Nigella Lawson is famous for her straightforward, delicious recipes that, as she has written, "excite the taste buds and the imagination, without stressing the cook." Though the photogenic British chef has been in the tabloids more than the food pages lately, she's revered by the countless fans of her many cookbooks (including How to Be a Domestic Goddess and Nigella Bites) and popular shows such as the Cooking Channel's Nigella Kitchen. We chose eight of Lawson's best no-stress recipes for you to try in your own kitchen.
This easy, protein-packed lunch balances textures and flavors, and it's an inventive and tasty use of cold cooked chicken breast.
Per serving: 384 calories, 5g saturated fat, 4g carbohydrates, 33g protein, 2g fiber, 274mg sodium
Whether it's the dead of winter or just a rainy day in spring, this classic Italian high-protein and high-fiber soup is, as Lawson says, "just what you need to cook to make you feel that you're safe and warm, happy and occupied within."
Per serving: 393 calories, 1g saturated fat, 65g carbohydrates, 20g protein, 19g fiber, 300mg sodium
While Lawson's chicken recipe is perfect for a summertime picnic, it's also an excellent year-round option since you cook the drumsticks in the oven rather than on the grill. The tangy buttermilk marinade is a wonderful tenderizer for the chicken.
Per serving: 531 calories, 7g saturated fat, 7g carbohydrates, 46g protein, 0g fiber, 693mg sodium
You can use either cremini or white button mushrooms in this fast and satisfying dish. Steeping the raw mushrooms in the oil, lemon and garlic while the pasta cooks makes them tender and juicy.
Per serving: 414 calories, 2g saturated fat, 60g carbohydrates, 12g protein, 3g fiber, 516mg sodium