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Vegetable Lasagne

19 Feb

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 diced onion
5 garlic cloves
handful of chopped mushrooms
tin of chopped tomatoes
salt and pepper
half cup stock
sprinkling of herbs – basil and oregano
1 tub ricotta cheese
cheddar or similar cheese – about 2 thumbs worth
splash of milk
lasagne sheets (fresh or dry works)

Make your tomato and vegetable sauce (the bit that would traditionally be the meat sauce), by frying the onions and garlic in the olive oil until translucent. Add the mushrooms and fry until softened.
Add the tin of tomatoes, salt and pepper, stock and herbs. Simmer for about 15 minutes until the sauce has thickened slightly.

While your sauce is simmering away, you can make the ricotta sauce. I like this sauce as it’s quicker than making a white sauce. Tip the ricotta into a bowl and grate the cheddar into it before giving it a stir. Add milk until it has a white sauce consistency. It’s as easy as that!

Layer up your lasagne using the sauces and lasagne sheets. I always start with the tomato sauce, then pasta.. and then I forget which order everything else goes in! For this one I layered tomato sauce, lasagne sheet, ricotta sauce, tomato sauce, lasagne sheet, ricotta sauce. You can keep on layering if you still have enough sauce left.
Then grate some parmesan on top.

It will need to go in the oven at 190°c for about 45 minutes. you can grill it slightly to get a crispier top.

I served mine with some spinach and ermm.. some other leaves.

Beef and Vegetable Soup (Slow Cooker Ready Meals)

3 May


To save time, money and leftover vegetables, I like to pre-prepare meals in freezer bags and freeze them. Then they can be taken out in the morning, thrown (not literally) into the slow cooker and left all day with very nearly nothing left to do. The freezer bags can be prepared in bulk, as several different meals and it’s very easy.

I like to work out what I want to make with the ingredients I have, line up all of the freezer bags (I use gallon ones from eBay), then chop up all the vegetables at the same time and add the correct amount to each bag. Then I just write on the bag; what it is; what needs to be added at the time of cooking (usually water/stock); how long it needs cooking for; when it went into the freezer. All I need to do is cook some rice/potatoes/butter some bread and it’s done!

I wish I had an ‘after’ picture of the soup, but it was gobbled up too quickly! The recipe can be found here, where there are also more details and recipes. I pick up a lot of other freezer meal recipes on Pinterest.