Its getting cold. I always crave a bit of homely food when the nights draw in but don't want to fall into a trap with eating comfort food that's laden with sugars and bad fats so I've batch cooked some lovely things. I will post the recipes below.
First off chunky winter veg soup
Any other veg you fancy
Chop the veg into sticks, whilst some diced onion and garlic are heating up in some oil in a pan. When the onion and garlic have softened add your chopped veg. Slowly cook making sure they don't stick. Make up a litre of veg stock – I use buillion as its low salt. Add the stock and simmer off for 25/30mins. You want the veg to soften but it turn into a mush. Add more stock powder if its too runny. If you want a smooth soup, soften the veg more and then blend. I do both, as the kids all prefer smoother soup.
Serve with soda bread or granary.
Lean mince – I use 250g pack
Chickpeas and kidney beans
Fry the onion and garlic once its been diced. Add mince, cook then drain off. Add your spices and then the chopped tomatoes and veg. Simmer for 30m. I always cook a lot so I can freeze it. Served with basmati rice or jacket potato.
I can't take credit for this – it was on 'save with Jamie' last night. Its easy and absolutely delish.
250g pork mince – lean
250g beef mince – lean
Chillis – chopped lengthways and deseeded.
Feta cheese – 50g approx (half a pack)
Garlic – I use powder for this.
Pop the carrot sticks into a oven proof dish and drizzle with olive oil. Pop into oven on 190. Pop the chillis onto a pan of hot olive oil andcook on a medium heat allowing the chillies to infuse the oil. Meanwhile mix the meats together by hand, with a good tablespoon of oregano, breadcrumbs and the egg. Add some garlic powder, add the feta crumbled. Make into a loaf shape.
Pop the loaf into the oven in with the carrots and cook for 25m approx.
Meanwhile remove the chillies, add some chopped onion. Then add passata and some oregano and more garlic if needed. Salt and pepper if needed.
Simmer away. Remove the meatloaf from the oven and pour the sauce around it. Pop the chillies back onto the top of the meatloaf and pop back into the oven for 10min
Meanwhile pop some spaghetti into some boiling water and cook. When drained, drizzle some olive oil and serve into bowls. Remove meatloaf from oven, slice up and serve with the sauce.
It was amazing, even the baby loved it and didn't mind the chillies!
Pictured is my afternoons work! Baring in mind I used half a pack of mince, look how its bulked out with veg and how much there is! It will easily last a few meals.
The meatloaf is top right.