Waterless Cooking: Easy-on-the-Tap Tasty Recipes

Words: Emma Nkunzana

Do you know your water footprint? Ingredients come with their own ‘water price tag’, from the amount used to grow and harvest to the processing that happens in order for it to end up on your dinner table. We’ve done some research on waterless cooking and selected recipes that use little or no water to prepare. These are our favourite water-saving recipes, there’s something for every occasion.

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Amp up your water saving with our selection of simple waterless cooking recipes that require little to no water.

Vegan Cannellini Bean Shakshuka

A great dish that works for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Plus, you’ll only need half a cup of water to make it.

Recipe for Vegan Cannellini Bean Shakshuka

Miso-glazed Aubergines with Vegan Miso Mayo

One of the tastiest ways to enjoy aubergine. Try to wash your aubergines in a small bath instead of using an endless stream of water.

Recipe for Miso-glazed Aubergines with Vegan Miso Mayo

Zucchini & Ricotta Lasagne

Meet your new fave mid-week dish! This lasagne is delicious, easy to prep and only requires water to wash the zucchini.

Recipe for Zucchini & Ricotta Lasagne

Mediterranean Chicken Tray Bake

Roasting is one of the best methods for sparing water in the kitchen. The Mediterranean flavours in this family-friendly Tray Bake are incredibly tasty – this dish will soon become your go-to.

Recipe for Mediterranean Chicken Tray Bake

waterless cooking sweet sour stir fry
waterless cooking zucchini noodles

Sweet & Sour Stir Fry With Sweet Potato Spaghetti

With pasta being a water-heavy dish to prep, there’s never been a better time to go low carb and spiralise those veggies as substitutes. Flash fry for flavour and to retain some crunch.

Recipe for Sweet & Sour Stir Fry with Sweet Potato Spaghetti

Zucchini Noodles with Chicken, Feta & Kale Meatballs

If you buy your zoodles (zucchini noodles), you can usually nuke them in the bag to keep to your waterless cooking guns. Alternatively, flash fry in a little olive oil, no boiling needed.

Recipe for Zucchini Noodles with Chicken, Feta & Kale Meatballs

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waterless cooking pumpkin gnocchi roasted sausage
waterless cooking curried beans

Roasted Pumpkin Gnocchi with Sausages

Roasted pumpkin makes incredible gnocchi and is super delish with your favourite sausages. While most gnocchi is boiled, these are oven roasted, which makes this dish ideal for your waterless cooking goals.

Recipe for Roasted Pumpkin Gnocchi with Sausage

Curried Beans

A delicious curried bean recipe, that’s perfect as a side dish or a main. Our tip here is to use tinned beans instead of dry beans to save on water for boiling. Plus, it’s a great time saver.

Recipe for Curried Beans

waterless cooking dhal
waterless cooking baked potatoes

Tomato & Coriander Dhal

Use canned lentils for this recipe – cook the spices with the onions, then add the canned lentils with their liquid, and you have yourself a one pot wonder.

Recipe for Tomato & Coriander Dhal

Baked Potatoes

Cheap, easy, and the best way to enjoy spuds. Oh, and did we mention, seriously delicious!

Recipe for Baked Potatoes

waterless cooking loaded potatoes
waterless cooking broccoli slaw

Loaded Mexican Potato Wedges

Stock up on frozen vegetables to roast when you’re pressed for time. And if you’re feeling inspired, load them up Mexican-style.

Recipe for Loaded Mexican Potato Wedges

Broccoli Slaw with Avocado Oil Mayonnaise

Most people are accustomed to cooking their broccoli before eating it, but most veggies are edible raw. This salad is such a winner and even improves over a day or two.

Recipe for Broccoli Slaw with Avocado Oil Mayonnaise

waterless cooking hash
waterless cooking lentil bobotie

Aubergine, Tomato & Pumpkin Breakfast Hash

This dish is a veggie powerhouse and anytime meal.

Recipe for Aubergine, Tomato & Pumpkin Breakfast Hash

Lentil & Vegetable Bobotie

A delicious veggie classic that we love. Use tinned lentils to save on water and time.

Recipe for Lentil & Vegetable Bobotie

waterless cooking roast chicken bacon and tarragon cream pie
waterless cooking wonton cups

Roast Chicken, Bacon & Tarragon Pie

A few of our favourite things, all baked in one pastry dish. There’s not much you can find fault with in this recipe.

Recipe for Roast Chicken, Bacon & Tarragon Pie

Wonton Cups with Tuna Tartare & Wasabi Mayo

One of our favourite summery dishes – if you can’t get hold of tuna, try yellowtail, it’s equally delish.

Recipe for Wonton Cups with Tuna Tartare & Wasabi Mayo

Spicy Beef Filled Potato Skins with Guacamole

Potatoes are both filling and cost-effective as a meal. These ones are oven roasted for that perfect fluffy interior and crispy exterior. Boiling is so passé.

Recipe for Spicy Beef Filled Potato Skins with Guacamole

Lemon and Chilli Oil Labneh with Dukkah

Toast ciabatta slices to perfection and then top with creamy labneh and dukkah. Yum!

Recipe for Lemon and Chilli Oil Labneh with Dukkah

Whipped Feta & Cream Cheese with Green Olive Salsa Verde

This recipe needs only the tiniest bit of water and yields so much deliciousness. Whip up this tasty dip and snack away.

Recipe for Whipped Feta & Cream Cheese

Honey & Chilli Roasted Carrots with Bacon and Cashews

Who doesn’t love a honey roasted carrot with a side of spiciness? It’s simply delicious!

Recipe for Honey & Chilli Roasted Carrots

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