My first recipe from #simplicious: Pretty Spring Risotto with Powerhouse Dressing, a gorgeous vegetarian lunch that packs a nutritional punch. It kicks off the start to a new challenge - to cook all 306 recipes from the book, 'Julie and Julia' style. Offal and all. I'm doing this because I want to push the boundaries of the way I buy, cook, consume (and waste) food, for myself and my family. I'm intrigued to see how it will affect the way we live. Click through for the full post. #iqs
Steak and Five Veg (actually I think it's six!), from p 239 of @_sarahwilson_'s #simplicious. When late Sunday arvo rolled around, I really didn't want to make this (i.e. I just wanted a pizza to appear at my door ). But in the interests of using what we had, and saving $$ we pushed through and made it. And were very glad we did! Loads of flavour, and my husband made a little basil, garlic and oil chimmichurri-style dressing for the steak.
This is going to be a regular family dinner from #simplicious: One Pot Spaghetti and Meatballs (p 144) - literally cooked in one pot, pasta and all. We enjoyed this a couple of nights ago, and I love that the meatballs get dumped in frozen (I made 80 raw meatballs for the freezer last weekend). No frying required!
When I read the section in #simplicious about 'regrowing your butts' (p 33) I was skeptical, not least because I am a terrible gardener and can't even keep a cactus alive. I was genuinely surprised and weirdly proud when my crusty baby cos lettuce butts and shallot ends actually started growing again - and quite quickly! These babies are now happily ensconced in pots and I've got my next round of lettuce and shallot ends sprouting. It's a cool process to watch.
I made a loaf of Not Quite Banana Bread (p 69 of #simplicious) for the freezer stash, which was happily approved by the kids (although they picked off all the buckinis ). This banana bread does include banana - but also the hidden ingredient of parsnip, which housewives apparently used as mock bananas during WW2 when bananas were scarce. It works!
I have to say, I'm pretty chuffed with this #simplicious lunch effort. All I had left today was a measly 1/4 avocado until my veggie order arrives later. I considered a cheese wrap for lunch but my #freezerstash came to the rescue! This is the Office 'Emergency Tuna' Mishmash Bowl (p 136), made using frozen kale, spinach, parboiled broccoli, peas, celery and even leftover frozen chive and olive oil ice cubes.
A fun Saturday night family dinner: colourful, tasty and healthy Sweet Potato Nachos (pg 230 of @_sarahwilson_'s #simplicious). I did a giant family tray with #freezerstash pulled pork and we all tucked in. Loads of veggies, and just the right amount of cheese and chili. Of course, I saved the corn cobs to make corn cob stock, another Simplicious recipe (p 43).
I made a double batch of 'nomato sauce' from #simplicious. Now I don't mind using the odd bottle of passata here and there, so I had wondered whether making this was going to be worth the effort - I decided it definitely was when both my kids wanted to eat it straight from the jar!! With lots of hidden veg I was very happy for them to. The olives add a beautiful depth to this sauce. #simpliciouschallenge