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
Need something that’s quick, healthy and delicious too this week? Then give this Gluten Free, Dairy Free and Delicious Creamy Broccoli and Walnut Pasta a try…great for kids too!
Cook: 10mins Prep: Less than 5 minutes
Ingredients: 120g of Pasta of your choice, (I used gluten free spaghetti), half a head of broccoli, handful of walnuts, squeeze of lemon juice, 3 tbps. of soya cream, 1 tbsps of olive oil, salt and pepper.
Cook your pasta as per packet instructions
While this is cooking cut your broccoli up into florets and boil for around 6mins
Drain the broccoli and add to a food processor with the rest of the sauce ingredients and blend to a thick sauce like consistency, if you prefer more liquid add some more olive oil
Drain your pasta and mix in the broccoli and walnut sauce
Love meatballs but looking for a lighter, healthier gluten free option? Then try this delicious lemony almond meatball recipe, with easy peasy tomato sauce!
Makes: 18 meatballs
Prep: 15mins Cook: 40mins
Ingredients:For the Meatballs – 500g Pork Mince, 1 medium onion, 3 heaped tbsp. of ground almonds, 1 egg, zest of one lemon, 1 heaped tbsp. grated parmesan cheese, 1 heaped tsp. dried oregano, salt and pepper, drizzle of oil.
For the Tomato Sauce – Handful of cherry tomatoes, 400ml of passata, 3 cloves of garlic, 1 tbsp. of olive oil, 2 tsp. of balsamic vinegar.
Preheat your oven to 220f
Finely dice your onion and add to all of the other ingredients and work well to combine all of the ingredients together
Once combined, make into walnut sized balls and pop into a baking dish, drizzle with oil and cook for 30 – 40 minutes until browned
While the meatballs are cooking start on your sauce:
Finely chopped the garlic cloves and add to a pan with the olive oil
Cook for a few minutes on a medium heat then add roughly chopped cherry tomatoes and the balsamic vinegar
Cook for 5 – 10 minutes until the tomatoes start to break down, you can break them down a little with a wooden spoon
Add the passata and cook on a low simmer for 20mins
Serve the meatballs on gluten free pasta and your choice and veg and drizzle over the sauce
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
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.
As we live through these uncertain times, I wanted to help those of you in lockdown, staying at home and self-isolating to find easy and nutritious ways to keep cooking without having to make a trip to the supermarket or local shop until it’s really necessary or spend hours week on week in an online shopping queue.
Last year I set myself a task of creating new dishes from around the world for 52 weeks. Through this experience I gained a huge insight to the different ingredients and types of cooking used throughout the world especially in countries that do not have access to the abundance of ingredients that many of us have in the Western world. My family and I have been on lockdown for two weeks so far and I am already finding that I am able to use the information gathered last year to better prepare for cooking within limits.
So as of now I will re-share some of my old recipes and create new ones, some of The Lockdown Larder Recipes are already there waiting for you, just click on the pink link, focussing on making the most of what you already have in your store cupboard, freezers and other staples that hopefully you will have at home. For some of the recipes created so far using mostly store cupboard and freezer ingredients, please click on.
I have also put together a list of products and ingredients you might want to add to your next shop. You may notice that this does not include that many fresh products as these need replenishing more often.
This is not a definitive list and should be used only as a guide to help you prepare for the weeks ahead…So here goes:
Bread (to then be frozen and used as needed)
Cheeses like parmesan and strong cheddar
Butter or spread
Bananas (can be peeled, frozen and added to smoothies)
Frozen fruits like berries
Frozen veg like peas and butternut squash (great for tagines)
Fish fingers (of course!)
Porridge Oats (can also be used to make flapjacks)
Long life milk/Oat milk or alternatives
Pasta any type
Rice any type
Other various types of beans
Lentils (dried goes further than canned)
Flour self-raising, bread flour (can be used as pizza bases)
Dried herbs and spices
Honey or syrup
Olive oil/Sun flower oil
Mustards like wholegrain and Dijon
Sweet chilli sauce
Some little extras
Nuts to add crunch, for baking and stir fries.
Looking for something different this week? Remember turkey isn’t just Christmas with this Japanese style, slow cooked turkey leg with umami flavours!
Prep: 5mins Cook: 3 hours
Ingredients: 1 large turkey leg, (male if you can get it, as it’s even bigger), 1/2 a bottle of red wine, 1 heaped tbsp. of white miso paste, 2 tsps. Sesame seeds 4 peeled garlic cloves, 2 star anaise, 2 cinnamon sticks.
Preheat oven to 130F
Make some slits in the skin of the turkey
Pop the turkey leg into a deep lidded, oven proof pan
Add to the pan the rest of the ingredients, making sure to pour some over the top of the turkey
Put the lid on and cook in the oven for 1.5 hours
Take the turkey out and baste
Pop back in the oven for a further 1.5 hours
Allow the turkey to rest and serve with juices from the pan, which makes a great gravy
Goes well with your choice of veg, rice, noodles and even roast potatoes.
This is a really easy, delicious slow cooked pork dish packed with loads of flavour, great served with mash and veg to keep you warm this winter – I don’t have a photo of the finished dish as it didn’t last long!
Serves: 4 – 6
Ingredients: 800 – 1kg of Pork Shoulder (fat removed), 2 x celery sticks, 2 cloves of garlic, 1/2 a lemon, 1 onion, 1 cinnamon stick, 2 small chillies (whole), more if you like it hot! 2 bay leaves, 1 tsp. dried thyme, 500ml ginger ale, good pinch of salt and pepper.
Preheat your oven to 130F
Roughly chop all of your vegetables
Place the pork in an oven proof lidded dish
Scatter all of the vegetables and dried herbs plus the lemon all over the pork with good pinch of salt and pepper
Pour over the ginger ale put the lid on and pop into the oven for 4 hours, checking half way through cooking time that it is not drying out, if it is add a little water, at this stage also pour some of the juices back over the pork
Pop back in the oven until cooking time is up
Allow to rest for 10 – 15mins then you should be able to shred the pork easily
Serve with some extra veg, potatoes or rice and drizzle over some of those amazing juices…
The Party Season has definitely started in our house, so if you are entertaining this December and looking for some tasty treats with mainly freezer and store cupboard ingredients then have a go at the tasty puffs!
Prep:20 mins Cook: 15mins
Ingredients: 460g ready made puff pastry, 250g frozen shrimps/prawns, 4 tbsp. of mayonnaise, 2 heaped tbsp. of tinned sweetcorn, 2 tbsp. toasted sesame seeds 2 tbsp. sweet chilli sauce, 1 small bunch of spring onions or chives thinly sliced, 1 tsp. dried ginger, a little oil for frying.
Pre-heat your oven to 160F
Using a pastry cutter or a cup, cut out 26 circles in your puff pastry, prick with a fork and add to a lined baking tray
Cook in the oven for 15mins until golden and puffed up
Take out and leave to cool
To make the prawn filling, fry your prawns in a little oil to remove any excess water, allow to cool
Make the prawn sauce, by mixing together all of the remaining ingredients, except the sesame seeds and add the cooled prawns
Take each of the little puffs and using the back of a spoon bash the top a little to make a small hole in each
Fill the hole with the prawn mixture and finish off with a sprinkling of the sesame seeds
Save The Children are working in China to improve the quality of life for the children of China, working with childrens rights organisations, to keep children protected from neglect, illness and abuse. They have also developed the Helping Babies Breathe programme, and are supporting local health workers to better treat and diagnose childhood illnesses. In China around 50% of the population also live in natural disaster-prone areas, Save The Children are working locally to ensure that communities are better prepared for future emergencies, to find out more please visit their website:
Remember all recipes are created for you not only to enjoy, but to also raise awareness of the struggles these countries face on a daily basis, so if you would like to make a donation to Save The Children, who are working everyday to support children around the World, please visit my just giving page by clicking the link Just Giving for more information.
So where will we go next? Come back on Monday to find out!