I hate those days when you have no idea what to cook for dinner and are left scouring the pantry for ingredients that kinda/maybe/probably go together.
Here is our latest creation:
12 minute pantry mystery dinner
Things you will need:
- Chicken (about 500 grams)
- 1 Onion – finely chopped
- 1 capsicum (red or green) sliced
- 400g can chopped tomatoes
- 2 tbs vegie stock paste (from Thermomix) – optional
- Basil/Oregano/Parsley – doesn’t really matter just something to add some flavour!
- Pasta of choice (we mixed spaghetti and fettuccine because we didn’t have enough of either one!)
- Olive oil
- Cook the onion in a pan until it becomes translucent
- Add garlic and your cubed chicken and cook until golden
- Add capsicum and canned tomatoes and stock paste and simmer for about 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper
- Meanwhile cook pasta according to packet instructions
- Serve pasta with chicken mix on top.
*You could add olives/sundried tomatoes/bacon or anything you have in the cupboard or fridge. This is essentially our ‘use the leftovers’ dish.
A bit plus of this dish is that the little birdies LOVE IT!
What’s your family’s go-to?
This is a cracker tart when your pantry is near empty but the tiny people are starving.
I found it also an excellent way to introduce haloumi to the kids and they love helping to make it.
Stuff you need:
8 sheets filo pastry
1 tbs Almond Meal or breadcrumbs
Cherry tomatoes and roma tomato medley
1 egg, beaten
grated lemon rind
100g Haloumi grated
- Mix ricotta, haloumi, the lemon rind, egg and oregano in a bowl. Stir to combine.
- Lay out one layer of filo pastry, spray with cooking oil, place another layer on top. Continue to use 8 pieces to make a stack.
- Sprinkle almond meal (or breadcrumbs to be nutfree) over top of stack (this will help stop it going soggy)
- Pour cheese mixture onto stack leaving about 4cm on each side
- Turn over sides of stack to tuck in the cheese mixture
- Spread tomatoes and Olives on top as desired
- Sprinkle a little more oregano.
- Brush turned up sides with egg wash or spray with cooking spray
- Season well
- Wack it in the oven for about 25 minutes on about 210
- Serve with salad.
Keeping kids entertained in school holidays is about as easy as keeping uncooked rice in a colander.
The brilliant team at KidSpot had put together a great 12 Boredom Buster Recipes to help keep the kiddies in line.
There is fun stuff like DIY sherbet and making ice cream in a can!
Have fun x
The little ones they need to eat, but often they are, well, turds about it.
I know my toddler-bird would live on hot chips and fairy bread if given half a chance.
This article from the team at I Quit Sugar gives some great ideas on How To Get Your Kid To Eat Like A Grown Up.
I have to admit, since encouraging (and being more patient) with the toddler-bird in the kitchen she is much more willing to try new foods!
Have a read, you won’t regret it.
Happy eating Nesters x