Sunday, August 31, 2014


So I discovered Pinterest a few weeks ago.  All the stuff I love will go there now.  

Every Sunday I try to get some food prepped for the week as many of us do.... Today, my throat is super sore and I am exhausted (hooray for colds!  I thought I'd escaped) so I only got one meal out.

The point with doing something like this is if you have a few good base flavours, you can throw any vegetables you have in, a protein and then some rice/qinoa/pasta - whatever is taking your fancy that week.

Healthy, not hard.


So pretty much if you have these ingredients in your pantry (even then you can cut out the beans and chilli), you can make something tasty.

Chop up that onion and clove of garlic to fry them off (and chilli if you like it), toast the paprika for half a minute before adding the tomatoes and the oregano. 

Then add whatever vegetables you have lying around... I always try to get some corn in as M likes it, and I think capsicum and paprika are tasty together.  

I added some brocolli as I had an aging head on my fridge top shelf.
(exact quantities I used were -
- 1 onion
- 2 garlic cloves
- 2 tsp smokey paprika
- 1 fresh red chilli with seeds
- 1 tsp oregano
- 1 can peeled chopped tomatoes
- 1 can of kidney beans (use black beans if you have a choice, much tastier with this)
- 1 capsicum
- 1 cup of frozen corn kernels
- 1 head of brocolli
- 1.5 small mugs of uncooked basmati rice (for 2 generous servings (M) and 2 mid-size servings (me))
- I added a handful of peas at the end)

Leave it to cook for at least 20 minutes (I go longer and add water at intervals so it doesn't dry out - I prefer canned tomatoes to be cooked a while).  Add salt to taste.

If you want to use chicken, beef etc - I'd fry it up with the onions.
If you have pre-cooked beans like I did, rinse them super well and add for the last 2-3 minutes.

Boil up some rice/quinoa/whatever you like (M is a cous cous fan but I like basmati rice) and layer it up in containers.

I thought this would be a great come back post but it was actually a little too simple.

Perhaps that's where the focus on healthy food needs to return to - simplicity.

Nat x

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