So these last few weeks have been a bit bizarre as far as food goes. Immediately after writing the last post I got a bad case of the stomach flu for a few days, quickly followed by Andy having the stomach flu for the next week. So we basically ate toast and bananas for 10 days straight! Then we moved back up North into Scotland only to go stay with the in laws and have some mummy love which included wonderful meals 🙂
SO we’re finally into our own flat making our own yummy meals and figuring out where is the best/cheapest/easiest places for us to shop in our area. Here’s some ideas for meals that we more or less “threw together”
One of our standbys is grilled fish and sweet potatoes! We get the cheapest packs of frozen fish from Aldi and just keep them in the freezer for when we’re pressed for time. Andy headed up the sweet potato/carrot mash by steaming the veg and adding some cinnamon! The peas were tins that we were trying to use up before the move 🙂
Another thing that is a “standby” meal that we LOVE is fritattas! Mix up some eggs, add whatever seasonings and veggies you want to include (we love our veggies) and then put it in a pan on the hob. We pop it under the grill for a few minutes to add a bit of crispiness. We usually have it with sweet potato chips to add some “bulk”. Sweet potato chips are the easiest thing in the WORLD! You just chop them up into whatever shape you want and put them onto the grill for 5-10 minutes one side and then flip them. We top them with various sauces but if you like good ‘ol salt & Vinegar then you can toss them in Olive Oil and some salt just before putting them on the grill. We also love having carrot salads, so filling and super simple…anybody have a cheese grader? That’s it! Balsamic vinegar and you’re good to go 🙂 These are super simple recipes for when you’re short on time/ingredients and just want something that requires no brain work
So Andy is basically a genius and came up with the easiest yummiest meal EVER! We found tinned tomatoes w/ olives at Tesco and decided to buy a few (only 20P!!!) and just see what we would come up with. So This mixup has a few of those tins, some tomato purree, precooked frozen chicken, pearl barley, italian mixed herbs, and some minced garlic (from a jar). So no chopping or food prep involved, just dump and go in one pot! It is phenomenal, just the perfect thing to fill you up after a chilly day. The salad is our Hayes Carrot Special, graded carrots, chopped celery, and balsamic vinegar. We’re all about quick and easy in this house 🙂
So the last recipe that I am going to share with you is my personal favorite. Out of all the recipes I know this one trumps all for time/ease/and tastiness. I tend to make it when we have friends coming over for dinner because it is so flexible time wise. It is my Quinoa Sweet Potato soup. I use a slow cooker to make it. Here are the ingredients
- 2 tins kidney beans
- 1 tin black beans (but I tend to use kidney beans)
- 2 sweet potatoes chopped
- 1 chopped onion
- 1/2 C. uncooked quinoa
- 2 tins chopped tomatoes
- 1 Tablespoon Chili powder
- 1 teaspoon jarred minced garlic
- 1/4 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes
I usually prepare the soup the night before by putting the quinoa, and seasonings in the empty slow cooker, opening the tins and putting them into a tupperware with the garlic then all I have to do in the morning is chop, dump, flick it on, and go! It is AMAZING! You can add chicken if you like but I think it is plenty filling without it. Best meal for guests, just the right amount of spice and there’s always leftovers to freeze for another night 🙂
Last night I tried out a great bread recipe to go with this VERY easy soup. It’s called airy fairy easy peasy soda bread. I got the recipe off of a blog agirlcalledjack written by a mum living below the bread line and still cooking healthy for her son. Awesome blog! So to make this bread you can click on the link or follow these EASY instructions.
- Preheat oven to 180C. Measure out 200 ml. of milk and add 2 Tablespoons of lemon juice and set aside to sour. Measure out 200g of self rising flour and mix together 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda. GENTLY mix in the milk until doughy texture. Tip onto a floured surface and form into a loaf shape, pop into a loaf pan, 3 slices along the top (it’s ok if it’s still a big floury just so you don’t overwork it). Pop it in the oven for 40 minutes and BOOM YOU’RE DONE!!!
Yes it is that easy. These two recipes make having guests over for a healthy, filling, tasty meal SO SIMPLE! Which is what I’m all about. And the food was a hit!