Anyway, here are some of the things I typically make.
This is good as it is "one pot", takes little skill and is very healthy (I think, I'm not a dietitian but common sense dictates).
- Don't bother with onions it takes too long.
- Brown off some lamb.(I get it from the butchers and just say, "a handful" as like most people have no idea about weight. If it's over £3 in money I start squinting and sighing until he says, "ok you can have it for £3).
- Throw in the mushy veg at bottom of the fridge which preferably includes a sweet one like sweet potato or squash.
- Throw in a handful of lentils (precise measuring out is futile).
- Chop up some potato if you can be bothered.
- Boil the kettle, pour on enough water so that is covers everything.
- Crumble in a stock cube.
- Put lid on and simmer for as long as you can.
This is an emergency meal when you get home from a day out, look in the fridge and weep. It depends on you having in the staple ingredients of cheese, milk and pasta (fear not, all these things can be bought in most petrol stations). Son 1 claimed the other day this his is favourite meal of all time. Note it contains no veg (this is a plus in the opinions of most children).
- Boil some pasta in a pan.
- Put about 250ml milk in a pan. Heat. When boiling turn down and mix in a spoonful of flour. Keep stirring.
- When it thickens add a load of grated cheese. If you have nutmeg put a pinch in.
- Put drained cooked pasta in the cheesey pan (do not put the cheesey mix in the pasta pan - more washing up). Stir round.
This meal is most appreciated by toothless ones, i.e. babies under 10 months, but it seems to go down a treat.
- Chop up a leek (or in my case, open freezer door, get out frozen leeks).
- Cook in microwave in mug with some water in (do not use expensive Emma Bridgewater type mugs).
- Do same with potato (at same time if you wish).
- Mix together, stir in some grated cheese with a dash of milk.
- Mash with a fork - hey presto!
My boys love this one. I admit I have started buying frozen risotto that you can heat up in a pan in 6 minutes, the salt content is surprisingly low. Still it works out cheaper to cook from scratch and this is what this blog is all about so....
- Use leftover chicken, shred into small pieces.
- Fry an onion (I buy Easy Onion now, comes in a jar).
- Fry garlic (likewise, from jar).
- Fry risotto rice for a minute on high heat.
- Chuck in any veg, preferably mushy about to go out of date type stuff.
- Boil kettle, put about 500ml in a jug with a crumbled stock cube.
- Now you have two choices, either spend half an hour standing there spooning the stock in bit at a time OR
- Put all stock in at once, transfer to ovenproof dish and stick in oven for half an hour.
- Near the end, put in chicken and perhaps cream or creme fraiche plus cheese.
This is great for puddings.
- Peel apple, chop off the the core.
- Slice into small bits.
- Fry in a pan with butter, add orange juice and cinnamon
- Serve! A variation here is to add cocoa powder or melted chocolate to the pan for older children.
- Slice bananas
- Fry in a pan with butter.
- Add a small packet of chocolate buttons or similar.
- Mix round then serve.
This is a really easy one and great for when you have some leftover bananas that are about to turn.
You won't be spending ages stirring either.
- Mash up two bananas (kids like doing this).
- Add three spoonfuls of sunflower oil
- Add about two spoonfuls of sugar.
- Add about four spoonfuls of plain flour.
- Add a teaspoon of baking powder.
- Chuck in an egg and a handful of raisins
- Stir then put into a loaf tin.
- Bake in oven for about 40 minutes at 180 degrees. (grease tin if you can bothered).
I still hate cooking.