Due to the extreme water crisis we are facing in cape Town, I thought I would compile a list of a recipes that don’t use any water (or very little – 1 cup or less). Most of my baking recipes are waterless so I have left them off the list. You can check them out in my index here. Salads are also great for waterless meal prep, just rinse them in a bowl of water which you can use to wash your dishes afterwards. Steer clear of rice and pasta that requires pre boiling and rather opt for dishes where the water is added and makes up part of the dish like pilaf or risotto. Embrace braaing, grilling, roasting and frying, and look out for one pot meals that save washing up. Line your pans with baking paper or foil to save on dishes too.
You can check out a few of my tips on how to save water in the kitchen here.
We will want to save time and knock a few super easy meals together in this time of crises, so I’ve added a few of those in here too. We will be spending far too much time managing our ware resources and recycling grey water.
This is a winning recipe from Ottolenghi.
Keep the Naan breads frozen for this quick meal fix
This is one of my favourite and most delicious healthy meals at the moment. I have it on repeat. The fish and vegetables cook in a paper bag, so what could be easier in terms of washing up?
This recipe only uses 1/2 a cup of water and pretty much cooks itself. Leaving you more time to do other important things.
A tasty mid-week chicken supper.
If you feel like the best fried chicken breast recipe, this is it.
A delicious low carb dinner that all gets cooked on a griddle pan.
Make this to serve at the all the braai’s (barbecues) you are going to be having.
This can be made in a slow or a pressure cooker which will save you so much time.
Save water and drink more wine. Nuff said.
For when you want to get a little fancy.
A pasta dish that doesn’t require any pre boiling (think lasagna as an option here too).
This recipe is so super tasty and all the other recipes in that link are fabulous and water-wise.
Another recipe which practically cooks itself slowly.
Mussels are an easy one pot dish to knock up quickly and this version is delicious. You may need a little water to rinse them in, but they can be bought already cleaned.
I love this easy fish dish that is so bright with flavour. The fish is raw so there is no messy cleaning up here.
For when you want a tasty sandwich and you don’t want to dirty any pans
I could eat these every day for the rest of my life and never tire of them. Also great served as a side dish or on a sandwich cold
This is a hearty dish that is good for breakfast, lunch or supper. It’s also made in one pot
Another breakfast-all-day option and great to feed a few.
A lovely indulgent brunch recipe that works for lunch or supper too
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