I love Jamie Oliver’s book 15 Minute Meals, but lately, had kind of forgotten about it due to the frenzy and mess achieved in making any of the meals. Wouldn’t it be nice to have someone actually prep all the bits for you, cut the vege or at least have it washed and prepared on the bench, the jug pre boiled, and everything required within easy reach! And then of course, clean your kitchen up afterwards, while you sit with an after dinner sticky, feet resting on a lovely soft pouf.
I had none of that tonight, in fact, I even had to go buy the supplies to make the meal. From arriving in the supermarket carpark, to having the meal on the table took me 40 mins total. I am sure that I spent at least 15mins in the Supermarket and driving each way takes another 5mins each. So, I had at the most 20mins to cook the meal. I think I can actually say that I cooked the meal in 15 minutes!!!
The meal of choice tonight was Gorgeous Green Chicken with Herby Vegetable Couscous and Tzatziki. The end result should look like this:
I’m a bit of a fan of raw vegetables, this recipe calls for most of the vegetables to remain raw, just be finely chopped and mixed through the couscous, so kind of perfect. There is a freshness that only raw vegetables can give. I didn’t take too many pictures as I cooked as, I was trying to cook it in 15 Minutes. I love a good challenge, do you?
A little blurry, but this is the vege all chopped in the food processor and ready to be mixed with the couscous.
The chicken all nicely seasoned, crispy and brown
Aftermath, mess and a cluttered bench! What do you expect…life is happening too – lunch boxes, discarded glasses and the medicine cup.
And on the table ready to be consumed, in just on 15minutes. (I think!) mmm….Lemon and mint are perfect companions anywhere, anytime and I just love the lemony minty goodness of the Tzatziki Jamie recommends to accompany the chicken and vegetable couscous, particularly good if the chilli you use is awesomely fresh and spicy! The kids even gave this the thumbs up.