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OK, I have tried several of the 15 minute Meals recipes and the ones I blogged about I have tried more than once. For me, I could do the meals in 15 - 20 minutes, I could certainly do them quicker the second or third time round, I suppose because I didn't lose time reading through the instructions so much.
Out of all the recipes I tried, we have liked them all, I discovered that some of the side dishes were super quick and super tasty, normally if I am short of time, we have a main dish and that is it, no side salads and whatnot. I don't do fish, so I can't answer to those recipes but most of the ingredients I have been able to get here, some I had to order online though.
I have also become more adventurous with the steamer, I only ever used it for veggies before so that is also a big plus.
So down to the nuts and bolts of it all, yes, with practise the meals can be prepared in 15 minutes BUT you also need to add in time to get out all the equipment you will need plus pre-wash veg. To do it in a non stressed way, I think sensibly with prep time you are looking at 30 minutes.
The other thing to keep in mind is that he uses a lot of equipment, there is always piles and piles of washing up and the kitchen looks like a war zone by the time I have finished! If I am trying to save time a one pot meal works better, at least I haven't got as much washing up to do then.
All in all, I am happy with the book, since buying it we have had a Jamie meal once a week, the recipes are tasty and interesting, shame it doesn't come with a free dishes-washer-upper!
Here are the recipes I have reviewed...
Recipe #1 Chicken Dim Sum pg 24
Recipe #2 Steak Medallions, Mushroom Sauce and spring Greens pg 82
Recipe #3 Grilled Steak, Ratatouille & Saffron Rice pg 70
Recipe #4 Falafel Wraps, Grilled Veg & Salsa pg 226
Recipe #5 Korean Fried Rice, Steak, Mushrooms and Pickles pg 76
Recipe #6 Golden Chicken pg 48
Are you a Jamie fan? Do you have any of his other books?