ALL · chicken · Meat Dishes · Snacks and nibbles

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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ALL · chicken · Hotpoint Oven & Combi Oven Recipes · Meat Dishes · pasta · sauces & dips

Balsamic Honey Glaze Chicken with Basil Infused Pasta

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Fresh Pasta is just the best, but I always make far too much, I really need to learn my portion sizes…lol. Today I came across a recipe for balsamic chicken so I decided to try it out but add a little honey to it for the glaze and flavour, it was delicious.

For the pasta: (makes 4 servings)

275g ‘OO’ Grade Pasta Flour

3 large eggs

1 tbsp dried basil

 

  1. Sift the flour & put basil into the large bowl on Kitchen Aid mixer or work surface.
  2. Make a well in the middle. Crack one egg in and whisk gently.
  3. Gently with your hands start to incorporate the flour starting at the bottom, once it starts to come together crack the 2nd egg, then the 3rd until it becomes sticky.
  4. Using the dough hook on the mixer, knead together until you get a smooth like dough. Remove, cover with cling film and leave for about 1 hour.
  5. Attach the pasta attachment, cut the pasta dough into 4 sections.
  6. Flatten dough with hand then feed through the pasta maker, No. 1 x 5, No. 3 x 2, No. 5/6 x 1
  7. Change attachment to fettuccine and feed through. Hang until ready to cook.
  8. Heat a large pan of slightly salted water and cook for about 3-4 minutes. Strain

For the Balsamic Honey Chicken:-

2 Chicken Breasts (1 per person)

2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

2 tbsp worcestershire sauce

2 tbsp honey

1 tsp rainbow pepper

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp ginger powder

1 tbsp olive oil

 

  1. Place chicken breast in a dish. Combine all the marinade ingredients in a seperate dish then pour over the chicken. Marinade in the fridge for at least 2 hours.       20180817_165345
  2. Pre heat your grill to medium heat and gently grill the chicken on the wire shelf for about 16-17 minutes turning halfway through. Tip:- place a tray of cold water underneath to catch any drips but this also adds a little steam to help keep the chicken moist. (I have a chicken breast setting on my oven which I used, this automatically controls the temperature).                                                              20180817_184552   20180817_185950
  3. Meanwhile cut some baby tomatoes in half (I used vittoria tomatoes), and place in the dish with remaining marinade sauce and mix. Place in the oven with the chicken beasts and next shelf down (underneath).                                        20180817_185110
  4. Remove chicken from grill and slice lengthways, tip into the drained pasta along with the tomatoes and sauce and combine. Serve. Yummy!

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ALL · Bread · breakfast · Healthy Eating Ideas · sauces & dips · superfoods

French Toast with Kale, Avocado and Tomato Balsamic Jam

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I just love Sunday Brunch time, no alarm, lay in, relaxing morning and a fantastic big breakfast that will keep me going until my Sunday dinner. I couldn’t decide between sweet or savoury this morning, so why not both?? This was an absolute treat and so glad I had some fresh tomatoes as this jam just nailed the dish.

 

Makes 2 portions

For the Jam

10 cherry tomatoes – 1/4

1 tbsp balsamic vinegar

1 tbsp brown sugar

1 tbsp butter

Sprayoil

1 red onion – finely chopped

For the French Toast

2 slices of bread (I used wholemeal)

1 tbsp butter for frying

2 eggs

Salt & pepper to taste

 

1 large handful of kale – I steamed cooked mine for 4 minutes, perfect.

1/2 Avocado – sliced

 

  1. To make the jam:- Heat 1 tbsp butter and some spray oil in a fry pan
  2. Saute the onion on medium heat until tender about 5 minutes
  3. Add brown sugar, stir and cook for a further 3 minutes
  4. Add the tomatoes and balsamic vinegar and cook for a further 5 minutes, remove with a slotted spoon and keep warm
  5. To make the French Toast:- Heat 1 tbsp butter in a fry pan.
  6. Whisk the eggs and season with salt & pepper
  7. Place the slices of bread in the egg mixture and allow to soak for a minute, then place into the hot pan and fry on each side for about 3-4 minutes or until golden brown and crispy.
  8. Steam cook your kale.
  9. Place kale onto toast, then avocado slices then top with the jam.
  10. Serve…….so Yummy!

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ALL · dinners · Healthy Eating Ideas · lunch/ light bites · Salads · superfoods

My Green Delight Side Dish

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I love this Combination of Greens, it’s great on it’s own or serve with some lovely fish or even chicken as a nice and healthy dinner.

Serves 1

4 pieces of asparagus

80g soya beans

2 rashers bacon (smoked)

2 Spring onions

1/2 avocado

olive oil 3 tbsp

1 tbsp balsamic vinegar

Zest of 1 lemon

 

  1. Bring a large pan of water to the boil, place the soya beans in and boil for 4 minutes. Add in the asparagus and cook for a further 2 minutes. Drain well.
  2. Meanwhile, place 1 tbsp olive oil in a frying pan chop the bacon into 2cm strips and crisp up the bacon.
  3. Whisk the olive oil, lemon zest and balsamic vinegar together and season to taste.
  4. Place the asparagus and soya beans into a bowl, add in the bacon and spring onions.
  5. Slice the avocado and place on top, then drizzle the dressing mix over and serve. Yummy!!

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ALL · fish · Healthy Eating Ideas · lunch/ light bites · Salads

My Greek Tuna Salad Leaf Sandwich

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I wanted to try something a bit different………………and isn’t it just amazing when it turns out delicious! I fancied Greek style but healthy and with a kick, so here is my Greek inspired lettuce sandwiches.

1 Red mini Cos Lettuce (or any lettuce of your choice)

1 tin of tuna in spring water

2 tbsp of black olives – halved

1/2 red onion – chopped finely

1 tsp of chilli flakes

1 tbsp balsamic vinegar

2 tbsp mayonnaise low fat

1/2 avocado – sliced

 

  1. Mix tuna, olives, balsamic, chilli, mayo and onion together in a bowl
  2. Wash lettuce and place on a plate
  3. Top lettuce with the tuna mix and place avocado slices on top
  4. Place another lettuce leaf to close the sandwich and serve. Yum!

Beware if you are eating with your hands, you WILL get messy!

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ALL · dinners · Healthy Eating Ideas · lunch/ light bites · Salads

My Favourite Salad of all time!

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I have to admit this is still my favourite Salad, flavours are just so tasty and go with anything. So quick to put together too!

1 x Red Mini Cos Spanish Lettuce  – sliced longways the halved (this is so crunchy and refreshing)……best lettuce in my books.  20160206_165328_resized_1

1 x carrot – sliced longways

1/2 cucumber – sliced longways

1/2 courgette – sliced longways

2 tbsp black olives sliced

4 small cherry or piccolo tomatoes – sliced halveways

2 tbsp lemon juice

big drizzle of Olive oil – good quality

2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

2 tbsp sesame seeds to top

 

  1. Mix everything together – serve with anything or simply just eat on its own. Yummy!