As I write this I can see the snow drifting softly past my window. My stomach is gurgling and calling out for stodgy food. As a result, and with one eye on the weather forecast for the week ahead, I’ve changed our meal plan a little so that we’ll be full of warming food. As usual I’ve gone for things that are both healthy and cheap, never say I’m not good to you!
Last week I had a go at the Hairy Dieter’s crispy chicken. Delicious! Packed full of flavour and only 299 calories a portion. In keeping with my 101 in 1001 challenge, I want to try a new recipe each week and this week’s effort will be a Greek inspired butter bean and feta stew. I’m also trying to eat more vegetarian meals during the week in order to improve my veggie recipe repertoire and also to see how much of an impact it will have on saving money (more of that to come soon!).
Meal Plan for w/c 14th January 2013
We’ll be using up lots of leftover veg in tonight’s dinner but I’m particularly excited about making the stew. I’ve researched a few recipes and the one I’ve cobbled together is as follows:
Butter bean and feta stew
- 1 tin x 400g butter beans
- 2 x 400g tinned tomatoes
- 50-75g feta
- 1 x red onion, finely diced
- 2 x fat cloves of garlic, finely chopped
- 2 tsp tomato puree
- 2 level tsp of dried oregano
- 2 level tsp of fennel seeds
- Salt and pepper
- Heat a tbsp of olive oil in a large, deep pan. When hot, add the red onion and fry gently for a couple of minutes.
- Turn the heat down and add the garlic, oregano and fennel seeds. Cook for 5 or so minutes until soft.
- Add the tomato puree, stir well and allow to cook out for a minute or too.
- Add the tinned tomatoes and stir well to combine all of the ingredients. Leave to simmer for 20 minutes.
- Add butter beans, season with salt and pepper, and allow to simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Crumble 25g of feta in to the mixture and stir well, allowing it to melt in to the stew. This should take a few minutes.
- Divide the mixture between bowls (this should serve 2-3 people) and serve with a crusty baguette, or if you’re watching your weight, a couple of crisp breads will be just as tasty.
What’s cookin’ at your house this week? Don’t forget you can share any favourite recipes below. I love to read them and they may well even end up featured here as I continue my quest to cook a new recipe each week.
P.S. For those of you asking where I bought my copy of the Hairy Dieter’s cook book, it was from Amazon. It’s back in stock now and reduced down to £7 with free P&P. You can buy a copy here.