In collaboration with Tasty, Easy Lamb.
I do love cooking, but there are busy days when, after dealing with work, family, housework and exercising, I just can’t face spending ages standing in front of the cooker preparing a meal.
This recipe and variations of it are my go-to recipe for such occasions. The ultimate comfort food when, at the end of a long day, the bra gets ditched (cue: heavy sigh of relief!), the pj’s get put back on (does anyone else have a super cosy fluffy pair they live in when at home?), and this one-pan meal gets cooked. The rest of the evening is spent cosied up on the couch watching the latest series on Netflix or Amazon Prime. A well-deserved time-out after the chaos of day-to-day life.
Regular readers will know that we eat a lot of lamb in our house. I do love a Sunday roast leg of lamb, and leftovers are always cut into 1 cm cubes the next day and kept in the freezer for quick midweek meals like this. I’ve also made this recipe with leftover kibe, cut into small pieces, and leftover BBQ lamb leg steaks with harissa and mint (which was rather lovely – recipe to follow!). Cubed lamb takes no time at all to defrost, so it’s ok if I’ve forgotten to take it out first thing in the morning.
I’m also a big fan of the ready-to-eat quinoa sachets you can get in the supermarket. I know quinoa takes no time to cook, but sometimes, well, y’know… lazy. I’m quite partial to the mixed red and white quinoa from Merchant Gourmet, and so I’ve used their sachet in this recipe. Feel free to replace the quinoa with rice, or leftover roast potatoes cut into bits.
When it comes to greens, just chuck in half a bag of whatever you happen to have. I use whatever’s arrived in that week’s veg box – spinach, rainbow chard, kale or, as pictured above, spicy Chinese greens, as they give a nice kick to the dish. You could always throw in some leftover roast vegetables from your Sunday roast dinner too – this is a very versatile recipe!
The only work involved is frying an onion with some spices, and reheating everything else. Quick and easy and oh so delicious with minimal washing up. Win!
What’s your favourite quick and easy midweek supper recipe? Let me know in the comments! And what are you watching these days on Netflix or Amazon Prime? I’m needing something new to watch now that The Walking Dead has finished. Inspire me!
15-Minute Lamb & Quinoa One-Pan Midweek Supper
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 0.5 tsp whole cumin seeds
- 0.5 tsp whole coriander seeds crushed
- 1 large onion finely chopped
- 250 grams leftover cooked lamb cut into 1 cm dice
- 250 grams red & white quinoa I use Merchant Gourmet sachets
- 100 grams greens chard, kale, spinach, etc.
- sea salt
- freshly ground black pepper
- plain natural yoghurt to serve
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- Heat oil in a large saute pan over a medium-high heat.
- Add the seeds and toast until they begin to pop. Add the onion and gently fry until they begin to soften without colouring.
- Add the cubed, cooked leftover lamb and cook for 5 minutes until heated through, stirring occasionally.
- Add your chopped greens and cook for a further minute or two until they begin to wilt and then add the cooked quinoa. Continue to cook until heated through.
- Season well to taste and serve with a generous dollop of plain, natural yogurt.
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