ALL · dinners · Healthy Eating Ideas · Hotpoint Oven & Combi Oven Recipes · lunch/ light bites · Snacks and nibbles · superfoods

Moroccan Spiced Cauliflower

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I got this recipe from one of my colleagues at an event, this is so delicious I just had to try myself at home. It is really easy to make and healthy. I used a steam assisted method to cook so this was lovely and moist.

Served with some Houmous and toasted almonds it was the perfect little dish, either as a snack, tapas style dish or an accompaniment dish.

 

Serves 3-4 

1 whole cauliflower – outer leaves removed

2 tbsp olive oil

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp pepper

2 tsp smoked paprika

1 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp ground turmeric

1 tsp ground coriander

1 clove garlic minced

1 lemon juice & (Zest for serving)

200g Houmous

30-40g Toasted Almond Flakes

1 tbsp fresh chopped mint to serve.

 

  1. Mix oil, salt, pepper, spices, garlic and lemon juice in a bowl. Rub this mixture into the cauliflower.
  2. Pre heat your oven on fan to 200 deg. Place a deep tray with water on level 2 and place a wire rack over the top, don’t allow the rack to touch the water. (the water is to create steam for more moisture)
  3. Place cauliflower onto the rack and cook for about 45 minutes.
  4. Place the houmous onto a plate, top with toasted almonds, the slice the cauliflower on top and sprinkle with lemon zest and mint. Serve.

 

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ALL · Pastries and Pies

Spinach, Asparagus & Tomato Tart

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Another home comfort food dish, delicious for lunch or dinner, hot or cold.

 

Serves 4

Butter for greasing tin

1 Roll ready made shortcrust pastry

1 bunch of asparagus spears

250g Spinach leaves

3 large eggs

150ml double cream

1 garlic clove, crushed

10 small cherry tomatoes

handful fresh basil, chopped

40g grated cheddar cheese (or you could use parmesan)

Salt & pepper

 

  1. Pre heat oven to 190 deg on convection bake setting.
  2. Grease a 10-12 inch tart tin with the butter, roll out the pastry and line the tin, trimming of excess.
  3. Cover the pastry with greaseproof paper and fill with baking beans. Blind bake for about 20 minutes until lightly browned. Remove and allow to cool slightly. Reduce oven to 180 deg.                                                                                                    20190709_133912
  4. Meanwhile, bend the asparagus spears until they snap and discard woody bases.
  5. Bring a large pan of slightly salted water to the boil and blanch the asparagus for 1 minute, remove. Using the same water put the spinach in then remove immediately. Drain well and squeeze excess moisture out.                                                              20190709_135328
  6. Mix the eggs, cream & garlic together in a bowl and season with salt & pepper.
  7. Lay the spinach into the pastry case, then the asparagus and tomatoes cut side up, sprinkle with the basil. Pour the egg mixture into the case and sprinkle the grated cheese over evenly.
  8. Transfer to the oven and bake for about 35 minutes, remove and leave to cool to room temperature, serve.

 

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

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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ALL · dinners · Healthy Eating Ideas · One Pot Wonders · Soups and Stews · superfoods

Chilli Bean Stew

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Home comfort food, there is nothing  better sometimes than a big bowl of a warming hearty stew. This was absolutely delicious and so filling.

 

Serves 2

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

 

  1. Heat the oil in a fry pan and add the onion, garlic & chilli and fry until softened.
  2. Add the kidney beans, cannellini beans, chickpeas and tomato paste and stir through.
  3. 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.                                      20190708_155813
  4. Cover with a lid and simmer for about 20 minutes until vegetables are tender. Add in 3/4 of the coriander and mix through.
  5. Serve into bowl and top with 1 tbsp sourced cream, sprinkle over some paprika and remaining coriander.

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ALL · breakfast · Detox Plan · Healthy Eating Ideas · Salads · superfoods

Spinach Pancakes

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I do love Lazy Sunday Mornings. I pulled back the curtains and the sun was shining again, lovely! I opted for a fueling healthy breakfast this morning, first time I’ve tried Spinach Pancakes and they were lovely.

 

Makes 2 Pancakes

30g Gram Flour (chickpea)

85ml water

Pinch of sea salt

1/2 tsp garlic

2 handfuls of Spinach

2 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp coconut oil for frying.

 

  1. Add all the ingredients (except the coconut oil) to a blender and mix until smooth. The batter will be watery.                                                                            20190707_105216
  2. Heat the coconut oil in a fry pan on medium heat
  3. Pour a thin layer of the batter into the pan and swirl, when you start to see it bubble, flip over and cook. The pancake is very light so I would toss rather than using utensils to flip over as it might tear.                                                20190707_105924
  4. To serve, I chopped some avocado, feta cheese, tomatoes and topped with poached eggs. Yummy!

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ALL · One Pot Wonders · Pastries and Pies

Cabbage & Chorizo Filo Roll

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This was a recipe I put together trying to use up leftovers in my fridge. It was absolutely delicious, if I do say so myself. Next time, I would probably use 2 less filo sheets though and maybe omit the panko breadcrumbs.

 

Makes 1 roll (about 8 slices)

6-8 filo sheets

1/2 a large white cabbage – finely sliced

1 carrot – shredded

2-3 orange sweet peppers – finely sliced

60g chopped chorizo

small handful of panko breadcrumbs

Salt & rainbow pepper to taste

1 tbsp butter – melted

1 tbsp dried onion granules

 

  1. Preheat your oven to 190 deg. Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper.
  2. Heat a little spray oil in a pan on medium to high heat and add in the onion granules, cook for about 30 seconds.
  3. Add in the cabbage, peppers and carrot and stir through for about 10 minutes.
  4. Then add in the chorizo and continue to cook for about 5 minutes or until everything is softened and slightly browned. Allow to cool.
  5. Meanwhile, unroll the filo pastry and with the melted butter brush lightly on 1 filo then sprinkle some panko breadcrumbs, then lay another filo sheet onto, then brush with butter, then sprinkle some breadcrumbs over, then another filo sheet on top and so on and on until you have used all the sheets.                                        20190625_162725
  6. Take the cooled cabbage mixture and place in the middle of the sheets, leave about a 2″ border all the way and brush with melted butter.                                        20190625_163114
  7. Take the 2 short ends and fold into the mixture                                                20190625_163217
  8. Then gently roll up the filo pastry, place onto the baking tray and bake for about 30 minutes.                                                                                                  20190625_163346
  9. Remove, slice and enjoy. (Beware, it is very crumbly..lol)

 

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ALL · breakfast · Desserts · Healthy Eating Ideas · Snacks and nibbles

Basic Crepes Recipe

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I really was looking for something different for breakfasts this week but I’m also in a rush to get out the door in the mornings, so I decided to make some crepe batter the night before and keep in the fridge.  Just a quick 1 minute cook in the morning and there you go, super quick breakfast. I decided to have a poached egg this morning, but you could spread with jam or stuff with spinach and ham also.

These ones were savoury, but you can easily change to sweet by adding more sugar.

 

This mixture made 4

50g Plain Flour

200ml milk – I used skimmed to keep the calories down

1 large egg

Spray light oil

1 tsp sugar for savoury (2 tbsp for sweet)

1 tbsp butter – melted.

pinch salt

 

  1. Whisk the milk & eggs in a bowl/jug, then melt 1 tbsp of butter and add to milk.
  2. Place the flour, salt & sugar in a bowl and pour 1/2 the milk mixture into the flour and mix, then slowly add in the rest of the milk mixture. Do not over whisk, I used a hand whisk for this.
  3. Leave overnight in a fridge or for at least 30 minutes. Your batter should be watery.
  4. Heat up some spray oil in a small fry pan (about 8″ dia)  or brush on some melted butter, turn to a medium to high heat
  5. Stir the batter first then take a soup ladle and pour some of the mixture into the pan off the heat and swirl around, put back on heat and cook for about 30 seconds, when you start to see the edges cook and slightly bubble flip over the other side and cook for a further 30 seconds. Remove to a plate.
  6. Serve. Yum!