Category Archives: quick meals

Quick chorizo and vegetable warmer

 

An ideal tasty and speedy winter lunch for two.

 

1 tbsp cooking oil

Half a large onion, sliced

Half a green pepper, sliced

Half a large carrot, sliced

Half a large sweet potato, boiled and diced

60g diced chorizo

Ground pepper

Garlic granules

100g grated cheese

Pinch of chilli flakes (optional)

 

1) Pour the oil into a large frying pan and wipe around using kitchen roll.

2)Put the pan on a high heat, add the onion, pepper, carrot and sweet potato. Fry until starting to colour, then reduce to a medium heat. Stir frequently.

3) Add the chorizo, ground pepper, garlic granules and chili flakes, if using.

4)After a few minutes, when all the vegetables are browned, reduce to a low heat and stir through the cheese.

5)Serve hot, topped with jalapeno, if you like them!

 

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Easy-Peasy (not really) Carbonara

This lovely, creamy, scrumptious Carbonara is the ultimate comfort food. If you’re making this for pregnant ladies, or the under 1s remember to cook the eggs thoroughly when you add them. Otherwise, you can leave them rich and unctuous.

Serves 2 adults

Ingredients

180g pasta

4 rashers of bacon snipped into bits

2 eggs

100g grated cheese

4 tblsps olive oil

Pepper

Method

1) Cook the pasta as per packet instructions. Whilst the pasta is cooking, fry the bacon until browned and crispy, then drain on kitchen paper.

2)Lightly beat the eggs with the olive oil and a pinch of pepper. Stir in the grated cheese.

3)Drain the pasta and return to the pan. Stir in the bacon.

4)Pour the egg mixture over the pasta, and cook stirring over a low heat until rich and creamy. Serve with a crispy salad.

Easy baked haddock

This won’t take any longer than 25min to make, is healthy and has a lovely lightness to it. A great healthy meal for the kids.
Ingredients

Haddock fillets – 1/2 a fillet per toddler, ideally skinless and boneless

1 medium potato per toddler

Frozen peas

Butter or Margarine

Mixed herbs

Milk

Method

1) Put the fish on a baking tray, then put a teaspoon of butter/margarine on each fillet and sprinkle on some mixed herbs. Bake in the oven at 180 degrees Celsius for 20min, check after 15 as you don’t want it to be too dry, just moist and flaky.
2)Wash and scrub the potatos, pierce all over with fork. Microwave on full power for 5min, then check and turn. If they need longer, blast for 3 min, then check and repeat as often as necessary.
3)Microwave peas as per packet instructions.
4)To serve, flake the fish and remove any skin or bones, then pour over any juices left on the tray. Mash the potato with some butter/margarine and milk, with a fork on the plate. Add the peas.

Super fast one pan gnocchi

There are two great things about this meal: it tastes amazing, and it takes only 10 mins to prepare! Brilliant for getting everyone fed when you’re short of time.

 

Makes enough for 2 adults and 2 toddlers

 

Ingredients:

1tblsp olive oil

200g bacon, snipped into bits

500g ready-made fresh gnocchi

350g tomato based pasta sauce

30g grated cheddar (any sort)

 

Method:

1)Heat the oil in a large, heavy based frying pan, then add the bacon and fry for 2 minutes

2)Add the gnocchi and fry at a fairly high heat until golden (about 3-4min)

3) Reduce to a low heat. Stir in the pasta sauce and grated cheese and heat until the cheese is melting.

4) Serve with plenty of salad and cherry tomatos

Quick fried chicken and wedges

This is a really great recipe for a fast and tasty mid-week tea that even the grown-ups will love.

Ingredients:

1/2 skinless, boneless chicken thigh per toddler

1 medium potato per toddler

2-3 tblsps frozen peas per toddler

1 egg, beaten

Breadcrumbs

Plain flour

Cooking oil

Ketchup (if required!)

Method:

1) For the potato wedges: Preheat oven to 200 degrees Celsius. Scrub the potatos and cut into quarters. Place on a baking tray and pour over 1-2 table spoons of cooking oil, making sure they are evenly covered. Place in the oven for 40min, turning once half way through cooking time.

2) Meanwhile, cut the chicken thighs in half and beat the egg in a small bowl. Take two side plates and pour breadcrumbs into one and flour into another. Use enough to cover each plate, you can always top up later.

3)Put a large frying pan onto the hob  and heat up a little oil in the pan. Take each piece of chicken in turn, coat in the egg, then the flour, then the breadcrumbs. Fry over a medium heat for around 20-25 min, taking care not to burn the crumb coating. Check that meat is cooked throoughly before serving.

4) Microwave frozen peas as per packet instructions. Serve potato wedges, chicken and peas with as much ketchup as required!