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.
This is a classic dish in the U.K, good British pub food, I was keen to give it a go. Easy One pot cooking and can be slow cooked too. Traditionally its served with roast potatoes, however, having loads of rice to use up in my cupboard this was my preferred choice.
For the Chicken
4 Chicken Breasts
4 Bacon slices (smoked)
3 shallots, diced
2 tsp garlic granules or 2 cloves
1 400g tin chopped tomatoes
1 tbsp tomato puree
juice of 1/2 lemon
1 tsp smoked paprika
1/2 tsp crushed chilli flakes
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
2 tbsp white wine vinegar
1 tbsp hot sauce
1 tsp mustard powder
1 tsp sugar
80g reduced fat cheddar (healthier option)
For the Rice
150g Wholemeal Log Grain Rice
1 x 400g tin of mixed beans
Pinch of Saffron
300ml Vegetable Stock
75-100g chopped Chorizo
- Preheat oven to 180 deg.
- Wrap each chicken breast with the bacon slice and secure with a cocktail stick
- Put all of the other ingredients for the chicken into an ovenproof casserole dish with a tight lid.
- Place the chicken on top of the ingredients, put lid on and cook for about 1-2 hours.
- Remove from the oven and remove chicken breasts from the dish, set aside. Using a blender blitz the sauce until smooth.
- Place chicken into a dish, cover with the sauce and sprinkle the cheese over the top, place under a hot grill to melt the cheese.
- Place the rice, beans, chorizo, stock & saffron into the steam pot and cook on Steam setting for 20 minutes.
- Serve. Yummy!
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.
This is a very simple and quick satisfying dinner & a healthy nutritious one too. The added crispy onions on top just give it a lovely little crunch. I used Corn Tacos for extra flavour.
Makes enough for 6 tacos.
1 can Black Beans, rinsed (400g)
150g sweetcorn (fresh or frozen)
1 red pepper, diced
1 tsp dried chilli flakes or chilli powder
1 tbsp cumin
1/2 tsp onion granules
1/2 tsp garlic powder
100g baby spinach
6 Corn Tacos
50g grated cheese (any of your choice)
4 tbsp crispy onions (for recipe click here)
- Heat a little oil in a fry pan on medium to high heat
- Add in the pepper and sweetcorn and cook for about 5 minutes
- Add in the black beans, chilli, garlic, onion granules, cumin and pinch of salt, mix through and cook for about 5 minutes
- Add in the baby spinach and 2 tbsp water, cover and let spinach wilt for about a minute of 2. Mix through. Finished with 2 tbsp coriander and juice from 1 lime.
- To serve, heat up the corn tacos under a grill (or tortillas if using). 2 tbsp of bean mix, top with sour cream, cheese and crispy onions. Yummy!
I served this little dish with my Moroccan Spiced Cauliflower as a tapas style dinner. These were so yummy and the sauce was rich with a little bit of sweetness.
Makes 8 Meatballs
200g scottish beef mince
30g panko breadcrumbs
handful chopped coriander
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp dried coriander
1/2 tsp minced ginger
225g tin chopped tomatoes
150ml beef stock
1 red onion – finely sliced
- Place everything in a bowl and mix. Shape into 1″ balls and chill in the fridge for about 30 minutes.
- Heat up a fry pan with spray oil and cook meatballs until browned all over.
- Add in the onions a cook until softened and slightly browned.
- Add in the tomatoes and beef stock, bring to the boil then simmer medium heat until sauce starts to thicken, about 15-20 minutes. serve.
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.
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)
30-40g Toasted Almond Flakes
1 tbsp fresh chopped mint to serve.
- Mix oil, salt, pepper, spices, garlic and lemon juice in a bowl. Rub this mixture into the cauliflower.
- 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)
- Place cauliflower onto the rack and cook for about 45 minutes.
- Place the houmous onto a plate, top with toasted almonds, the slice the cauliflower on top and sprinkle with lemon zest and mint. Serve.
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.
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
- Pre heat your oven to 200 deg.
- Bring a saucepan of salted water to the boil and add the broccoli, cook for 5 minutes.
- Meanwhile, melt the butter in a pan and cook the onions until browned and softened, about 4 minutes.
- Layer the broccoli, onion & chicken in an oven proof dish and season well with salt & pepper.
- Pour over the stock and creme fraiche, mix through.
- 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.
- Sprinkle the panko crumbs and cheese over the chicken in the dish and bake for about 25 minutes until golden brown.
- Serve & Enjoy!