It’s Halloween Season, my favourite time of the year, beautiful crisp air, colourful leaves on the trees, dark cosy nights, everything spooky and weird, and amazing food flavours around. To be honest this is my first time with Pumpkin, I’ve never cooked it before myself, I thought I would try steam cooking it for more flavour and making a creamy soup as it was a really cold day here today. Was delicious.
Makes 1 large portion
250g chopped pumpkin
30g sliced leek
30ml double cream
300ml vegetable stock
30g Bulgur Wheat
Salt & pepper to taste
- Place the pumpkin and leeks with 100ml of the stock into the bottom of the steam pot and cook on dynamic steam for 8 minutes
- Remove lid and pour in the rest of the stock and the cream, season with salt & pepper and blend with a hand blender until smooth.
- Add in the Bulgur Wheat to the creamed soup and cook on microwave 900w for 3 minutes
- Remove from microwave and serve with some toasted pumpkin seeds and a drizzle of olive oil.
- You can also add in some toasted croutons if you like.
I recently purchased the new High Protein Handbook No. 5 from Scott Baptie, and this little recipe was my first one I tried, I have to say it was super tasty and very nutritious too.
1 tsp coconut oil
2 Chicken Breasts – chopped into chunks
1 sweet potato – chopped into chunks
1 onion – chopped
1 tsp dried garlic granules
1 tsp ginger
1 red pepper, chopped into chunks
1 tbsp curry powder
1 tsp paprika
1 tbsp fish sauce
200ml coconut milk
1 tsp chilli powder
Salt & pepper to taste
- Melt the coconut oil in a pan, season the chicken and add to the pan to brown then removed with a slotted spoon.
- Add the onion, pepper, sweet potato, garlic and ginger and brown.
- Add the chicken back to the pan and add the fish sauce, paprika, curry powder, chilli and coconut milk, reduce to a low simmer and cook covered for about 1-2 hours.
- Remove lid, turn heat up slightly and allow to cook uncovered for about 20-30 minutes or until the sauce thickens.
- Serve on its own or with some steamed wholemeal rice.
In a bid to get more vegetables into our diet, this little Tagine was simply super tasty and super healthy. One pot cooking too so nice & easy. I do love Moroccan flavours. Idea came from a recipe from PON and as usual I added and took out bits to suit my own tastes. Delicious!!!
Low calorie spray
1 Large carrot, cut into chunks
200g Turnip (swede), peeled and cut into chunks
2 large parsnips, peeled and cut into chunks
6 shallots – peeled and cut into wedges
1 red pepper, cut into wedges
200g peeled and deseeded butternut squash, cut into chunks
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 tbsp Moroccan Spice Mix (1 tsp ground ginger, 1 tsp ground cumin, 1 tsp coriander, 1 tsp ground cinnamon, 1 tsp white pepper, 1/2 tsp mixed spice, 1/2 tsp ground turmeric)
1 x 400g tin chopped tomatoes
250ml vegetable stock
1 x 400g tin chickpeas, drained.
200g Baby Spinach
handful chopped fresh coriander
- Spray a Casserole dish with low cal spray and place over medium heat, add the vegetables and cook for about 5-10 minutes until lightly browned.
- Add the garlic and cook for a few more minutes, then add the spice mix and season ensuring all vegetables are covered.
- Stir in the chopped tomatoes and stock, bring to a simmer, cover and turn down low. Cook for about 1- 1 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally.
- Stir in the chickpeas and spinach and cook for about 5 minutes more.
- Sprinkle with fresh coriander and serve.
I do love my salmon. This was a last minute little dish as I was going to have steamed teriyaki salmon and sweet potato fries tonight for dinner, but changed my mind as I fancied a warming soup type dish. It was delicious and with the lemon zest added that extra bit of flavour.
Makes 2 portions
2 Salmon Fillets – cut into chunks
1 large sweet potato – cut in 1 cm chunks
1 cup sweetcorn (I used frozen)
1 cup baby carrots ( I used frozen)
1 cup garden peas (I used frozen)
1 onion – chopped finely
1 tbsp butter
1 tsp dried dill
Salt & Pepper
2 tbsp flour
Grated Lemon zest and juice of 1 lemon
- In a large pot, melt the butter and saute the onion.
- Add in the sweet potato, sweetcorn, peas, carrots, dried dill, salt & pepper and mix.
- Pour in the water and bring to the boil, reduce and simmer covered for about 10 minutes or until sweet potatoes are tender.
- Whisk the flour into the milk and slowly add to the pan while stirring through.
- Add in the chunks of Salmon, remove the lid and simmer uncovered for about 5 minutes or until salmon is opaque. Be gentle but stir every now and again but watch not to beak up the salmon pieces.
- Squeeze in lemon juice and grated lemon zest. Serve with a turn of rainbow peppercorns.
Packed with 3 of your 5 a day this tasty meal is super high in vitamins and flavour. Any excuse to get my KitchenAid mini processer out though…lol!
Makes 2 Servings
300 g Potatoes
1 bunch of asparagus
100g fresh peas or canned
1 red chilli
2 handfuls of baby spinach
2 Scottish cod fillets
- Wash the potatoes and cut into small chunks, keep skin on as that is where the most flavour is. Place in a pan of slightly salted boiling water and cook for about 10 minutes or until soft.
- Add the asparagus and peas to the pan and cook further for 3-4 minutes, drain and put into a food processor.
- Add the spinach, lemon zest and seasoning to the processor and pulse until blended together.
- Cook your cod to your preferred method. I steam cooked mine but you could pan fry for crispy finish.
- Divide up the mash and serve with the cod on top, to finish sprinkle with chilli and lemon juice.
This is a very simple and quick satisfying dinner & a healthy nutritious one too. The added crispy onions on top just give it a lovely little crunch. I used Corn Tacos for extra flavour.
Makes enough for 6 tacos.
1 can Black Beans, rinsed (400g)
150g sweetcorn (fresh or frozen)
1 red pepper, diced
1 tsp dried chilli flakes or chilli powder
1 tbsp cumin
1/2 tsp onion granules
1/2 tsp garlic powder
100g baby spinach
6 Corn Tacos
50g grated cheese (any of your choice)
4 tbsp crispy onions (for recipe click here)
- Heat a little oil in a fry pan on medium to high heat
- Add in the pepper and sweetcorn and cook for about 5 minutes
- Add in the black beans, chilli, garlic, onion granules, cumin and pinch of salt, mix through and cook for about 5 minutes
- Add in the baby spinach and 2 tbsp water, cover and let spinach wilt for about a minute of 2. Mix through. Finished with 2 tbsp coriander and juice from 1 lime.
- To serve, heat up the corn tacos under a grill (or tortillas if using). 2 tbsp of bean mix, top with sour cream, cheese and crispy onions. Yummy!
Oh yum! I wanted to try broccoli rice in my new KitchenAid mini Food Processor and then decided to turn it into little fitters, these were super tasty and so nutritious. These are freezeable so you can make a large batch for later in the week.
200g Broccoli – fresh
80g Gram Flour (Chickpea Flour), you can use almond flour or plain flour too.
30g shredded cheese (I used Le Gruyere but parmesan would be nice too)
1 tsp smoked paprika
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp mixed pepper
1 tsp onion granules
1 tsp garlic granules
- In a bowl add flour, salt, pepper, paprika, onion and garlic granules, cheese, flour and egg, mix together
- Blitz the broccoli in a food processor and add to the mixture, bring together. If its a little too sticky, just add in some extra flour.
- Taking a ladle, scoop some mixture and place into a hot pan with a little oil or Crisperplate (if using), cook for about 4 minutes on each side or until slightly browned. You could also bake in an oven at about 200 deg for about 20-30 minutes.
- Serve. Yummy!