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    • vitamin_joe
    • By vitamin_joe 1st Oct 09, 5:02 PM
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    Lazy tasty recipes!
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    • 1st Oct 09, 5:02 PM
    Lazy tasty recipes! 1st Oct 09 at 5:02 PM
    well, I can cook complex dishes as needs be, but as I live alone, I don't generally bother... So I thought I'd start a thread for everyone's lazy recipes. I'll start with one that I enjoy. It's tasty, nutricious, quick, cheap and veggie/vegan friendly

    Soup- I'll use potato and leek soup as an example. Boil the kettle- while you're doing that, dice up a potato and a leek or two. Chuck in the pan, add the boiling water. Bring to the boil on the hob- once it's boiling, turn the hob off. Add half a veggie stock cube, maybe a garlic clove, and pepper to taste, pop the lid on the pot and leave and go do something else.

    about 20 minutes later, the potatoes should be cooked. Blast some/ all of the mixture in a liquidiser, reheat and serve. It's that simple!

    You can use this technique with any soups- red lentil and red pepper soup is another favourite. For this one add a diced potato, and a diced fried onion to the peppers and lentils mix, plus the half stock cube and seasoning. I love this one- it's quite sweet and has a lovely rich orange colour. personally, I like it with a lot of chilli- really gets those juices flowing!

    Over to you! do you have any favourite lazy tasty recipes? A superquick salad, a carefree curry, a simple but succulent sandwich? Post them here! (no ready-meals though- that's cheating ) You get extra points if you manage to get the phrase 'go off and do something else' into your recipe

    Personally, I don't cook with meat, but this thread's open to everyone- carni, veggie, vegan...

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    • esio trot
    • By esio trot 1st Oct 09, 5:31 PM
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    esio trot
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    • 1st Oct 09, 5:31 PM
    veggie broth always works well, especially if you've already got some fresh vegetable stock hanging around - if not, stock cubes are fine. You can also change the ratios off veggies, depending on what you have and what you like. the one I did today was:

    3 carrots
    one onion
    one stick of celery
    1/2 a medium sized potato
    750mls (ish) of vegetable stock

    Chop up all veggies however you like them, for this, I prefer to do teeny tiny dices. Soften veg in a little bit of olive oil and a dribble of the stock if the pan starts to get too dry. Pop the lid on and let it sweat away for 10 minutes or so. Add in the rest of the stock and leave it to bubble away on a low heat for as long as you like or until the veg has softened.

    End result can be served with bits or blended. I sometimes add in a bit of sandwich ham, finely sliced and heat through for a few minutes. I've also been known to add in some leftover chicken and some chili flakes. It's a nice, light way of warming yourself up and it's great with buttered HM bread!

    I also like creamy beef casserole (it's what I'm having for tea tonight!)

    for two people...

    enough braising steak for two (depending on appetite!)
    2 carrots
    2 potatoes
    whatever other veg you like to bulk it out, I'm using baby corn today, mushrooms are good too
    ~600ml stock, beef or vegetable
    couple of dollops of creme fraiche

    Brown steak in a pot and add chopped vegetables and stock. Bring to the boil and transfer to a casserole dish. Place in an oven preheated to 170 degrees and cook for 2-3 hours until steak is tender.

    Remove from the oven and take meat and veg out and set aside. Stir creme fraiche into the remaining sauce and whisk until combined. Serve in bowls with crusty bread/pasta/rice/side veggies/roasties - whatever you like! Can also be made with chicken or just vegetables - reduce the cooking time accordingly


    I've just noticed how autumny it's getting - all I want is cosy comfort food!
    • tmm aka tracy
    • By tmm aka tracy 1st Oct 09, 5:36 PM
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    • 1st Oct 09, 5:36 PM
    Garlic Mushrooms and Pasta
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    • 1st Oct 09, 5:36 PM
    I like to fry strips of chicken, onion and pepper together, frying them off well. Add a handful of fresh corriander (out of the freezer) and a squeeze of sweet chillie. serve it either in deli wraps (as per my tea tonight), or throw it onto some salad and fresh beansprouts for a lovely salad. Also works well with steak.

    Oh.. and another favorite is garlic mushrooms with pasta. Cook the pasta as instructed, add olive oil and a knob of butter to a frying pan, cut half a pack of button mushrooms into chunky peices and fry with a crushed garlic clove until nice and brown. Drain the pasta, add it to the pan with the mushrooms, mix and serve. I sometimes add peppers or herbs for a change but its so quick and yummy for a supper just with the mushrooms.

    Last edited by tmm aka tracy; 01-10-2009 at 6:49 PM. Reason: Swiss cheese brain...
    • flutterbyuk25
    • By flutterbyuk25 1st Oct 09, 5:51 PM
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    All you need is:

    -vegetables, I use onion/peppers/tomatoes
    -seasoning - either chilli flakes or I sometimes use basil leaves or jalepenos

    Place one wrap in frying pan, add veg, seasoning and grate cheese ontop. place 2nd wrap on top. Cook for few minutes, flip over (I use a plate to do this!), cook other side for few minutes.

    Serve hot with salsa or sour cream.

    Very yummy, quick to make. I make one at a time so it can be a snack or a meal if I make a 2nd.

    I guess you could add chicken if you fancied (I'm veggie though)

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    • 1st Oct 09, 5:53 PM
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    • 1st Oct 09, 5:53 PM
    This is my quick spicy rice dish.normally made from left overs.
    fry small diced onion in some olive oil, handful of mixed peppers, few frozen peas and garlic add teaspoon of powered stock, either add cooked chicken strips or sliced cooked sausage 1 teaspoon of turmic and 1 teaspoon of chili powder. add mug of cooked rice stir well together. splash or two of soya sauce. heat for 5mins or so. serve with garlic bread.
  • locutus2003
    • #6
    • 1st Oct 09, 6:00 PM
    Pasta and cheese
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    • 1st Oct 09, 6:00 PM
    A very old family favourite this - cook pasta according to the packet. Drain. Melt a knob of butter in the pan, put the pasta back in and stir until pasta all coated in butter. Mix in a few squirts of tomato puree so the pasta goes orange. Serve with grated cheese sprinkled over the top.

    It was my favourite when I was a child and it's my children's favourite now! Cheap, quick and easy.
    • CCP
    • By CCP 1st Oct 09, 6:14 PM
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    • 1st Oct 09, 6:14 PM
    Cheese and tomato pasta bake
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    • 1st Oct 09, 6:14 PM
    This is one of my dad's recipes, and still one of my favourite "can't really be bothered" meals:
    • roughly chop an onion and a garlic clove (or more than one clove, if you prefer!), and cook in a splash of oil until starting to go golden
    • add a tin of chopped tomatoes, and whatever herbs and/or spices you fancy, stir and leave to simmer while you go off and do something else - I find 20 mins is about right with a lid on the pan
    • cook some pasta (I use boiling water from the kettle for speed when doing this), and switch on the grill while it's cooking
    • mix the cooked pasta with the tomato sauce, grate over a bit of cheese, and stick under the grill for a few minutes until molten
    Serves 1 to 2 people, depending on how much pasta you use!
    • Frugalista
    • By Frugalista 1st Oct 09, 6:17 PM
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    • 1st Oct 09, 6:17 PM
    Leeks, Eggs & Butterbeans in Cheese Sauce
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    • 1st Oct 09, 6:17 PM
    Put eggs on to boil (I usually do 3-4 for myself and OH) - place steamer on top of pan and put in leeks - approx 1 per person (peeled and cut into 1" pieces).

    While leeks & eggs are cooking make a cheese sauce in another pan (or you can go off and do something else and make it later ). I just throw in some wholemeal flour & salt & pepper, very gradually add approx pint of milk then chuck in some cheese (I don't even bother to grate it - just cut into thin slices) keep stirring - you'll think this is never going to thicken - then suddenly the cheese melts and it all becomes nice and thick and creamy.

    Shell and cut the eggs in half and place in a shallow dish. Place the leeks on top. Drain a can of butterbeans and sprinkle over eggs & leeks. Pour cheese sauce over the top. I sometimes make a crunchy topping with grated cheese & breadcrumbs - pop into oven to warm through. Bish, bash, bosh - job's a good'un!!

    Takes around 20 minutes to throw together and is really cheap and filling.
    Last edited by Frugalista; 01-10-2009 at 6:19 PM.
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    • kazmeister
    • By kazmeister 1st Oct 09, 6:36 PM
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    • 1st Oct 09, 6:36 PM
    sausage pasta
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    • 1st Oct 09, 6:36 PM
    Cook pasta
    1 min before finished bung in a tin of hot dog sausages chopped into chunks (to heat through)
    Strain pasta and sausages and stir in a pot/tub of Dolmio tomato type stir in sauce.

    Kids love it
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    • kazmeister
    • By kazmeister 1st Oct 09, 6:39 PM
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    pea and ham/bacon risotto
    Pea and Bacon risotto
    2 tbsp olive oil
    small chunk butter
    1 onion finely chopped
    6 streaky bacon rashers chopped (use any you have or chopped up packet ham)
    300g risotto rice
    1 litre hot veg stock (3 stock cubes)
    100g frozen peas

    heat oil and butter in large pan tip in onions and fry about 7 mins.
    Add bacon fry 5 mins more
    Tip in rice and stock and bring to boil.
    Stir well the reduce heat and cook with lid on for 15 - 20 mins until rice is almost tender and most stock absorbed.
    Stir in pease add salt and pepper cook 3 mins more until peas cooked.
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  • nodwah
    My fave is - Chicken chorizo bake:

    per person, one chicken breast, half a red pepper chopped into chunks, a handful of cherry toms, a couple of inches of chorizo, half an onion chopped into rough slices.
    mix it all together in an ovenproof dish dirzzle with olive oil and sprinkle with paprika and bake for 20to 45 mins in a hot oven - could hardly be easier!

    (you can miss out some ingredients if you don't have them)

    Actually another I've just thought of is pesto pasta! - fry some chopped bacon add pesto and mix into cooked pasta! 10 mins!
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  • laurel7172
    As a general very lazy hint: I like my soups a bit rustic anyway, so if I'm in a real hurry I sometimes don't even chop mashable veg-I just throw it in the slow cooker and take a potato masher to it when it's cooked. I guess I could use a stick blender for better results, but I like the consistency I get my way.
    • Bronnie
    • By Bronnie 1st Oct 09, 10:29 PM
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    5 minute Chicken in Cream sauce.
    Pan-fry chicken, pour in tub of cream and a dollop of whole grain mustard, loosen all all the bits off the pan and serve. Delish!

    Coronation Chicken ( as part of a meal or to fill a sandwich or jacket spud)
    Half mayo, half natural yogurt, dollop of apricot/spiced fruit chutney (or even apricot jam),spoon of curry paste (suitable for use uncooked, check jar and see later posts in this thread!). Stir together and mix in leftover chopped chicken

    Boozy Ginger Log
    A bit 'sixties' but I love it!
    Whip cream. Dip ginger nut biscuits in sherry and sandwich with cream into a log shape or just make individual desserts in small dishes. Cover with cream. Leave in fridge overnight.

    Crushed Digestive biscuits mixed with melted butter in the base of a tin. Top with a packet of made-up Dream Topping beaten together a pack of Philly Finish off with a can of blackcurrant pie filling.
    (Honestly tastes better than it sounds...can't taste the Dream Topping!!).
    Last edited by Bronnie; 07-10-2009 at 1:46 PM.
    • pixie1
    • By pixie1 1st Oct 09, 10:42 PM
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    Mine has to be cheesy potato and bean mess!

    Boil the spuds then mash and mix in some grated cheese and seaon. Plop the mixture in an oven proof dish and top with more cheese. Go off and do something else until cheese is golden oh and warm a tin of baked beans at the same time - multi tasking LOL

    Serve all together tummy cheap lazy warming food - I love it!!!

    Excellent thread!!
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    • nanokitten
    • By nanokitten 2nd Oct 09, 2:10 AM
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    Quick veggy pasta: put on pasta to boil. (You now have 12 minutes to do the rest!) Grate a carrot into a pan and sweat with a knob of butter (I use a tin foil lid pressed on top of the veg to sweat it but a small pan lid which fits inside the pan works well) grate courgette in after it sweat some more. use the remaining time to either find cottage cheese in fridge, grate cheddar, chop blue cheese such as dolcelette. With 1 minute to go add cheese to veg, turn off heat and allow to melt slightly, drain pasta, add to cheesey veg mixture, lots of black pepper to serve.
    You can use other veg (I can't eat most veg) but cut / grate small and prep / cook in order of how log they take to cook ie onion first. You can also add frozen veg to pasta water near the end of cooking.
    • Generali
    • By Generali 2nd Oct 09, 2:12 AM
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    Pasta Puttanesca (trans = Prostitute's Pasta)

    Fry an onion and a clove of garlic in a little oil. Chuck in a few anchovies, 100-150g pitted olives, a couple of tbs capers then a tin of tomatoes. Simmer for 20 mins while you cook some pasta (spagetti is traditional I think). Mix the sauce with the pasta and chuck over some basil and some parmesan if you like it.

    It supposedly gets it's name from being served in Naples's red light district.

    PS The name of the pasta below translates as Mother in Law's tongue!

    Last edited by Generali; 02-10-2009 at 10:49 AM.
    • nopot2pin
    • By nopot2pin 2nd Oct 09, 3:28 AM
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    Mini Naan Bread Pizzas
    One mini naan bread, with a tsp of red pesto, mixed with a tsp of tomatoe puree... ..... then choose your own toppings, that you do, for a pizza ...
    • newlywed
    • By newlywed 2nd Oct 09, 9:17 AM
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    Sausage and Bean Cassulet:

    Chop an onion - as chunky or fine as you wish. Fry.
    Add a squirt of garlic paste (you said lazy!!)
    Open 3 tins of beans and drain - kidney, butter, borlotti, canneloni - whatever you wish, just not baked beans
    Empty beans into pan with the onions.
    Open tin of chopped tomatoes or carton of passata, tip in.
    Chop a smoked pork sausage into bite size pieces.
    Add dried herbs of choice.

    Go off and do summat else Or bung some garlic bread in the oven.

    Heat the cassulet through for 10-15 minutes.

    Stir. Serve and eat - serves 3-4 depending on garlic bread and size of appetite
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    • vitamin_joe
    • By vitamin_joe 2nd Oct 09, 10:47 AM
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    Thanks for everyone's great suggestions! I'll definitely be trying some of these- cheesy potato and bean mess is tickling my tastebuds right now- my sister used to make something similar called 'cheese slop' (yum!) which was mash and cheese mixed together with a finely chopped plum tomato (juice drained off), baked in the oven. It was a lot tastier than its name suggests!

    Actually another I've just thought of is pesto pasta! - fry some chopped bacon add pesto and mix into cooked pasta! 10 mins!
    Originally posted by nodwah
    Yes! I make a similar one, with fried onions, and if I'm feeling special, a veggie sausage, cut into 'coins' and fried with the onion. Another tip is that you can pop an egg in while you are cooking the pasta- when the pasta is done, the egg should be too. Simply peel and chop into rough chunks, and add to the pasta pesto mix.
    • auntymabel
    • By auntymabel 2nd Oct 09, 9:03 PM
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    Coronation Chicken ( as part of a meal or to fill a sandwich or jacket spud)
    Half mayo, half natural yogurt, dollop of apricot/spiced fruit chutney (or even apricot jam),spoon of curry paste. Stir together and mix in leftover chopped chicken

    Bronnie - My jar of Patak's curry paste says not to use it uncooked.
    Which one do you use?

    Can't wait to try your cheesecake on v fussy OH.
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