Prawn Laksa

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I’m loving my new found passion for quick and easy meals. I’m getting a lot of inspiration from Jamie’s 15 minute meals, Yummly and Good Food books but always like to slightly change them according to my tastes as I find some of them quite bland.

Laksa is always a hit with Beardy and me. I tried this on the kids the other night, dreading what the reaction would be, as I do with all new food, but was pleasantly surprised. I altered this slightly for them and then added extra bits to it after for ours (ours is the yummier looking picture!).

The kids version didn’t have cayenne pepper or peanut butter in (Boo doesn’t like it – seriously, who doesn’t like peanut butter?!) and I knew they’d moan about the ‘bits of grass in it’ if I put the coriander in so omitted that too, but the rest was the same and was eaten happily by both. Also, I totally forgot that Boo has decided she doesn’t like prawns anymore so I had to take the prawns out for her, hers ended up being ‘Broccoli and not much else Laksa!’

Not much point in asking Boo for her marks out of 10 because if she likes it, it’s always 10 hundred out of 10 (which is what she said about this) and if she doesn’t like it it’s a 9, which is still, in my books, a pretty successful meal! Bear gave it 6, so not a massive hit but he still ate it without moaning and said he would again ‘if he had to’! Charming!

Personally I could definitely have this on my menu every week!

Ingredients

  • Prawns (I buy them ready cooked so I just have to chuck them in at the end to heat through)
  • 0.5 ltr chicken stock
  • Ginger – grated (about the size of your thumb)
  • 3 cloves of Garlic
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 6 spring onions (chopped)
  • 2 tsp peanut butter
  • A good handful of Coriander
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 1 tin of Coconut milk
  • Broccoli
  • Noodles

Method

  • Set a saucepan on to boil.
  • Pop a good glug of oil in a frying pan. Chop up the broccoli into chunky slices and fry it for a minute or so in the ginger and garlic.
  • Add in all the other ingredients except the prawns and coriander and leave to simmer
  • Pop the noodles in the boiling water and boil for 4-5 minutes.
  • Drain the noodles and add to the liquid mixture with the prawns and coriander and season to taste.
  • If you like your soups a bit thicker you can add a bit of flour to thicken up.
  • Garnish with a bit more coriander

THATS IT – Bish Bash Bosh – 20 minutes max (including prep)! It’s all about simple meals over here.

Note: Equally as nice with Chicken, which I’ll be doing for the kids next time due to Boo’s new found hatred for Prawns.

Kids Chicken and Bacon Carbanana (Carbonara)

I say kids, because it’s super creamy and cheesy, in other words, unhealthy (and delicious), not that I ply my kids with unhealthy stuff you understand, they eat well and have a very balanced diet (she says after just posting a peanut butter cookie recipe!), but because of this I don’t mind spoiling them occasionally with something creamy and delicious, something I very rarely treat Beardy and myself to! If I mention the word ‘cream’ in a dinner to Beardy I get a disappointed look (we’re trying to be ‘good’), thus forcing me to sneak away and secretly hide in the fridge eating cheese and drinking cream, out of Beardys view, shhhh, he doesn’t need to know (if I get caught I’ll just say I’m nibbling a lettuce leaf – got it covered!) Saying all this, it still doesn’t stop him ‘making sure it tastes ok!’

So, if you’re a follower of my blog you’ll know I don’t like spending loads of time cooking for the kids. I love this recipe because it’s easy and quick. We got in late tonight and I had some chicken, bacon and double cream to use up and this is what popped into my head. They both love normal Carbonara (or Carbanana as they used to call it), so knew they’d like it, but there is always something, no matter how small, left on the plate, not tonight, oh no, I almost didn’t need to wash their plates up they were so clean!

Ingredients

  • 2 chicken breasts, cut into small cubes
  • 4 rashers of bacon, cut into small strips
  • 1 egg
  • Grated cheddar cheese, about a handful (I usually use Pecorino, but didn’t have any)
  • Double cream, say, half a cup
  • Pasta (I used Farfalle but obviously you can use whatever you have)
  • Pasta cooking water

Method

Put the pasta on to boil. In the meantime, put a couple of glugs of oil in a large pan and fry off the bacon until it’s crispy, set aside with the juices in a separate dish. Fry off the chicken until done, get rid of the fat. Chuck the bacon with it’s juices and pasta back into the pan with the chicken and add half the cream. Crack the egg over the top of the mixture and mix in well, making sure you break the yolk (you can obviously mix up the egg before you put it in, but it just saves on washing up if you crack it straight in the pan). Season (I like to add lots of pepper). Add in the cheese and the rest of the cream until it becomes a thick creamy sauce. Then lastly add in a ladle or two of the pasta cooking water to loosen the sauce up.

You can make this slightly healthier by adding broccoli, which I would have done if I’d had more time but I didn’t, so I didn’t.

Bear and Boo polished this off in about 3 minutes, and I gave them quite big portions. Both gave it 10/10. Shame it’s so unhealthy!

 

 

Beef Stroganoff

Beef Stroganoff

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Its another ‘YAY!’ On the Bear and Boo chart – Beef Stroganoff is a massive leading contender with a 9/10 from The Bear and a whopping 10/10 from Boo! Such a simple homemade quick and easy recipe too, took me half hour with prep!

Recipe – serves 4
Beef (I used frying steak for ease and quickness but any cut will work)
Mushrooms, sliced
Onion, sliced and diced
Sour cream, as much as you want really but I used a 300ml tub (I like it creamy)
Tomato purée, 1 tbsp
Garlic, 2 cloves
Beef stock, 450ml
French or Dijon mustard, 2 tsp

Method
Whizz up the mustard, stock and tomato purée in a blender.
Fry the garlic and onion off until the onion is soft then add the beef and mushrooms to the pan. Once beef is brown add the liquid and simmer until reduced by half (if you find this reduces too much you can add more water). Add the sour cream and warm through. Job done! Simples!

I did this with basmati rice as long grain takes too long to cook! I don’t like meals that take forever. Quick easy meals for working mums are the way forward.