Slow-cooker Saturdays have become a thing recently. Friday night I think about what’s in the freezer. Or what’s decomposing in the fridge and then Saturday I pop out whilst T’s sleeping to go to the gym and buy the whole of Sainsbury’s. You can definitely cook this quickly in a large pan, but I wanted the flat to smell of Morocco for the day. It’s up to you how you best cook this.
Put in the Trolley
500 g pork mince (I used 10% fat – but whatever you can find will work.)
1 tsp of paprika, ground ginger, cumin and cinnamon
Low calorie cooking spray oil
1 onion, chopped
100 grms of peas (I as always used tinned peas.)
1 red pepper, deseeded and sliced
1 (410 g) can tomatoes, crushed, keep juice
300ml vegetable stock
Big spoonful of chili peppers, mild curry powder and tzatziki.
Heat a heavy based pan, spritz the bottom and add the mince. Don’t like me, forget that there’s often paper on the bottom. (Take that bit off.) Cook for a minute or three then add to the slow-cooker and spoon in the paprika, ginger, cumin and cinnamon.
Slop in the onion, tomatoes and peppers. Give it a super good stir and leave for around ten minutes. (The Lizzy twist here is to chuck in a handful of chili peppers and a really good spoon of mild curry power.) Then made up 600ml of vegetable stock and pour in.
Stir and leave for two hours. Then turn it down to low and cook for another two to three hours on low. Keep an eye on it – after the third hour mine started to stick.
Cook up some rice. Season with salt and black pepper, spoon in some tzatziki and serve with rocket salad. Delicious.
Numbers (if you’re bothered.)
This made – for me. Around 6 portions, each coming in at around 320 calories each (with the tzatziki.) Warm this up and take it for lunch and it will store in the fridge for around a week. Add white/brown rice and you’re looking at 430ish calories.
Book recommendation for this is A Separation, by Katie Kitamura. When her soon-to-be-ex-husband goes missing from a Greek island resort, his estranged wife must go search for him. What follows in Katie Kitamura’s third novel is more an existential mystery than an actual one, although the sheer deftness of her storytelling is nothing less than thrilling. Perfect to curl up with and a bowl of moroccan gorgeousness.