Still using up those endless bags of frozen food I’d bought in last month, as it was Sunday today I decided that a nice Sunday Lunch was in order.
I’m not vegetarian, but I often have meat free meals without even thinking about it. This Sunday lunch is meat free – although if you’re a meat lover you can simply add the meat of your choice to the plate!
Using frozen vegetables means you have really fresh vegetables and you only have to use the amount you want to use. No peeling, no waste! Perfect for instant dinners with the minimum of fuss or work/effort. For me it means I can decide at the last minute what to eat – and I don’t have to rush back if I’m out doing more interesting things!
I’d got a large bag of brussels sprouts, with most still intact – and the end of a bag of mixed veg. There were some frozen Yorkshire puddings from Aldi in there too. So I thought I’d combine those with some instant mashed potato and some Bisto gravy!
Sunday Lunch using Frozen Food:
- The mixed veg was a bag of carrots, peas, green beans and sweetcorn – but I picked out the sweetcorn as I want to save those to go into a tuna/mayo sandwich filler at some future point. There was no need to separate the vegetables to cook them – and I steamed all four vegetables in my microwave steamer for just 6 minutes, then set it aside for a few minutes to continue steaming until I was ready to serve up. Using that bag freed up some freezer space!
- I boiled the kettle and made up 1/3rd of a packet of stuffing, with a knob of butter, in a microwave safe dish. Making this early/ahead gives it time to fully form and plump out.
- I tipped out, by eye, enough instant potato, then got a knob of butter in there.
- I used 2 teaspoons of Bisto gravy granules, which I put into a small cup.
- The frozen Yorkshires are Aldi Yorkshire Puddings with Beef Dripping which I’d bought in for Christmas dinner and they simply needed to be cooked in a pre-heated oven for 5-6 minutes. Using my mini oven I didn’t bother with pre-heating and simply popped the two Yorkshire puddings in there on the baking tray and set the temperature to 200°C, with the top and bottom elements on and the timer to 6 minutes.
- Once the mini oven pinged and the Yorkshire puddings were ready, I reboiled the kettle and mixed boiling water with the instant mash and knob of butter, being careful not to use too much water, then sat that to one side to fully “form”.
- I put the stuffing mix into the microwave for 2 minutes on high.
- I strained off the vegetables from their water – I then used the water from this to mix with the Bisto gravy granules.
- All I then had to do was place the Yorkshire puddings onto the plate, arrange the vegetables on the plate, put the mashed potato on the plate, with the stuffing – and pour the gravy where I wished it to go! Dinner!
It’s as simple as that. MUCH more filling and satisfying than buying a ready frozen whole Sunday lunch for one, although in my version there’s no meat, you can cook or buy pre-cooked meat and freeze it, ready to add to your meals, I simply don’t bother much with meat most of the time.