Wow right now! Clodagh McKenna’s speedy family dinners

Pushed for time but still want freshly made family dinners? Clodagh McKenna’s stunning dishes can be made in as little as 10 minutes (yes, really).

Clodagh McKenna
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The missing ingredient? It’s time

by Clodagh McKenna

As a chef I talk to people about food every day – in person, on Instagram and even in the street. They give me recipes, tell me their food preferences and where to buy the greatest ingredients. But the number-one topic is time – more specifically, how little they have, and how that affects what they cook and when they cook it.

I feel so passionate about helping all of us to cook more regularly. It improves everything in our lives – physical and mental wellbeing. No matter how hard my day is, I give myself a little gift of a home-cooked meal at the end, because it will always make me feel better.

So I decided to write a book which is focused on time. In Minutes is packed with 80 flavourful, speedy recipes that you can cook from start to finish in 10, 20 or 30 minutes, from creamy forest pasta to nutty chicken or Singaporean pepper prawns. Soon they’ll be your weekly staples.

I hope you enjoy the recipes and that they make your daily cooking more delicious, fun and easy. Just make sure to pop on your favourite disco tunes and have fun while you’re cooking!

Singaporean black pepper prawns

Fast, fiery and juicy prawns along with rice and pak choi to make a more substantial supper. If you use pre-cooked, microwave rice, then this dish will take just 10 minutes to make.

prawns
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Corn chowder with crispy bacon

This right here is a big bowl of sunshine! It’s hearty enough to have as a supper as I’ve added diced potatoes for more texture and chunkiness. What makes the soup a little thick is the addition of flour – you can use gluten-free flour if you prefer.

corn chowder
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Nutty chicken

Delicious chargrilled chicken and an addictive peanut sauce that takes just 5 minutes to make! Coconut rice partners so well with the satay flavours.

nutty chicken
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Turbo tempeh tacos

Family taco night in just 20 minutes! I am using a vegan alternative in these tacos called tempeh, which is a plant-based protein that originated in Indonesia. It’s made from fermented soya beans that have been formed into a block. Unlike tofu, it has a meaty, firm texture and yummy nutty flavour.

tempeh tacos
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Hasselback halloumi with tomatoes, olives & capers

Crispy ridged halloumi in a bath of salty, olive-y, fiery, aromatic tomato sauce creates such an amazing mouthful! I use rosemary in the sauce, but you can swap it out for mint, basil or dried oregano.

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Creamy forest pasta

If it’s chilly outside, you’ve had a long day and come home to hungry faces, then this is what you should make: a big-flavoured, comforting pasta that is so stress-free you’ll be dancing while you make it (something you should definitely do!).

forest pasta
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Rapid salmon ramen

This is my go-to dish when I want a warm bowl of something healing, comforting and also guilt-free, that I can make in 10 minutes. I use the miso mix that comes in a packet with the noodles just because I don’t really use miso in anything else – but if you do then you can just use ramen noodles and add 1 teaspoon of miso paste. Add whatever green vegetables you want.

salmon ramen
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Moroccan spiced lamb

Lamb chops or cutlets are such a brilliant quick-fix supper as they only take about 8 minutes to cook and really hit the spot! I love spicing them up with this yogurt marinade. It does two things – packs the lamb with flavour and also tenderises the meat, so this is definitely a step not to be skipped. If you don’t have any yogurt just leave it out, and if you don’t have harissa just use a teaspoon of smoked paprika instead.

spiced lamb
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Now buy Clodagh’s book

Clodagh McKenna In Minutes
In Minutes
by Clodagh McKenna will be published by Kyle Books on 28 October, price £20. To preorder a copy for £17 until 7 November, go to mailshop.co.uk/books or call 020 3308 9193. Free UK delivery on orders over £20.