Cooking on a week day night after work is a nightmare if you don’t think ahead. As mums we always like to provide most nutritious meal that we can give. One pot budget meals suits the pocket as well as the busy life style. Most of dinners are one pot meals.
This really go well in a slow cooker as well as on the stove. I prefer to cook and freeze or cook in the morning and serve at night. This is a winter friendly meal that you can serve four people under $10.
Try adding what ever available in your fridge or the pantry. Instead of sausages you can add any other small cut meats or fish too. If you are not consuming meat still you can turn this to a beautiful vegetarian meal.
This will serve four people.
We live a world that where millions of people starving everyday. Try not to throw out food unless it ‘s rotten or nor way of using it. Always you can use the left over food for creating different types of meals. This is one way of using left over food in a meal.
When you have left over bread & meat try using them in a casserole like this. When you have left over meat from a roast or a meal and the last bits of vegetables this will be an option.
if you are not a person who like to have any meat try adding vegetables only. Finely sliced leeks, grated carrots or pumpkin will be very nice in a casserole like this. Cheese is optional but at the end it give s a nice crust and also extra taste to this dish.
This is a budget and a one pot meal. You can bake this the day before. This will be good for breakfast or even dinner too.
Barley pilaf is a well balanced hot meal for a cold winter. If you soak the barley before hand its so simple and easy to cook. If not it will take too long to cook. Meanwhile cook the chicken and prepare the other ingredients.
You can prepare the ingredients the day before and assemble everything together when you need. I always prepare the veggies and get ready for the busy week nights.
I used 250 g Barley for this recipe. Add some water to the barley and leave it to soak. After wash and drain all the water and add some water to cook the barley.
Cook 250g chicken after seasoning with salt and pepper in a bit of oil .
After stir frying the chicken leave aside and prepare the ingredients for stir frying. I use done medium size carrot,, one white part of the leek, about 1 cup of cabbage and several leaves of kale or any veggie to add green to the pilaf.
Cut some onion , garlic and some ginger. Add some oil in to the pan and fry until translucent.
Add the prepared vegetables and some spices to your taste & stir fry well.
After stir frying about one minute add the chicken and barley on to it and stir fry well.