Emergency dinner in 15 minutes!


Its Friday night and the plan was to go out for dinner tonight. But things don’t often go according to plan at the Garnett house.

I had bought a voucher special on Groupon( local bargain website) for 2 burgers for a price of one. And tonight was the night to redeem our voucher, I’ve been craving a good burger the whole day. All dressed,  ready to go and I decide to read the voucher. It turns out its only valid between 08h00-16h00 on weekdays. So no burgers, imagine my disappointment!

My husband then gets an inspired idea. Why don’t I do a home version of chopped, the Food network channel programme I watch religiously. Cooking against the clock! With whatever I have in the fridge, and because of the time limit the freezer is off limits. So the challenge: make a delicious dinner in 15 min! Game on 🙂

Timer started!

I open the fridge, I have veggies, stock, leftover sauces, cream, yoghurt, cheese, salads, a few herbs, fruits. I choose broccoli, cauliflower, onions, spring onions, celery stick, cream, cheese and stock

From the pantry; I need a starch, but the one that’ll cook super fast. And I see I have a bit if a collection of different pastas, I choose spinach tagliatelle pasta. Moving to the spice cabinet, I go for the classic: salt, pepper, oregano, sage, chili flakes. Ok shopping done, that took 2 min.


  • Spinach Tagliatelle

  • Veggies- cauliflower, broccoli, 1 onion, 1 celery stick,1 spring onion, 3 cloves of garlic

  • Spices- pepper, sage, oregano, chili flakes

  • Liquids- 50ml cream, 50ml of chicken stock.

– Marble cheese- local

The cooking
The cooking


  • Quickly cook the pasta in a pot with salted boiling water. Cook for 5-7 min. Then strain when cooked.

  • In a hot pan with olive oil, add chopped onions and soften. Then add the garlic, spring onion and celery. In 2 min, add cauliflower and broccoli with stems removed. Season with 1/2 tsp of oregano,  sage and a sprinkle of chili flakes. Cook for a minute before adding stock and cream. It should take about 6 min to cook, season with salt and pepper to taste. You can add a bit more chili flakes for a bit more heat.

Mix the veggies and the pasta in a bowl and serve with a sprinkle of cheese.

Cauliflower and broccoli 15 min pasta
Cauliflower and broccoli 15 min pasta
Dinner served
Dinner served



15 min dinner done, in exactly 15 min! I win 🙂  and my prize- a shoulder massage from my husband and a foot massage from my son :).

15 min to cook and 90 min to write a blog about it!

Buon Appetito!

Author: preciousgarnett

I'm a multi-faceted young woman. I'm a proud mom to a now 8 year old 😜. I'm a daughter, I'm a sister and a friend to an amazing circle of powerful people ❤️ I'm a medical doctor, public health specialist currently in marketing I live food, from cooking to finding the best spots in town and in my travels for a good meal. Health, Fitness and Nutrition fanatic. I live by a few beliefs...: 1. Before I do anything whether related to food or not, I ask myself ' Is it worth the calories?' Whether literally or figuratively( i.e. Is the decision worth the stress, effort, investment) 2. What you put in must come out! If you don't let it out, it settles on your tummy and hips. 3. 'Everything happens for a reason'. I try reflect on situations I find myself in, whether by choice or not. And look for Lessons I'm meant to learn from them, in order to grow.

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