If you’re anything like me weekly shops are a bit of a chore, who wants to spend their two days a week off in the supermarket? Worse still, is when you go after work at 6pm, when lots of hungry, tired people who have just finished work (you are probably one of these people) pop in to buy something for dinner and JUUUSTT, CAAANT, THIINKKK… TOOOO HUUUUNGRY. We’ve all been there. It’s definitely better to go in with a recipe, so you have the slightest clue what you need, so you can get in, out and be sitting on the sofa with a glass of wine faster than you can say “GET OUTTA MY WAY!”.
Pinterest is a bit of a new concept to me and whilst I can spend hours trolling through pictures of people’s fictional wedding dresses and super cute puppies wearing ties and hats as much as the next guy, if you have the time to look at the Food and Drink section, people are posting some pretty awesome recipes which are cheap and easy to make. Here are a few of my favourites:
First up, Sweet Potato and Sausage Soup. Now as everyone knows, soup isn’t really food and therefore doesn’t contain real calories so we can eat as much of it as we like (it’s got to be true). So this is a great quick fix and you can make up lots of lovely soup to take to work for lunch too. All you have to do is peel and chop about 5 or 6 sweet potatoes (depending on the size) and add to it pan with 2lbs of your favourite spicy sausage, a couple of roughly chopped carrots, 2 chopped celery sticks, 2 cloves of chopped garlic and 2 chopped onions in some oil. Cook for around 8 minutes then add 7 cups of chicken stock and simmer until the sweet potatoes are soft. Then bang it all in the food processor along with some sea salt and black pepper. Serve with a little chopped red chili and some parsley. Warming and so easy, try it at home.
If I said ground chicken to you what would you say? Sounds disgusting doesn’t it? But this recipe can actually be made with or without ground chicken if you don’t like the thought of it. All you need is your ground chicken, then add 2 teaspoons of chopped garlic, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, 1/4 teaspoon of red chili pepper flakes, then half the juice of a lime then get your hands in and mix it all together. Shape them into burger patties (it should make 5 small or 4 bigger burgers) then leave to sit for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, heat up your grill pan or BBQ if it’s a nice day and once hot, fire them on. If you’re a cheese lover, these are great with a slice of your favourite cheddar or blue cheese on top and a healthy dollop of guacamole. Then place then into a bun and enjoy! To make these without the ground chicken, use a whole chicken breast and marinate in garlic, salt, chili and lime juice mixture and follow the same cooking method.
This is maybe the coolest thing I have ever seen on Pinterest. Cookie Monster cupcakes are awesome, and look pretty difficult to make, but on perusing a few YouTube videos they’re not as hard as they look. If you bake up a batch of regular fairy cakes (or buy them but it’s cheaper to make them and fun!) Then mix up some blue icing which consists of a simple butter icing (around 5oz of soft butter, 10oz of icing sugar and few tablespoons of milk and a few drops of blue food colouring (just 1 or 2 at a time then play it by ear). Mix it all up together, until creamy and smooth. Now… to make your monsters. Cut out a small wedge from each sponge cake (for the mouth). Then cover the fairy cake in blue icing and dip in blue ice- cream sprinkles. Slot your cookie in where the mouth should be and use white chocolate drops and black writing icing pens for the pupils, otherwise you can use currants or smaller dark chocolate drops and voila! Cookie Monster Madness!
Do you have any easy to cook recipes to try at home? Don’t forget to post them in the comments box below!