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Lazy tasty recipes!

edited 13 October 2009 at 5:48PM in Old Style MoneySaving
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  • edited 12 October 2011 at 10:44PM
    broke_mother_of_studentsbroke_mother_of_students Forumite
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    edited 12 October 2011 at 10:44PM
    3 favourites~

    1. lentil and chorizo soup. ~ gently fry and onion, 2 garlic cloves & a little ginger in a spoonful of olive oil. Add one and a half pints of stock (I use veggie), some cumin powder, a tin of chopped toms., and about 4/5 ozs. of orange lentils. boil for approx. 20 mins WHILE YOU GO AND DO SOMETHING ELSE. Turn off the heat, blitz with a stick blender and add some chopped chorizo (as much as you like). cover and leave until ready to eat.

    2. pasta sauce ~ spray tray with fry light (I cover with foil first since I hate cleaning trays, but not very economical!) add a carton of cherry toms, 2 chopped courgettes, 2 chopped peppers, 2 chopped red onions and a few chopped garlic cloves. Spray again with Frylight and roast for 20 mins. Put a tin of chopped toms in a saucepan with some fresh basil and black pepper and heat. Turn off WHILE YOU GO AND DO SOMETHING ELSE. When veg are ready add to saucepan and cook gently for another 20 mins or so WHILE YOU FIND SOMETHING ELSE TO DO.
    I serve this as it is with wholemeal spaghetti and cheese for me; blitzed to a sauce and reheated with strips of stir fried chicken, meatballs and chilli powder or chopped chorizo added for husband and sons.

    3. Ainsley Harriot instant cous-cous and microwaved salmon (2 mins in microwave).
  • salomesalome Forumite
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    Sorry, bit off topic, but I love your name broke mother of students, very good :-)
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  • Paulie'sGirlPaulie'sGirl Forumite
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    stokegal wrote: »
    I LOVE Oatcakes (proper Stoke ones though - not to be confused with the 'orrible Scottish ones) but it's a sacrilege to have them with anything but bacon, cheese and beans with lashings of brown sauce.... drool

    *wanders off to local oatcake shop*

    No, no, no!! ;) My OH is a Buxton lad, and even as a Northerner I'm a convert to Derbyshire oakcakes. You can't beat a Derbyshire oatcake topped with bacon and eggs...

    Fits with the theme actually, one pan dish, takes as long as the bacon takes...

    My lazy tasty dish is pasta and broccoli bake. Cook pasta and broccoli florets in the same pan of salted water. Meanwhile make a cheese sauce (packet is ok, better made with a roux and grated cheese if you have an extra 3 minutes). Add dried oregano / thyme and a good tablespoon of wholegrain mustard to the sauce. Mix the sauce with the pasta and broccoli. Eat as is, or tip in a dish and grill / bake til crispy on top.

    Delish!! And has veggies :p

    PGxx
  • zippychickzippychick Forumite
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    iam so glad i read this thread. Have had a horrendous day and had just opened the dominoes pizza tab, because its the only thing i can order with a credit card, bu then i spotted this thread and felt inspired!

    PG I am making your pasta doober - using what I have. Added in some smoked bacon, peas and sweetcorn and its in baking now! Had froxen cubes of cheese sauce and added mustard and some herbs and spices. So glad i didnt order cardboard with cheese and totally waste £15 or so , thanks so much!
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  • Here's another very happy person after discovering this thread.
    Our 'can't be a**ed' dinner is Spaghetti and Spinach. My kids get so excited when i do this.
    Cook spaghetti. Wash baby spinach leaves (or cut up some bigger ones) and put in a saucepan with lid and high heat for just 2 mins until it starts to wilt. Drain spaghetti and put in pot with spinach. Add some cream/creme fraiche/ sour cream (whatever you've got). Salt and lots of black pepper. Serve with lots of finely grated parmesan (or the brill parmigiano from Lidl) and freshly ground black pepper.
    This takes as long as your spagetti and tatses wonderful. Sometimes I don't bother to wilt the spinach, just put it in with the hot spaghetti and it starts to wilt a wee bit.
    Father Ted: Now concentrate this time, Dougal. These
    (he points to some plastic cows on the table) are very small; those (pointing at some cows out of the window) are far away...
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  • reehsetinreehsetin Forumite
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    rosie383 wrote: »
    Here's another very happy person after discovering this thread.
    Our 'can't be a**ed' dinner is Spaghetti and Spinach. My kids get so excited when i do this.
    Cook spaghetti. Wash baby spinach leaves (or cut up some bigger ones) and put in a saucepan with lid and high heat for just 2 mins until it starts to wilt. Drain spaghetti and put in pot with spinach. Add some cream/creme fraiche/ sour cream (whatever you've got). Salt and lots of black pepper. Serve with lots of finely grated parmesan (or the brill parmigiano from Lidl) and freshly ground black pepper.
    This takes as long as your spagetti and tatses wonderful. Sometimes I don't bother to wilt the spinach, just put it in with the hot spaghetti and it starts to wilt a wee bit.
    I do the same but with ricotta cheese, oil, add garlic and green chili, spinich & ricotta and salt and peper, yum
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  • LexxiLexxi Forumite
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    I don't know why I complain about cooking, most of my recipes are lazy :rotfl:
    Another spaghetti one...

    Cook spaghetti in boiling water/as per instructions.
    Grate bread to breadcrumbs (or tear up to save washing the grater)
    Chop onion.
    Put a little oil in a pan and fry onion until translucent add bread crumbs and fry until crunchy.
    Drain pasta put on plate and top with onion and bread.
    I wasn't sure when I first made it but it was all I had in and it's very nice.
    You can add to it too;
    put a stock cube in with the pasta water to flavour tha pasta.
    Fry garlic just after the onion and before the bread
    Add tuna or other bits of fish
    Or cheese
    Or veggies
    Or keep it basic for day before pay day meal :D
    Lots of possibilities
  • picklepickle Forumite
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    A quick dish I do for my two toddlers & myself is:

    Boil some potato, carrots, broccoli and whatever other vegetable can be boiled & mashed. Drain & mash once cooked.

    Fry a diced onion and a few slices of diced ham & add to mash. Season with salt & pepper to taste.

    My toddlers love it.
  • ReverbeReverbe Forumite
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    Gonna invent one myself again tonight - got some sausages left so will chop them, make a cheese sauce and cook some barley. Also got some curly kale left so might incorporate this in some way. I was thinking of making a soup with kale and stock but I dont have anything else to throw in.
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  • CCPCCP Forumite
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    Reverbe wrote: »
    Gonna invent one myself again tonight - got some sausages left so will chop them, make a cheese sauce and cook some barley. Also got some curly kale left so might incorporate this in some way. I was thinking of making a soup with kale and stock but I dont have anything else to throw in.

    If you fancy soup, you could add the barley and sausages to the kale and stock, Reverbe - I did something similar last winter and it was really tasty. You do need pretty good stock, though, as it's so simple. (Although your cheese sauce-based dish sounds pretty good too! :))

    Back on the OT, another variation on the pasta and pesto combination is to fry chopped bacon and mushrooms together, then add to cooked pasta with a blob of pesto and enough of the pasta cooking water to make a sauce. It's so simple, but so, so good!
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