These are my ten favourite store cupboard ingredients and they all do the job of making me look like a much better cook than I really am because having this little lot in my cupboard means that I can rustle us up a tasty meal in no time at all with no problem and any last minute changes to our meal plans are easily accommodated.
Take today’s lunch for example, I found three pathetic looking sweet potatoes that either needed using up or throwing out and turned them into a delicious chickpea, lentil and sweet potato curry using nothing else other than ingredients that I have in my store cupboard.
It was delicious and was a reminder that I need to make sure that I always keep my store cupboard well stocked – especially as I’m starting to get a bit more adventurous in the cooking department (we haven’t had macaroni cheese in weeks ;-)).
How to make chickpea, lentil and sweet potato curry
1 handful frozen chopped onion
1tsp dried cumin
1tsp mustard powder (not an essential if you don’t have it in)
1 tablespoon curry powder (I use medium but you decide how hot you like yours)
75g red lentils
1 tin chopped tomatoes
3 medium sweet potatoes peeled and cubed
1 tin chickpeas
Fry the onions with some fry light cooking spray in a large pan (Olive oil would be fab if you’re not making this for Slimming World purposes)
When the onions are softened you can add the curry powder, cumin and mustard powder and give it a quick ten second stir over the heat.
Add the stock, tomatoes, lentils and sweet potatoes and bring to the boil, stirring frequently.
Turn down the heat a little and simmer for around 2o minutes until the lentils and the sweet potatoes are cooked through – it’s worth stirring every couple of minutes to make sure the lentils don’t stick to the base of the pan and burn (if you forget then you might find this post useful).
Add the drained chickpeas and give them a few minutes to heat through.
Voila, delicious chickpea, lentil and sweet potato curry which is great for those of us on Slimming World and those of you who just want a tasty and healthy meal.
This post was inspired by Oven Pride who have been running a campaign for the past few months called #AllYouNeedIsFood, where they’ve challenged people to cook something using just the ingredients in the back of their store cupboard. For every entry, they’ve very kindly donated £1 to a food bank.
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