A bit of Meal prepping today while I have some time. I have been doing this for a few weeks now and have found it to be very beneficial to us. Sometimes I don’t get in till late from work and its always nice to have a healthy dinner ready for you. Also it means the 1/2 hour I save on making dinner means I can get some exercise in…..no excuses now.
Makes 4 Servings
1 tsp Ginger powder or 1″ piece fresh ginger minced
2 garlic gloves – minced
1 yellow onion – diced
2 tbsp Harissa Paste
Florets from 1 Caulifower
2 x 400g Chickpeas, drained
1 x 400g coconut milk
300ml vegetable stock
200g baby spinach
Salt & pepper to taste
- Heat a little oil in a large pan, add the garlic, ginger and onions and fry until softened.
- Add the Harissa Paste and coat the onions. Add in the Cauliflower and mix until coated.
- Pour in chickpeas, vegetable stock & coconut milk with seasoning and mix through, bring to the boil then simmer and cook covered for about 25-30 minutes until cauliflower has softened.
- Add the spinach and mix through, cook for a further minute or until spinach is wilted. Remove from heat and either serve or allow to cool before freezing.
- Serve with some Bulgur wheat or rice for a filling meal.
In a bid to eat a bit healthier, this little dip was perfect as I love Beetroot and always looking for different ways to use it. I saw this from The Veg Space, a great website if you love vegetables, some great ideas too.
The great thing is you can freeze hummus, so I made a big batch and split into smaller portions for later.
Makes approx 600g
3 Large cooked Beetroots, diced
1 can 400g Chickpeas
2 garlic cloves, crushed
Juice & zest of 2 Lemons
4 tbsp tahini
2 tsp smoked paprika
Salt & Pepper
- Drain the chickpeas and keep the juice.
- Put the chickpeas, beetroot, lemon juice & zest, tahini, paprika, garlic and seasoning into a blender or food processor and blitz to a smooth paste.
- Gradually add about 1-2 tbsps of the chickpea juice until you get the consistency you want.
Serve as you please. Makes a great dip.
Healthy too at just 71 calories per 50g.
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.
Had some Scottish Salmon for dinner tonight and 1/2 a can of chickpeas to use up, so I thought I’d cook something different. These were really tasty and so quick to cook too using my Crisperplate, just 10 minutes. You can of course gently fry these if you don’t have a Crisperplate.
I also wanted to use my Kitchenaid mini food processor, I got this last week, it’s a brilliant wee machine, so quick and a great size for smaller portions.
1 x 120g Scottish Salmon Fillet (cooked, I steam cooked mine)
200g chickpeas drained
1 tsp garlic granules
2 tbsp dried coriander
1 lime, zested & juice
1 tsp onion granules
30g Panko breadcrumbs
Salt & Pepper to taste
- Place the chickpeas, garlic, coriander, lime, onion granules, egg, salt & pepper into a food processor and blitz until combined.
- Add in the cooked salmon and gently blitz, don’t break up too much.
- Add in the panko breadcrumbs and mix together. Mould into 4 cakes about 1 ” thick and place on some greaseproof paper and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
- If using the Crisperplate, preheat for 2 minutes and place onto plate and cook for about 10 minutes. If using fry pan, add a little oil and cook for about 4 minutes each side.
- Serve. Yummy!
I’ve had an Indian Superfood Cookbook for ages but for some reason never actually attempted to make anything from it. So today was that day it got opened. I wish I had opened it up sooner, this dish was super tasty and full of good antioxidants. I served it with a chickpea chapati, made from my original Chapati recipe, I changed the plain flour for Gram Flour.
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tsp ground cardamom
2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp salt
1 onion, sliced thinly
1 tsp garlic granules
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp gram masala
1 400g can chopped tomatoes
1 tbsp grated fresh ginger
2-3 chillies chopped or 1 tsp chilli flakes
250g scottish beef mince
225g can of chickpeas
Small handful of Fresh coriander to serve.
- Heat the oil in a large fry pan
- Add in the onions with the cardamom, cumin, garlic, ginger, salt, turmeric, gram masala & chillies. Cook until onions are slightly browned and softened.
- Add in half of the tin tomatoes and cook for about 10 minutes or until the excess juices have dried off.
- Add in the mince, mix well and cook until mince has browned all over, about 5 minutes.
- Add in the remaining tomatoes & chickpeas, bring to the boil, cover & simmer for about 30 minutes. If the consistancey is too thick just add a little water.
- Season with the fresh coriander and serve.
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.
We do love a good stew on a Sunday, this is a little change to the normal traditional stew and super tasty with loads of flavour. All you need is some good fresh bread to douk (dip in) and scoop up the gravy. Yummy!
Makes 2-3 servings
400g good scottish steak (diced)
75g-100g chorizo (diced)
1 x 400g can tin chopped tomatoes
1 x 225g tin chickpeas
1 x 225g tin red kidney beans
300ml beef stock
2 tsp cumin
1 tsp brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
1 clove garlic minced
100ml red wine
1 tbsp worcester sauce
1 tbsp tomato puree
1 red onion – chopped
Coriander – chopped to garnish
Salt & pepper to season
- Heat a little oil in a pan and gently fry the steak until browned, then add in the chorizo and onion until softened.
- Sprinkle on the cumin, paprika, garlic, sugar, cinnamon and tomato paste and mix through to coat beef. Season well.
- Add in the chickpeas, kidney beans, tin tomatoes, stock and worcester sauce, mix and bring to the boil. Add in the red wine.
- Reduce to a low simmer place lid on pan and cook slowly for about 2-3 hours or until meat is tender.
- Serve with a sprinkle or coriander. Yum.