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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

Rachel Allen

Published 06/11/2011 | 06:00

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

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.

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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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