Something I really wanted to do this year was have meals that made great left overs the next night to make the early evenings a little easier with two kids! 'Cook once, eat twice' meals are great aren't they.
I'm not much of a cook but one thing I do like to cook is roast chicken, and the chicken soup makes a tasty quick meal for the following night. So here's a recipe if you are a bit of a beginner cook like me!
Roast chicken and potatoes
1. Turn oven on to 180∘
2. Rinse chicken under the tap and pat dry with a paper towel
3. Place in oven tray, peel 2 or 3 cloves of garlic and place in chicken cavity along with 2 lemon quarters.
4. Sprinkle tuscan seasoning and salt and pepper all over chicken
5. Place in oven, set timer for 30 mins
Prepare your potatoes- peel and chop into halves or quarters depending on size, place in bowl with enough olive oil to coat the potatoes, some chopped rosemary, a garlic clove and some red onion. Mix together in bowl.
6. At 30 mins, place potatoes around the chicken and set timer for another 30 mins.
7. When timer goes, turn the potatoes over and cook for a further 30 minutes.
Yummy on a cold winters night!
Ben's Chicken Soup recipe
1. Chop up your left over chicken into bite sized pieces
2. Bring one litre of chicken stock to the boil
3. Add vermicelli or spaghetti noodles (enough for however many people you are cooking for)
4. Boil for about 8-9 minutes
5. Add the chicken, a handful of peas and some chopped parsley and season with a good amount of pepper.
6. Serve with bread rolls
Another good 'cook once, eat twice' meal is to make spaghetti bolognese or a lasagne one night and then keep some of the mince aside and make baked potatoes with mince and cheese another night. Yum!
Would love any other ideas if you have them- thats about the limit of my cooking repertoire!!!