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Baked beans on toast… watery instant soup… such was my diet at college! Luckily for college goers these days, mealtimes are not so bleak anymore! Thanks to two wonderful inventions - the George Foreman Grill and the Morphy Richards Soup Maker, quick and easy meals are simple to prepare, require a minimum of kitchen equipment and best of all, they are super healthy methods of cooking.
The George Foreman Grills come in several sizes, from the Baby Grill, which will do some veggies and two chicken fillets, to the supersized ‘Entertaining’ Grill & Griddle, which is a 10 portion grill. There are many delicious things you can cook on these grills, a simple grilled cheese sandwich is just the start of a culinary adventure! All types of meat can be grilled, marinades can be used in the grill also. Try the following recipe for some yummy Tandoori Skewers:
For the marinade: 1 small pot natural yoghurt
1 crushed garlic clove
½ tsp garam masala
½ tsp ground cumin
½ tsp ground coriander
½ tsp chilli powder
Cut 2 chicken fillets into bite sized pieces and mix with the marinade ingredients. Cover, or put into a plastic food bag, and leave to marinate for at least 15 minutes, longer if possible. Thread the chicken pieces onto skewers and place into the pre-heated grill for about 5 minutes, or until thoroughly cooked. These are delicious with fluffy basmati rice, or in a pita bread with a drizzle of lime and some minty yoghurt dressing. Skewers are not essential to this recipe! The marinade can be simplified by just using curry powder – a versatile ingredient for any student’s cupboard- transforming even baked beans!
A new addition to our range is the pizza grill, a five portion circular grill, ideal for making homemade pizzas. This grill can also be used for dishes such as Spanish Chicken:
Ingredients: 1 can of tomatoes, ½ tsp sugar
1 tsp sweet or smoked paprika powder
1 green pepper
1 clove of crushed garlic
Place the chopped onion, chopped green pepper, crushed garlic and 4 chicken fillets into the deep pan of the Pizza Grill, and cook for 2-3 minutes. Add the rest of the ingredients and cook for a further 15 minutes. For an extra depth of flavour try adding some chopped olives or some diced chorizo, or fresh herbs such as rosemary and bay leaves. Serve with rice, crusty bread or even mash!
Soup makers have simplified the whole process of making soup down to three simple steps:
Soups can be as simple or as complicated as you like, Roast pepper and tomato soup is delicious, but has the added step of roasting the peppers and tomatoes to sweeten them beforehand. Pea soup, which brings me right back to my childhood days in my grandmother’s kitchen, is simplified by using frozen peas instead of split peas.
Both the George Foreman Grills and the Morphy Richards Soup Maker come with yummy recipe booklets. The recipes range from simple to more complicated creations.