Spencer’s Big 30
Spencer’s BIG 30 is a fast-paced series featuring healthy, hearty meals for four that can be made by anyone in around 30 minutes, for around 30 dollars. Keeping the pace, while guiding us from prep to plate, host Spencer Watts gives his top tips and tricks for cutting down cooking time, without sacrificing flavour. To prove how efficient his meals are, he actually cooks the entire meal in one take and it’s always around 30 minutes. That’s right – no television tricks in this series! While the kitchen may get a little messy, Spencer’s process is natural, fun, and easy to follow.
Chicken Bake Night
30-minute meals are all about efficiency – start with the most complicated element and finish with the simplest. First, chef Spencer Watts gives us some tips for a rustic Sweet Potato Rosti. Made with a blend of sweet yams, starchy potatoes, and acidic onion, Spencer leaves the Rosti to crisp up in a pan as he starts up his next dish. Spencer cooks up healthy Lemon Thyme Chicken Thighs, perfect for a flavoursome family dinner. Crispy on the outside and tender on the inside, Spencer’s secret is olive oil, salt and pepper and his trusty skillet. While the chicken sizzles, Spencer flips the Rosti with ease and starts to prep dessert. Spencer uses oats, fragrant cinnamon, brown sugar, and sweet honey from his trusty pantry to make a delicious crumble to sprinkle on fresh peaches. As the peaches bake in the oven to caramelized perfection Spencer whips up a creamy spiced sour cream, a mouthwatering topping for this healthy dessert and a Horseradish Dip, a savoury companion for the Rostis. For his final dish, Spencer prepares a Crisp Romaine Salad with homemade honey-lemon vinaigrette to complement the lemony chicken. And there you have it: Chicken Bake Night in just 30 minutes. Serve all dishes family-style and dig into the easiest gourmet meal you’ll ever make.
- Sweet Potato Rostis
- Romaine Salad with Dijon Vinaigrette
- Baked Peaches with Spiced Sour Cream
- Crispy Lemon Chicken
Roast Beef Night
Who knew you could make a budget-friendly beef dinner in 30 minutes? Chef Spencer Watts starts the clock and immediately butterflies a hearty sirloin roast to speed up the cooking process, sprinkles it with aromatic spices, and lets it sizzle in a cast iron pan before roasting it in the oven. Then, Spencer makes a delicious Jumbo Yorkshire Pudding. This simple dish requires only three ingredients: milk, eggs, and thyme. Pop it in the oven and don’t take a peak until it’s time to serve. Next, Spencer roasts colourful carrots with shallots, garlic, and fragrant rosemary for a boost of flavour. To add more veg, Spencer tops fresh green beans with a delightful lemon-Dijon vinaigrette. Finally, for a healthy take on dessert – fresh Watermelon Cupcakes. Fluffy whipped cream sweetened with light and airy icing sugar and vanilla complements the crunchiness of the watermelon for a sweet healthy treat.