Spencer’s Big 30

Time Schedule

Mon 10:00 | Tue 14:00 | Thu 18:00 | Fri 23:00 | Sat07:00 | Sun 13:30

Overview

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.

17-23 Feb: Episode 7

Pizza Night

Pizza night is a great go-to for the whole family to enjoy. Since pizza is quick and easy, host Spencer Watts make two delicious pies: one classic deepdish and one tasty thin crust. The deep-dish pizza is cooked in a piping hot skillet and topped with savoury tomato sauce, melty mozzarella, and spicy pepperoni. The thin crust pizza is topped with creamy primavera sauce, mozzarella, asparagus, onion, and halved tomatoes and baked in the oven for crispy, golden-brown edges. Spencer then makes a light side to add a little more veg to the meal – soft Kale Caesar Salad. This healthy salad features Dijon and Worcestershire for some zing and a squeeze of lime for a tarte twist that will awaken your taste buds. Finally, Spencer prepares a sweet treat that is sure to be a hit with your kids – Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies. To make dessert hassle-free, but full of flavour, these delightfully chocolatey-peanut butter squares are cooked in the microwave.

Previous Episodes

Episode 1

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.

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Episode 2

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.

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Episode 3

Lasagna Night

Spencer is an expert at 30-minute meals and Lasagna Night is no exception. Don’t spend a whole afternoon baking lasagna when you can let it sizzle in a skillet. Spencer mixes together ground beef, tomatoes, passata, cottage cheese, spices, and oven-ready noodles for a deconstructed stovetop lasagna. Topped with melted mozzarella and fragrant fresh basil, this lasagna is a wonderful burst of flavour. Next, a decadent spinach side in a nutmeg-spiced cream sauce that will change your kids’ opinion of the leafy green. To contrast the heavy dishes, Spencer then prepares a fresh arugula salad with a citrusy vinaigrette. Light and zesty, this refreshing salad is sure to awaken your taste buds. Finally, Spencer quickly whips up creamy banana ice cream for a delightfully sweet dessert.

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Episode 4

Fish & Chips Night

Fish and chips are always great for a quick, inexpensive family dinner and they’re even better when elevated with succulent sides and decadent desserts. Host Spencer Watts makes simple fish and chips with a twist – Fish In Chips. For an extra-crunchy crust, Spencer uses potato chips to coat the juicy cod and amps up the flavour with fresh dill, parsley, and zesty lime. Then, he offers a unique take on traditional French fries – Polenta Fries. These Polenta Fries are loaded with aromatic spices and pair perfectly with crispy fish. Spencer then whips up a creamy Garlicky Dip. Fast, simple, and bursting with flavour, this dip adds a little kick to the fish and fries. Next, Spencer prepares a fresh green pea salad with sweet apples and watercress for a light, refreshing side. Finally, a delightfully easy, melt-in-your-mouth Broken Pavlova topped with blueberries and fragrant lime curls will have your family asking for seconds. 30-minute meals have never tasted this good!

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Episode 5

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.

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Episode 6

Breakfast for Dinner Night

The best way to do a fast, inexpensive dinner for four? Make breakfast for dinner! Chef Spencer Watts starts of by whipping up a fluffy BLT Frittata. This frittata features crispy bacon, silky eggs, and juicy tomatoes and puffs up in the oven for a delightfully creamy bite. For the L in BLT, Spencer makes a refreshing butter leaf lettuce salad drizzled in a mayo dressing featuring a special kick from the reserved bacon fat. Next, mini tenderized potatoes tossed in fragrant spices and browned in butter are a great alternative to the classic breakfast hash brown. Then, Spencer bakes easy Cheesy Croissants made with delicious puff pastry. These buttery, flaky croissants melt-in-your-mouth and are perfect for a family breakfast for dinner. For dessert, Spencer prepares crunchy, homemade granola with sweet dried apricots to sprinkle on a healthy yogurt Granola Parfait.

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