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Roasted Squash & Chicken Laksa Bake

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Oh yummy, I was going through all my cookbooks and found this dish from Jamie Olivers Superfood Book. Was easy to make, very filling and very delicious. Fresh flavours and so nutritious. Squash is packed with Vitamin A which helps us see in the dark. Laksa originates from Southeast Asia, it is usually a noodle based soup with coconut.

 

Serves 2

2 sticks of lemongrass

2 cloves garlic

10cm piece of ginger

2 fresh chillies

3 spring onions

1 bunch of fresh coriander

80ml coconut cream

Splash white wine vinegar

Splash of Fish Sauce

Chicken Stock Cube with 700ml water

150g brown rice or wild rice

1 butternut squash

2 chicken breasts (or thighs)

1 tbsp Sesame oil

1 tbsp unsalted peanuts

1 lime.

 

  1. Preheat your oven to 180 deg.
  2. Bash the lemongrass and remove outer layers, peel the garlic and ginger and chop the spring onions and chillies roughly. Place all in a blender. Add the coriander, (reserving a few leaves for garnish) coconut cream, vinegar and fish sauce, blitz the mixture until smooth. This is your Laksa paste.                                              20190710_155318
  3. Crumble the chicken stock cube into your oven dish and add 700ml boiling water to dissolve. Add in the rice.
  4. Cut up the butternut squash into 4 rounds off the bulbous part, removing the seeds.  20190710_155752
  5. Cut the chicken breasts into large bite size pieces. Cover the chicken and butternut squash pieces with the Laksa paste.  Place them into the oven dish with the rice & water. Drizzle 1 tbsp sesame oil over the top.
  6. Bake for 1 hour 30 minutes.
  7. Before serving, toast the peanuts and chop into small bits, sprinkle on top with the coriander leaves and squeeze the juice from lime over the top. Serve.

 

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Chicken & Broccoli Casserole

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Love home comfort food? This is a great little dish that never fails to satisfy. Easy to make, economical and very filling. Using the Gruyere cheese gives it a lovely rich flavour and the panko breadcrumbs give it a lovely bite.

 

Serve 2

2 Chicken Breasts – cut into bite size pieces

200g broccoli florets – fresh

1 tbsp butter

1 brown onion, sliced thinly

100ml creme fraiche

200ml chicken stock

40g panko breadcrumbs

55g Gruyere Cheese, grated

Salt & pepper to taste

 

  1. Pre heat your oven to 200 deg.
  2. Bring a saucepan of salted water to the boil and add the broccoli, cook for 5 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a pan and cook the onions until browned and softened, about 4 minutes.
  4. Layer the broccoli, onion & chicken in an oven proof dish and season well with salt & pepper.                                                                                          20190707_195205
  5. Pour over the stock and creme fraiche, mix through.
  6. Using the remaining butter in the pan from onions add the breadcrumbs and cheese and mix through, only heat for about 1 minutes until panko crumbs go slightly brown and cheese is combined.                                                  20190707_195212
  7. Sprinkle the panko crumbs and cheese over the chicken in the dish and bake for about 25 minutes until golden brown.                                                              20190707_195615
  8. Serve & Enjoy!

 

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Honey Balsamic Chicken

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Oh yum. You can make these as an appetizer or as part of a main meal. I served these with my homemade Chow Mein , super tasty. They were sweet and sticky just what I wanted.

 

Makes 5 Skewers

2 Chicken Breasts – cut into chunks

For the Marinade:-

2 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar – good quality one.

2 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce

2 tsp onion powder

2 tbsp clear honey

1 tsp rainbow peppercorns

1 clove garlic crushed

1 tsp ginger grated

2 tsp sesame seeds – for garnish

 

  1. Mix up the marinade in a small bowl. With the exception of the sesame seeds
  2. Add in the chicken chunks and make sure they are covered completely with the marinade.  Leave to marinade in fridge for about 1-2 hours.                                                                20190622_174749
  3. Heat a little oil into a pan on medium to high heat. Skewer the chicken pieces onto a bamboo skewer. About 4 pieces is about right.
  4. Place in pan and turn down heat slightly, cook on each side for about 3-5 minutes until its golden brown and the liquid starts to caramelize.
  5. If you like extra sweetness you can baste a little more honey at this point, then sprinkle over the sesame seeds and serve.

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Chicken Fajita Pie

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Oh yes!……I know your looking at that and thinking jeezo that looks super tasty……and guess what you’d be right.  Not only that, its only 492 Kcal per serving…..OMG! Tasty, Healthier, Lower in Calories and easy to make. Win! Win!

Another belter of a recipe from NOM!

 

Serves 4

3 Chicken Breasts – cut into strips, fat removed

2 yellow or red peppers thinly sliced

2 large onions thinly sliced

1 tbsp ground cumin

1/2 tbsp ground coriander

1 tsp mild chilli powder

1/2 tsp dried chilli flakes

salt & pepper to taste

1 x 500g carton passata

1 x 400g kidney beans

2 x low calorie corn tortillas

70g low fat mozzarella

40g reduced fat cheddar cheese

 

  1. Preheat your oven to 180 deg fan and line the base of a 24cm springform tin with baking paper
  2. Add the chicken strips to a low-medium heat fry pan and brown.
  3. Add in the peppers and onions and brown, then add in the spices and mix through until coated.
  4. Add in the passata and kidney beans and simmer for about 10-15 mins.
  5. Put a layer of the chicken mix into the springform tin, then layer with 1 of the tortillas, then another layer of chicken mix, then another tortilla then another layer of chicken mix. Top with chunks of mozzarella and sprinkle grated cheese over.
  6. Put into the oven for 25 minutes or until cheese is lovely and browned and bubbling. Serve.

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Chicken Enchilada Rice

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I got this recipe from Food for Fitness , a great site for everything healthy and fitness. I’m still on my journey to find a better balance of nutrients and this little dish packs loads of protein. At only 500 calories approx per serving it’s perfect for a tasty healthy dinner.

And my favourite part, yes it’s one pot cooking (if you’ve a oven ready hob pot). This is still on my wish list.

 

Serves 2-3

2 large chicken breasts – chopped into bite size pieces

1 onion – finely chopped

1 red pepper – chopped

1 garlic clove – chopped

50g chorizo – chopped

100g brown rice

300ml chicken stock

10-12 cherry tomatoes – halved

70ml tomato passata

200g tin kidney beans

50g low fat cheddar

1 tsp coconut oil

Mexican seasoning mix – (1 tsp chilli powder or flakes, 1 tsp garlic powder, 1 tsp onion powder, 12 tsp crushed red pepper flakes, 12 tsp dried oregano, 2 tsps paprika, 1 12 tsps ground cumin. 12 tsp sea salt)

1. Preheat your oven to 180 deg.
2. In a pan heat the coconut oil, add the chicken and season with salt & pepper, once browned remove and set aside.
3. Then add in the garlic, onions, pepper & chorizo, cook through for about 5 minutes.
4. Add back the chicken with the mexican seasoning, tomatoes, passata, rice, stock and kidney beans, mix everything through.                                                              20190413_163811
5. Cover with a lid and cook in oven for about 20 minutes. Or transfer to an oven proof dish and cover with foil.

6. Remove from oven and sprinkle the cheese over the top evenly, return to oven and cook for a further 25 minutes.
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7. Serve. Yummy!
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Slow Cook Pulled Chicken & White Bean Stew

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Oh this was rather tasty too, another recipe spied on the Eating well website. Again I slightly adjusted flavour to my own liking & this was very filling and healthy.

 

Serves 2

2 Chicken Breasts

1 can 400g cannellini beans – drained

400ml chicken stock

1 white onion – sliced

1 carrot – sliced

1 yellow pepper – sliced

100g kale

1 tsp dried rosemary

1 tsp Italian Herbs mix (thyme, basil, oregano,red bell pepper, marjoram, sage, parsley)

1 tbsp lemon juice

Salt & pepper to taste

 

  1. Heat a little oil in a large pan and gently fry the onions and pepper
  2. Add the chicken breasts and brown all over for a few minutes.
  3. Add in the beans, chicken stock, seasoning, rosemary, italian herbs and mix, bring to the boil then reduce to a very low simmer. Simmer with lid on for about 4-5 hours.
  4. 1/2 hour before serving take 2 forks and shred the chicken, next add in the kale and continue to simmer.
  5. Squeeze fresh lemon juice into pan mix then serve with some lovely fresh bread.

 

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Taco Pulled Chicken Wraps with Homemade Salsa

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Delicious little Saturday night dish (or any night for that matter)  I also used corn tortillas and made my own salsa to keep the fat and calories lower. I am on a mission this year to eat a little healthier and try new ideas and flavours. This is packed with flavour and filling too.

You could of course use Tacos instead of wraps.

 

Makes enough for about 6 wraps

For the chicken:-

2 large chicken breasts

1 tin chopped tomatoes

2 tbsp Taco Seasoning (see below)

For the Salsa:-

2 tomatoes – chopped

1 onion – chopped

1 lime juice of

2 tsp dried coriander

1 tsp sea salt

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Sour Cream to taste

Taco Seasoning:-

1 tbsp chilli powder

1/4 tsp garlic powder

1/4 tsp onion powder

1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes

1/4 tsp dried oregano

1/2 tsp paprika

1 tbsp cumin

1 tsp sea salt

1 tsp black pepper

Add all above to a little jar and mix. Store in cupboard.

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  1. Place a little oil in a pan on medium heat
  2. Coat the chicken with the Taco Seasoning about 1 large tbsp per breast and gently colour the chicken in the pan.
  3. Add in the tin tomatoes to the pan with the chicken, cover and slow cook on a low heat for about 4 hours.
  4. Meanwhile make the salsa by adding the chopped tomatoes, chopped onion, salt, coriander and lime juice in a bowl and mix together. Store in fridge until needed.    20190112_161740
  5. About 1/2 hour before about to serve, take 2 forks and shred the chicken in the pan. Continue to cook uncovered for about 1/2 hour, this helps thicken the sauce.              20190112_181543
  6. Warm up your tortillas as per instructions on packet, place on a plate.
  7. Spread a thin layer of sour cream, place some shredded chicken on top, then some tomato salsa then another little dollop of sour cream, wrap and devour! Yummy!

You could also add in a little avocado or some grated cheese.

 

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