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Jamie Oliver’s Quick and Easy Food

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Um, buy this book… can I just say this? I know, I know, it’s ANOTHER Jamie Oliver cookbook – what’s so special about this one, I hear you asking…

  • Do you want to cook more real food meals but think you don’t have time?
  • Do you want a simplified meal planning process every week?
  • Do you want to streamline your pantry ingredients?
  • Do you want to learn new techniques you can apply to other dishes and meals?
  • Do you want to be eating really good food, every night of the week?

If you answered “yes” to all of those questions, this is the book for you.

Jamie’s Quick & Easy Food has been a bit of a revolution in my kitchen to be honest. After a year’s hard work on my own book, developing recipes, testing, then re-testing them countless times for months, then months of hard work writing the words, I’ll admit that I haven’t always been cooking (food other than the cookbook recipes) as much as I should. I’ve just been too tired (ok, I’m human too!). This fall, I was determined that, along with making sure I was upping my activity, I was cooking and eating more real food. And this book came along just at the right moment.

Since August 30th when the book arrived from the UK (I couldn’t wait until the October 24th pub date here in Canada and also I wanted a metric version of the book), I’ve cooked close to 30 dishes from the book, many of them multiple times and many of them with my boys’ cooking clubs (and you know we only have an hour, right?). I can’t say enough about this fabulous book (I know, I’m gushing here but it’s all deserved!).

Based on the concept of actual FIVE INGREDIENT recipes (supplemented with pantry staples: olive oil, red wine vinegar, sea salt and pepper), this book has you sitting down to a meal in well under an hour (in most cases). The equipment needed for the recipes is scaled right back (there’s a shortbread you make entirely by hand that is honestly one of the best-tasting shortbreads I’ve ever had), proving you don’t need fancy equipment or tons of ingredients to make a great meal. There are recipes for Salads, Pasta, Eggs, Chicken, Fish, Veg, Beef, Pork, Lamb, Rice & Noodles and even a few Sweet Treats. And once you’ve made a few of these recipes, you’ll be in the “five ingredient” mindset – I’ve found myself cooking off the cuff very differently recently. These recipes often use store-bought ingredients like sauces (chutney, hoi sin, harissa etc…) which, once you have them in your kitchen, you’ll spot endless possibilities for their use. As I say, it’s changed the way I’m cooking these days.

So, what exactly have I cooked from the book? Take a look!

Watermelon Radish and Feta Salad from Jamie Oliver Quick and Easy Food on eatlivetravelwrite.comWatermelon Radish and Feta Salad

Carrot and Grain Salad from Jamie Oliver Quick and Easy Food on eatlivetravelwrite.comCarrot and Grain Salad (made by my Grade 3/ 4 cooking club boys!)

Harissa Squash Salad from Jamie Oliver Quick and Easy Food on eatlivetravelwrite.comHarissa Squash Salad

Lemony Courgette Linguine from Jamie Oliver Quick and Easy Food on eatlivetravelwrite.comLemony Courgette Linguine

Aubergine Penne Arrabiata from Jamie Oliver Quick and Easy Food on eatlivetravelwrite.comAubergine Penne Arrabiata

Easy Sausage Carbonara from Jamie Oliver Quick and Easy Food on eatlivetravelwrite.comEasy Sausage Carbonara

Easy Rustic Gnocchi from Jamie Oliver Quick and Easy Food on eatlivetravelwrite.comEasy Rustic Gnocchi (made by both my Grade 3/4 cooking club and my Petits Chefs!)

Super Green Pasta from Jamie Oliver Quick and Easy Food on eatlivetravelwrite.comSuper Green Pasta (made by my Grade 3/4 cooking club)

Pear and Gorgonzola Farfale from Jamie Oliver Quick and Easy Food on eatlivetravelwrite.comPear and Gorgonzola Farfalle

All Day Mexican Breakfast from Jamie Oliver Quick and Easy Food on eatlivetravelwrite.comAll-Day Mexican Breakfast

Smokey Mushroom Frittata from Jamie Oliver Quick and Easy Food on eatlivetravelwrite.comSmokey Mushroom Frittata

Speedy Spinach Curry from Jamie Oliver Quick and Easy Food on eatlivetravelwrite.comSpeedy Spinach Curry (made by my Grade 3/4 cooking club)

Flaky Pastry Pesto Chicken from Jamie Oliver Quick and Easy Food on eatlivetravelwrite.comFlaky Pastry Pesto Chicken

Harissa Chicken Bake from Jamie Oliver Quick and Easy Food on eatlivetravelwrite.comHarissa Chicken Bake

Crispy Garlicky Chicken from Jamie Oliver Quick and Easy Food on eatlivetravelwrite.comCrispy Garlicky Chicken

Chicken Pot Pie from Jamie Oliver Quick and Easy Food on eatlivetravelwrite.comChicken Pot Pie

Chicken Noodle Stir Fry from Jamie Oliver Quick and Easy Food on eatlivetravelwrite.comChicken Noodle Stir Fry

Creamy Mustard Chicken from Jamie Oliver Quick and Easy Food on eatlivetravelwrite.comCreamy Mustard Chicken

Rendang Beef and Cauli Rice from Jamie Oliver Quick and Easy Food on eatlivetravelwrite.comRendang Beef and Cauli Rice

Bangin Beef Stew from Jamie Oliver Quick and Easy Food on eatlivetravelwrite.comBangin Beef Stew

Ginger Shakin Beef from Jamie Oliver Quick and Easy Food on eatlivetravelwrite.comGinger Shaking Beef

Hoisin Pak Choi Rice from Jamie Oliver Quick and Easy Food on eatlivetravelwrite.comHoisin Pak Choi Rice

Chocolate Orange Shortbread Fingers from Jamie Oliver Quick and Easy Food on eatlivetravelwrite.comChocolate Orange Shortbreads – so good I’ve made them multiple times with both my cooking clubs!

Chocolate Orange Shortbread from Jamie Oliver Quick and Easy Food on eatlivetravelwrite.com(irresistible)

Chocolate Mousse with Berries from Jamie Oliver Quick and Easy Food on eatlivetravelwrite.comChocolate Mousse (made by my Petits Chefs)

Chocolate Rye Cookies from Jamie Oliver Quick and Easy Food on eatlivetravelwrite.comChocolate Rye Cookies

Apple Crumble Cookies from Jamie Oliver Quick and Easy Food on eatlivetravelwrite.comApple Crumble Cookies (again, so good I’ve made them with my Grade 3/4 cooking club boys!)

Kids make Apple Crumble Cookies from Jamie Oliver Quick and Easy Food on eatlivetravelwrite.com

To be continued…

Proof enough that I love this book?

Proof enough that you can eat well even during a very busy month (hello back-to-school)?

What was it I said before? Oh, that’s right, buy this book!

If you’re in Canada, check out JAMIE’S QUICK & EASY FOOD, premieres this Wednesday, Oct. 25 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT on Gusto!

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Quick and Easy Food cover on eatlivetravelwrite.com

 

Purchase Quick and Easy Food for yourselves on Amazon (this link should bring you to the Amazon store closest to you). Or for free worldwide shipping, buy from The Book Depository.

Please note: The product links from Amazon and The Book Depository are affiliate links, meaning if you click over and purchase something, I will receive a very small percentage of the purchase price (at no extra cost to you) which goes towards maintaining eat. live. travel. write. Thank you in advance!

 

Disclosure: I am a sometime contributor to JamieOliver.Com, and a Food Revolution “Super Ambassador” for Canada, though I was supporting Jamie’s cause well before I was doing any of those things. If you’ve followed this blog for a while, you’ll know how much of a Jamie fan I am and how strongly I believe in his message. I was not asked to write about this book, I purchased it myself.

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