BBC Good Food Quick Recipes

This month of Foodie Fridays is all about apps that make it easier to gather round the table as a family. I’ve issued a challenge: make a goal to cook supper at home five nights a week. Autumn is the perfect time to start fresh, creating a new routine. The key to success: keep it simple. This isn’t about fancy recipes with long lists of ingredients and complex steps. It’s about getting dinner on the table fast, everyone in the family pitching in and maybe even having fun.

Last Friday, I encouraged you to make a fresh start with The Photo Cookbook – Simple & Delicious. We’re taking baby steps in the right direction, beginning with a collection of basic recipes for busy people who don’t necessarily love to cook but want to avoid ordering takeout. This week I’ve selected BBC Good Food Quick Recipes, which offers more creative dishes featuring global cuisines. Keep reading to find out how this app can help you continue your new routine with quick, easy, flavorful meals.

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Introducing BBC Good Food Quick Recipes

Fresh, modern, flavorful — these are the words that describe recipes from BBC Good Food. After cooking supper at home for a week you’ll be looking for some inspiration to keep you excited about this new routine. This app features over 195 recipes that can be prepared in thirty minutes or less. You’ll find cuisines from across the globe: American, Asian, French, Middle Eastern, Indian, British, Italian, Mexican, Spanish, Austrian and Greek.

The app grabs your attention every time you launch it with Today’s Picks, a fresh selection of featured recipes.

The app grabs your attention every time you launch it with Today’s Picks, a fresh selection of featured recipes.

BBC Good Food Quick Recipes is first and foremost for foodies. You may be busy and stressed with the demands of everyday life, but you still want meals to taste delicious and transport you to exotic lands across the globe. The key to cooking with this app is maintaining a well-stocked pantry of widely available global food staples like soy sauce, rice noodles, fish sauce, olives, curry paste, harissa, couscous, coconut milk and chickpeas. Find full descriptions of these pantry staples in the Quick Ingredients section.

Meal Planning

This app has features to help you get dinner on the table fast, whether you’re planning ahead creating a week’s worth of dinner menus or you’ve dropped the ball and have nothing ready on Wednesday night. Feeling completely overwhelmed by the thought of cooking tonight? Select the 5 Ingredients tab to view all recipes with five ingredients or less. You’ll find some real winners in this group, like Hot Harissa Lamb with Couscous (5 minute cook time) or Goat’s Cheese, Pea & Bean Frittata (a quick-baked omelet).

If you’re overwhelmed by the thought of cooking supper at home five nights in a row, tap the easy button, 5 Ingredients, for 19 simple, quick recipes.

If you’re overwhelmed by the thought of cooking supper at home five nights in a row, tap the easy button, 5 Ingredients, for 19 simple, quick recipes.

Recipe filters are very helpful for finding dishes to suit your needs and the QuickFind tool is a fun way to overcome information overload. Simply select a key Ingredient (seafood, vegetarian, chicken, beef, pork, etc.), Cuisine (British, The Med, Asian, Americas) and the time you have available to cook and the app instantly delivers a selection of recipes for you to browse.

I suggest adding your meals for the week to your Favorites so you can view them all at a glance. The app has an excellent Shopping List tool that allows you to view or hide recipes in the list. It also arranges items by supermarket aisle and you can check each item off as it goes into your shopping cart. Share your Shopping List by email and add your own items to the list, like tinfoil or dishwasher detergent.

The sophisticated Shopping List arranges items by supermarket aisle and allows you to add your own.

The sophisticated Shopping List arranges items by supermarket aisle and allows you to add your own.

Come up with a food theme for each night of the week to reinforce your new routine and fuel enthusiasm for cooking at home.

The many cuisines featured in this app may inspire you to create themed suppers for certain days of the week. Go vegetarian on meatless Monday to save money and eat a little healthier (try filtering the recipes with the Vegetarian tab). Make Tuesday curry night and Wednesday fish night. Thursday could be Italian and Friday celebrated with a pot of stew bubbling on the stovetop. Get the kids involved in picking these themes.

The app has 24 Vegetarian recipes to inspire meatless Monday dinners at home. For example, Falafel Burgers make for a flavorful, satisfying supper.

The app has 24 Vegetarian recipes to inspire meatless Monday dinners at home. For example, Falafel Burgers make for a flavorful, satisfying supper.

Get the family to pitch in at supper time by having the kids set the table or asking your partner make the salad while you prepare the main course.

This week, try adding a Starter to the meal. The app has a good selection of salads and quick soups, which make the meal feel more satisfying and complete. Make it easy on yourself by choosing either the starter or main course from the 5 Ingredients tab.

Starters like this simple Ham & Horseradish Salad make the meal feel more special with just a little extra effort.

Starters like this simple Ham & Horseradish Salad make the meal feel more special with just a little extra effort.

The British love their pudding, and this app has 25 comforting desserts that don’t require any special techniques. Why not give the family something to look forward to by ending the meal with dessert one night a week? Fried Coconut Bananas are sure to become a family favorite, and how clever is the Microwave Chocolate Cake?

Conclusion

BBC Good Food Quick Recipes is a collection of recipes bursting with global flavors to inspire you every night of the week. This app will keep you from getting stuck in a rut, cooking the same thing for supper every night. BBC Good Food Quick Recipes makes cooking at home simple, yet retains that sense of fun and adventure. If you love trying new flavors but prefer to keep the techniques basic, you’ll be excited by the variety of cuisines featured in this app. Don’t let boredom be the reason you didn’t stick with your new routine. BBC Good Food Quick Recipes is fun and fresh, just the thing you need to get you through a marathon month of cooking meals at home.


Summary

BBC Good Food Quick Recipes is a collection of more than 195 modern recipes inspired by cuisines across the globe.

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