Friday, November 20, 2009

Delicious Vegie Sauce with Pasta

Tonite I threw in a pile of vegies in and toss with pasta. Family loved it...

From Food box
2 Leeks, sliced
A bagful of Mushies, sliced (mushrooms)
1 Zucchini, sliced
2 Carrots, sliced
A handful of green beans, ends snipped off
A handful of Kale, shredded

From pantry
1 teaspoon of garlic
Olive Oil
1 bottle of pasta sauce (I used Brothers' Summer Basil)
A pot full of cooked pasta (I used penne pasta)

To create
Cook both leeks and mushies with olive oil till they're soft n brown, add zucchini and stir for a while in a deep based pan. Put aside in a bowl n keep warm.

Cook carrots in bit of olive oil then add sauce and bring to boil. Stir in the Leek mix in this sauce, until all's mixed well. Throw in green beans and kale and when the kale softens, stir in garlic.

Let it simmer for a few minutes then mix thoroughly with the pasta and serve!


Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Darls' Stew

Tonite we had a delicious stew cooked by a slow cooker!

From Food box
5 carrots, peeled and cut thick
7 'small' potatoes, peeled and cut thick cubes
1 large onion, sliced thinly
2 cloves of garlic (I love garlic! so adjust to your taste)

From butcher
600 g chuck steak, cut in thick cubes

From fridge
1/2 cup frozen peas
1 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon of TB sauce
3/4 cup of vegie stock

From pantry
salt and pepper
2 teaspoons of tomato paste
1 can of chopped tomatoes (I used a flavoured one - herb and garlic)
olive oil to brown the onion and meat

To create
1. Brown both onion (with garlic) and meat then put in the slow cooker
2. Sprinkle the cubed potatoes on top
3. Sprinkle the chopped carrots over ensure its all distributed evenly
4. In a large measuring cup, mix stock, sauces, salt and pepper, tin of tomatoes and tomato paste
5. Pour the liquid over the top of carrots, ensure its covered everywhere
6. Put slow cooker at high for 5 to 6 hours or at medium for 6 to 7 hours
7. At 30 mins before done, stir through the stew and put in thawed frozen peas in.
8. Serve straight away with some bread (too much carbs I know, but it soaks up lovely!)

There were some leftovers, so I've freezed them for future meals.

Happy chowing!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Dirty Fried Rice

Last nite I made a dish that I called "Dirty Fried Rice" - it's a hit with my family. Any vegetables that is nearly its end are good for this dish...

From Food box
1 clove garlic
2 large flat mushrooms
1 carrot
1 zucchini

From pantry
1 and half cup of brown and white rices
soy sauce
boiled eggs (I used both chook and quails eggs as we have them here)

To create
1. Put brown rice on, boil for 15 minutes approx.
2. Using hand food processor, chop mushrooms, carrot and zucchini
3. Put oil and garlic in deep frypan, heat then add mushroom pieces and stir until its cooked enough
4. Add the carrot and zucchini and stir for another 10 minutes
5. In meanwhile, add white rice to the pot of brown rice (usually only need 15 minutes cooking)
6. Drain and rinse rice then add rice to the frypan and combine together
7. Give it a dose of soy sauce and stir quickly
8. Add chopped eggs and fold gently before serve.

Let me know how you go with this one, or if you've got a better improvisation...

Happy chowing!

The start of Food Box Recipes

After picking up my weekly food box containing organic vegetables and fruits, I realised I'd need recipes or ideas of using up all those. So here's the start of the recipes blog as it would remind me what I've tried and worked for my family (consists of 3 kids under 11).

Contributions from others are very much welcomed as it would give variety here!

All recipes will be based on seasonal food boxes and all designed for 4 serves (my two little ones usually counts as 1 adult serve anyway).

So in the organisation of this blog, I will include what I've got in the food box that week, the recipes I've found that fits in as I would like to use no less than 50% of the food box contents in each recipe. As I am on a Low GI diet (due to my health issues) so it will be 1/3 carb, 1/4 protein and the rest full of vegetables and herbs or fruits where needed.

Anyone who would like to add theirs, please do email me the full recipe with its source and I will post it here. It is open to all.

Thanks and happy chowing!