Friday, 28 November 2008

CHEAP QUICK MEALS FOR OVER CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR

Once the big day is over and everyone is thoroughly sick of cold turkey, hot turkey, turkey curry, turkey stew, turkey sandwiches, and you’re tired of cooking, what you need is meals in minutes from the freezer and this is how you do it.
Start in November by picking up reduced garlic bread and garlic flatbreads from the cold cabinet in your supermarket. They are cheap, (I paid 37p recently for a tasty garlic flatbread to serve 2 people) they freeze well and cook from frozen in around 10-15 minutes. While you’re looking at the reduced counter, pick up small tubs of pasta sauce, fresh pasta and tubs of fresh soup. All these will freeze well and will cook from frozen or defrost in your microwave.
If you really want to make the effort, you can serve the pasta in sauce with any salad that you may have – or fry an onion and throw into the sauce with any left over chopped veg or cold, sliced sausage, heat through thoroughly, then serve with garlic bread.
Soup is, well, soup, but look out for flavours that can be put together in case you have to serve more people e.g. mix a carrot soup with a vegetable soup, or a tomato soup with a minestrone. To soften up any stale, left over rolls or bread to accompany the soup (if you’re sick of garlic bread) just buzz it through the microwave for 10-15 seconds (depending on the power of your microwave).
Garlic flat breads and naan breads also make a good stand in for pizzas and can be taken straight from the freezer to use – just lay on a tray, spread with some of your pasta sauce (or plain old ketchup if that’s all you have) sprinkle on a pinch of dried thyme and slice on tomatoes, any olives left over from your Christmas buffet and slices of all those different bits of leftover cheeses from your Christmas cheeseboard! Cook at 200º for around 10- 15 minutes, or until cheese is bubbling. Serve with salad.
Enjoy!

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