Showing posts with label chicken. Show all posts
Showing posts with label chicken. Show all posts

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Vegetable Soup with Country Vegetable Soup Mix

Vegetable Soup
Purchase a packet of McKenzie's Country Vegetable Soup which contains a mix of yellow and green split peas, red lentils, barley and Haricot beans and spices mix from your supermarket (or you can make your own little mix of goodies about 200grams in total)... here are three versions below of using the one soup mix that are all simple and nourishing...

  1. It can be made up following the instructions on the pack and served as they are... in about 60 minutes.  
  2. The same pack can be made into a vegetable soup by adding diced veggies and cooking it in a slow cooker on low over the day 7-8 hours if you want to have a go at that method.
  3. Or by using the same packet blend of whole grains and adding fresh vegetables along with some browned chicken to end up with a "Chicken and Vegetable Soup".
Today I've used the packet of McKenzie's Country Vegetable soup mix and I have combined it with fresh diced vegetables and cooked it on the stove top as follows ...
Fresh diced vegetables of your choice

  • In a little olive oil soften an onion, half dozen sliced spring onions, a couple of stalks of celery and a couple cloves of crushed garlic until translucent.
  • Then add diced carrots, pumpkin, mushrooms and zucchini until they start to soften.
  • Finally add a tin of tomatoes, 1/2 cup of tomato puree, fresh herbs of thyme and parsley, the soup and spice mix and 2 litres of water... cover and simmer for about and hour until the barley is tender... Enjoy!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Spaghetti and Meatballs

Spaghetti and Meatballs
What can I say... family favourite... without admitting to taking a simple path I have used a bottle of tomato puree that I purchased for this recipe and in the past I have been known to enlist the assistance of Paul Newman and his famous sauce selection. Meatballs are so simple though and they add a flavour to the sauce that makes this dish your own... 



  • In a saucepan put a bottle of your choice of sauce... if using a plain tomato puree you can fry off some minced garlic and finely diced onion first for additional flavour then add your bottle of sauce and a couple of cups of water. Bring to the simmer and add a dash of vinegar and a teaspoon of sugar. 
  • In a bowl place about 500 grams minced meat(I like to use a mixture of pork and beef or you can chose chicken or even minced fish).
  • Add some finely diced onion, lots of chopped fresh herbs, a cup full of freshly grated Parmesan and an egg ...season with salt and pepper.
  • Roll into golf ball sized balls and place them into the simmering sauce. Cook gently until the sauce thickens and the meatballs are cooked through.
  • Serve the meatballs on top of spaghetti or the pasta of your choice that has had a little sauce mixed through it and top with freshly grated Parmesan cheese.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

So so simple soup... Chicken, Couscous & Lentil

Chicken, Couscous & Lentil Soup


Low fat, healthy and so so simple to make ... 

  • Start by thinly slicing a leek, grating a large carrot and  a zucchini and thickly slice two sticks of celery. Soft fry all of these with a couple of cloves of crushed garlic for about 1 minute in a large saucepan.
  • Then add 1 tin of crushed tomatoes, 1 tin of Lentils (drained), 2 tablespoons of sweet chilli sauce and then submerge a whole chicken under 2.5 litres of chicken stock... bring this to the boil and then simmer for 1 hour until the chicken is cooked through.
  • Turn off the heat and remove the chicken... skin and bone it and return the best shredded bits back to the pot along with 1/2 cup of couscous and a large handful of fresh chopped parsley... simmer this gently for a few minutes until the couscous is tender and serve.
You can't have too much crusty bread with this hearty soup although it may loose some of the healthiness factor...flavours improve the next day if you have any leftovers ...