Have you ever wondered what to do with the small pieces of frozen veg like cauliflower and broccoli that aren’t small enough to throw away but too small to be put on a dinner plate as a side?
Bake………. or one should say, make a vegetable bake.
Hubby has a theory that I am eating too much pasta and therefore not getting enough fibre in my diet. I could agree to some extent, but the last time I had pasta was ten days ago and then ten days before that, so much as I love my tomato pastas, I have not exactly been having them every day. Also, my bakes are full of veg and I have been eating plenty of fruit too, but things were not moving naturally, hence the need for a little medicinal help.
(If anyone is remotely interested, the mountain moved yesterday.)
I would class this as a SW free dinner with an A allowance of 30g of cheese.
At the bottom of the frozen broccoli bag was quite a bit of shrapnel, so I fished that out, and added a chopped tomato, onion, peppers, a small potato which I diced into small pieces, and these.
May I present to you our first carrots……. EVER………
I added a little water, stock cube, Italian herbs and a clove of garlic then brought the whole lot to the boil and simmered until the veg was soft.
I drained off most of the liquid, put the mix in my individual dish, and covered it with cheese. Hubby had fish and wedges today, so they all went in the oven together and cooked for 30 minutes.
It wasn’t bad, but as with most veg only dishes, I find a lot of liquid is generated in the cooking process, even though I had drained the majority off beforehand. With my usual bakes, the pasta absorbs any excess, so the dish is quite firm when you serve it.
This was a bit sloppy underneath the topping, so I used the draining spoon to dish up and thus stop it doing the breast stroke on my plate.
It was definite improvement on my raffle prize three years ago which I haven’t made since, but I will have another go at this once I can determine how to stop the ‘floods’ and will garnish it with cherry tomatoes on top to give it a bit of colour. The picture was taken with my phone so looks a bit wishy washy when it actually wasn’t.