Quick and simple is sometimes the order of the day with food. It’s great to be able to spend a few hours, or even longer, preparing a lovely meal, maybe with a glass of wine or two? (What do I mean maybe?) But sometimes a quick and simple meal is all you have time or inclination for. Well, before you reach for a ready meal or a tin of beans here are two nice simple veggy ideas.
A sort of twist on the traditional kedgeree but with no fish obviously!
Boil some rice (around 60-80g per person)
Put a tablespoon of oil or Fry Light in a pan and add a bag of defrosted Quorn pieces. Cook until they start to brown and add a tablespoon of curry powder (mild or medium is probably best to start and then I often add a sprinkling of hot as well)
As they are cooking add a splash of boiling water to deglaze the pan (Yes, I used a cheffy term! It basically stops the pan bottom from burning.)
Once the rice is cooked drain it and add to Quorn pieces. Stir together adding black pepper and more curry powder, if needed, to taste.
You can also boil an egg to serve at the same time which is delicious. (I like mine hard boiled while my husband prefers soft boiled. Occasionally I get this right.)
Pasta and sauce is ridiculously easy to make so here are two sauces which I love.
Tomato, chilli and basil
Put some oil in a pan and add a sprinkling of chilli (either flakes or fresh chopped)
Slice cherry tomatoes in half and add to the pan. Stir them around until they start to go soft and add some basil leaves.
Add hot pasta. Yum!
Mushroom, lemon and garlic
Put some oil in a pan, add chilli flakes and a crushed garlic clove. Stir until the garlic starts to soften and add sliced mushrooms (always best to add more than you think as they do shrink a lot as they cook. I also like to chop them to different sizes.)
Once they are cooked squeeze lemon juice over the top and add the pasta. (This also tastes good served on top of sliced and toasted bread.)