I realise I have been fairly quiet for a few weeks but I hope you will agree, for good reason, as I have been developing some new recipes for the blog. As I mentioned in an earlier post I received a cast iron pot for Christmas from my future in-laws, and thought as I seem to be using it a hell of a lot that I should share some of the things that are coming out of it.
So this will be a series of three recipes all in made in under an hour in one pot, keeping the washing up down and keeping the whole family happy… I’m struggling to see a downside on this one! Unless you don’t like sausage. Then that’s a big downside.
- 8 good quality, pork sausages. (95% pork or more)
- 1 can of Butterbeans
- 2 red peppers, finely sliced
- 1 red onion, finely chopped
- 3 cloves of garlic, crushed
- sliced button mushrooms
- 4 sage leaves
- 2 tbsp. tomato puree
- 1 tbsp. Worcester sauce
- 1 tbsp. olive oil
- A little water (about a 1/4 of a cup)
- Start by putting the pot on a medium heat and adding the oil.
- Add the sausages in and cook for 5 minutes until browned.
- Remove the sausages and add the onion, garlic, peppers, sage, mushrooms, worcs. sauce and tomato puree, season well with the salt and pepper (to taste) and keep on a low heat for a couple of minutes.
- Add the water, reintroduce the sausages and pop the butter beans in. Stir well.
- Put the lid on and leave to simmer on a low heat for 15 minutes. Check the pot every now and then and stir to stop any sticking or burning. Add a splash more water if really needed. (Be careful not to over do it)
- Serve with brown rice or potatoes and dig in!
As you can see it is superbly easy and it is honestly really good, hearty food. One down, two more to come. The next recipe is a chilli that is packed full of veg and has heaps of everything good to keep you ticking over nicely as we start to creep towards the slightly warmer, brighter, spring months.
Over the course of 2014, I had found myself doing a lot of new things and being inspired to create new recipes, make dishes that can take me away from the everyday trudge of mealtime and keep eating after work just as enjoyable as eating at the weekend. Monday blues are no excuse to stick to beans on toast (not that there’s anything wrong with beans on toast!) purely through a lack of inspiration.
I have a few stalwart recipes that come to mind that tend to remedy this, however, This one in particular is fast becoming a favourite for me and my family! I have cooked this for a fair few people now and its always met with the same positive reaction, which makes me feel pretty confident that its something you guys will love. Its hearty, its healthy, and its full of ingredients that when put together, create a great ‘feel good’ kind of meal that is quite suitable for battling Monday blues, getting over the Wednesday hump or any day of the week you need a bit of a pick me up. Oh and don’t worry about not having time. It doesn’t take more than 5o minutes in total, So get somebody to help with the prep or chop your ingredients in advance to save time.
- 1 tbspn rapeseed oil.
- 4 Chicken breasts. Diced.
- 1 Chorizo ring.
- 200g Diced butternut squash.
- 100ml Red wine.
- 1 Tin chopped tomatoes.
- 300ml Good chicken stock.
- 1 tbspn Dijon mustard.
- 1 tbspn Paprika.
- 1 tbspn Turmeric.
- 2 Chopped sticks of celery.
- 2 tbspn Worcester sauce.
- 1 Can butter beans.
- Salt and pepper to taste.
- Add oil to a large cast iron dish or saucepan on a low heat, add the oil, chorizo and celery. Fry for a few minutes until the chorizo releases its own oil and starts to brown.
- Add the chicken a move around the pan until the chicken starts to also take on the reddish brown colour from the chorizo. (About 3-4 minutes).
- Splash in the red wine, followed by the squash, tomatoes and chicken stock. Stir and simmer for 5 minutes.
- Next pop in the Dijon mustard along with the paprika and turmeric. Leave on a medium heat for 30 minutes, stirring regularly.
- A few minutes before serving add the butter beans and give them a good stir around. Put the lid on if you have one and leave them to warm through for a couple of minutes, turn the heat up if you wish to finish it off nicely. (Putting them in at the end retains their form better as they seem to escape their outer casings and disintegrate into the abyss otherwise)
- Serve with rice and enjoy being hugged from the inside. I use the easy micro bags of rice to save time and as a bit of a cheat.
There you have it! Its as easy as that to make and its worth every second. Packed full of all the good stuff you need to feel full and satisfied without neglecting your vegetables. The chorizo is just an added bonus to reward your obvious dedication to giving yourself something healthy to eat!
Give it a try, get creative and add your own twist to it and add fresh chilies or olives. Go crazy!