Review | Jamie Oliver 5 Ingredients - Quick & Easy Food

10 January 2018

I was half-tempted to buy Luke this book back during Christmas time when I half-noticed a Youtuber mention it. More recently we went to Luke's parents who had got the book for Christmas and both had a look at some of the recipes and were really keen to try a few. We're definitely lacking inspiration in the kitchen lately and tend to go for the same, very basic meals of spag bol, wraps, chilli or pizza. We also both have very different preferences when it comes to food, where I go for hearty northern stews and roasts, Luke prefers fajitas and well, Nando's. With this in mind I decided to snap this up on Amazon for £11 and see how our pal Jamie O creates meals with just 5 ingredients.

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I've always loved Jamie's recipes but if you've ever tried his 15 minute meals you know they take longer and I've found that the majority of his meals are way out of my price range with ingredients costing too much for me to consistently be so adventurous with food. I mean, not a lot of people can be forking out for a mixed bag of wild mushrooms when you can get Turkey Dinosours for a quid, y'know. I also find complex recipes really stressful to follow, it doesn't matter how many times Jamie just chucks stuff in here and there and says it's beautiful, we can't all be as casual or confident in our abilities, especially not on a Monday evening. 

So are these meals affordable?

Having had a read through the book and selected our most favoruite dishes I decided to put Jamie to the affordability test by completing a food shop online. Our ASDA shops usually range from aroung £40-£60 with each shop lasting around a week and half, these shops usually include a fair bit of convenience food such as pasta 'n sauces, frozen pizzas and chicken kievs not the tastiest (or healthiest) of options. I chose 7 dishes from the book (Luke goes to football on a Thursday evening and often has a pizza when he gets in and I treat myself to some baked Camenbert 😍 on these nights) The dishes I we decided to try are: Chicken Noodle Stir Fry, Gnarly Peanut Chicken, Creamy Mustard Chicken, Smoky Chorizo Salmon, Tikka Roast Chicken  and Rendang Beef and Cauli Rice. Obviously I'm not going to give away the ingredients for each dish because, spoilers! But with the inclusion of 6 tins of cat food, 2 bags of frozen fruit, butter, eggs and a couple of packs of crumpets and a bag of rice the shop came to a total of £43.09 - I took advantage of the 3 for £10 meat offer and bought growers selection pots of fresh herbs so that I can try and be proper cheffy and grow me own herbs and obvs save some money in the process. Luke and I have also found that each dish often leaves enough for one or both of us to use for lunch the next day - I'm a bit funny about re-heating meat so Luke took leftover chicken from the Tikka Roast from Monday and I took the potatoes and cauliflower. 

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How easy are the recipes to follow? 

In short, pretty easy I mean there's not much you can do wrong with 5 ingredients, you'll probably notice in these pictures that Luke burnt the peanuts but this was due to a very needy cat thinking it'd be a good idea to jump on his shoulders whilst he was standing over the oven. Anyway, the recipes that we have tried so far have been dead easy to follow and stress-free, to the point where we have almost (if it wasn't for ninja cats) thoroughly enjoyed the process. The majority of the dishes require the use of few utensils too which means minimum washing up - always a winner in our house. The layout of the recipes in the book also makes them so easy to follow, with the steps and ingredients all on one page and a large image of the completed dish on the other side, there's no faffing around with turning pages or following essays of instructions, everything is very simply explained in a clear and concise manner that even Luke can follow. 

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Are the ingredients easy to find? 

Yes, this was something else I was a little concerned about but everything was easily found in Asda and as mentioned above really affordable too. The only issue with some of the ingredients may be freshness, if you regularly food shop online you'll know that fresh food doesn't have as long a shelf life so we may have reconsider buying all the ingredients for the week at once however, I'm more of a smell-it-feel-it kinda gal when it comes to determining whether food is off so dates aren't always noticed. A lot of the ingredients such as the curry pastes and sauces, noodles and peanuts will serve more than one dish as well so providing I plan meals properly, we shouldn't have buy all five ingredients per meal each time. 

Review | Jamie Oliver 5 Ingredients - Quick & Easy Food Chicken Noodle Stir Fry
Chicken Noodle Stir Fry 

I'm really inspired by this book, whilst we're trying the main dishes this week I plan to get to grips with some of the dessert and fish dishes when I'm on maternity leave and can properly focus. It was one of my new years resolutions to get more creative in the kitchen and I think that this book is definitely the best beginners way to doing this with 130 simple and affordable, creative and healthy dishes to take inspiration from. Just call me Chef Issy!

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  1. I’ve been back and fourth on whether or not go get a book from Jamie. Like you mentioned i tend to make the same things so I need some inspiration.

    1. I would say it's definitely worth it - the recipes are really easy to build on too and add your own sides etc. I feel like an actual chef lately x

  2. I'm tempted to buy this book - the recipes sound affordable and that stir-fry looks delicious! xx


    1. It was really good, I think we might be having it again tonight x

  3. See this is such a good idea! I hate buying books and they need 306 ingredients that you will never need again, this sounds like a fab concept, I might need to try him out!

    Erin || MakeErinOver

    1. I'm having so much fun feeling like a proper adult cooking real food! I can't wait to to try the desserts because desserts are life x

  4. This sounds great, but I'm still angry at him about the turkey twizzlers

    1. The gnarly peanut butter recipe might just make up for that x

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