You all know by now I am a HUGE Jamie Oliver fan. As well as working with the Petits Chefs on a number of Jamie Oliver recipes (from both Meals in Minutes and The Food Revolution Cookbook), I’ve been working my way through Jamie’s Home Cooking Skills website recipes (and others) with my youngest students, the Cooking Basics boys. So when I received the latest cookbook from Save with Jamie (Money Saving Meals), my first thought was to look for recipes the boys could make. I wanted something that I know they love to eat – because Jamie’s versions are always healthy and quick which is perfect for a one-hour class with 12 boys under the age of 12!
As soon as I saw the Mexican Caesar Salad, I knew my choice had been made. One of the most popular stations on the lunch programme is the “build your own” Caesar salad area and I wanted to show the boys how they could make their own even more from scratch (with a healthy avocado/ Greek yoghurt dressing to boot!). We divided the jobs between different groups of boys and they pretty much just got to work…
Prior to this week, I had also made two other Save with Jamie recipes with my younger students – first, his Happy Frumpy Minestrone which was perfect because it kept little hands busy for most of the session, chopping and dicing…
This was a wonderful dish because it contains so many vegetables (and beans) yet the boys seemed willing to try this and they all agreed as we added the frozen spinach and peas that it looked “so pretty”. I think visual appeal is definitely a huge part of getting little people to try dishes they might not otherwise taste so hearing them tell me how they loved the way this looked was music to my ears!
If they can do this, anyone can!
As well as cooking from the book with the boys, we’re also enjoyed a lot of meals from the book too…
So yeah, I’ve been cooking a LOT from this book in the past 2 months – I’ve made over 13 recipes so far – some of them have been repeats because we’ve enjoyed them so much!
Here’s the list so far…
4. Korean stir fried rice (with leftover brisket)
Are you seeing a pattern here?
Fabulous dishes, none of them super complicated, many of which make use of leftovers from the “Mothership” recipes at the beginning of each chapter…
It’s very much changed the way I think about what I cook for the week – and now I am much more likely to cook a “Mothership” dish so I can enjoy the leftovers!
It’s a wonderful book in that it teaches you all sorts of tips and tricks to do with leftovers, even tiny amounts of them.
11. Mince and onion pie
14. Jewish penicillin chicken soup
Um, yeah. So I got the book on October 7th and it’s now December 12th. That’s not a bad track record for someone who cooks (a lot from other sources too) in just over 2 months… It’s become a bit of a “go to” for me actually and, as Mr Oliver intended, I am sure, it is changing the way I think about what I cook and how I shop.
And because it’s the season of giving, guess what Canadian/ US friends?
Win a copy of Save with Jamie (US/Canada)!
That’s right – thanks to the kind folks at Harper Collins Canada I have a copy of Save with Jamie up for grabs for readers in Canada/ the US (sorry International friends)!
1. Leave a comment below telling me which one of the recipes listed in this post you’d like to try and why
2. For a bonus entry, tweet the following message:
Enter to win @jamieoliver #SavewithJamie Cookbook from @eatlivtravwrite + @HarperCollinsCa http://bit.ly/1bxEK6R
Then come back to leave me a comment telling me you did.
Contest closes on Wednesday, December 18th at 6pm EST. Winner will be chosen by random.org and will be notified by email on December 20th 2013 (I’ll be en route to Australia on the 19th!).
Disclosure: Harper Collins Canada provided me with a review copy of Save with Jamie. I was not required to post about this, nor am I being compensated for doing so. All opinions are my own.
*** Congrats to Kathryn who won my Butter Baked Goods giveaway – I’ll be in touch to get your shipping details!