My partner always orders a Dhansak from our local Indian Takeaway, so I thought I would try a homemade version! He thought it was delicious! Result! Not only was it so tasty it was also less calories and more protein. A much healthier version of his favourite takeaway. I made my homemade Chapati’s to serve with it too. Perfect Fakeaway dish.
Makes 2 Servings
1 red onion – chopped
2 garlic cloves – crushed
1 tsp ginger
1 tbsp light brown sugar
1 red chilli – finely diced
1 tsp mustard seeds
4 cardamon pods – crushed
2 tsp mild curry powder
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp ground cinnamon
100 g red lentils rinsed
2 chicken breasts
4 tomatoes – chopped
1 tsp tomato paste
300ml vegetable stock
Juice 1/2 lemon or lime
fresh coriander to garnish
salt & pepper to season
- Heat a little oil in a deep pan, fry the spices, ginger and chillies for a minute or until mustard seeds start to pop.
- Lower the heat and add in the onions and garlic, cook for about 5 minutes until soft.
- Add the red lentils and mix.
- Then add the stock, tomatoes, tomato paste and sugar, bring to the boil. Gently lower the chicken breasts into the sauce. Lower the heat and simmer covered for about 1 hour.
- Add the juice of the lemon or lime. Take 2 forks and shred the chicken breasts, stir and cook uncovered on a higher heat for a further few minutes. If the sauce is too runny just bring to the boil to thicken for a few minutes or add cornflour to thicken.
- Remove the cardamon pods and serve onto plates. Garnish with coriander. Serve with the Chapati’s.
- This recipe also tastes even better the day after. Yummy!
Dhansak is a popular Indian dish, originating among the Parsi Zoroastrian community. It combines elements of Persian and Gujarati cuisine. Dhansak is made by cooking mutton or goat meat traditionally with a mixture of lentils and vegetables.
You could try this recipe also with prawns or lamb. Yummy too!
I first saw this recipe on Food for fitness, Scott Baptie is a Sports nutritionist, Director of Food For Fitness. Online trainer. Speaker. High protein cook. Magazine cover model & fitness writer. He specialises in fat loss, muscle gain and nutrition. His recipes are delicious and so nutritious, so when I seen this recently I had to give it a try. At only 164 calories per portion (without the chicken), who wouldn’t? I used green lentils and added chicken for a more filling meal.
Makes 4 portions
Spray oil with coconut oil
2 onions, diced
10g ginger, crushed
10g garlic, crushed
200g green lentils (or red) rinsed
350ml vegetable stock
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp gram masala
1 tsp dried chillies
400g chopped tomatoes
400g coconut milk – reduced fat
2 chicken breasts
Fresh coriander, chopped
- Heat spray oil in a large pan.
- Add the diced onions with garlic and ginger and cook until softened. Remove from pan
- Add the seasoned chicken to the pan with the gram masala, chillies and cumin and cook until chicken is browned.
- Add the onions back to the pan with the lentils, tomatoes, coconut milk and vegetable stock. Bring to a boil then gently simmer with lid for about 30 minutes.
- Remove lid and continue to cook for 15-20 minutes or until sauce starts to thicken.
- Serve with some fresh coriander. Yummy!
I just love fresh pasta, ever since I got my new pasta attachment for my Kitchen Aid Machine I’ve never bought dried pasta again. Having to use up some pesto I had left, this little dish was the result. The sun dried tomatoes just added that little extra flavour.
For the pasta:
275g ‘OO’ Grade Pasta Flour
3 large eggs
- Sift the flour into the large bowl on Kitchen Aid mixer or work surface.
- Make a well in the middle. Crack one egg in and whisk gently.
- Gently with your hands start to incorporate the flour starting at the bottom, once it starts to come together crack the 2nd egg, then the 3rd until it becomes sticky.
- Using the dough hook on the mixer, knead together until you get a smooth like dough. Remove, cover with cling film and leave for about 1 hour.
- Attach the pasta attachment, cut the pasta dough into 4 sections.
- Flatten dough with hand then feed through the pasta maker, No. 1 x 5, No. 3 x 2, No. 5/6 x 1
- Change attachment to fettuccine and feed through. Hang until ready to cook.
- Heat a large pan of slightly salted water and cook for about 3-4 minutes. Strain
For the toppings:
2 chicken breasts
1/4 jar sundried tomatoes
3 tbsp green pesto
Handfuls of Broccoli & Baby Spinach
- I steam cooked my chicken, broccoli and Spinach. (8 minutes for chicken, 3 minutes for veg)
- Slice chicken into bite size pieces.
- Place pasta into a bowl with chicken, broccoli, spinach and sundried tomatoes, spoon the pest into the bowl and mix through until chicken and pasta is coated.
- Serve. Yummy!
- For extra spice you could add in some chilli.
If you have read my last few posts, you will know I got a massive 2.5kg bag of potatoes for 29p last week……I know right….so cheap! So my task this week was to use them all…lol! Today I had to use up some leftover vegetables so I decided on pesto Potatoes……this was so delicious, nutritious and a filling meal.
4 Maris piper potatoes – cut into bite size pieces (I left skin on, more flavour)
Handful or Broccoli
Salt & pepper
Green Pesto – 3 tbsps (see recipe below)
clove of garlic crushed
Fresh Basil – large bunch
handful of pine nuts – about 100g
Parmesan Cheese – grated
- Place garlic and basil leaves in a blender and pulse until chopped
- Add in the pine nuts (toasted) and parmesan and pulse to blend
- Slowly add in some olive oil, just enough to bring it all together, then squeeze in the lemon juice. Serve.
- Cook potatoes through until soft, you can either boil or steam cook, 4 minutes before you think they are ready, pour in some peas to the potatoes and simmer.
- Meanwhile, Steam cook your broccoli and spinach for 3 minutes.
- Drain potatoes and put into a large bowl, add in the spinach and broccoli
- Spoon 3 heaped tbsp of pesto and mix through, season
- Serve into a bowl or plate and top with some pine nuts for extra crunch.
Don’t you just love quick and easy cooking? Sometimes, especially on bank holiday Mondays when your relaxed, you just don’t feel like cooking but still want something healthy, nutritious, flavoursome with hardly any washing up? Oh yes, you’ve guessed it……out comes the little Crisper plate, this little dish is so easy and quick with perfect results. I also used my new Steam pot too for extra nutrition. I just love Gadgets that work for me.
Makes 2 servings.
For the Crisper Plate:-
2 Chicken Breasts – cut into large bite size pieces
2-3 potatoes – cut into bite size chunks (skin on)
2-3 sweet peppers – cut into wedges
1 red onion – cut into wedges
Handful of plum tomatoes
Salt & Pepper
Red Pepper Chilli flakes
Garlic & Parsley seasoning
- Pre-heat the Crisper plate for 2 minutes on Dynamic Crisp
- Place all above ingredients (except the tomatoes) into a bowl or food bag and drizzle with a little oil, shake to coat chicken, potatoes and veg.
- Place onto the Crisper plate and cook for 12-15 minutes (depends on thickness of potatoes and chicken or how crispy you like it)
- After 6 minutes, add in the plum tomatoes and cook.
For the Steamed Vegetables:-
Your choice of vegetables, I choose broccoli, asparagus and spinach.
Place broccoli and asparagus onto the steam pot grid and fill the pot with 200ml water. Place into the oven and select sensor steam, cook for 5 minutes.
2 minutes before cooking is due to finish, place the spinach in the pot and continue to cook.
Sundays are all about Stews……good home cooked food. Sundays are my chillout day and also my home comforts day, so there’s nothing better than a tasty Stew. This one was full of flavour, very spicy and full of protein too. I served it with some homemade crusty baguettes.
6 Sausages (to your own taste. I used Black pepper Beef sausages) you could use low fat sausages to make it even healthier.
1 Cal cooking Spray
1 red romano pepper (the long pointy ones), deseeded and cut into 1cm strips
1 clove garlic crushed
1 tbsp hot chilli powder – less if you don’t like it too spicy
1 tbsp hot smoked paprika
1 tbsp worcestershire sauce
100ml chicken stock
200g cannellini beans, drained
200g red kidney beans, drained
6 spring onions, finely chopped
chopped parsley to garnish.
- Spray a non stick fry pan and heat on a medium heat.
- Gently fry the spring onions, pepper and garlic then add 3 tbsp water and cover. Cook on a simmer for about 5 minutes until soft.
- Meanwhile, gently brown sausages in a fry pan with spray oil.
- Once browned, remove and cut into 3 diagonally.
- Add chilli powder, paprika and worcester sauce into the pepper mix and stir, then add the passata, chicken stock, sausages and beans, bring up to a boil, then simmer for about 10-15 minutes uncovered.
- Serve in a soup bowl and garnish with parsley. Serve with some fresh crusty bread. Yummy!
So delicious! If you love peanut butter, you will love this.
With my new Hotpoint oven came a Steam pot so I’ve been trying to experiment with steam cooking, not only is it more nutritious but also so much more healthier. First, since food is cooked by direct contact between steam as well as the movement of the hot vapor through the food, no fat is needed to conduct the heat. This makes steaming a lower-calorie, low fat cooking method. Food stays moist, too, since it is being bathed in water vapor. Also, since water soluble nutrients (namely Vitamins C and B) don’t leach out into vapor, steaming preserves up to 50% more nutrients than other moist heat cooking methods.
Just because steaming is a healthy way to cook doesn’t mean it has to be bland. There are many ways of adding extra flavor to steamed food during the cooking process. You can bring extra flavor to your food by adding all sorts of complementary herbs and spices to your cooking liquid. Further up the flavor by substituting stock, fruit juice or wine for water. The additional flavors will permeate the food as the steam cooks them.
2 Chicken Breasts
1 tsp garlic granules or 1 garlic clove
40g whole peanuts
1 tsp salt & pepper
350ml chicken stock
1 tbsp peanut butter
1 tsp peanut oil
- Slice the Leek, using a bit with the green on
- Peel and slice the shallots
- Shell and peel peanuts (if not predone), blitz in a blender until fine
- Cut the chicken into small pieces and season
- Add chicken, leek, shallots, garlic and seasoning to the peanuts in blender and blitz together.
- With your hands roll into meatballs and place on a greased baking tray, then refrigerate for about 1 hour.
- Pour the chicken stock into the steam pot and then place the meatballs onto the grid and place in pot, cover with lid. Set steam time to 10 minutes.
- 2 minutes before ready place the spinach in the pot also.
- When ready remove the chicken stock from the pot and place in a pan on hob. Reduce by half and then emulsify 1 tbsp peanut butter and 1 tsp peanut oil until sauce thickens. (about 1-2 minutes)
- Serve meatballs on the bed a spinach and pour sauce over. Yummy!