Mummy guilt is a bit crap isn’t it?! Sometimes I wonder why we don’t give ourselves a break, I really do. I am constantly feeling guilty about one thing or another….not listening to music practice properly, getting the big bears to look after the littlest bear too much, letting them have too much screen time, not making the beds everyday, not walking the dog for long enough, not phoning the grandparents enough, not doing my own ironing (I send it out! shhhhh), not replying to emails or texts and then forgetting about them, saying I’ll go to something and then being too knackered to actually go, missing friends birthdays, not going to the gym enough to validate my ridiculously expensive membership fee, being late for school pickup, being late for school drop off, being late for most things…..arghhhhh the list could go on and on!!!
But then sometimes I think to myself, sod it…I’m doing the best that I can, my kids are happy and healthy and loving school, my husband gets a home cooked dinner on the table most evenings, the house is kept relatively clean and tidy and organised and sometimes (sometimes) there’s nothing on my to-do-list. That’s ok isn’t it?
I get so fed up with the guilt that occasionally I go totally against the rule book and I don’t take the kids to the playground/theme park/cinema, spend hours building lego/playdough/jigsaws, arrange lovely playdates/parties/dinners and instead, I allow us, as a family, to spend the whole day doing nothing. Nada. Nill. Not a thing. And usually we do it….in our pyjamas (collective intake of shocked breath) – so what?!
I’m not ashamed, in fact I’m rather proud of our occasional days of nothing, no pressure, no clock watching, no visitors, no plans, just all of us hanging out together watching rubbish tv and getting a takeaway (do I hear another collective intake of shocked breath?!). Did you imagine because I love to cook that we never get a take away? Nonsense….we love a take away! And we’re lucky enough to have some great gdfree places nearby that very kindly agree to deliver their delicious gdfree food right to our very lazy doorstep! We have a Chinese that lists everything on its menu with allergens and will make things specially for you if you request it, we have an Indian which offers nearly 90% of it’s menu as gdfree and we even have an award winning fish and chippie that offer gluten free fish and chips mon-thurs.
So…to help alleviate those guilty moments I have come up with a super store-cupboard-ingredient casserole that really hits the spot in those moments of can’t-be-bothered-to-cookness. It contains 1 pack of sausages, 5 tins from the cupboard and a pint of seasoned stock. The only thing you have to chop is an onion. ok maybe two onions, but that’s it I promise.
And, it’s also, totally delicious! Filling, warming, tangy, textural and full of beany-goodness.
It keeps really well in the fridge to enjoy as leftovers for days or you could make it and freeze half of it for when you have another can’t-be-bothered-to-cook day.
I hope you enjoy it as much as we do….and I hope you eat it whilst wearing your pyjamas!
Lazy Sausage & Bean Casserole
GF DF EF SF
You will need this:
- 6 good quality gluten free sausages (I love the Heck ones)
- 2 small onions
- 1 tin of chopped tomatoes
- 1 tin of lentils
- 1 tin of chickpeas
- 1 tin of cannelini beans
- 1 tin of kidney beans
- 3tbsp tomato puree
- 2tbsp gluten free worcestershire sauce
- 1 pint of gluten free beef stock
You make it like this:
- Bake the sausages for 20-30 mins, turning once, at 180 degrees
- Fry the onions until softened
- Cut each sausage into four pieces and add to onions
- Add the tomatoes and all the tinned beans
- Mix up a pint of stock and add the tomato puree and worcestershire sauce straight into it, stir thoroughly
- Add to the pot
- Leave to simmer for 30mins on a low heat until bubbly and delicious
- If you can be bothered, serve with sweet potato mash or rice or greens or just have a big bowl of it on its own, it’s delicious as it is!