In a previous post we discussed about the benefits of eating seasonal fruits and vegetables. In today’s blog post we are going to go even more in depth and talk about some really easy to make recipes, to show you that cooking healthy food can be fast and cheap.
I hear a lot of my friends who moved out of their parents’ house saying that they don’t cook because they are “not good and cooking” so they eat sandwiches, microwave meals and dry food instead. What I always tell them and what I want to explain to you as well is the fact that you don’t need to be a super chef to cook something for yourself and that no one is born good at cooking, even the greatest chefs did not know how to cook at a certain moment of their lives. Here are a few examples of some of the easiest things to make:
VEGETABLE SOUP – for this you will need: 1 onion, 3 carrots, 2 parsnips, 1 celery, 1,5 – 2 liters of water,1 cup of tomato passata and 1 tablespoon of salt. Wash all the vegetables, peel the dry layer of the onion and place it a medium pot, then slice the celery and put it there too. Peel the carrots and parsnips and chop them in three big slices then add them into the pot too. Add the water and salt and boil everything for half an hour on medium to high heat. At the end, add the tomato passata and boil on low heat for ten minutes. Preparation time: 10 minutes, cooking time: 40 minutes, difficulty level: super easy, makes: 2 portions, total price (approximately): £1.
PASTA WITH TOMATO SAUCE – instead of paying extra money for that already made sauce with preservatives and other chemicals, not to mention extra calories, you can make your own cheap and healthy sauce. You will need 1,5 liters of water, around 160 grams of pasta, 1/3 cup of olive oil, 1 cup of tomato passata and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Heat the water and when it starts to boil add the pasta (I usually buy the supermarket’s own brand of spaghetti which costs only £0.20 and it is just as good as the more expensive types. I use 1/3 of the pack for one portion) in and boil it on high heat for 7 to 10 minutes. When it is ready throw away the water and the salt, the tomato passata and the olive oil. To make it even tastier I grate 1 or 2 cloves of garlic over the spaghetti and add about 3 or 4 fresh or frozen basil leaves. Preparation time: 5 minutes, cooking time: 7 minutes, difficulty level: super easy, makes: 1 portion, total price (approximately): £0.70.
VEGETABLE STEW – for this you will need 5 loose peppers, 1 large onion, 3 tablespoons of olive oil, one can of chopped tomatoes and 1 tablespoon of salt. Chop the onion into little pieces and do the same for the peppers. Place a pan over medium to high heat and put the olive oil in it. Let the oil warm up for 10 seconds then add the chopped onion and stir for 15 seconds. Then, add the peppers and let it there for 3 minutes but stir every minute. After that, add the chopped tomatoes and salt and let it boil between 3 and 5 minutes. I like to add a little olive oil when I serve it as it makes it creamier. It goes really well with cous cous. Preparation time 10 minutes, cooking time 9 minutes, difficulty level: easy, makes: 3 portions, total price (approximately): £3.
We hope that you will find these recipes useful. Keep an eye on the blog for the second part of this article which will be about potato and rice meals.
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