Category: Dinners in 30 minutes

School of Wok Beef Hor Fun

(School of Wok’s) Beef Hor Fun Noodles

4 portions. Maximum cost: £15.29,  Skill level: Medium,  Total cooking time: 35 minutes, 

(Jamie’s) Sticky stir-fried beef

4 portions. Approximate cost: £7.20,  Skill level: Medium (little technical skill needed, but balancing the sweet, salty and sour flavours will require patience)  Total cooking time: 25 minutes, 

Hairy Bikers Kedgeree

(Hairy Biker’s) Kedgeree

4 portions.  Skill: Medium (cooking rice and eggs correctly requires skills!)  Total cooking time: 25 minutes, 

(Nigella’s) Homemade chips

6 portions. Approximate cost: £2,  Skill level: Easy,   Total cooking time: 30 to 35 minutes, 

Lamb pilau rice

(BBC Good Food’s) Lamb pilau rice recipe

4 portions.  Maximum cost: £15.35, less if using leftover lamb,  Skill level: Easy,  Total cooking time: 25 minutes, 

Hello Fresh red Thai prawn curry

(Hello Fresh) Prawn red Thai curry

4 portions. Maximum cost: £15 if you need to buy all ingredients,  Skill level: Easy,  Total cooking time: 30 minutes, 

Pork and Green Beans in XO Sauce

(Minty’s Kitchen) Pork with green beans in XO sauce

4 portions. Maximum cost: £15,  Skill level: Easy,  Total cooking time: 25 minutes, 

Okra with onions

(Madhur Jaffrey’s) Okra with onions

4 portions. Maximum cost: £4.50 for all ingredients,  Skill level: Easy,  Total cooking time: 30 minutes, 

Leon Green bean and cashew curry

(Leon’s) Green bean and cashew curry

4 (small) portions. Maximum cost: £11.20 for all ingredients,  Skill level: Super easy, Total cooking time; 25 minutes, 

Lamb and goats cheese salad

(BBC Good Food’s) Lamb & goat’s cheese salad

4 portions. Maximum cost: £13.40, less  if using leftover lamb,  Skill level: Easy,  Total cooking time: 30 minutes, 

Chickpea salad

(Jamie Oliver’s) Chickpea, feta and chorizo salad

4  portions. Maximum cost £5 for the original recipe, £9 with my additions,  Skill level: Easy,  Total cooking time: 25 minutes, 

Cod, butter bean and chorizo stew

(BBC Good Food’s) Cod, butter bean & chorizo stew

4 portions. Maximum cost: £22.20,  Skill level: Very easy,  Total cooking time: 25 mins, 

Potato and feta rosti

(Nigel Slater’s) Potato, carrot, feta & dill rosti

4 portions. Maximum cost: £6 for all ingredients,  Skill level: Medium (it’s all about timing),  Total cooking time: 30 minutes, 

Tuna Nicoise

Tuna Nicoise salad

4 portions. Approximate cost: £9.40 (with a lot of leftover black olives),   Skill level: Medium (beware of over cooking tuna, eggs and green beans at your peril!),  Total cooking…

Duck breast salad

Honey roast duck breast salad

2 portions.  Skill level: Medium,  Total cooking time: 35 minutes, 

Homemade mackerel pate

Mackerel pate & pickled cucumber

6 portions. Approximate cost: £7.15,  Skill level: Easy,  Total cooking time: 30 minutes, 

Ottolenghi's Turkey & Courgette Burgers

(Ottolenghi’s) Turkey & courgette burgers

4 portions. Maximum cost: £7.05,  Skill level: Easy,  Total cooking time: 35 minutes, 

Asparagus and pesto pasta

Asparagus, pine nut and pesto linguine

4 portions. Maximum cost: £13.05 for all ingredients (you will be left with Parmesan and pine nuts),  Skill level: Easy, Total cooking time: 30 minutes. 

Nigel Slater Basil Chicken

(Nigel Slater’s) Chicken with basil butter

4 portions. Maximum cost: £8.70,  Skill level: Medium (assuming that you are de-boning the chicken yourself) Total cooking time: 30 minutes, 

Cod, Parma ham and pinenuts

(Jamie Oliver’s) Cod, Parma ham, green beans, pine nuts & lemon

4 Portions. Approximate cost: £16.40, Skill level: Extremely easy,  Total cooking time: 20 minutes, 

Jamie Oliver Panzanella

(Jamie Oliver’s) Tomato & bread salad (Panzanella)

4 portions. Approximate cost: £3.80,  Skill level: Easy,  Total cooking time: 20 minutes, 

School of Wok XO fried rice

(School of Wok’s) XO fried rice

4 portions. Approximate cost: £15 (although you will have half a jar of XO sauce remaining),  Skill level: Super easy,  Total cooking time: 30 minutes (maximum), 

BBC Good Food Poke Bowl

(BBC Good Food’s) Poke bowl

2 portions (but can easily be extended by adding more fish – If working to a budget, use crab sticks) Maximum cost: £23.25 – looks horrific, but includes…

Nasi Goreng recipe

Nasi goreng (Malaysian fried rice)

4 Portions. Maximum £12 to buy all ingredients,  Skill level: Easy,  Total cooking time: 25 minutes, 

Prosciutto, leek & blue cheese puff pastry tartlet

Prosciutto, leek & blue cheese puff pastry tartlet

4 (smaller) portions if served with salad. Maximum cost: £9.65 for all ingredients Skill level: Super easy,  Total cooking time:  25 minutes, 

(Jamie Oliver’s) Salmon wrapped in prosciutto with herby lentils

4 portions. Maximum cost: £13.55,  Skill level: Super easy,  Total cooking time: 20 minutes, 

Singapore Noodles

(School of Wok’s) Singapore noodles

4 portions. Maximum cost: £6.59,  Skill level: Easy, Total cooking time: 30 minutes, 

Vietnamese summer rolls

Vietnamese summer rolls

4 + portions (3 or 4 rolls per person). Maximum cost: £9.59 Skill level: Medium,  Total cooking time: 30 minutes, 

Nigel Slater sweet and soup duck soup

(Nigel Slater’s) Sweet and sour duck soup

2 portions. Maximum cost: £2.85 (assuming you had leftover roast duck) Skill level: Super easy, Total cooking time: 20 minutes, 

Spanakopita Jamie's spinach & feta filo pie

(Jamie Oliver’s) Spinach & feta filo pie

6 + portions. Maximum cost: £15.20,  Skill level: Easy (you need a good amount of work space to assemble)  Total cooking time: 35 minutes, 

Nigella's American Pancakes

(Nigella’s) American breakfast pancakes

4 portions. Maximum cost: £4.30 for the base ingredients + £5 for a decent maple syrup Skill level: Easy, Total cooking time: 25 minutes, 

Tiramisu topped pancake

(BBC Good Food’s) Tiramisu topped pancakes

4 portions. Maximum cost: £2.85 for fresh ingredients,  Skill level: Easy,  Total cooking time: 20 minutes,