Photograph: Glen Burrows
We don’t have to tell you about Joe Wicks. You, like us, are probably already one of his dedicated 2.2m Instagram followers, double-tapping on the delicious quickfire recipes he uploads, all of which remove any excuse to reach for the takeaway menu and dial up a greasy curry ever again.
Things are about to change, though, with the release of Wicks’ new not-quite-so-quick cookbook Joe’s 30 Minute Meals. Yes, thirty. Three zero. We guess it’s good to slow down every once in a while, but we’re impatient types, so while we work our way through our review copy, here are some of our favourite super-fast, tasty and healthy recipe ideas from Wick’s Instagram.
1. Bye-Bye-Beef Spicy Prawn Burgers
We facepalmed when we thought how long we’d had a food processor but hadn’t thought to whizz up prawns, spring onions, coriander and Thai red chilli paste to make next-level patties. Genius!
2. Stupendous Spuds
Ahh, those magic words we dream of hearing in every recipe video. “More cheese”.
3. Very Veggie Pasta
Top marks to Wicks for making a vegetarian version of his 90-Day Plan, which includes this hazelnut pesto and courgette pasta. Roll on meat-free Monday…
4. Red Hot Stir-Fry
Fire up the wok and get your wrist warmed up – half the fun of stir-fries is showing off your flair with the wrist flicks. The other half is wrapping your laughing gear round this spicy number, obviously.
5. Simple Salad Sides And Chicken Thighs
Er, we’re not sure we’d trust chicken that’s been on the barbecue for just 15 minutes, but however you cook it (thoroughly, cook it thoroughly), the star of this plate isn’t the chicken – it’s the salad with wholegrains. You’ll want to make it a staple of all future barbecues because it brightens up a plate of sad-looking burnt meat no end.
6. Game-Changing Salmon Scotch Eggs
Just imagine the look on your colleagues’ faces as they glumly peel back the wrapper on another £3 meal-deal sandwich at their desk and you crack open your Tupperware box to reveal a couple of these healthy homemade beauties. Midweek lunchtime? You’ve just won it.
7. Quickfire Lamb Kofta Pittas
Even if it’s absolutely biblical outside, cling on to some al fresco BBQ vibes with these grilled meat bombs. Opt for wholemeal pittas and get a dose of iron from the grains.
8. Rockin’ Vietnamese Rolls
Enjoyed summer rolls in your local Vietnamese joint but thought you lacked the culinary chops to pull them off at home? Hoo boy were you wrong. Load up on sweet chilli dipping sauce and get to work.
9. The Big Boy Breakfast Burrito
Everything tastes better in wrap form, even your favourite protein-packed brunch staples. We’d slather this fistful of greatness in hot sauce too. Although to be fair we’d slather everything in hot sauce if it wasn’t frowned upon.
10. The Give-Meat-A-Break Stuffed Mushrooms
Here’s one for those whose carnivorous side refuses to relent, even for a day. Trick your inner flesh fiend into thinking it’s gorging on a slab of meat with this giant steaky mushroom, topped with tastebud-tingling feta and goodness-rich salad stuff.
11. Ridiculously Good-Looking Baked Egg Rolls
Oh, this? Only the best idea ever. Slice off the top of a roll, hollow it out, spread some pesto in there, layer in some ham, crack an egg in it and pop it in the oven.
12. Stack-’Em-High Fruity Protein Pancakes
You always mean to make them; here’s your justification. Consider this a big protein-packed push towards the frying pan.
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13. Low-Carb, Big Heat Spicy Chilli Bowl
The archetypal winter warmer in a hurry. Whack up the heat and get this dish down to 15 minutes.
14. Killer Chicken Katsu Curry
Good luck getting this cooked in 15 minutes – and good luck not wolfing it down within five. All is forgiven, though, for getting the sweetness in the sauce from an apple and for instructing us to bash the chicken breast with a saucepan.
15. Turbo-Quick Tortilla Pizza
Done, quicker than you can say “just like Mama used to make”.