Stress free casserole cooking

Hi everyone, thank you for coming back. I have spoken a lot recently about health and fitness and for me cooking simple, tasty and healthy meals is a big part of that. Cooking really is a great passion of mine! I have had a lot of positive feedback about my foodie articles in the past so I thought some more wouldn’t hurt!

One of the things I hope to do by writing foodie articles is to inspire others to cook. I think that home cooking is so important in this day and age because diet related illnesses are rising rapidly and people are constantly turning to convenience foods which are always full of excess salt, sugar and fat. I want people to realise how easy it is and rewarding to cook at home. All you need is a few simple ingredients and you can create something really special. Tasting the food that you have prepared and sharing it with others is a great feeling and can become very addictive!  I really do find cooking so therapeutic and after a long, stressful day at work I love to pour myself a big glass of wine and create something exciting in the kitchen.

My one pot wonder

I have realised that in today’s fast paced world people often want to cook but find it difficult to create something that is really easy to make, healthy but still full of flavour. With this in mind I wanted to introduce you to a really simple and easy recipe that I absolutely love. It is so easy to make because everything goes into the same pan! Yes really! It is such a delicious dish and really is full of flavour so I am hoping that by sharing it with you that you will all be inspired to make it too! The dish is a spicy sausage casserole but can easily be catered towards vegetarians by swopping the sausage with another kind of vegetable. I think something like aubergine or pumpkin would work really well. You can also serve it with anything you like such as mash potato, bread (flatbread, chapatti, crusty baguette) dumplings, rice, chips, you name it! Oh and it lasts a good few days in the fridge and also keeps well in the freezer.

Spicy sausage casserole

Ingredients:

Good quality sausages (a mix of regular sausages and chorizo works well)

Onion, celery, garlic, tomatoes, cannellini beans, spinach

Cumin, paprika, chilli, sugar and salt

Parmesan cheese (Not vital but a nice touch)

Method:

Roughly chop the onions, celery and garlic and add to a casserole dish or heavy saucepan. Add some oil and cook until softened (not browned). Then add the spices and cook for a further 2 minutes before then adding the sausages (cut into generous chunks). Brown the sausages off and add the tomatoes and cannellini beans. Then add a generous amount of sugar and salt and also a cup of water. Stir together and then cover the pan and simmer gently for 40 minutes. Then add the fresh spinach and some grated parmesan and cook for a few more minutes, until the spinach is wilted.

To serve:

Finish with a little more grated parmesan, some fresh coriander. I particularly like to serve it with a big chunk of crusty bread or creamy mash potato (or both if you are hungry!!)

 YUM

My recommendation:

I think for people who are less experienced at cooking or for those of you who like to cook but are simply stretched for time then casseroles are a really great option. Cooking everything in the same pan is easy and really does help to deliver maximum flavour. You can often use casseroles as a great way to use up ingredients such as meat left over from a Sunday lunch. You can add anything you want to them too and really experiment with different flavours. So something I would definitely recommend buying to recreate this recipe and in fact for any casserole style dish is a Le Creuset saucepan. If you are not sure of exactly what I mean you can find them on this website; http://www.williams-sonoma.com/shop/cookware/cookware-le-creuset/.

 

Buying a Le Creuset

Often I think that not having the right tools for cooking something effectively can really hinder a great recipe and can make cooking seem so much harder than it really is. I used to try and cook casseroles but the pans I used would always get burnt at the bottom and the ingredients would always cook too quickly. Thankfully my casserole cooking is now completely stress free since buying my own used Le Creuset. You can find this brand everywhere now but because they keep so well a used Le Creuset is actually as good as a new one! I in fact brought my own used Le Creuset online; a quality purchase that has lasted me forever!