I tried Caldo Verde recently in Portugal and it, is delicious as it is simple.
Have a look at the recipe below on my own take on this Portuguese comfort food, perfect for autumn.
Serves: 4 Prep: 10mins Cook: 30mins
Ingredients: 2 pints of chicken stock, 1 large potato, 1 large courgette, 1 onion, 1 clove of garlic, 1/2 a ring of chorizo (I used turkey chorizo for this recipe as it’s a little healthier), tin of chickpeas rinsed and drained, good handful of spinach, a little oil and salt and pepper.
Start by gently frying one diced onion and garlic in a little oil to soften
Cube both the potato and courgette and add to the onion and garlic
Pour over the chicken stock and bring to boil
Simmer for around 10-15 minutes until the potato is soft and blitz all in a food processor to make a lovely soup base
Cut the chorizo into smallish chunks and dry fry in a pan for a few minutes to brown and remove any fat
Place the soup base back on a low heat and add the chopped chorizo, spinach and chickpeas for a further 15 minutes until all flavours have melted into this soup
Add seasoning and enjoy!
I also came across this lovely article recently on all things Caldo Verde!
Ingredients: 300g porridge oats, 150g of butter (or vegan alternative), 150g of golden syrup, 135g of brown sugar, 80g of pitted chopped dates, 2 tbsps. of peanut butter, 50g of dark salted chocolate (or vegan alternative).
Preheat oven to 150°C fan
Weigh out your butter, sugar and golden syrup and melt gently in a pan until runny and all ingredient combined
Pour the wet ingredients over your oats and dates and mix well until the oats are completely coated in the buttery mixture
Swirl in your peanut butter and pour into a lined baking tray so that the flapjack mixture lays an inch thick
Pop in the oven for 30mins
Allow to cool
Melt your chocolate and drizzle over the flapjacks, leave to set or cut into 12 squares and eat straight away…
I can’t stop eating this! So fresh tasting and so easy to make…great as part of a salad spread or a BBQ accompaniment.
Serves: 4 as a side dish
Ingredients: 1 cup of cooked chickpeas, 1 cup of cooked bread beans, 1 cup of cooked frozen peas, 1/2 block of feta crumbled, 1/2 red onion thinly sliced, juice of half a lemon, 1 red chilli sliced, 1 tsp. of dried oregano, mil of black pepper…
Try out this easy recipe for mid-week inspiration! Uses mostly store cupboards and freezer ingredients too.
Serves: 4 (with maybe some leftovers)
Ingredients: 1 cup of cooked white rice (basmati or long grain is fine), 1 can of beans or your choice such as chickpea, pinto etc, 1 cup of frozen peas, 2 – 4 (depending on how many you want), decent sized sausages of your choice these can of course be veggie, decent sized sausages of your choice these can of course be veggie, 4 eggs, small bunch of chives or spring onions (keeping a little back for garnish), 1 clove of garlic, 1 veggie or chicken stock cube, splash of oil.
Cook your rice as per instructions and set aside
Meanwhile boil your eggs for 10mins and leave to cool
Cut your sausages into slices and fry on a medium heat with a little oil in a large pan with the garlic until browned
Mix in the chopped chives or spring onions and stir quickly
Crumble over your stock cube and add your frozen peas and beans with a little water and mix well
Add your rice and stir, so that the rice is coated in all the lovely flavours
Peel and slice your eggs and use to top the rice with the remaining chives or spring onions
Whipped up a batch of these yesterday, great for lunch on the go, lunch box treats or after school snack. This recipe is dairy free and low sugar, making these a great addition to your weekend baking, as well as using up those overripe bananas!
Makes: 12 Muffins
Ingredients: 200g wholemeal flour, 4 overripe bananas, 2 eggs, 100ml of oat milk, 50g of brown sugar, 1 tbsp. of olive oil, 2 tbsp. of oats, 1 tsp. of baking powder, 1 tsp of baking soda, 1 tsp. of honey.
Preheat your oven to 180F
Combine all of your wet ingredients except the honey and mix well,
Add to all of the other dry ingredients
Mix well until smooth
Mash your bananas in a separate bowl and then add to the muffin mix
Mix well and then finish off by stirring in the honey
Fill a 12 hole muffin tray with muffin cases and fill equally with the muffin mixture
Pop in the oven and bake for 15 -20 minutes until the muffins have risen and are golden brown
Allow to cool and keep in an airtight container until ready to eat
Remember the taste of the very popular branded canned soup from your childhood…well this is a close second!
Ingredients: 2 cans of chopped tomatoes (drained weight 240g), 1 onion, 2 cloves of garlic, vegetable stock made with 300ml of boiling water, 2 tbsps of cream cheese, 1 tbsp of tomato puree and a little oil for frying.
1. Chop the onion and garlic and soften in a little oil for a few minutes
2. Add the tomatoes and stock, bring to the boil and then keep on a low simmer for 20mins
3. After 20mins add the cream cheese and puree and cook for a few minutes more until melted
Want a tasty treat this evening without having to make an unnecessary visit to the supermarket? Then try this…my Friday Night Freezer Rice with Cheeky Chorizo, something that can be enjoyed by all the family!
Please note that this dish can easily be made to suit a vegan or veggie diet by omitting the chorizo and using veggie stock.
Prep: 10mins Cook: 20mins
Ingredients: Thumb sized piece of chorizo, 1 onion, 2 cloves of garlic, 1 cup of rice (long grain, basmati or risotto will work), three cups of frozen veg of your choice, I used sweetcorn, peas and butternut squash, 1 stock cube like chicken or vegetable, 2 tsp of harissa paste if you have, if not 1 tsp of tomato puree and 1 tsp of paprika, 1 tsp of dried oregano or dried thyme, a little oil for frying, jarred black olives and lemon slices to serve if you have.
Cut the chorizo, onion and garlic into small pieces and fry in a lidded pan with a little oil for a few minutes, until the onion is softened and has taken on some of the colour from the chorizo
Add your rice and give it a good stir, so that it is coated in all of the juices from the onion mix
Make up 1 stock cube with two cups of boiling water, (same cup you used to measure the rice)
Pour the stock into the pan and give it a good stir
Add you frozen veg and tomato puree or harissa paste with the dried herbs
Give another good stir, bring to the boil and then simmer lid on for 10mins
After 10mins the rice should be al dente, but if you prefer it softer, add 1/2 a cup of water and cook for a further 5mins lid on
Serve with a few olives and fresh lemon slices if you have
Fancy making a batch of these yummy treats with what you already have in? Then try these chocolate flapjacks as porridge oats aren’t just for breakfast and also uses up any bits of chocolate you have left at home!
Prep: 10 mins Cook: 15mins plus cooling time.
Ingredients: 225g of oats, 125g butter, 125g of brown or white sugar, 2 – 3 tbsps. of honey, on any type of syrup that you have, 40g/50g of any left over chocolate you have in the house white, dark or milk!
Preheat oven to 180F
Put the sugar and butter into a pan and melt over a medium heat
Turn off the heat and stir in the oats and honey or syrup
Pour into a lined baking tray (roughly 18×28 cms)
Cook in the oven for 15 mins
Allow to completely cool, then melt your chocolate on the hob or in the microwave for about a minute and drizzle all over your flapjack
Allow the chocolate to cool then cut into 12 pieces
Friday nights can still be curry night with a few store cupboard ingredients!
Prep: 10mins Cook: 20mins
Ingredients: 1 onion, 2 cloves of garlic, 1 large can of chickpeas (drained weight around 500g), 100ml of passata, can of coconut milk, 1 – 2 tsp of curry paste, depending on how hot you like it, a little oil for frying.