Saturday’s dinner was based around some beautiful purple sprouting broccoli I received in my weekly Oddbox delivery and with a vegetable as pretty and fresh as this, I wanted to keep the meal simple. I opted to fry the broccoli for a few minutes and served it with shop bought breaded Cod and a homemade salsa, which enabled me to use up some tomatoes, onions & coriander that I had in.
Salsa is so simple to make, you simply mix tomato, onion & coriander with oil & vinegar and you’re done. Generally for dressings I follow a rule of 3 oil to 1 vinegar. Rough quantities that I used are:
1 x small onion (red or yellow)
2 x tomatoes (or use a couple of handfuls of cherry tomatoes)
1 x handful of coriander
1 x tbsp of red wine vinegar
3 x tbsps Olive Oil
Slice onions really thin (I use a mandolin) and chop tomatoes & coriander
Mix all ingredients together
Season, chill in fridge and serve.
I also wanted to take this opportunity to show you how I generally try to portion out a meal for my 20 month old son the next day (he’s 20 months so eats far too early for us). Saving a portion of our evening meal for him means less prep for me and more variety for him. It’s not always practical and I’m always conscious of not adding salt & sugar to his portion, alongside ensuring safe storage & reheating but it’s something that generally works really well for us.
Growing up, my mother struggled to get me to eat my greens, and if anything had even the slightest fleck of spice or herb, a food tantrum would ensue. Over the years, I've managed to introduce so many vegetables and flavours into my diet that I'll now happily eat meals that contain purely vegetables without complaint.
This dish here is made with a whole host of leftover vegetables but the main star of this dish is the dried pinto beans which are a good staple to keep in stock for bulking out meat free dishes into cheap, nutritious and protein filled dinners.
200g pinto beans
1 onion diced
2 x garlic cloves crushed
6 x mushrooms chopped
1 x carrot diced
1 x red pepper
400g tinned tomatoes
1x green birds eye chillies
1 tbsp oil
1-2 tsp chilli powder
2 tsp cumin
2 tsp ground coriander
300 ml veg stock
1 tsp oregano
1 bay leaf
Salt and pepper
Soak beans overnight & cook according to the packet instructions.
Meanwhile cook the onion and garlic for 2 mins before adding the spices and chilli and continuing to fry for a further 2 minutes
Add all of the other ingredients and cook for 2 mins before adding the vegetable stock. Stir well and scrape all of the spices off the bottom of pan.
Finally add the tomatoes, oregano and bay leaf, bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.