So you don’t have time to make dinner …

When I got back from japan at the start of the week ago it was a bit of shock to go from 22 -25 degree Celsius and a nice level of humidity to the cold that is Melbourne this time of year.

It was a bit busy as it always is when you get back catching up on life work and everything and it would have been very easy to reach for the take out for the week and blame it on the life and travel. I didn’t and am glad for it. Life is about the living and buying take out and eating meals at work does not count as living for me…

A bit of planning and some quick recipes and we ended up with some nice meals and bit of cash in our pockets. I am going to do a post on cash and the saving of it. It is not about the money saved but what can be done by the money saved.

So the meals for the week

Tuesday off the plane and to work day.

One pot rissoni, with beans and chorizo (takes less than 15 minutes and I made a double batch)

  • 1 tablespoon of Sunflower oil
  • 1 Chorizo
  • 1 Onion
  • 2 – 3 garlic cloves sliced
  • 440 gm. can of tomatoes
  • 440 gm. Can of beans
  • 1 & 1/3 Can of water
  • 1 cup of Rissoni
  • White Pepper
  • Salt to taste.

Add oil, cubed chorizo and sliced onion fry till onion is golden. Add garlic and continue to fry for 2 minutes. Add in the tomatoes, water, rissoni (small pasta shaped like rice) and good batch of white pepper and salt to taste. Bring to boil. Simmer till rissoni is cooked (about 5 – 7 minutes as the rissoni cooks very quickly)

Serve  with some fresh herbs or some sort of cheese on top you have (I have used cheddar, parmesan, feta and salted ricotta at various times all with success)

Wednesday we had the mix of A. going to her sewing group and my parents getting back into town so I cheated … kind of and pulled out some frozen homemade pumpkin and bacon soup out and put it on the stove. Served with bread and feta on top and quick salad it heated up while I got the kids to bed. It feed 6 of us and enough for lunch the next day (see a post on bulk cooking shortly for the recipe)

Thursday packet pasta with tomato and veg as we get our ceres pack that night

Latina tortellini (or any other type of pasta even unfilled) dropped in hot water to soak while you cook the rest of the meal.

Slice 2- 3 garlic cloves, 1 onion, capsicum, some bacon or in this case a smoked chicken breast. Fry all ingredients till onion is just coloured. Drop in a 440gram of tomatoes and a can of water. White pepper, chili, salt and ½ teaspoon of brown sugar. Cook for 3-4 minutes. Add drained pasta and 1 cup of frozen peas. Cook till pasta is done.

Served with a big salad took 20 minutes while Andrea bathed kids.

Friday left overs and another huge salad from our ceres box.

Yes it was a busy week but when is it not a busy week for any of us? I am not putting this up to say nah nah but simply to show that with a bit of planning and a few skills anyone can eat well and live a bit more.

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