Bursting with quick, simple and deliciously healthy recipes, Healthy Speedy Suppers will inspire anyone who feels too tired or busy to cook at the end of the day. Katriona MacGregor started her Speedy Weeknight Suppers column for The Telegraphonline in 2013, after a move back to exhausting London office life caused a slump in her diet. Resolving to break away from eating ready meals and cheese on toast every night, she began developing recipes that took no more than 40 minutes to make, were packed with good quality, wholesome ingredients, and tasted fantastic.
The recipes are fresh, seasonal and nutritious and showcase a broad range of influences from around the world. Ingredient lists are short, prep is kept to a minimum and the methods are relaxed – often featuring one-pot or one-tray cooking. All of them have been put to the test at home after a busy day in the office, and the ingredients are easy to find and can be scooped up on the way back from work. Ranging from the summery Strawberry, Fennel & Chicken Salad, to warming Aubergine & Red Lentil Curry and zesty Sea Bass with Thai Vegetable Noodles, there is something here for every mood, diet and seasons. Most of the recipes are wheat- and dairy-free, and are all naturally low in fat, sugar and refined carbohydrates. Also including a guide to larder essentials, suggestions for leftovers, ingredient substitutions and simple variations, this is a one-stop cooking resource for stressed, busy people.
I’m definitely continuing in my quest to cook healthier, tastier food. One thing I find that puts me off cooking something extravagant that I’ve seen in a cookbook is often the legnth of time it takes to prepare and then rustle up.
When I get back from work in the week, I don’t always fancy standing in the kitchen for hours to cook dinner. Sometimes I do, sometimes I don’t. For those times when I don’t, this book is perfect! As the name suggests, it combines the convenience of quicker meals to prepare and cook with recipes that are actually healthy – and tasty! Result 🙂
I’ve tried out quite a few of these recipes – there’s no excuse not to, most only take 15 – 30 minutes to make! Some personal favourites so far have been the Paprika Pork with Peppers (I’m now pescatarian so any recipes with meat in that isn’t fish I’ve just replaced with a type of fish, veg, tofu or whatever I fancy!), the Sea Bass with Thai Vegetables and the Sweetcorn Pancakes!
The book is split up by type of meal – whether it’s soups and salads, meat, fish, vegetarian, dips or sauces – and I really LOVE the design of this cookbook! The photos are really gorgeous (I’ve included a few in this post – I couldn’t resist, they’re so lovely) and the recipes are clear and easy to follow. Overall it’s so aesthetically pleasing it’d make a lovely and really useful present!
I’m really impressed with this book and will be making many more recipes using it. Great job Katriona MacGregor – Healthy Speedy Suppers deserves to do very well and I personally hreally hope it does!
Many thanks to Watkins Media Limited and Netgalley for providing a copy of this novel in return for an honest review