Want to shake up your midweek meals? Cook With M&S, our new range of time-saving ingredients, is here to help. Our food editor, Heather Taylor, puts it to the test with these three ideas
Who said roasts are just for Sundays? Our Cook With M&S range includes clever shortcuts that mean you can cook up a comforting roast chicken, any night of the week. Our Cook With M&S sweet and smoky spatchcock chicken cooks in an hour and comes ready-prepped in a flavour-packed marinade, complete with a charred lemon for a zingy burst of acidity. Serve with our Cook With M&S Mediterranean veg mix (no chopping required), tossed in a generous spoonful of our Cook With M&S Mediterranean paste, which combines red wine, onion and garlic for a sun-drenched flavour (it’s also delicious in soups, stews and marinades). On the side, add a dollop of goes-with-anything Cook With M&S Sriracha mayo, if you like.
When autumn starts to draw in, I always crave cockle-warming dishes that feel nourishing, but I don’t want anything too heavy on a weeknight. That’s why this veggie take on shepherd’s pie ticks all the boxes. To make it, simply roast a pack of Cook With M&S roasting butternut mix until cooked, then add a tin of tomatoes, a tin of puy lentils and a pack of diced chestnut mushrooms to the dish, along with a generous spoonful of umami-rich Cook With M&S roasted mushroom and garlic paste. Return to the oven for another 30 minutes or so, until you have a rich sauce. Spoon our Cook With M&S cauliflower mash on top (it’s a great alternative to potatoes), along with breadcrumbs and, for a moreish flavour, a scattering of Cook With M&S magic sprinkle. This seasoning mix is a real store-cupboard saviour and works on everything from roast chicken to popcorn. Bake the pie until golden on top and serve with your favourite greens – I like Tenderstem broccoli.
Friends coming over midweek? There’s no reason you can’t dish up a delicious dinner, regardless of how busy your working day’s been. To start, simply toast a few slices of our new handcrafted sourdough (find it in the in-store bakery) and top with tomatoes and torn mozzarella. When you’re ready to serve, drizzle over a little of our fiery Cook With M&S chimichurri drizzle, which is packed with fresh herbs and chilli. Next up, simply bake our Cook With M&S beef meatball tray bake – British beef meatballs with an indulgent melting mozzarella centre, chunks of golden garlic bread and a rich tomato sauce – in the oven. Serve with some zero-fuss roasties: our Cook With M&S whole peeled potatoes, sprinkled with some makes-anything-taste-better Cook With M&S roast potato seasoning and baked until golden. Just add your favourite red wine.
Words: Heather Taylor / Images: Yuki Sugiura / Food and prop styling: Emily Ezekiel / Art direction: Zoe Doyle