If eating healthy is topmost on your list of things to live by, then you probably know of or have heard of Jamie Oliver. The Naked Chef, as he was first known, is famous for his recipes that use fresh and wholesome ingredients and his simple style of cooking that anyone can follow. This made him one of the most popular celebrity chefs in the UK with numerous television shows and books to his name. It has been said that his cookbooks are consistently some of the best-selling books, a testament to his continued popularity.
Oliver’s cooking skills shouldn’t come as a surprise since he has been exposed to the industry since he was a child. He spent his childhood in his parents’ pub, after all! Now when you hear the name Jamie Oliver, which of his amazingly delicious recipes comes to mind first? Is it the salad dish or the noodle recipe? Since there are so many recipes to choose from, we have compiled a list of fifteen famous recipes created by Jamie Oliver. And because this is Jamie Oliver, most of the recipes on this list are healthy as well! This list will definitely provide the inspiration you need to prepare simple, great tasting, and healthy meals at home.
15. Kate and Will’s Wedding Pie
The royal wedding was something that people the world over talked about. So it is only fitting that the pie inspired by royalty is something to be talked about as well. This recipe must definitely be included on this list because of these four words: Kate. Will. Wedding. Pie. If those four words don’t guarantee a slot here, we don’t know what does.
The recipe can be found in his book Jamie’s Great Britain along with many other great British favorites. A noteworthy characteristic of this dish is, though it is fit for royalty, its ingredients are not too expensive. Though this is said to be a wedding pie, it doesn’t have to only be served at weddings. Pie is a family favorite, so you can definitely serve it at any time, whether it be at a lavish dinner party, family picnic, or at an intimate dinner for two.
14. Jamie’s Mini Beef Wellingtons
Jamie’s mini beef wellingtons beg to be mentioned as another famous recipe since it has a significant place in our history. This recipe is said to have been created in remembrance of the Duke of Wellington’s victory when he defeated Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo. But then, other people have negated this claim saying that it has nothing to do with the duke. Nevertheless, Jamie’s take on this classic is interesting in that he has added some spices that are sure to give you a kick when you bite into it.
Just like the wedding pie, this recipe calls for a more inexpensive version of the ingredients that are traditionally used to create this dish. Mainstream recipes will call for a fillet steak, which can be expensive, so he made a version that is more attainable for everyday people. Thus, maintaining Jamie Oliver’s vision of healthy and affordable food. Go ahead, try it out!
13. Chicken Milanese with Spaghetti
It has been said that Italy is a nation of food lovers. In fact, cooking and eating is part of enjoying life for them. It is of little wonder since they have a land abundant with the fruits of the earth. Healthy and hearty ingredients make the best Italian food on any table, and there’s no shortage of that in Italy.
Let us pay homage to Jamie’s first pit stop in the professional world of cooking. Since he first worked in an Italian restaurant, this list must include one of his great Italian recipes. This particular spaghetti dish is very easy to make, and will remind you of Italy. It is even named after a place in Italy – Milan. This recipe only takes forty-five minutes to prepare to leave time to do other things, like browsing through the Jamie magazine from which this recipe comes.
12. Grilled steak ratatouille and Saffron Rice
Who hasn’t heard of Jamie Oliver’s 15-Minute Meals? That show was definitely a working woman’s best friend. Fast, super easy meals that pack a lot of healthy punch and are sure to delight any health-conscious modern woman. Well, not just the women but also the working men. This next recipe is definitely hearty enough to please anybody.
This recipe, which was featured in Jamie Oliver’s 15-Minute Meals, is a full meal in itself. The steak will give you the protein you need, the savory rice will give you your carb fix, and the rest of the vegetable ratatouille will provide the vitamins and minerals needed to complete the meal. Talk about a whole package in just fifteen minutes! This power packed combination will surely find its way into someone’s lunch bag or tote.
11. Christmas cake
Who doesn’t love Christmas? This is the time of the year where everything looks so shiny and bright. Everyone seems to be so happy, and love for family and friends fills our heart. The sweetness of the season definitely extends to the dinner table with this sweet Christmas cake created by Jamie Oliver. Another recipe found in the Jamie magazine, this easy cake recipe is sure to be a delight to both the baker and the eater, because this cake is mainly made using the food processor and then the electric mixer.
Sounds like a breeze, right? Take care not to eat too much though, since this cake has a bit of rum and port in it as well. So for those who cannot hold their own in the liquor category, take a little at a time. Though the amount of liquor won’t get you over the edge, the taste and smell may see you tripping over your chair in total deliciousness.
10. Hungover Noodles
For the budget conscious, every bit is important and every bit helps. Jamie Oliver understands this, that is why he created the Save with Jamie series. His show and book feature recipes that are delicious and affordable as well as easy to make. That description definitely fits this entry on our list, the Hungover Noodles.
Simple. That is what this dish is all about. With just a little over a dozen ingredients that you can find around your kitchen, this recipe is definitely a winner in our books. As the name suggests, this dish is good for a hungover person. But then, even if one is not hungover and just feels a little low, this is definitely a good pick me up. A dish that would not only boost your mood but your budget as well.
9. Chicken in Milk
Anyone who thinks using milk in cooking is tops, please raise your hand. For this recipe is definitely top of the list when it comes to flavorful cheap eats! This is a very versatile dish largely because it has very few ingredients. It is easy to tweak should a creative idea lurk somewhere in the mind of an inspired cook.
The recipe is featured in the cookbook Happy Days With the Naked Chef. And naked this dish really is. Simple ingredients make up this recipe and that will definitely make any cook happy! Although the cooking time of this dish is almost two hours, the method employed makes all the difference. Just a little bit of frying and a little bit of basting and voila! You get a fantastic chicken meal that will definitely be good to the last bite.
8. Asian Squash Salad with Crispy Duck
Next up we have a uniquely delicious salad. Its name seems like something we only hear of, or read about, on restaurant menus. Because of this it’s easy to think that this dish would be would overly complicated to make. But, in true Jamie Oliver fashion, nothing is ever too tricky with the preparation or execution of the dish. He shows us how it is done on his show Jamie at Home.
Eating duck is not something that many people would normally associate with a weekend dinner. Since this recipe calls for a bit preparation time, it may be best reserved for a special date night with the significant other, or a time when a little extra oomph is needed to wow the dinner guests. Especially if the dinner guests involved have discerning palettes. So don’t be scared, give this new recipe a try the next time there’s a little extra time to cook.
7. Sweet Potato Muffins
Ever wondered what to eat for breakfast? Why not try eating a superfood to start off the day? On the show Everyday Super Food our favorite chef, Jamie Oliver, whips up a batch of some tasty and super delicious sweet potato muffins. These muffins will not only give you the energy you need but they are packed with much needed vitamins and minerals.
This super muffin is a super good source of thiamin, potassium, manganese, and a lot of vitamin C. We need these micronutrients for healthy and strong immune systems among other things. Since this recipe is for muffins, you can prepare them fast, freeze them, and just bake them when you need them. That is definitely handy! The sweet truth of this dish is in its healthy portions of goodness on the go.
6. Insanity Burger
Have you ever heard of anyone who does not love a good burger? Of course not! Everyone loves a good burger. Absolutely no carnivorous person will say that they do not love a good burger. That is why we absolutely had to include a burger on this list, and that burger is none other than the Insanity Burger featured on Jamie’s Comfort Food. The Insanity Burger is Jamie’s answer to the call for the best burger in the UK.
This burger may seem like the same old burger, with a patty, a bun, a few streaks of bacon, and some sauce. But no! This particular burger has a secret. A secret that will keep burger connoisseurs coming back for more. What is the secret? Well, make the burger for yourself to find out what makes Jamie Oliver’s Insanity Burger so special.
5. Sticky Toffee Pudding
For many of us, we simply must partake of a sweet dessert to end our meal on a happy note. This is especially true during special occasions and holidays. And it is even better when the sweet treat can be prepared with minimal effort! That is why this recipe for a classic sticky toffee pudding is well loved and made by many. This classic British dessert includes a combination of rich toffee and dates that will surely have your dinner guests smiling as the meal ends.
This recipe will certainly leave the chef grinning as well. This particular recipe does not require much time to prepare and it is a breeze to make. Even substituted with other ingredients, this recipe will still work like a charm. Be careful though, or you might become addicted to this sweet treat and keep coming back for more!
4. Anglo-French Toastie
What is the most important meal of the day? The answer is BREAKFAST. That is why another breakfast favorite has made it to this list. This recipe can be seen on Jamie and Jimmy’s Food Fight Club, and it is the perfect start to the day for those who have extra time to sit at the table. You get ham, cheese, and a side of salad. This recipe can be paired with other breakfast food items, but it is equally fantastic as it is.
Toast is a very popular choice among breakfast eaters due to its simplicity and the diversity of toppings available. Almost anything can be paired with the humble toast, so it is little wonder that our amazing chef decided to give his take on this popular dish. It takes just twenty minutes to prepare a serving of this delicious breakfast. It is definitely a go-to breakfast for the busy worker who wants a good start in the morning.
3. Crispy fried salmon with spring vegetable broth
There’s nothing like a good dinner made at home. Especially when the food is both nutritious and delicious! Here we have a salmon recipe that can be found in Jamie’s Kitchen. It is a super easy recipe, and since salmon cooks fast, this recipe can be done in as little as thirty minutes. That is a Jamie Oliver guarantee! If you have seen his shows, you can be sure that he knows his timing.
We all know that salmon is good for our health. It is, in fact, considered to be a superfood. So when your mother said “eat a lot of fish,” she wasn’t kidding. Salmon is a great source of protein. This is something that we all need to help our muscles grow. It also has other essential minerals that our body needs to function normally and stay in tip-top shape. Combined with the flavorful aioli, this salmon recipe will surely be a hit during weekday dinners.
2. Minestrone Soup
This unassuming soup may not look like much, but this simple dish has so much to give. Minestrone soup is easy enough to make and is a great way to use up whatever vegetables you have around the house. Add to that, this can be a complete meal by itself. What with loads of different ingredients in it. The ease of preparation and healthy ingredients is probably the reason why Jamie chose to make this soup for his Food Revolution series.
This series was all about Oliver helping people reform their eating habits and fight obesity. Such a noble cause needs to have the noblest food that is also simple to make, this way novices won’t be intimidated by complicated techniques or involved recipes. It is only fitting that this simple minestrone soup be included because if reform is what we are trying to achieve, then this must be done first in baby steps. Even for those who do not know how to cook, this simple recipe is easily executable and always results in the heartiest of hearty soups.
1. Chocolate Porridge
On one of the episodes of Jamie’s Super Food Family Classics, he featured chocolate as a main ingredient. We are all familiar with chocolate as a sweet treat, but not everyone knows that this little gem is actually a superfood! Chocolate contains flavonoids which can contribute to better heart health. But beware, because not all chocolates are created equal. Choose only those with at least 70% cocoa content. Those with lower than 70% cocoa content will not be as beneficial and will only make your jeans look and feel tighter than the last time you wore them.
Take note of this fact: A way to make sure you get the benefit of chocolate is by consuming it often. The more often you consume high quality, high flavonoid content chocolate, the better it is for your heart. Consume it in the morning and you hit two birds with one stone. Fill your tummy with energy boosting nutritious food, and give your heart a helping hand. Talk about a double win! With this porridge recipe, we can be sure to have our hearts full of this super duper healthy and delicious chocolatey treat!