Oh yummy…….I had some left over Harissa Paste and some veggies in the fridge, and yes, you guessed it……Harissa Tray Bake it was. I have to say this was super tasty and also super healthy…..I even got my boyfriend to eat veggies, which believe me is no mean feat….lol!
Great as a main dish or a side dish. I decided a main dish and served with some of my homemade Chapati’s
Serves 2 (main dishes)
1 large sweet potato – cut into small chunks
1 large red onion – cut into wedges
2 Carrots – cut into small chunks
1 x red & 1 x yellow pepper – sliced thickly
1 Cauliflower – cut into small florets
2 Parsnips – cut into small chunks
1 x 400g tin chickpeas
1 x 200g tin tomatoes
2 large heaped tbsps of Rose Harissa Paste
1 tbsp oil
Salt & pepper to season
- Place all vegetables into a food bag or bowl, then add the harissa paste and mix thoroughly to coat all the veggies. (this can be stored in fridge for later if need be)
- Preheat oven to 200 deg and oil a baking tray.
- Empty the vegetables (except asparagus) from the bag onto the baking tray and make sure they are spread evenly. Bake in the oven for 25 minutes.
- Now add the chickpeas and the asparagus to the tray and bake for a further 15 minutes or until evenly browned all over.
- In a microwave bowl add the chopped tin tomatoes with salt & pepper to season and warm thought for about 1-2 minutes.
- Pour tomato sauce into a serving dish, empty the vegetables from the baking tray into the serving dish and mix through.
- Serve with some sprinkled coriander. Yummy!
This little dish was super tasty with a little kick, perfect for a Saturday night dinner. My ultimate favourite is 1 pan cooking (well kinda..lol), don’t you just love throwing everything in to 1 pot, easy cooking, less washing up….lol!
We served this with a glass of Chardonnay and it went perfectly well.
6-8 Beef Meatballs (sliced in half)
150g pasta (I used wholewheat Fusilli)
200g tin tomatoes
75g chopped chorizo (good quality, we love Picante)
1 red onion (chopped)
1 red pepper (chopped)
1 carrot (chopped)
1 garlic clove (crushed)
1 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp dried basil (I would recommend using fresh, but unfortunately I didn’t have any)
1 chopped chilli or 1 tsp dried chillies
1 tbsp tomato paste
1/2 tsp sugar
Salt & Pepper to season
Parmesan to garnish
- First bring to the boil a pan of salted water and cook pasta for about 8-10 minutes, Save about 1/2 cup of the pasta water, drain pasta and set aside.
- Meanwhile, heat 1 tbsp oil in a pan, add the meatballs & chorizo and brown all over. When browned remove with a slotted spoon and put to the side.
- Heat 1 tbsp oil and add the peppers, onions, carrots, garlic and thyme and gently cook until slightly tender.
- Return the meatballs and chorizo back to the pan, add the sauce and bring to a simmer for a few minutes until meatballs are cooked through.
- Then add the pasta to the pan along with the remaining pasta water and simmer for a further 5 minutes to warm through.
- Serve with some grated parmesan and chopped basil. Yummy!
Well…O.M.G! This little dish is soooooooooo tasty, sooooooooooo moreish, soooooooooo naughty, but it is so good! I’ve been wanting to try this for a while now, so this weekend was that weekend. Happy Sunday morning breakfast. Inspired from Lil luna
Makes enough for about 4 large portions or 6 smaller portions
70g butter melted
140g light brown sugar, 30g from sprinkling
Bread with crusts cut off (I used plain bread)
5 eggs – medium
1 tsp vanilla essence
cinnamon as per your taste
2 tbsp butter (not melted)
Icing sugar for decoration (optional)
- Add the melted butter and brown sugar together and mix thoroughly
- Take a casserole dish approx 8 x 12″ and spread the sugar mix over the base
- Add a layer of your bread slices
- Whisk eggs, vanilla and milk together in a bowl, pour 1/2 the mixture over the bread.
- Sprinkle about 15g of the sugar and some cinnamon over
- Add another layer of bread slices and butter the slices.
- Pour the remaining egg mixture over and sprinkle with leftover sugar and cinnamon.
- Refrigerate overnight
- In the morning remove from fridge and bake in a preheated oven at 180 deg for approx 45 minutes.
- I popped under grill for a minute to gently crisp up and brown a bit more (optional)
- Drizzle a little icing sugar and Maple Syrup all over and devour!
Oh yum. In my aim to be eating a bit healthier this year, I took my hand to these little nutritious burgers, they were so delicious and very filling too.
Makes about 4
200g butternut Squash – sliced
1 medium onion – finely chopped
1 clove garlic – crushed
1 tsp dried chilli flakes
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp dried coriander
100g wilted spinach
Salt & Pepper to taste
- Cook the butternut Squash and mash up. (I steamed cooked mine using my steam pot for about 6 minutes)
- In a bowl mix the butternut squash, wilted spinach, onion, cumin, paprika, coriander, salt & pepper, chilli flakes & garlic.
- Place a cutter onto a sheet of greaseproof paper or plate and fill the cutter with the mixture making individual circles. Approx 2 cm thick.
- Heat up the Crisperplate for 2 minutes and cook on Crisp setting for 6 minutes, turn then cook for a further 4 minutes (depending on how well you like them cooked, you can cook for a further 2 minutes for extra brownness) Alternatively, fry in a pan for about 6 mins on medium heat each side with a little oil.
- Serve. Yummy!
- I added some potato wedges to my crisperplate at the same time for a one pan meal.
After my recent visit to Ireland and just had to try a proper Irish Potato Cake. They are also known as Fadge or Farl in Northern Ireland and Tattie Scones (potato scones) in Scotland. These are a traditional breakfast item.
Makes about 8
4 potatoes (preferably a starchy potato, such as russet)
3 tbsps plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
Salt & pepper to taste (I use rainbow peppers, more flavour)
1 tsp onion powder
30g melted irish butter
30g irish butter to cook with
- Cook and mash potatoes, leave to cool
- In a bowl mix the potatoes, flour, baking powder, onion powder, melted butter, salt & pepper into a soft dough like ball.
- Flour a work surface and gently flatten to about 1cm thick
- With a 3″ cutter, cut out circles.
- Heat up a fry pan with the butter or preheat the crisperplate for 2 minutes then add the butter.
- Place the potato cakes onto the plate or pan and cook for 3 minutes each side if using a fry pan, or 3 minutes on crisperplate, turn, then a further 2 minutes.
- Serve with breakfast items or with a delicious poached egg on top.
Oh yum! A lovely little healthy warming dish on a very, very cold day today.
Makes 2 servings
2 x cod loins
2 tsps Parsley
Butternut Squash – chopped into cubes
1 onion – finely chopped
1 clove garlic – crushed
1 tsp dried chillies (or 1 red chilli chopped)
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp dried coriander
1 tsp turmeric
1 400g can chopped tomatoes
2 tbsp water
- Season the cod loins with salt, pepper & 1 tsp parsley each. Steam cook for 6 minutes in Steam pot or steam oven.
- Heat 1 tbsp oil in a pan and fry the onion with the garlic for a few minutes, add in the chilli, cumin, cinnamon, turmeric, coriander, 2 tbsp water & tin tomatoes, bring to a boil then reduce and simmer and cover for 20 minutes or until butternut squash has softened.
- Remove lid and place spinach into pan, do this in 2 batches, it will wilt down in a few seconds, simmer on low for a further 5 minutes.
- Serve with the steamed cod. Lovely healthy quick mid week meal.
O.M.G! This little dish was delicious, rich and very tasty. Saw this on a social media video, my salavating at the video simply meant I had to give it a go. Changed the recipe slightly to suit our tastes.
Makes for 2
2 sirloin steaks – sliced into 1cm strips
2 tbsp plain flour
Salt & pepper to taste
1 large red onion
2 garlic cloves crushed
1 tsp chilli flakes
200ml beef stock
100ml red wine (I used shiraz)
1 tbsp tomato paste
2 large handfuls of grated cheddar
2 large handfuls of french fries
- Heat a little oil in a fry pan to a medium to high heat
- Place the steak strips into the pan and brown all over, add the flour, salt & pepper until coated and soaked up the juices then remove and set aside.
- Place another tbsp of oil in the pan and cook the onion with the garlic until softened.
- Add in the tomato paste, chilli flakes, beef stock & red wine, gently bring to boil then reduce to a very low simmer.
- Add back to the pan the beef strips and cook slow for about 1 hour (pan covered).
- Remove pan lid 10 minutes before serving and bring heat up a little to thicken the sauce if needed.
- Meanwhile, cook the french fries as per packet instructions.
- Place the fries on a plate, top with the cheese and melt under a hot grill for a few seconds then top with the beef strips….Serve. Oh so yummy!
It definitely makes a difference if you’ve got some good quality meat and cheese.