This post was happily published in partnership with Marks & Spencer, who sponsored the post. 

Time, time, time! It is our only currency and increasingly I find that I have less of it in the kitchen for regular meals. Sure, I spend hours developing recipes, some long, some short (but always straight forward!). On many evenings, especially on dedicated writing days, I crave something fast, nutritious and tasty and I am building an arsenal of recipes to share with you. 

 

Marks & Spencer care about this too. Preparing real 30 minute meals that are prepared with speed and convenience. Their team of chefs developed recipes echoing this, and they asked me to recreate one of them using their high quality and easy to clean utensils.

The dish was Avocado, Quinoa and Radish Salad. I used to eat quinoa all the time but fell out of the habit. I love how they have used it here. The quinoa is served in a tussle punctuated with peppery bright radish, firm just cooked green beans, just ripe avocado and salad leaves. The dressing was a simple combination of lemon, extra virgin olive oil and ground cumin. A lovely light supper and it could also be a superb side for fish, pork or chicken. 

Saving time and effort with great utensils

The cookware? I have long been a fan of the M&S range of cookware. It is reliable, long lasting and fairly priced (especially given the quality). The lemon squeezer is already an essential in my kitchen, it is so speedy and so easy to clean. The twist whisk from Joseph & Joseph is a very smart design and can be used flat or shaped as a ballon whisk (with a twist!). It also stores flat, which in my small kitchen is very useful. The Oxo Good Grips Angled Measuring Jug could not have come at a better time (I had just smashed my glass one by accident). I am used to leaning down and peering as I pour to get the measurement right, with this you can view from the top down and get an accurate pour. 

Everyone needs a good salad bowl and salad server, the Ash Wood and Marble Salad Servers are not just pretty, they are solid and will be long lasting. The pots? Whenever I am asked what every home cook needs I always say a heavy pot, and these are perfect. A heavy pot evenly distributes and retains the heat, and they are long lasting too. A home cook does need some measuring spoons too. We don’t always need accuracy but with spices and seasoning they help a lot. 

Over to the recipe – this comes together so quickly and tastes great. If you are making it for 1 or 2, only dress what you need for that meal. Save the rest for your lunchbox and dress it just before you eat it. 

Avocado, Quinoa and Radish Salad (In Partnership with M&S)
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Avocado, Quinoa and Radish Salad (In Partnership with M&S)

Ingredients

  • 200g quinoa, rinsed
  • 200g fine green beans
  • 3 tbs olive oil
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • Salt and pepper
  • 10 radishes, sliced
  • 1 ripe avocado, halved, pitted and sliced
  • 50g mixed salad leaves

Instructions

  • Put the rinsed quinoa into a saucepan and cook with water according to the pack instructions. Drain and rinse well with cold water.
  • Meanwhile, in another saucepan cook the green beans in lightly salted water for 3-4 minutes, until just tender. Drain and rinse with cold water to cool them quickly.
  • Whisk the olive oil, lemon juice and cumin together to make the dressing, and season with salt and pepper.
  • Tip the cooked, drained quinoa and beans into a serving bowl. Add the radish, avocado and salad leaves, and toss gently with the dressing.
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