CONSISTENTLY CURIOUS (2022-2025)   

One Pot Wonders

One Pot Wonders A lady with an apron on cooking vegetables in a slow cooker

To launch The People’s Pantry, we’ve gifted 50 families across Mereside and Hawes Side a slow cooker, cooking utensils, recipes, and the ingredients to make them. In exchange, they’ll be donating recipes to our community cookbook, attending a live cooking session or creative workshop, and spending time volunteering for either The People’s Pantry or our community garden space.

If you want to get involved, you can cook along with Maggie and explore the 10 recipes below – each recipe and video will be released weekly until all 10 are available.

One Pot Wonders Video Tutorials

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Week 4:

Texan vegetable chilli Chilli comes from the Hispanic food traditions, thought to have originated from the Texas, Mexico border area. In the 1880s, downtown San Antonio was famous for its street vendors called ‘chilli queens’! Ingredients • 1 White onion • 2 Red peppers • 2 Celery sticks • 2 tbsp Tomato puree • 1 tin Chopped Tomatoes • 125 Red Lentils • 1 Vegetable stock cube & 500ml hot water • 1 tins Kidney beans • 1 tbsp Cumin • 1 tbsp Paprika • 1 tbsp Mixed herbs • 1 tbsp Chilli powder • 2 Garlic cloves • 250g Rice Method Set the slow cooker to low Dice up your onion, celery, peppers and garlic and add fry in a pan for a few minutes till onions are soft Add all your stock and spices into the slow cooker Add the chopped tomatoes, tomato puree, lentils and veg stock. Drain beans then add them to the slow cooker Cook for 5-6hrs on a low heat, stir occasionally. 30 mins before serving boil the rice in a pan for 10 minutes on a medium heat. Drain and leave in the pan with the lid on it will keep steaming. Check all cooked and serve. Gf & Vegan version: replace stock cube with GF or vegan substitute. If Celery is an allergen for you, replace with leek or leave out
Texan vegetable chilli Chilli comes from the Hispanic food traditions, thought to have originated from the Texas, Mexico border area. In the 1880s, downtown San Antonio was famous for its street vendors called ‘chilli queens’! Ingredients • 1 White onion • 2 Red peppers • 2 Celery sticks • 2 tbsp Tomato puree • 1 tin Chopped Tomatoes • 125 Red Lentils • 1 Vegetable stock cube & 500ml hot water • 1 tins Kidney beans • 1 tbsp Cumin • 1 tbsp Paprika • 1 tbsp Mixed herbs • 1 tbsp Chilli powder • 2 Garlic cloves • 250g Rice Method Set the slow cooker to low Dice up your onion, celery, peppers and garlic and add fry in a pan for a few minutes till onions are soft Add all your stock and spices into the slow cooker Add the chopped tomatoes, tomato puree, lentils and veg stock. Drain beans then add them to the slow cooker Cook for 5-6hrs on a low heat, stir occasionally. 30 mins before serving boil the rice in a pan for 10 minutes on a medium heat. Drain and leave in the pan with the lid on it will keep steaming. Check all cooked and serve. Gf & Vegan version: replace stock cube with GF or vegan substitute. If Celery is an allergen for you, replace with leek or leave out

Week 3:

Mixed bean and chorizo casserole The addition of this simple cured sausage to a bean casserole adds the smoked flavours of Spain Ingredients 1 Red onion 2 Celery sticks 2 Carrots 1tbsp Tomato Puree 1 Tin Chopped Tomatoes 1 Tin Mixed Bean Taco Mix (Gluten Free Option add Kidney Beans as alternative) 1 Vegetable Stock Cube 1 tbsp Mixed Herbs 130g Diced Chorizo Method 1. Chop all vegetables and fry then add to your slow cooker 2. Fry off chorizo on medium heat for 30seconds 3. Add to your slow cooker 4. Add in your chopped tomatoes, chorizo and tin of mixed beans (do not drain beans, add liquid as well) 5. Boil 500ml of water and add to the slow cooker 6. Add in your vegetable stock cube, herbs and puree and stir 7. Cook on a high heat for 4hrs or low for 6-7hrs Vegetarian option – take out Chorizo
Josh’s favourite Rice Pudding It’s actually been around for centuries and is thought to have originated in China. In Asia, rice pudding was never referred to as rice pudding; instead, it was called a sweet rice porridge. A warming and filling pudding. Ingredients • 5g Butter (for lining the slow cooker) • 45g Pudding rice • 25g Caster sugar • 1 litre Milk • Strawberry jam • Cinnamon to taste Method 1. Butter your slow cooker 2. Heat milk in a pan to simmering point 3. Add the pudding rice and sugar to slow cooker 4. Add (pour) your milk into the rice 5. Cook for 2 ½ hours on a high heat and stir once/twice throughout 6. Add the cinnamon before serving 7. Serve with jam Gluten Free (not suitable for Celiacs) Vegan –Use vegan alternative to butter to line Slow Cooker Swap milk for almond or coconut rice

Week 2:

Remy’s Hearty Ratatouille recipe... as follows: Known as the ‘summer stew’, ratatouille was invented by poor farmers in the south of France in the 1700’s. With big families to feed nothing could go to waste so they would cook their leftover vegetables for hours to create this hearty stew. A slow cooker makes this recipe an easy win for a mid week tea. Ingredients • Red onions 1 • Garlic cloves 1 • Aubergine 1 • Courgette 1 • Green pepper 1 • Red peppers 1 • Yellow pepper 1 • Fresh tomatoes 3 • Tomato puree 1 tbsp • Plumped tomatoes 1 tin • Vegetable stock cube 1 (GF version- change to GF stock cube) • White wine vinegar 2 tbsp • Brown sugar 1 tbsp • Mixed herbs 1tbsp • Salt and pepper to taste Method 1. Chop vegetables into chunks or cubes add the garlic 2. Add all the vegetables to the slow cooker 3. Add in the tomato puree, plum tomatoes, fresh tomatoes, white wine vinegar, sugar and herbs salt and pepper and give it a stir 4. Cook for 5-6 hours low heat until the sauce and vegetables are soft, stir occasionally 5. Garnish with fresh basil if you have some. 6. Serve with crusty bread Vegan & GF free if GF stock cube used -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Three options to change up the recipe for next time: Add to pasta as a healthy sauce, add leftover meat such as bacon, chicken or beef Cubed and crumbled Feta cheese on top Serve as side dish to Chicken Breast
Remy’s Hearty Ratatouille recipe... as follows: Known as the ‘summer stew’, ratatouille was invented by poor farmers in the south of France in the 1700’s. With big families to feed nothing could go to waste so they would cook their leftover vegetables for hours to create this hearty stew. A slow cooker makes this recipe an easy win for a mid week tea. Ingredients • Red onions 1 • Garlic cloves 1 • Aubergine 1 • Courgette 1 • Green pepper 1 • Red peppers 1 • Yellow pepper 1 • Fresh tomatoes 3 • Tomato puree 1 tbsp • Plumped tomatoes 1 tin • Vegetable stock cube 1 (GF version- change to GF stock cube) • White wine vinegar 2 tbsp • Brown sugar 1 tbsp • Mixed herbs 1tbsp • Salt and pepper to taste Method 1. Chop vegetables into chunks or cubes add the garlic 2. Add all the vegetables to the slow cooker 3. Add in the tomato puree, plum tomatoes, fresh tomatoes, white wine vinegar, sugar and herbs salt and pepper and give it a stir 4. Cook for 5-6 hours low heat until the sauce and vegetables are soft, stir occasionally 5. Garnish with fresh basil if you have some. 6. Serve with crusty bread Vegan & GF free if GF stock cube used -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Three options to change up the recipe for next time: Add to pasta as a healthy sauce, add leftover meat such as bacon, chicken or beef Cubed and crumbled Feta cheese on top Serve as side dish to Chicken Breast

Week 1:

Maggie's Broccoli Soup recipe Ingredients 1 table spoon of olive oil 1 clove of garlic 500ml of chicken orvegetable stock 1 broccoli, florets and stems chopped Salt and black pepper Optional Drizzle cream to serve (or mix cream into soup if you prefer, or leave cream out if not suitable for you dietary needs) Method Wash broccoli and cut into smaller pieces, include stalk too Place broccoli, garlic, and stock into the slow cooker Season with salt and pepper Cook on low or medium heat for three hours Once cooked - broccoli will be soft, blend, stir, or mash to create soup Add cream if using