3 Money-Saving Sishebos

16 February 2016

Once the festive season has left us, many of us feel the accumulated joy and celebratory spirit drain from our bodies as we realise that we might have gone slightly over-board in terms of our spending. Luckily, there really isn’t any need to survive on noodles and canned beans for the next few months. We have a few delicious, money-saving sishebo recipe ideas to share with you! We have selected these particular easy dinner recipes due to the fact that they require minimal ingredients, yet still pack the hearty punch that your family has grown to know and love.

The Classic Chicken, Carrot and Potato Sishebo
The classic chicken sishebo is arguably the most popular choice amongst South African households these days. Here is a recipe that is certain to please at the dinner table, without having too much of an effect on your bank account.

You’ll Need:

  • 3 medium chicken breasts, cut into chunks
  • 4 carrots, sliced
  • 3 large potatoes, cut into chunks
  • ¼ cup (63 ml) of vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cups (500 ml) of chicken broth
  • 3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) of rosemary and / or thyme
  • A sprinkling of salt and pepper

How it’s Done:

  1. Start by cooking the onion in a large sishebo pot until it is translucent.
  2. Next, add the garlic and cook alongside the onion for one additional minute.
  3. Throw in the chicken and cook for seven minutes until well-browned on all sides, stirring often in order to avoid burning.
  4. Add the chicken broth, as well as the herbs, the salt and the pepper.
  5. Finally, add the carrots and potato chunks before bringing the concoction to a boil.
  6. Leave to boil for a minute or two before turning down the heat and allowing to simmer, covered, for a half an hour.

Beef and Tomato Sishebo
This beef sishebo is ideal for a family night in and is very easy to get right.

You’ll Need:

  • 0.7 kg of beef, cut into chunks
  • 2 Tbsp. (30 ml) of vegetable oil
  • 1 can of tomato soup
  • 2 cups (500 ml) of water
  • 3 carrots, sliced
  • 3 potatoes, cut into cubes
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • A sprinkling of salt and pepper

How it’s Done:

  1. Heat up the vegetable oil in your favourite sishebo pot before adding the beef chunks, seasoning with salt and pepper, and cooking over a medium heat until well-browned.
  2. Next, reduce the heat slightly before adding the tomato soup and water.
  3. Cover the broth and allow to simmer for an hour.
  4. Add in all of the vegetables before covering once again and cooking for a further 30 minutes.

Beef and Green Onion Sishebo
For a fresh twist on a traditional beef sishebo, give this recipe a try!

What You’ll Need:

  • 0,5 kg of cooked beef chunks
  • 500 g of potato, cut into small cubes
  • 3 carrots, sliced
  • 1 ¼ cups (313 ml) of water
  • 1 bunch of green onions, chopped
  • 1 tsp. (5 ml) of fresh thyme

How it’s Done:

  1. Place your potato chunks into a large, microwave-safe bowl and cover with saran wrap. Microwave for about 5 minutes before adding the carrots, covering once again, and microwaving for a further 5 -7 minutes.
  2. Turn your oven onto a medium heat. Place the potatoes, carrots and cooked beef chunks into your favourite sishebo pot and add the water.
  3. Cook until the concoction starts to bubble around the edges and then add the green onions.
  4. Cover the sishebo pot and leave to cook for 5 minutes until tender.
  5. Once you dished up your sishebo, sprinkle on the fresh thyme for an extra special touch.

So, there you have it. Three money-saving sishebos that are sure to help you to get through the next few weeks without having to say good-bye to your favourite meals and flavours. Delicious!



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