Yesterday, I showed you one of my wife’s super delicious, and super easy recipes.
Recipes that she had created by only using leftovers discovered in the fridge and cupboard.
Her first recipe was, – Roasted butternut squash salad. – and it was absolutely delicious.
So today, I’m going to share 3 other recipes with you.
Easy Recipes Number 1 – Herby Potatoes
Potatoes are a great staple in the home, but they can get a bit boring if you boil or mash them all the time. So, with the few stragglers left in the bag, my wife made this recipe.
The great thing about this potato recipe is that you can eat them hot or cold and with or without an accompaniment.
- Coconut or olive oil
- Herbs of your choice (my wife used Rosemary and Thyme)
- Preheat the oven to 190c – Gas Mark 5 – (375F)
- Meanwhile, cut the potatoes into cubes, rinse in cold water, and then put them in a pan, just covering them with cold water.
- Bring to the boil and then parboil for 5 min.
- Drain and leave to rest for about 3 min
- Then place in a roasting tin with the oil* and herbs.
- Shake gently to coat all the potatoes and place in the oven
- Cook for about 30 mins until cooked through and golden brown
*the amount of oil depends on the number of potatoes; you basically want to coat them, not drown them!
This meal also works great as a zero-waste meal as the potatoes can be eaten cold or stored to add to another recipe.
My personal favorite is to add them to a cheese and ham omelet… Mmmmm delicious.
Time to get creative, guys!
Easy Recipes Number 2 – Roasted Tomato Soup
Soup is a lunchtime favorite in our house, so what better way to use up tomatoes that are going a bit soggy than to make a yummy soup.
I love the taste of this one as roasting the tomatoes with garlic first gives the soup a lovely sweetness without adding any sugar.
Tomatoes – as many as you’ve got, – My wife used a mixture of cherry tomatoes and standard slicing tomatoes.
- 3 garlic cloves
- Coconut or olive oil
- Black pepper
- Chicken stock cube or you could use vegetable, as this will keep it all plant-based.
- Preheat the oven to 200c – Gas Mark 6 – 400FHalve the larger tomatoes and place them in a roasting tin just coated with the oil.
- Turn the tomatoes a few times, so they are fully coated in the oil.
- Add the garlic cloves (still in their skins)
- Grind some black pepper over the top and place it in the oven
- After 15 minutes, turn the tomatoes, and if you’re using cherry tomatoes, add them now.
- Cook for a further 10 minutes
- Remove from the oven and leave to cool.
- Once cool, remove the garlic cloves from the skins and add to a large pan, along with the tomatoes.
- Add enough water to cover the tomatoes (you can always add more later if you want to change the consistency of the soup)
- Add the stock cube and bring to the boil.
- Simmer for about 30 minutes
Once cool, blitz the soup in a blender until smooth and serve with cheese on toast. This is a lovely heartwarming feel-good soup.
Great for snuggling up in your favorite chair with a blanket and a soppy film on the box!
Easy Recipes Number 3 – Carrot And Green Bean Soup
I told you soup was a favorite, so here’s another one!
I wouldn’t have thought about putting green beans with carrot in a soup, but when I had a taste of this when it was cooking, it tasted yummy.
The carrots bring a lovely sweetness and the beans a bit of nuttiness, a great combination.
- Green beans
- Vegetable stock cube
You could, of course, chuck in any vegetables left at the bottom of the fridge.
- Chop the onion, carrots, and green beans
- Sauté the onion and carrots in some oil until the onions are soft and translucent
- Then add enough water to cover them and bring to a boil.
- Add the stock cube and simmer for about 15 minutes (to be honest, I don’t think it matters if you boil for longer as you’re keeping all the liquid, so all the goodness is staying!)
- After 15 minutes, add the green beans and simmer for a further 10 minutes.
Leave to cool, and once cool, blitz the soup until smooth.
Serve with a lovely warm crusty breadstick.
So there we have it, 3 easy recipes that even your grandmother would be proud of!
Who knew my wife would be so good at storecupboard roulette.
I really think that if it were left to me, we would all be sucking on dried sticks of pasta by now.