20 recipes that dont use any water

Ottolenghi's roasted pumpkin with chilli yoghurt and coriander sauce

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. 

Roast pumpkin with chilli yoghurt & coriander sauce

This is a winning recipe from Ottolenghi. 

Easy naan pizza with roasted tomato sauce

Keep the Naan breads frozen for this quick meal fix

Easy naan bread pizza with oven roasted tomato sauce

Trout en Papilotte with fennel & tomatoes

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?

trout en papillote with fennel and tomato

Roast chicken with orange & ginger

This recipe only uses 1/2 a cup of water and pretty much cooks itself. Leaving you more time to do other important things.

roast chicken with orange & ginger

Chicken & mushrooom stroganoff with crispy sage

A tasty mid-week chicken supper.

Delicious and easy chicken & mushroom stroganoff

Ina Gaartens chicken Parmesan

If you feel like the best fried chicken breast recipe, this is it.

Grilled soy & lime hake with sharred greens, fresh tomato & chilli dressing

A delicious low carb dinner that all gets cooked on a griddle pan.

Grilled soy and lime hake with charred greens, fresh tomato & a chili dressing

Esquites – the Mexican corn salad of your dreams

Make this to serve at the all the braai’s (barbecues) you are going to be having.

Esquites - the living best mexican corn salad

Vegan bean chilli with sweet potato

This can be made in a slow or a pressure cooker which will save you so much time. 

A super healthy and delicious vegan chili with sweet potato

Coq au Chardonnay

Save water and drink more wine. Nuff said.

Coq au Chardonnay

Chicken breasts stuffed with pork, sage & apple

For when you want to get a little fancy.

chicken breasts stuffed with pork, sage, and apple

Spinach & ricotta cannelloni bake

A pasta dish that doesn’t require any pre boiling (think lasagna as an option here too).

spinach & ricotta cannelloni bake

Baby calamari with chorizo & garlic

This recipe is so super tasty and all the other recipes in that link are fabulous and water-wise.

Crock pot Mexican short rib tacos

Another recipe which practically cooks itself slowly.

slow cooker mexian short rib tacos

Mussels steamed in orange & fennel

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.

Mussels steamed in orange and fennel

Quick and easy red curry mussels 

thai red curry mussels

A delicious Peruvian ceviche

I love this easy fish dish that is so bright with flavour. The fish is raw so there is no messy cleaning up here.

the most delicious peruvian ceviche

Pizza jaffles

For when you want a tasty sandwich and you don’t want to dirty any pans

pizza jaffels with tomato, mozzarella, red onion and basil

Roasted red peppers stuffed with tomatoes, garlic and anchovies

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

Roasted red peppers stuffed with tomatoes, garlic

Menemen – the most delicious Turkish scrambled eggs

This is a hearty dish that is good for breakfast, lunch or supper. It’s also made in one pot 

how to make menemen the most delicious turkish scrambled eggs

Bacon & egg breakfast pies

Another breakfast-all-day option and great to feed a few.

bacon and egg breakfast pies

Smoked salmon omelette with chive creme fraiche

A lovely indulgent brunch recipe that works for lunch or supper too

smoked salmon omelette with chive crème fraiche




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