I ended up buying a few Tortilla wraps the other day … I didn’t however plan on using them tonight. Still quick and simple meals are the name of the game at times. Especially when you’ve got two little people to take care of.
A very simple mix. Chop some turkey strips / courgette strips / tomato and add a splash of tomato sauce. Very simple … very quick and just add in some smokey paprika.
Of course certain little people aren’t too big on pepper. So those get cooked on the side again with a splash of tomato sauce and some smokey paprika so they keep a consistent enough flavour.
Left over rice can get nuked in the microwave and makes a lovely filler.
The Tortillas are quick and easy only needing 40 seconds in the microwave.
and hey presto … just add some cream and grated cheese.
It’s a really quick and simple Turkey Fajitas meal and you could spice it up more with some red onion … cumin … or anything really.
I’m not 100% sure when I started making my own Teriyaki sauce but there have been some great meals since I did. Today’s meal was another that goes into the that was yum category.
You can do a search online for Teriyaki sauce and you’ll find that everyone has their own method. Some add garlic some don’t. For mine it’s a good thumb sized chunk of ginger (chopped as fine as you can)… about 50% soya .. 25% Mirin .. and then I’ll vary the rest of the ingredients a bit.
I believe it was in an Asian place in town called Yum Yums that I got the idea to cut the steak up as thinly as possible (probably a beef Lok Lak . I marinade the meat in the teriyaki sauce for an hour or so before hand. Flash fry it and it’s ready in a minute or so … I’ll also add in a peeled / grated carrot and a courgette. Maybe a shallot as well. You don’t really get spring onions here unfortunately :( or I’d add in a few to the mix. All in all very quick, very tasty. Not a huge favourite with little people though she loves the meat just not the veg. She loves the sauce as well.
And here we have the end result on a bed of rice.
A great thing about making your own teriyaki sauce is it’s always different. Add some rice vinegar … add some sugar .. add some garlic it’s fun to experiment.
I wonder if this counts as an Irish Dinner?
Though I think we all have strange food cravings at times … I wanted chips (the Irish kind) Beans and Fish tonight … well close enough right?
This is a recipe that I used make for myself when I was in my teens and I really love it. It may not look like much at the end but god it’s nice and very filling.
You’re going to need Vegetables. In general I’ll use a veg mix as it’s just a lot handier and there’s generally one in the freezer.
Mangetout / Peppers / Onion / Mushroom really anything you think will work well (I didn’t mention Bean Sprouts with the recent outbreaks).
The mix one I used below has some Brocolli in it.
You’ll need Rice (used a non starchy / sticky kind), Soya Sauce and an Egg or two depending on how much you’re making.
If you don’t have any rice throw it on first as actually making the stir fry takes about 10 minutes in total.
Start by frying your veg in a little bit of olive oil.
It’s a frozen mix so you want to make sure it’s fully heated up. Add some Soya Sauce
Add in some rice ( I’ll generally have some left over rice from a meal the night before I always make extra)
Mix it all and heat up the rice. Depending on the rice if it’s starchy it may stick to the pan. Add in some more soya sauce.
Add in your beaten egg and mix it all fairly lively
It’s quick .. it’s filling it may not look like much but I love it. I tried with a bit of Lea & Perrins sauce here but you really want a Rich Soya Sauce for it’s extra savoury / salty flavour
This is an extremely quick one to prepare BUT it takes a while to cook
You’re going to need a few ingredients
- 1 Large Onion ( 2 Medium)
- 5 or 6 large tomatoes
- 2 – 3 Cod Filets ( I’ve used frozen here )
- Herbs to taste … Basil some Sea Salt and olive oil
- Start pre-heating your oven to 200ish Degrees C
- Chop up all your onion and place it into a oven read dish
- Place your cod filets on top spread out if possible
- Sprinkle some Basil onto the Cod
- Slice your tomatoes and layer on top of the Cod
- More basil and pour some olive oil over the whole thing
- Cover with tinfoil (I try to wrap it so it’s semi tight around the handles of the disk) and place into the oven for 30 ish minutes
- About 15 minutes in throw on your rice. (depending on how long your rice takes)
- with 5 – 10 minutes left of cooking time for your fish remove the tin foil so we start to boil off some of the juices.
And remove from the oven and serve. Very simple … VERY tasty Cod with onion, tomato and rice. Add more fresh basil if you’d like and serve
Mental note use better serving dish next time :)