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Tuesday 30 May 2017

Recipes: Try Rachel Allen's take on healthy fast food

One-pot wonders, Being busy is no excuse for eating badly. Try Rachel Allen's take on healthy fast food

MAPLE BLACKPEPPER
PORK CHOPS
MAPLE BLACKPEPPER PORK CHOPS
LAMB SHANKS WITH POTATOES AND PEARL BARLEY

Rachel Allen

It seems as if we all have such busy lifestyles these days. Even though I love to cook, often I just don't have the time to make complicated food. I'd love to spend six hours cooking an elaborate meal, but it isn't realistic.

I think that's true for a lot of people -- it can be difficult to set aside time to cook. That said, I don't think it's always the case that the more time you take over a meal, the better it is. Truly great food can often be made in minutes and using only four or five ingredients.

It's not just time, though; I often want fuss-free food for other reasons. Some days, for instance, I might cook a one-pot dish that bubbles away in the oven as I get on with other things. The other advantage of one-pot cooking is that, with everything ready at the same time, I don't have to time to make various side dishes.

My new book is about times when you want to cook a great meal but don't want lots of complex steps in the preparation or in the actual cooking. That's why I have recipes that use only five ingredients or fewer.

A busy life doesn't have to mean a sugary snack or a takeaway. It's perfectly possible to create wholesome food without too much time or fuss.

This book shows you how to do just that -- make food that is quick and simple yet always delicious.

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