I bought one of Rachael Ray’s cookbooks a few years ago. It was the 30 minute meal cookbook and it promised all of the recipes inside could be accomplished in less than 30 minutes.
Well, I quickly found out that it was a load of rubbish.
No meal inside of this cookbook, at least of the many I tried, could be prepared in less than 30 minutes. Between the prep and actual cooking time, all of the meals took closer to 45 minutes.
I was very disappointed! Rachael Ray and I were now friends off.
I have also tried other chief’s less than 60 minute and less than 30 minute meals, to no avail.
One day I got an email from a nutritionist friend of mine and she was offering a dinner recipe that took less than 10 minutes!
I was very skeptical. I figured she must have a great recipe for a sandwich.
Well, it wasn’t a sandwich, and it took longer than 10 minutes. Again, very disappointed.
So, I gave up. The 10 minute meal, or 15 or 30 minute meal is a myth.
Or, so I thought.
As my children got older, and life got crazier, I was forced to get resourceful and creative with my cooking. And in the craziness that is life I figured out the secret to the 10 minute meal.
The secret is batch cooking.
Batch cooking is when you cook a large amount of a single protein, like chicken. You then store the chicken in the fridge or freezer and use it when you need a quick meal. You can repurpose it for a variety of dinners, like tacos, pasta, sandwiches, soup, etc.
When your meat is already cooked it is possible to create a delicious meal in less than 10 minutes.
The fastest meal ever is pre-cooked chicken with a side of fresh veggies. We eat this meal a lot during hockey season.
But if you want more flavour, or more variety, my next favourite 10 minute meal is tacos. And I would love to share my recipe with you. You can find it below. Enjoy!!
Radish Salsa Tacos
- 1 bunch radishes, diced
- 2 scallions, minced
- 1 jalapeno, seeded and minced
- 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
Cilantro lime sauce
- ½ cup sour cream
- ¼ cup cilantro, diced
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon lime juice
- 1 cup pre-cooked chicken breast or thighs, diced
- Corn tortillas
- Mozzarella cheese
- To make the salsa, combine the radishes, scallions, jalapeno, lime juice and salt in a bowl; stir to combine
- To make the cilantro lime sauce, add the sour cream, cilantro, garlic, and lime juice to blender or food processor; blend for 30 seconds to 1 minutes or until creamy
- To make the tacos, place a piece of lettuce on the taco shell, add other ingredients to your liking