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Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Quick and Easy Bacon and Chickpea Casserole

This is a senario we all know too well. Picture this: A weekday evening after a long day at work, no time or energy to cook a full on meal, however you would like something tasty and balanced. 

Well, that was me today. What to eat? Feeling hungry but too tired to cook! In the fridge I had 6 rashers of unsmoked bacon from the butcher and in the cupboard I had a tin of waitrose chickpeas and a tin of chopped tomatoes. I decided a quick casserole utilising the ingredients I already have would be the answer to my dinner quandary. 

I chopped an onion and lightly fried it and then added all of the bacon cut up into small pieces. I then added the chickpeas, a vegetable stock cube, salt, pepper a good dash of paprika, the chopped tomatoes and half a cup of water. I put the lid on the pan and let it simmer for 10 minutes. I chopped some carrots and a stick of celery and added these into the pan. After another 5 minutes in the pan (so that the vegetables still have a crunch to them) the casserole is ready to eat. I served mine with some rice. Deelish and so quick and easy after a long day of teaching (and it doesn't cut too much into my evening marking time). 


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