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Mini Christmas No Bake Puddings

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These are perfect for a little bite size treat at Christmas and they look the part too. I first saw this recipe from Madaboutmacarons and just had to try.

I added a little orange liquor for a different flavour and they were delicious. (optional)

 

Makes about 12

50g raisins
40g dried apricots, finely chopped
40g dates, finely chopped
5 tbsps orange juice (or 2 tbsp orange liquor and 3 tbsp orange juice)
60g desiccated/shredded coconut
60g caster sugar
40g Scottish oats
40g candied orange peel, finely chopped
2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder

50g coconut oil – melted if solid

2 tsp Christmas Spice – See below for recipe mix.

(Spice Mix:- 2tbsp ground cinnamon, 2 tbsp ground ginger, 2 tbsp ground all spice, 1 tbsp nutmeg, 1/2 tbsp ground cloves, pinch black pepper) This can be stored in an airtight container.

50g White Chocolate – melted.

 

  1. Put all dried ingredients into a large mixing bowl, then add in the coconut oil and orange juice and mix to combine.
  2. Taking small amounts roll into a ball and place on greaseproof paper on a baking tray and refrigerate.
  3. Melt 50g of white chocolate in a microwave for about 1.5 mins and drizzle over the puddings. To decorate add a cranberry and edible holly decorations. (or you can cut some icing or marzipan for this)

Yummy!

ALL · dinners · Healthy Eating Ideas · Hotpoint Oven & Combi Oven Recipes · lunch/ light bites · One Pot Wonders

Steamed Mexican Rice

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You know by now that I love my One Pot meals and this is another that is so easy & so tasty. I decided to use my Steam pot and it cooked perfectly in just 20 minutes. Yummy Spicy flavours and full of nutritious benefits.

 

Makes 2 large portions or 4 side portions

1 can black beans

1/2 can red kidney beans

1/2 can sweetcorn

1 red onion – finely chopped

150g wholemeal brown long grain rice

300ml veg stock

2 heaped tbsp chopped tomato

1 tsp smoked paprika

1 tsp oregano

1 tsp dried chillies

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp cumin

salt to taste

 

  1. Place everything in the steam pot and mix together. Put lid on.
  2. Place into your combi microwave and select Recipes, Pasta & Rice, Rice then programme 20 minutes.
  3. Perfectly cooked mexican rice dish. You can serve this on its own or with some pitta breads or even in a wrap.

 

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Steamed Wild Rice with Butternut Squash, Chestnuts & Pancetta

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This dish is so yummy with a little kick. Perfect for Christmas dining as you can make as much as you need. I do love 1 pot meals.

 

Makes about 4 large portions or 8 smaller side portions.

1 x Butternut Squash – cubed

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tsp chilli flakes

100g cooked chestnuts, quartered

½ small pack sage leaves, chopped (or 1 tsp dried)

8 slices of pancetta – chopped

2 shallots, finely chopped

2 garlic cloves, finely chopped

150g basmati & wild rice mix

300ml veg stock

Parmesan to serve

 

  1. Heat oven to 200 deg.
  2. Toss the squash with 1⁄2 tbsp of oil, chilli flakes and some seasoning on a large roasting tray. Roast for 15 mins, then add the shallots, garlic, chestnuts and nestle the sage and pancetta around the squash so that they touch the baking sheet.
  3. Return to the oven for 10-15 mins until the pancetta and sage are crisp. Remove from the oven and set aside.
  4. In the Steam pot place the Rice with the 300ml stock and steam for 20 mins on rice setting.
  5. Remove steam pot and add the ingredients to rice and mix through to warm through.
  6. Serve with grated parmesan.

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ALL · breakfast · Healthy Eating Ideas · lunch/ light bites · One Pot Wonders

Fluffiest Omelette

 

I saw this idea on the KitchenAid Recipe FB site and decided to give it a try. Oh my…..it is by far the fluffiest and lightest omelette I’ve ever had. Great idea of using the Mixer and separating the eggs.

 

Makes 1 omelette

3 eggs

1 tbsp milk

Salt & pepper to taste

Dill or chives (your preference)

Choice of fillings (again your choice) I used sweet peppers and spring onions.

Handful of cherry tomatoes to serve – grown in my own garden.

 

  1. Seperate the eggs and whisk until fluffy with. Pour the milk into the yolk mixture. I whisked on power 6 for 3 mins, the 4 for 2 mins.

 

2. Gently fold the yolks into the whites and season.

3. Heat 1 know of butter in a non stick pan. Gently fry off the peppers and spring onions. 20180902_124142

4. Once browned pour the egg mixture into the pan and gently cook for a few minutes on eash side.

5. Remove onto a plate, cut in half the tomatoes and gently brown in the pan for a few minutes and serve.

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ALL · dinners · Healthy Eating Ideas · Meat Dishes · One Pot Wonders · sausages · Soups and Stews

Spicy Sausage, Bean & Lentil Stew

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This was originally a slimming world recipe I found but thought it needed more flavour so I added my own spin on it. It was very delicious, if I do say so myself, and very filling.

I made some wholemeal baguettes to go with it too which went perfectly for soaking up the left over sauce on the plate.

 

Serves 2

6 Chorizo Style Sausages

3 sweet peppers – chopped

1 tsp garlic granules

1 tsp dried chillies

2 tsp smoked paprika

1 tbsp worcestershire sauce

500g passata

150ml chicken stock

250g red kidney beans (or any other bean can be used)

4 spring onions – chopped

150g red lentils

knob of butter

Chopped fresh parsley for garnish

 

  1. Spray a large pan with little oil on medium to high heat, gently fry the garlic, peppers and onion for a few minutes.
  2. Add in the sausages and brown all over, about 5-10 minutes
  3. Meanwhile put red lentils into a pan and add about 5cm water, bring to the boil, once boiling remove the white foam then add the knob of butter and mix through, remove from heat.
  4. Add into the pan with sausages and vegetables the chilli, paprika, worcestershire sauce, passata, stock, beans and lentils then mix through. Gently bring to boil then reduce to a medium simmer for about 20 minutes.
  5. If sauce is still too runny, bring to boil and boil gently for about 5 minutes until it thickens.
  6. Slice the sausages diagonally into thirds.
  7. Garnish with some parsley and serve.

 

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ALL · beef · dinners · Healthy Eating Ideas · Meat Dishes · One Pot Wonders

Stir Fry Spicy Beef Noodles

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Delicious quick Friday night dish, or any night for that matter. I do love a good stir fry. Good thing with this dish, is that you could add any type of spice and it would work.

 

Serves 2

400g good quality beef – cut into strips

2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

2 tbsp soy sauce

2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

3/4 spring onions, chopped

1 bag a pre mixed stir fry vegetables

1 bag a fresh egg noodles

2 tsp dried chillies

 

  1. Marinade the beef strips in the vinegar, soy sauce & worcestershire sauce for about 1/2 hour.
  2. Heat a tsp oil in a pan, add the beef and brown all over then add in the chillies
  3. Add in the noodles and cook for a few minutes adding in the remaining sauce mix.
  4. Then add in the stir fry vegetables, along with the spring onions, cook through for about 5 minutes. Serve. Yummy!

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Chickpea, Potato & Spinach Curry

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Oh Yum…yum…this wee dish was so tasty. Using up my home grown potatoes this little throw together dish was perfect and healthy too.

I made some of my homemade Chapati’s , which went perfectly. Oh…and a wee glass of Chardonnay too! lol!

 

Serves 2

1 can chickpeas

6 charlotte potatoes, cut into cubes

100g baby Spinach

1 can plum tomatoes

1 tsp cumin

1 onion, chopped finely

1 tsp ginger

1 tsp dried garlic

1 tsp chilli seeds

1/2 tsp turmeric

1/2 tsp chilli powder

1/2 tsp gram masala

1 tsp dried coriander

1 tsp olive oil/fry oil

 

  1. Heat the oil in a saute pan, add the onion and cumin fry until the onion is golden. Add the garlic, ginger, chilli’s, coriander, turmeric, gram masala and chilli powder and cook for five minutes.
  2. Add in the cubed potatoes and fry until potato is slightly browned, season.
  3. Add in the plum tomatoes, chop up and mix thoroughly.
  4. Now add in the chickpeas and mix through, simmer for about 20 minutes.
  5. Throw in the spinach and cover with a lid to help wilt down. (roughly 5 minutes)
  6. Serve with Chapati or some rice.

 

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