Sausage pasta & Bean Casserole

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.

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How to cook Couscous

Cooking Couscous is real simple and easy. All depends on the amount of liquid you add in to it. These are the exact measurements  that you need to cook a restaurant style fluffy and soft textured  couscous.

This recipe is for 2 cups of raw  couscous………………………….

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Add a teaspoon full stock powder and enough salt to your taste in to a large pot. Without using the stock powder you  can directly use stock water (Broth)
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Add 2 cups of water in to the pot. For each cup of couscous add a cup of water or broth.
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Mix well.
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Add a table spoon full butter or olive oil in to the pot. This way its really easy to seperate the grains.
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Bring it to the boil and take out or switch off the stove.
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Add 2 cups of couscous in to the pot.
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Mix well.
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Cover the pot with a lid., and leave 5 minutes covered.
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After it will look like this.
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Fluff with a fork or a chopstick to seperate the grains.

Creamy Chicken and vegetable Pasta

My meals are always simple and easy. I always try to prepare things before I go to work or during the week end. Even pasta can be cooked a day ahead. So I come home and assemble everything together in few minutes. Most of the time they are one pot meals. But I always try to give my family a well balanced diet.

You can always use the left overs from the Sunday roast to a meal like this. As it a creamy and a tasty dish kids will love this too. Try this and let me know too. I have written the descriptions with the picture for easy understanding. Always get this as an idea and create your own. Thats why I didn’t write the measurements.  I like more veggies than pasta. you can do it the other way with more pasta and less veggies.

Bon Appétit!

 

 

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Wash and slice several mushrooms, shred roast chicken (Left overs from a roast can used here), White part of the leeks. Prepare them on a plate . You can always do this before and leave in fridge to take when you want.

 

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I am using some fresh spinach. You can use kale or asian greens.

 

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Finely slice some onion (I used 1/2 of a large onion) and several cloves of garlic. I find that garlic gives a nice aroma to this recipe.

 

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I used two stock cubes for extra flavour, salt and pepper for the spices.

 

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Boil the pasta and leave to drain.

 

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prepare 11/2 cups of milk and 2-3 table spoons full whipping cream (Thickened cream)

 

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You need a table spoon full flour

 

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Add some oil in to a pan and leave to be hot.
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Add the onion and garlic in to hot oil and stir fry.

 

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Fry the onion and the garlic until it releases the aroma and slightly brown.

 

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add the stock cubes , pepper and salt.

 

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Nxt add the mushrooms and chicken .

 

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Stir fry few minutes until golden in colour . Mushrooms give enough liquid to cook.

 

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Next add the vegetables.

 

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After stirfying the veggies add the cream and cook about a minute.

 

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next add flour and cook with the flour 1 minute stirring continuously. This way it cooks the flour.

 

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Add the milk stir well.

 

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Next add spinach. Stir well. But do not over cook. That way it hold the nice greenish colour.

 

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Mix well.

 

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Add pasta.

 

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Stir. Take out.

 

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This is a simple and a beautiful meal.
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