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Turning Dinner into Lunch.

3 Nov

Once a week my Hubby goes to play poker with his mates, and we will usually have a simple dinner so I can have the kids in bed quick…and I nestle down and catch up on my trashy tv, and latest project.

Tonight we had pasta and it was soooo easy to transport into Miss 5’s lunch for tomorrow.   Here’s how I made and easy dinner and lunch in one.

You will need…
Pasta…a child friendly shape such as Animals, small shell, pinwheel etc.
A can of Tomatoes…which ever you like, savoury are good if you want to make it super easy.
Herbs…if you are not using Savoury Tomatoes
A can of Tuna
Grated Cheese and Chopped Parsely (for topping)

Put your water on to boil for you pasta.  At the same time, in another pot, put in your tomatoes and any herbs. I like to add Oregano from my garden pot.

Bring both pots to the boil.  Cook pasta as per the packet…and when the tomatoes start to boil turn down to a simmer and reduce.  If you have whole tomatoes mash them up gently with your potatoe masher.

When the pasta is cook dish out onto dinner plates and a container  suitable for the lunchbox.  I use my small Easyo ones.

Then add at layer of your tomatoe sauce, a helping of Tuna and garnish with Cheese and Parsely.

Done.  Be sure to put the Pasta for Lunch in the fridge.Lunchbox pasta with canned tuna

 

 

Savoury Mince – Eating what’s left…

14 Sep

This is my favourite ‘use up the veggies’ meal.  We generally have it every Monday night, the night before our next box of fresh organic Fruit and Vegies arrive.
The principle is the same every week….

You will need…

1 packet Mince – any kind, chicken, beef, veal & pork.
Beef Stock (I use OXO because it’s my favourite)
Tablespoon of Vinegar
Splash of Soy Sauce

Any Veggies you need eaten.  (If the kids don’t like it chop it super finely or grate it)

What you do…

Finely chop your onion and add to a pan, with about a tablespoon of oil.  Now, depending on how organised you are you can either brown the onions and then add your prepared veggies….or, if you have had a busy day, put the onions on a low heat while you prep the other ingredients (Just remember to stir them)

Add the other Veggies in any order you like.  If you like your Silverbeet, for example, wilted down so the kids don’t notice them enter them now.  If you like them still a little raw and crunchy, then add them at the very end.

Add your stock now, and also add your mince.  Use your spoon to break up the mince to avoid lumps.

All you need to do now is cook it for as long as you like. Do cook it for at least 30 minutes to let all the favours blend.  I would usually cook for an hour or longer, just be sure to keep your eye on the stock as you don’t want it drying out.  Add more water or stock if you need to.

Serve on toast or mashed potatoes.

The absolute beauty of this dish is that it is so forgiving.  You can add whatever you like, and can cook it for as long as you like.  It freezes and it tastes great re-heated.

This photo shows the mince before the veggies have been cooked down.  It seem that the longer I cook them the more veggies I can get away with.