Ingredients for a slghtly decadent pasta dish. The meats are proscuitto and mild pancetta.
Step one: Get the water boiling and the pasta cooking whilst sauteing the onion & pancetta and then the mushrooms.
Step 3: Pancetta, onion & mushrooms ready to be added to the pasta.
Step 4: I added the spinach to the large pan, so it could begin wilting down.
To cook the peas and save a pan I added them to the boiling water of pasta for the last few minutes of cooking time.
Thursday: Pasta with mushrooms, proscuitto & goats cheese
This was a real compromise meal - and the result of not getting to the supermarket at the right time. I really wanted to make steak and pasta with a creamy sauce. But there was no steak by the time I arrived at the supermarket, so I settled for proscuitto and convinced myself goats cheese was healthier than sour cream or cream. Plus the supermarket had run out of fresh pine nuts so I substituted pistacios - which didn't really work!!
Primarily this meal is an example of being creative with what you have on hand, plus showing the benefits of having a few things stashed in the freezer - in this instance, wraps, mince and cooked lentils. It's also an illustration of how lonely meals look when you run out of green vegetables!
Friday lunch: Lamb with cumin & cranberry wrap
This is a case in point of a desperado dinner. No greens and a very empty fridge so a very cobbled together lunch. Bonus is that it was actually tasty and I got to use up the packet of cranberries that had been sitting in my cupboard since I made fruit mince pies at Christmas.
Ready to wrap and eat. Still wish I had greens!
Saturday's decadent pasta meal - and my attempt to salvage the week by actually eating some green vegetables. Ingredients ready to cook are: pancetta, fillet steak, pasta, goats cheeese, pine nuts, spinach, asparagus and frozen peas.
Step one: Toast the pine nuts and get the pasta cooking.
4 serves of vegetables prepped and ready.
Steak and pancetta prepped and ready.
Step 2 in cooking is to lightly cook the pancetta.
Step 3 is to add the beef to the pan and gently cook. As this is such a premium piece of steak, the trick is to just cook it through so it doesn't become tough. I sliced the pieced very thinly so this only took about 5 minutes.
Add the mushrooms to the pan and gently cook for another 2 minutes or so so you don't overcook the steak.
To save on using another pan, I added the peas to the pasta for the last few minutes of cooking.
Drain pasta and peas
Add spinach to the hot pasta so that it starts wilting.
Saturday: Take 2 of Thursday's dinner - Pappardelle pasta with steak, mushrooms, proscuitto, asparagus, peas & spinach tossed through with goats cheese & topped with pine nuts
Yay! Finally got the decadent pasta meal I was after. Plus, miraculously, and partly as I remembered I had frozen peas in the fridge, it counted for 4 serves of vegetables.