Spice up standard recipes with a good hot cooking sauce
HECTIC lifestyles are common sources of excuse when dishes we serve up for dinner smack of the tasteless and lacklustre. It doesn’t matter whether we are single, have a significant other or manage any size of family; invariably, all of us, at some point or another, are guilty of blaming a lack of time or energy due to our responsibilities when we sit down to a bowl of hastily prepared spaghetti Bolognese. We can taste the monotony, the aroma of dreariness is overpowering, while eyes from around the table peer into your culinary uninspired soul.
Of course, that’s when the clichéd remarks come flooding to the fore. You didn’t have time to go to the grocery store because you were late leaving work, traffic was terrible . . . the list is endless, while solutions to livening up meal times seem so very restricted. You could always hire someone to cook for you or find more interesting, easily prepared convenience food. The former is out of most peoples’ financial reach, while the latter doesn’t bear thinking about.
Surely, there must be a middle ground; one where sitting down to dinner doesn’t involve splashing out half your salary for delicious and nutritious home-cooked fare or depressingly, scouring the local supermarkets for the best frozen turkey dinner ‘with all the trimmings.’
Unfortunately, there is no magic answer, no quick fix, but having a few recipe ideas to hand and a few bottles of Mauritius Foods’ chilli sauce in the armoury, a simple chicken breast or that go to spaghetti Bolognese dish will soon be spoon fed a lease of new life!
Here’s an example. This Dodo Chilli Chicken recipe takes only 35-40 minutes to prepare (most of that is just marinating in the fridge – the chicken, not you). And while the poultry is preparing, you can make use of the time to get the next day’s meals ready!
1/2 cup Dodo Chilli Sauce
1/2 cup soy sauce
1 crushed clove of garlic
Three chicken breasts, boneless, skinless (4-5 ounces each)
1. Combine Dodo Chilli Sauce, soy sauce and garlic in a bowl (keep half of this mixture separate) and then the chicken. Ensure the chicken is thoroughly coated before refrigerating and allow it to marinade for at least 30 minutes.
2. Add a tablespoon of oil to a frying pan and heat (medium-high). Take the chicken out from the marinade and brown on one side for about 2-3 minutes. Turn the chicken over and brown for a further two minutes. Cover with a pan lid before turning the heat to a low setting and let it finish cooking for about 6-8 minutes.
3. Place remaining Dodo Chilli Sauce and soy sauce mix in a saucepan and simmer over low heat until heated through (should take about 5 minutes). Pour over chicken and serve!
Granted, you probably don’t see a huge benefit from just reading this short blurb before putting a plan into action. However, think ahead. Rather than those forlorn faces and eyes reflecting the expectation of another gloomy gastronomic experience — they are lit up with anticipation at what culinary twist you’ve managed to conjure with a few scoops of a spicy natural sauce and a few extra minutes of your precious time.