One-pot wonders

It’s that time of year again. That time where it’s almost dark when you leave the office and you spend a lot of the day looking out of a rain splattered window dreaming of home time and being back on the sofa in your slippers. The time where you want to draw comfort from your food. There is no better way to do that than by cooking up some of these hot pot wonders to warm your bones and fuel your fire. These recipes are super simple, highly nutritious and adopt the: throwing everything into a pot and letting it simmer while you catch up on bake off strategy.

Lentil and butternut squash stew

Ingredients

  • 1 x small butternut squash.
  • 1 x cup green or puy lentils
  • 1 x handful cherry tomatoes
  • 1 x onion
  • 2 x garlic cloves
  • 1 x leek
  • Sprig of rosemary
  • 1 x veg stock cube
  • Knob of butter
  • Sprig of thyme
  • Seasoning
  • Handful of feta to serve

Method

  1. Chop your butternut squash into cubes, leave the skin on.
  2. Slice up the leeks and finely chop onion and garlic.
  3. Heat a nob of butter in a pan and then add the onion, garlic and leeks and stir lightly until soft, add the squash and the chopped rosemary and thyme.
  4. Stir in the lentils and halved cherry tomatoes, stir.
  5. Cover in boiling water and add the stock cube and seasoning. Put a lid on pan and allow to simmer, stirring once in a while.
  6. Serve with crumbled feta on top and crusty bread. 

Thai chicken noodle soup 

Ingredients

  • 2 x chicken breasts
  • Rice or glass noodles (for two)
  • 2 x garlic cloves
  • Handful of spring onions
  • 1 x red chili
  • 1 inch piece of ginger
  • ½ tin coconut milk
  • 1 x chicken stock cube
  • 2 x tbsp green curry paste
  • Pack of pak choy
  • Stir fry veg pack or other vegetables of your choice
  • Handful of cashew nuts (optional)

Method

  1. Chop the chicken breast into strips.
  2. Chop the spring onion, garlic, ginger and chilli finely on a separate board then add to a little heated oil.
  3. Stir and add the chicken and curry paste, seal the chicken and you continue to stir. Cover with boiling water and add the stock cube and coconut milk.
  4. Add the veg then cover and allow to simmer. When the chicken is almost  cooked add the noodles to simmer for a further few minutes. Serve topped with cashew nuts. 

Dhal with Kale

Ingredients

  • 1 x cup red lentils
  • 1 x onion
  • 3 x garlic cloves
  • 1inch piece of ginger
  • ½ bag of kale
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • ½ tsp crushed chilli
  • 1 x handful fresh coriander
  • Splash of oil of your choice, try coconut oil
  • Seasoning

Method

  1. Peel and finely chop your onion, garlic and ginger.
  2. Heat a splash of oil of your choice in a saucepan then when it’s hot, add the onion, garlic and ginger and gently fry.
  3. Stir in the chili and spices then add the lentils and coat in spices, fry for a minute or two more.
  4. Cover lentils with boiling water and allow to simmer, stir occasionally and add more water when necessary. They will take about 20 minutes to cook.
  5. Finally add your kale and seasoning and cook down until wilted. Add a handful of chopped coriander then serve. 

Mixed bean, chorizo and veg chili

Ingredients

  • 1 x tin of chickpeas
  • 1 x tin of mixed beans
  • 1 x tin of plum tomatoes
  • Chorizo sausage (optional)  
  • 1 x courgette
  • 1 x red pepper
  • ½ head of broccoli
  • Large handful button mushrooms
  • 1 x onion
  • 2 x garlic cloves
  • 1 x red chili
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • Seasoning

Method

  1. Finely chop your onion, garlic and chili. Heat a little oil in a large pan then add onions etc. Slice the sausage and add this to lightly fry and release juices.
  2. Meanwhile chop up your veg into bite-sized pieces (you can use any vegetables you like, these are just suggestions - cauliflower and aubergine also work really well). Stir in the veg to soft onion mix and add the spices.
  3. Drain your beans and add both tins, mix. Add tomatoes and hot water to just about cover everything, allow to simmer.
  4. Add seasoning and stir occasionally until all veg is soft.