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Sneaky Vege Lasagne March 2, 2011

500g mince
1 tin lentils, drained, rinsed
1 small onion, finely chopped
Finely sliced mushroom
1 zucchini, grated
2 carrots, grated
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 tins crushed tomatoes
Parmesan cheese
Pasta Sheets (Home made or bought)
grated tasty cheese
herbs (Fresh if possible – eg basil, oregano, chives, parsley)
1/2 tsp curry powder
1/2 tsp cumin
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 heaped tablespoon cornflour
1 heaped tablespoon gravy powder
Lasagne sheets

1). Brown the mince and onion, then add the garlic and mushroom. When the garlic has cooked, pour in the tomato, herbs, spices, carrot, lentils and zucchini and allow to simmer for about 15 mins. Mix together the cornflour and gravy powder with about half a cup of water, and pour this into the mince mixture, and stir until it thickens.
2). In another saucepan, add the milk – or use a few tablespoons of milk powder with water (I don’t know how much, maybe 4-5 cups?) to about 1/2c flour and stir well to make a white sauce. Bring to the boil to thicken. If it’s not thick enough, add more flour (mixed with a little water, then pour that in), or if it’s too thick, add more milk or water. Add a sprinkle of nutmeg, Salt and pepper, and Parmesan cheese to taste (About 3 tablespoons of powdered/dried stuff). When thickened, leave to cool slightly.
3). Get your lasagne dish (Any flat casserole dish or baking pan will do), and make a layer of meat sauce, then a layer of white sauce, then place your pasta sheets on top to form another layer. Repeat until you run out of ingredients, or your pan is full.
4). Make sure the final layer is a white sauce one. Cover with aluminium foil.
5). Place this into a hot oven to bake for about 45 mins. Remove the foil and scatter grated cheese on top, then return to the oven for about 5 mins to let the cheese melt (I normally turn the oven off and let the residual heat do it)

I like to put a baking tray under my Lasagne dish, to catch anything that overflows … the tray catches this and is easier to clean than the oven.


Slowcooker Chickpea Curry January 16, 2009

500g chicken
Sweet potato
1 tin chickpeas
1 tun coconut milk
1 green chilli
Cardamon, Cumin, Coriander and Garlic to taste (about 1/2 tsp each)

Cut chicken into bite sized pieces and brown this is a frypan, then place the chicken in slow cooker. In the frypan, heat the spices, then add those to the slow cooker. Cut the vegetables into bitesized pieces, then add to the show cooker with the chickpeas and coconut milk. Cook on low for several hours.


Minestrone Soup December 13, 2008

Filed under: Slow cooker Meals,Soups — obsidian @ 10:39 am
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1 Clove Garlic, crushed
1 Large Leek, sliced
1 Large Carrot, finely chopped
1 Large Potato, finely chopped
1 Large Onion, finely chopped
2 Celery Sticks, thinly sliced
175g Cabbage, finely shredded
397g Canned Tomatoes (including juice)
Salt and Pepper to taste
1 litre Chicken Stock
2 Bay Leaves
50g Thin Cut Macaroni
Grated Parmesan Cheese

1). Saute the garlic, leek, carrot, potato, onion and celery in a saucepan with a little butter.
2). Add all the ingredients, except for the macaroni and cheese, and bring to the boil.
3). Pour this into the slow cooker and cook on high for 4-5 hours. (1 Step Auto 12-13 hours. Auto 5-10 hours.)
4). Remove the bay leaves 45 minutes before serving, and add the macaroni. Serve with the grated parmesan cheese.

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Chargrilled Steak and Vegies

Filed under: Meat Dishes,Vegetables & Lentils — obsidian @ 5:06 am
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Small amount of oil
Sweet Corn

Optional mushroom gravy:
Spring Onions

1). Wash or peel the potato. Cut the potato into slices (fairly thin – about 1/2 a cm thick). Cut pumpkin into similar sized slices. Put these in a saucepan of boiling water/steamer until soft. Chop the Zucchini into slices twice as thick as the potato, and simmer those until they start to soften. Drain these vegies well and put them to the side.
2). Mix the oil and the herbs/spices together. You could add some garlic if you like.

Depending on how well done you like your steak, or how thick it is…. you might need to put the vegies on the grill first, or the meat. I like well cooked vegies and a medium rare steak… so this is how I do it:

3). Lightly brush the pumpkin with the oil mix. Put the pumpkin on the grill. Do the same for the potato. You need to do this carefully, as the soft potato and pumpkin will break up easily. Lastly, add the zucchini.
4). Add the meat to the grill. (no need to brush with oil). Put the broccoli and corn on to boil/steam.
4b). If making the mushroom sauce… chop ingredients (the “optional” ones). and fry them lightly. Add gravy powder and water, and let this simmer. Add herbs/spices to season. Put some peas, corn etc. into a steamer or pan of water to cook.
5). When you think that side is done, brush with oil and flip them over. I don’t know how long that will take… it depends on how well you like them cooked. Just remember if you lift it up and put it back down… you’ll ruin that cool stripy effect Wink
6). When both sides are done, drain the vegies, add everything to the plate (in a decorative fashion of course) and top with your optional gravy….. yum!

If your grill isn’t big enough for putting everything on, you might like to have the oven on at about 60C and do the vegies first, put them on a plate/tray in the oven with foil on top and keep them warm. Or you can do the meat first and put that on a plate with alfoil on and let it sit while you do the vegies.


Vegetable Stew/Casserole

Basically whatever you have in the fridge…. some things I usually use are:

Pasta /rice – about a 1/2 cup of rice or 1 cup small pasta
herbs and spices
Tomato paste (1/2 small tin)
Wholegrain mustard (about 1ts)
meat – chicken, beef, sausages.. whatever I have
Powdered milk
Gravy powder

1). Chop the vegetables and meat into bite sized pieces.
2). In a large casserole dish put all the ingredients in – except the last 3 and mix well.
3). In a coffee mug, mix about 2 teaspoons of cornflour and about 1-2 tablespoons of gravy powder with about 1/2 cup of water. Mix well. Add about 2 tablespoons of milk powder, stir well and add to the casserole dish.
4). Top up with water to cover the ingredients. Put the lid on and place in an oven at about 150C for a good 2 hours. Keep stirring it every 15 mins or so, to make sure it doesn’t stick. You can cook it on the stove top in a saucepan if you wish

If you are in a hurry, fry the meat first, and cut the vegetables (like the pumpkin, carrot and potato) into smaller pieces, and it will cook quicker.

Or you could do this in a slow cooker instead of the oven


Mustard Carrots

Filed under: Extras & Side Dishes,Vegetables & Lentils — obsidian @ 3:36 am
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I don’t like cooked carrots. But I LOVE these! This was a recipe we did in Grade 7 Cooking class. Can’t remember the quantities, so I just add whatever I feel like.

1 tablespoon Raw sugar
1/2 – 1 teaspoon Mustard (can use powder, but wholegrain mustard is nice)
1-2 Carrots
1/4 cup (approx) Butter

1). Slice your carrot. Make them fairly thin, since it is going to take a while to cook them otherwise.
2). In a saucepan, heat up the butter. Add the carrots, sugar and mustard. Add the carrots, and saute (kinda like frying but not as severe… simmering in butter basically) until the carrots are just soft. (These aren’t cooked as much as you would a normal boiled carrot slice, so they have a bit of firmness).


Pumpkin Soup

Sweet Potato
Brown Sugar
vegetable Stock

Chop up pumpkin & sweet potato. Mix up some olive oil, ground pepper & nutmeg, toss pumpkin pieces in the oil to coat thoroughly. Bake pumpkin in a moderate oven for about 40-60 minutes (until really soft).

Roughly chop an onion or 2, coat it in the olive oil (but this time add a little brown sugar to the coating mix as well as the nutmeg). Add it to the oven tray about 15 minutes into cooking the pumpkin.

Heat up some stock in a large pot till it’s simmering. Add the roasted vegetables. Use a hand blender to completely mash down the vegetables & mix until the consistency is right (I start with a little stock & add more if needed). Adjust seasoning if necessary