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recipes with few ingredients?

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GlitteryFluff · 11/11/2015 17:50

I don't cook anything from scratch.
I use jars, colemans sachets etc.
I have the tiniest kitchen and budget so don't have space nor money to buy a zillion herbs, spices, different oils, flours etc.

I'm looking for recipes for dinners that are yummy, healthy, quick etc but that don't have lots of ingredients. I'm not too worried about fresh stuff, it's more the jars and pots of things that I'll use once then never again, and take up loads of room in cupboard. Fresh stuff with get used up. Only herb/spices I have are mixed herbs, crushed chillies, Italian seasoning, curry powder, chilli powder.

It's me, dh and 15mo ds (spoon refuser so chunky/finger type stuff helpful).

I'm thinking a recipe for a curry, pasta of some sort, chilli, casserole? I don't really know.

Any help would be lovely! Thank you Smile

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Cookingongas · 11/11/2015 18:31

Aubergine parmigiana.

Onion or shallots
Tinned toms

Slice 2/3 aubergines length ways and grill. Layer in a lasagne tray with tomato sauce and cheese ( make a nice tomato sauce with fried shallots, garlic, tinned tomatoes and Italian seasoning) bake for half an hour. Dependent on how much cheese you put in it's healthy in my book. Esp with a side salad.

Lots of pasta options - tender stem broccoli, chilli, garlic and Parmesan
Basic tomato sauce( as above) with pasta
Carbonara- eggs, Parmesan, bacon, pasta, peas( optional)
Mac and cheese- cheese, milk, pasta, flour, butter
Pasta with bacon, garlic, and spinach

Mushroom curry-
Mushrooms, onion, garlic, ginger, cream or tinned tomatoes/and curry powder.

TyneTeas · 11/11/2015 21:51

How about kofta curry (meatballs in curry sauce) with your curry powder

TyneTeas · 11/11/2015 22:14

Bacon and tomato pasta you shoudl be able to do too, use a small amount of chilli (as it's stronger than paprika and cayenne) if you want it a bit spicy, use the italian seasoning instead of oregano

and the same with stuffed peppers

(you could just do the mince and have with rice without baking peppers)

cdtaylornats · 11/11/2015 22:28

Best Ever 3 & 4 Ingredient Cookbook
Just Five Ingredients
A Girl Called Jack

All of these are good for limited ingredient recipies

One lazy dish I do is Pasta with Seafood in Chilli & Tomato sauce

Get a jar of Loyd Grossman Chilli & Tomato sauce
Add a pack of chilled supermarket mixed seafood and warm through

Serve with any handy pasta, usually linguine or spaghetti

DoreenLethal · 11/11/2015 22:36

Chop onions. Cook in some oil in a pan.

Add any veg you have and chop finely, and add to the pan as you chop it. Cook the last addition for about 10 mins. Turn the heat to medium if it isnt already there.

For pasta sauce, add some passata and a stock cube and a teaspoon of pesto or some fresh basil.

For chilli, add chilli powder, cumin, some passata and a stock cube.

For curry, add some curry powder, some passata and a stock cube.

If you are adding meat, add it after the onions - i am veggie and it isnt needed anyway but - you can if you so wish.

After you have added the passata, put your rice or pasta on to cook and by the time it is ready, your sauce should be ready to serve.

All pastas should be added to the sauce before serving.

Notoedike · 11/11/2015 23:32

Broccoli pasta

Lots of broccoli
Some pasta
Olive oil

Boil pasta, boil chopped up broccoli, very gently fry chopped garlic and chilli in extra virgin olive oil. Mix everything together and serve with more parmesan. Just mix plain olive oil (garlic) into pasta, cheese and broccoli for dc.

JamNan · 12/11/2015 03:18

Jamie O's Prawns & Pasta with rocket
Serves 4

455g dried spaghetti or linguine
sea salt
freshly ground black pepper
extra virgin olive oil
2 cloves garlic, peeled and finely chopped
1-2 dried red chillies, crumbled (omit if feeding baby)
400g peeled raw prawns
1 small wineglass white wine (omit if feeding baby)
2 heaped tablespoons sun-dried tomato puree (Tesco), or 6 sun-dried tomatoes blitzed in a blender
1 lemon juice and zest of
2 handfuls rocket, roughly chopped (or you can use spinach instead)

Cook your spaghetti in a large pan of salted boiling water according to the packet instructions. Meanwhile, heat 3 good lugs of extra virgin olive oil in a large frying pan and toss in the garlic and chilli. As the garlic begins to colour, add the prawns and sauté them for a minute. Add the white wine and the tomato purée and simmer for a couple of minutes. When the pasta is ready, drain it in a colander, reserving a little of the cooking water. Toss the spaghetti with the sauce, squeeze in the lemon juice, add half the chopped rocket, adding a little of the reserved cooking water if you want to loosen the sauce a bit, and correct the seasoning. Divide between 4 plates and sprinkle with the grated lemon zest and the rest of the rocket leaves.

That looks a long list of ingredients Confused

Highlove · 12/11/2015 06:44

Jack Monroe is your friend here. Look at her blog - loads of stuff that will fit what you're after.

thenumberseven · 12/11/2015 10:09

Chorizo maccaroni
Fry in very little oil chopped chorizo. Drain. In that oil fry finely chopped onion and garlic, green capsicum if liked.
Add tinned tomatoes and cook for a minute on high heat, add the cooked chorizo, salt and pepper and herbs, a bit of sugar optional. Cook for about 20 minutes until thickened and reduced.
Cook maccaroni in salted water to your liking. Add a couple of tablespoons of the cooking water to the tomato chorizo sauce. Drain pasta and mix with the sauce.
You can cover top with cheese and grill.

GlitteryFluff · 15/11/2015 15:06

Thanks very much all.
Going to save a few of these recipes and take a look at the books etc recommended.
I just needs to find the time to cook from scratch, it's so much quicker to use jars!

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whois · 16/11/2015 17:56

it's so much quicker to use jars!

I don't actually see what is so wrong with cooking from a jar - using a jar of curry sauce or a jar of pasta sauce - people get really het up about 'cooking from scratch' but if you have got some fresh veg, some protein and some carbs on your plate using a jarred sauce isn't going to kill you.

For example, Loyd Grossman tomato & chilli pasta sauce, £1 in itrose at the moment for 350g

Tomato (61%), Tomato Puree, Garlic, Sugar, Sunflower Oil, Parsley, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Red Chilli, Sea Salt, Concentrated Lemon Juice, Dried Red Chilli

Versus makign it yourself...

essential Waitrose tinned chopped tomatoes in rich natural juice - £0.45

Tomatoes (65%), tomato juice, acidity regulator citric acid

Plus then I would add garlic, herbs, chilli etc.

So basically the same except its a bit more expensive to use a jar, but also quicker because I haven't got to muck about with a garlic press.

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