I am not one for New Years Eve resolutions. But 2015 was not the easiest year for me so I do want to work on making life a little bit easier in 2016. Part of that is to refocus on what I am cooking. Last year I got carried away with single serve casseroles, cooking almost completely from scratch, long lists of ingredients and complicated steps. While it was fun, I felt like other parts of my life were neglected while I cooked up a storm. Over this Christmas period I have been thinking more about what I want to do and how I want to eat.
This year I want to make my cooking all about quick meals or if a meal takes more time it has to be a meal that I can get at least two meals out of, ie it reheats well and are good for freezing. While I still want to cook mostly from scratch I am not going to be testing out recipes for making things like my own noodles.
I made this one pot sausage casserole from the Delicious Magazine before coming to this decision and only made a serve for one. But I do think it is one that would reheat well and so while I am sharing with you what I used to make this for one, it would be easy to scale back up to a serve for two – I still don’t have enough room in my freezer to go overboard with batch cooking. It is not super time consuming on the casserole scale but does take about an hour to cook after about 15 minutes preparation.
The sausages do mean that you cut back on preparing the meat. And the meal is all done in one pot which you know I love as a time saving in terms of washing up (Santa didn’t deliver a kitchen renovation with a dishwasher). It also includes carrots and tomatoes to help you get those serves of vegetables we are all supposed to be eating, but that so few are. Taste wise it is a pretty traditional tomato based casserole. Lovely comfort food.
To make this for one I used the following:
- 1 potato weighting about 170g, peeled and cut into quarters
- 1 carrot, peeled and cut into about 4 pieces
- 2 pork sausage – about 150g, chopped into bite sized pieces
- 1/2 tbs of olive oil
- 1/4 of an onion, diced
- 1/2 tsp of minced garlic (equivalent to 1/2 a clove)
- 1/4 tsp of paprika
- 100g of tinned, diced tomatoes (about 1/4 of a can)
- 100ml of chicken stock (I don’t use vegetable stock so rarely have it on hand)
- 1 bay leaf
I followed the instructions as given on the Delicious site except I chopped up my sausages and didn’t need to prick them. I often find that with casseroles, the smaller amounts cook quicker but this time around it took the whole 45 minutes for my potatoes to be cooked through. One serve has about 760 calories per my calculations using myfitnesspal. The original recipes says is has 581 calories but I like to err on the side of caution and calculate myself using my own amounts. 4 large potatoes is a pretty vague amount.