5 recipes guaranteed to get teenagers cooking

With the average youth barely able to rehydrate a Pot Noodle, things look bleak for cooking’s lost generation. Enter a chef and cookery teacher who’s determined to turn things around…

5 recipes guaranteed to get teenagers cooking

Alan’s top tips to get you started

1. Put together a good storecupboard: salt and black pepper; tinned tomatoes; veggie stock cubes; gravy granules; Thai or Indian curry paste; coconut milk; soy sauce; a few spices such as ground coriander and cumin, and chilli flakes; tomato purée; pasta; brown rice; couscous; and vegetable or olive oil. You can knock up all kinds of things with these staples as the base.

2. Try to use one pan and no more! If you can’t stick to that, try not to use more than two – life’s too short for lots of washing-up.

3. Use fresh herbs wherever possible. Buy them in pots, keep them on the windowsill, water regularly, and they’ll last for weeks. Add soft herbs such as basil, chives and parsley at the last minute. However, rosemary and thyme (the woody herbs) sometimes need to be added earlier to allow their flavours to infuse the dish.

4. Always use the least processed food you can find – brown rice, wholemeal pasta or granary bread. These are rich in fibre, so they’re better for you and they also keep you feeling fuller for longer, so they’re more economical.

5. Include lots of fresh veg. Root vegetables are widely available, they keep well in the fridge and they’re cheap. Buy British where you can.

6. King Edward potatoes are the only variety you’ll need. They do everything from chips to mash, and they’re easy to find in the shops.


Alan's recipes

The super-cheap supper

The super-cheap supper

This veggie version of a risotto recipe uses pearl barley. It’s cheap (99p per portion), a source of complex carbs and it's almost impossible to overcook – great for novice cooks.

The easy roast: legless chicken with posh 
stuffing and veg

The easy roast: legless chicken with posh stuffing and veg

This roast chicken recipe is great to cook for housemates at the weekend. Removing the legs stops them drying out during cooking and cuts the roasting time by a third.

Big Al’s cheap Thai curry

Big Al’s cheap Thai curry

We love the Thai flavours used in this curry recipe; it’s packed with vegetables, and you can make it from start to finish in about 30 minutes.

Make-it-easy bolognese

Make-it-easy bolognese

Bolognese is proper comfort food. And it's cheap. You can freeze the sauce before adding the pesto and cheese. It will keep for up to 3 months. Defrost in the fridge, then finish the recipe.

Throw-it-all-in stew

Throw-it-all-in stew

Stews are a delicious and easy way to pack in lots of veg, so that you can make sure you're hitting your 5-a-day quota.

 


British Food Fortnight is supporting this initiative

British Food Fortnight

British Food Fortnight

British Food Fortnight celebrates the best of Britain’s produce. It takes place countrywide from 18 September-3 October. We’re delighted that BFF supports our delicious. initiative to get teenagers cooking.

 

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