients or less.
2. Make sure your recipe is quick.
For a speed evaluation, scan the method. If there aren’t many steps and you can’t see any instructions like ‘simmer for 30 minutes’ then you have a potential. A closer inspection will tell you whether it’s going to be quick or not.
Of course there’s an even easier way (shameless plug alert!)… You could make the most of the launch special discount and pick up a copy of The Tired & Hungry Cook’s Companion 2nd Edition and turn straight to the 5-Minute Suppers chapter which has 19 different dinners you can make in just 5 minutes (or there-abouts).
3. Plan one night in the next week to give it a try.
Insight without action is useless. So try the 5 minute dinner challenge yourself one night in the next week. Either use the recipe below or another one.
Report back in the comments and let me know how you get on!