3 cereals, 3 legumes, 5 vegetables AND flavour.

A guest post by the one and only Mr Ecochick! Below is a meal we make so that I have LOADS of baby food to feed one hungry baby. This makes a huge pot of food so use the BIGGEST pot you own. This freezes really well and as a bonus is vegan friendly though I like it served with heaps of cheese. This is a meal the whole family can enjoy and is cheap to make so is great if you need a to feed a lot of people cheaply.

Complete nutrition.

1 Tablespoon of olive oil

1 onion, finely diced
2-3 cloves garlic, crushed
Spices (see text)
2 x 400g cans tomatoes
1 carrot, finely diced
1 zucchini, finely diced
1 cup uncooked lentils
Herbs (see text)
4 cups stock (caution: can be very salty)
4 cups or more water as needed
1 cup rice
1 cup peas (frozen or dried)
1 cup pasta shapes (macaroni is fine)
1 400g can whole kernel corn
1 400g can beans (any kind, baked is good)

Heat oil in 3 litre pot, fry onion until transparent.
Add garlic and spices (e.g. pepper, cumin, paprika, coriander seed, turmeric, about a teaspoon of each will give a good flavour). Fry for about 2 mins
Add tomatoes, herbs, carrot, zucchini, lentils and half the stock. Cover and Simmer 15 mins, adding water if needed. Suitable herbs are basil, oregano, coriander, chives, parsley, bay leaves, thyme etc.
Add rice and remaining stock, simmer for 10 mins. If using dried peas add now.
Add frozen peas (if using) and cover with water as it is absorbed. Simmer 10 mins.
Add pasta shapes and drained corn, adding water as it is absorbed.
When all the ingredients are cooked (especially the dry ingredients), remove from heat and stir in drained beans.
Serve with grated cheese if desired
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