My 7 Best Recipes With 5 Ingredients Or Less
I think we all have our favourite recipes that we wheel out time after time, those proven easy meals that we turn to when we want an easy to make dish, have little or no time or just want our favourite comforting dishes. I wanted this January to be all about new beginnings and trying new things, so I’ve been trying out a few new recipes but decided to make a few of my old favourites that I haven't made in quite a while.
My favourite place to find foodie inspiration is bbcgoodfood.co.uk and I find a lot of recipes here but also from www.tesco.com/realfood and also the great free magazine that Morrisons do! Some recipes are my own creations, some tasted on various travels and some are blatantly stolen from the sites above!
If you have a go at any of the recipes, please share them on my Twitter feed or Facebook page - I would love to see what you create! if you find a better way to make it, let me know!
Roasted Sausage and Squash with Feta and Kale - adapted slightly from a Tesco recipe you can find here: http://realfood.tesco.com/recipes/roasted-butternut-squash-with-chestnuts-pancetta-feta-and-parsley.html
I have omitted the pancetta and chestnuts and replaced with sausages - see image above - yummy!
Tuna and Basil Pasta (Sardinian dish)
This dish takes me back to 1997 when in Sardinia and I had this dish on holiday, it's incredibly simple. For two: simply add a can of drained tuna, a handful of halved cherry tomatoes, lemon juice, a dash of olive oil and a handful of chopped fresh basil to your favourite pasta once it has been drained, stir to combine and warm through, add salt and pepper and then serve! Tastes like sunshine!
Sausage and Cannelinni Bean Hotpot (Morrisons)
You will need:
8 sausages of your choice, 2 large red onions cut into wedges, 2 garlic cloves, a pinch of dried chilli flakes, fresh rosemary, 300g can of cannellini beans, drained, 150ml chicken stock, 160g spinach.
Fry or grill the sausages until cooked through completely, set aside. Add onions to a pan and cook for 7-8 minutes, add garlic, dried chilli flakes, and rosemary and cook for two minutes. Add the cannellini beans. Cut each sausage into 3 or 4 pieces and add into the pan and add the stock. Bring to the boil, cover and simmer for 4-5 minutes. Add the spinach and some pepper and stir through to wilt the spinach then pile into serving bowls. Enjoy!
Broccoli and Stilton Soup - find the recipe from BBC Good Food here:
Roast Squash Soup - my made up recipe!
For Two: Peel and chop a small butternut squash, pop in a roasting tin with olive oil plus a yellow pepper chopped and 3 celery sticks, chopped. Roast for approx 25 minutes or until tender. Add to a food processor or blender with chicken or vegetable stock, blitz, pop into a saucepan with salt and pepper and warm through. Serve with bread of your choice and a swirl of creme fraiche through the soup - yum.
Frittata - my made up recipe!
This is super simple. For Two: chop a red pepper, slice a courgette, slice some chorizo or bacon, crumble feta. Chop and fry off all ingredients except the feta. Once cooked through add 4 beaten eggs to the frying pan, making sure it is evenly distributed throughout all the other ingredients and let it cook for 3-4 minutes, adding the feta at this stage. Meanwhile heat the grill, pop the frying pan under the grill to cook the top of the eggs, adding some grated cheese at this stage too if you like. Serve once golden and bubbling with a side salad.
Roast Chicken Risotto - my made up recipe!
I love risotto and there are so many ways you can serve this, pretty much anything can go in and this is great way of using up leftover roast chicken. Best to strip the meat from the carcass whilst still warm as it's much easier. Simply make basic risotto (find guidelines here: http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/7716/herb-and-parmesan-risotto) then add the cooled cooked chicken from the leftover roast, peas, any fresh herbs such as mint, parley or thyme all work well, salt and pepper and some lemon juice, cook through thoroughly so the chicken is piping hot, then serve with some creme fraiche stirred through for a nice creamy finish. Making me hungry now!
I hope you enjoy trying something new this weekend. What's your favourite go to comfort dish? Let me know in the comments.
Ps. There has been a lot going on at T&F HQ hence no blog posts since the new year but I will make sure they come out a tad more often from now on! Have a great weekend everyone!