It was Blowin’ a Hoolie here today (very windy) & that just calls for something warm and home comforting. This was a tasty quick option in my kitchen tonight and certainly hit the spot.
Makes 2 portions
150g Butternut Squash – chopped into cubes
150g Sweet Potato – chopped into cubes
1 onion – chopped finely
60g Chorizo – sliced
1 garlic clove – minced
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp dried sage
Salt & pepper to taste
Handful of chopped carrots, sweetcorn and peas (I used frozen)
300ml chicken stock
- Heat some low fat spray oil in a pan and fry the chorizo for a few minutes, remove with a slotted spoon and drain on a kitchen towel.
- Add to the pot the onion, garlic, sage & nutmeg and fry until onions are softened.
- Add the sweet potato, butternut squash and vegetables and stir until coated.
- Add the chicken stock with seasoning and bring to the boil, then simmer for about 15 minutes or until squash and potato are cooked.
- Remove lid, add back to the pan the chorizo and spinach and stir in the cream allow spinach to wilt for a few minutes, stir through. Serve.
You could also sprinkle some nuts over for a more nutritious serving.
Its definitely soup season, I woke to -5 deg this morning….very cold. Using up some leftovers in my fridge, mainly carrot and onion I decided to make a warming soup. This was delicious and hit the spot right. I used my steampot, so steaming the vegetables made this even more nutritious and flavorsome.
Makes 3 Servings
4 large carrots
1 large onion
500ml Vegetable Stock
60g Bulgur Wheat
1 tsp garlic granules
1 1/2 tsp Cumin
1 1/2 tsp dried coriander
Salt & Pepper to taste
- Chop up the onion & carrots into chunks and place in the steam pot with 200ml of the vegetable stock and cook on steam setting for 8 minutes.
- Remove steam pot lid and add in the rest of the stock then blitz with a hand blender until well blended and smooth.
- Stir in the spices/herbs and bulgur wheat and cook on microwave at 750w for 3 minutes.
- Remove and stir. Season and serve.
you can of course make a big batch and freezer for later.
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.
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.
Home comfort food, there is nothing better sometimes than a big bowl of a warming hearty stew. This was absolutely delicious and so filling.
Low calorie Spray oil
1 red onion chopped
1 tsp garlic granules or 1 clove crushed
1 red chilli (chopped) or 1 tsp crushed chillies
225g can of red kidney beans
225g can of cannellini beans
225g can of chickpeas
1 tbsp tomato paste
350ml vegetable stock
1 red pepper, chopped
225g can chopped tomatoes
90g fresh broad beans
1 tbsp fresh coriander, chopped
paprika to garnish
Soured cream to serve
- Heat the oil in a fry pan and add the onion, garlic & chilli and fry until softened.
- Add the kidney beans, cannellini beans, chickpeas and tomato paste and stir through.
- Pour over the stock and bring to the boil, reduce and simmer for about 15 minutes. Then add in the pepper, tomatoes and broad beans.
- Cover with a lid and simmer for about 20 minutes until vegetables are tender. Add in 3/4 of the coriander and mix through.
- Serve into bowl and top with 1 tbsp sourced cream, sprinkle over some paprika and remaining coriander.
OMG! Super tasty meal, super healthy & low in calories, at only 417 Kcal per portion. Another thanks to PON for this recipe. The meat is so tender due to the slow cook match with cuban spices this is a real treat.
500g stewing scotch beef (fat removed)
Salt & pepper
2 onions sliced
240ml beef stock (2 stock cubes)
1 x 400g tin tomatoes chopped
2 green & red peppers, cut into strips
4 garlic cloves – crushed
2 tbsp tomato puree
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp ground turmeric
1 tbsp fresh coriander
50ml red wine (or you can use a stock pot for less calories)
1 tbsp white wine vinegar
Cooked rice to serve (corn tortilla wraps optional)
- Season the meat well and brown over a high heat in a pan, remove with a slotted spoon and set aside.
- Add the onions to the pan and saute for about 3-4 mins
- Add the remaining ingredients to the pan and the browned meat
- Bring to the boil then reduce the heat to a low simmer, cover and cook on low for about 2 hours. (Or in an oven at 140 deg fan for 2.5 hrs)
- Pull the meat apart with 2 forks, serve on a bed of rice or with a low calorie corn tortilla.