7 Meals in 7 ingredients

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7 Meals in 7 ingredients

Weekdays can be stressful. Add loadshedding and it feels like there’s not enough time to cook. Don’t stress, we’ve got you covered. We’ve chosen some quick, easy dinners that will make your life easier. Plus, they all use 7 ingredients or less, so there’s less prep time, too!

1. 4-ingredient budget pasta

In Clement Pedro’s irresistible bacon pasta, the savoury flavour of the bacon complements the richness of the pasta. You don’t need extra oil because the fat from the bacon does the job!

4 ingredient budget pasta

Find the recipe for 4-ingredient budget pasta here. 

2. Tuscan chicken with creamy mash and burnt sage butter

Interested in a midweek roast? You can never go wrong with Woolworths’ Easy Roast butter-brined whole chickens. They’re seasoned for you and ready to go into the oven.  Enjoy with creamy mashed potato with burnt sage butter, or your side of choice.

Find the recipe for Tuscan chicken with creamy mash potato and burnt sage butter here.

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3. 3-ingredient peri-peri chicken livers

Peri-peri chicken livers are always a good option when you’re short on time. This recipe comes together in just 15 minutes so you can whip it up right before loadshedding strikes.

Peri Peri chicken livers with Portuguese rolls

Find the recipe for 3-ingredient peri-peri chicken livers here.

4. Uphuthu namasi (dry pap with sour milk)


This recipe by Mmabatho Molefe is a cultural favourite summer dish for many. It’s playfully referred to as African salad and formally known as uphuthu namasi in the Zulu culture. The best part? It is an easy, light and filling meal.

Find the recipe for uphuthu namasi (dry pap with sour milk) here. 

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5. Baby gem salad

Crisp baby gem lettuce paired with a perfect combination of creamy Gorgonzola and crispy pork rashers makes a delightful addition to a chicken schnitzel. It can also be a satisfying stand-alone meal, when you want something light.

Baby gem salad

Find the recipe of the baby gem salad here. 

6. Glazed pork burnt ends

These addictive burnt ends need just six simple ingredients: juicy cubes of pork belly, a honey-and-balsamic glaze, butter, chimichurri salad drizzle, rainbow slaw and nut-and-seed sprinkle. The result? A sticky savoury treat that will leave you craving seconds!

Find the recipe for glazed pork burnt ends here. 

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7. Spinach-and-broccoli pasta

A perfectly cooked pasta tossed with tender broccoli florets and vibrant spinach leaves that takes just 10 minutes to prepare? Yes, please! This is a satisfyingly wholesome and flavourful meal that’s a breeze to whip up.


Find the recipe for spinach and broccoli pasta here.

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