Can you whip up a Harissa and Haddock Stew in 10 minutes? You sure can! Here's how we did it:
To speed up the recipes, we’ve designed them with less prep, less chopping and less fuss. We’ve also included prepped ingredients like ready-to-eat grains and lentils. You’ll get quick-cook proteins like diced chicken, prawns or beef, and quick-cook vegetables like asparagus, spinach, spring greens, peas, mushrooms and tomatoes, as well as stir-fry packs and salads. We also include ginger and garlic paste, which means no chopping is needed, just stir them straight into your recipes. As an extra bonus, the pastes also heat up evenly and quickly (chopped garlic or ginger can burn if you try to cook it too fast).
You may need to chop a chilli, spring onion or asparagus here and there, but most 10-Min Meals involve minimum chopping. We’ll often suggest ripping the herbs to save time (and clean-up). Step 1 in 10-Min Meals recipes is getting everything ready (and washing any fresh fruit and vegetables) before you start. This saves time as well!
We’ve tested these recipes ourselves again and again, in controlled conditions (and even with customers cooking!) to make sure they’re achievable in 10 minutes. Some recipes didn’t quite make the cut – so those are now listed as 15-minute meals. The key is to make sure you read Step 1, which shows how to get everything ready before you start (and includes washing fresh fruit and vegetables).
We aimed for ten minutes for four people too, but please make sure your food is cooked thoroughly, especially if there’s meat or seafood.
Of course, if you’re not in a rush you can just take your time with them, but if you roll up your sleeves and give these recipes some welly, they can absolutely be on the table in 10 minutes.
Kitchen equipment can vary – some hobs and pans may not heat up as quickly as others, and microwaves can vary widely in power and heating speed. It’s important that you take the time needed to make sure your equipment cooks your food thoroughly, so it’s safe to eat as well as delicious. You’ll want to make sure any microwaved ingredients are piping hot, as noted on the instructions.
EVERYONE’S DIFFERENT: This isn’t a competition. Everyone cooks a bit differently. Any distraction can eat up time, too. Use 10 minutes as a goal, but don’t be hard on yourself if it takes you a little longer. And keep in mind, the washing-up should be lots quicker too. Most of the recipes are one-pots and stir-fries, there’s less chopping board use, and we recommend serving it in the pan on the table, so everyone can help themselves (family style!).
Will cooking for 4 people take longer?
Sometimes. We aimed for ten minutes for two OR four people, but please make sure your food is cooked properly, especially if it includes meat or fish, as cooking equipment can affect heating times.
Why do some 10-Min recipes need a microwave?
We’ve designed these recipes for convenience – and often a microwave is the quickest possible way to heat up some ingredients. Plus, you don’t have to watch the microwave – you’re free to multi-task, which also helps make things faster.
Can I cook those meals without a microwave?
Yes. Our instructions may say to use a microwave for rice, grains or lentils, but you can just pop the ingredient in a pan if you prefer. NOTE: This may take a few minutes longer, to make sure they reach the right temperature and everything is cooked.
Can you have more vegetarian 10-Min Meals?
Our passion for food means we’re always dishing up new ideas for recipes, and that includes our range of 10-Min Meals! Keep an eye on the menu for new options every week.