Thursday, January 31, 2008

Today's Lunchbox: Morocan Chicken Stew

I modified this stew recipe from the traditional Moroccan tagine - the only difference is, I didn't use beans because I didn't like them much. It's great with bread or rice, but even better with couscous.

Moroccan Chicken Stew
(Makes 3 servings)
2 chicken breasts, cut into chunks
1 onion, thinly sliced
1 carrot, cut in chunks
1 red pepper, cut in 1-inch chunks
1 can peeled tomatoes
Equal portion of chicken or vegetable stock
1 tbsp cumin
1 tbsp coriander
1 cinnamon stick
Juice of one lemon
Olive oil

1. Heat oven to 150. Coat onion slices with a pinch of salt and then coat with 1 tsp of olive oil. Place in a baking pan and roast for 30 min. Stir every 10 min
2. Coat pepper and carrot chunks with another tsp of oil and then join with the onions after they are done. Re-roast for another 20 min.
3. Once all the vegerables are roasted, Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a stewing pot and lightly brown the chicken
4. Add all the roasted veges, along with the spices, canned tomatoes, lemon juice and stock. Let it come to a boil, cover and simmer for Half an hour.
4. Serve over rice or couscous! (Hint: Drain some of the hot liquid for use in the couscous!)

Cost per serving: $2.20
Chicken breasts: $4
Vegetables (onion, carrot, pepper): $2
Lemon: 50c

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Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Today's lunchbox: Thai Fish cakes and a quick pilaf

First post for the new year! In today's lunchbox I made a quick pilaf (flavoured rice) and a thai-inspired fish cake.

Thai Fish Cakes
1 kg white fish fillets, minced
3 tbsp Curry paste (store bought or home-made, it doesn't matter!)
1 lemongrass, (flesh only, minced)
1 bunch of coriander, chopped
1 egg
Oil for frying

1. Mix everything except the egg and oil together in a bowl and leave in the fridge to marinade for at least two hours.
2. Crack in the egg and mix well. Form patties or cakes from the paste.
3. Fry fish cakes under 1 cm of oil with medium-low heat, approximately 2-3 min on each side (depending on thickness of patty). Drain well. Makes 6 burger-pattie sized fish cakes

Cost per serving: $1.80 for two patties
1 kg fish: $3.40 for a pack of frozen fish fillets
Curry paste: $1.50 (that's ready made. Cheaper if you make your own curry paste!)
Coriander: $0.40 a bunch
Egg: $0.20

Quick Pilaf
1 cup of rice (long grained, preferably)
1 cup of water
1 cup of diluted chicken stock
Chopped onions and tomatoes
Dash of olive oil (or any other flavoured oil)

1. Mix everything into a pot and cook under low heat for 15-20 min. Fluff before serving. Serves 2-3.

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