I got this recipe from Food for Fitness , a great site for everything healthy and fitness. I’m still on my journey to find a better balance of nutrients and this little dish packs loads of protein. At only 500 calories approx per serving it’s perfect for a tasty healthy dinner.
And my favourite part, yes it’s one pot cooking (if you’ve a oven ready hob pot). This is still on my wish list.
2 large chicken breasts – chopped into bite size pieces
1 onion – finely chopped
1 red pepper – chopped
1 garlic clove – chopped
50g chorizo – chopped
100g brown rice
300ml chicken stock
10-12 cherry tomatoes – halved
70ml tomato passata
200g tin kidney beans
50g low fat cheddar
1 tsp coconut oil
Mexican seasoning mix – (1 tsp chilli powder or flakes, 1 tsp garlic powder, 1 tsp onion powder, 1⁄2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes, 1⁄2 tsp dried oregano, 2 tsps paprika, 1 1⁄2 tsps ground cumin. 1⁄2 tsp sea salt)
1. Preheat your oven to 180 deg.
2. In a pan heat the coconut oil, add the chicken and season with salt & pepper, once browned remove and set aside.
3. Then add in the garlic, onions, pepper & chorizo, cook through for about 5 minutes.
4. Add back the chicken with the mexican seasoning, tomatoes, passata, rice, stock and kidney beans, mix everything through.
5. Cover with a lid and cook in oven for about 20 minutes. Or transfer to an oven proof dish and cover with foil.
6. Remove from oven and sprinkle the cheese over the top evenly, return to oven and cook for a further 25 minutes.
7. Serve. Yummy!
Oh wow, this little dish was super tasty and lower in calories too at only around 480 per serving. I got this from Food for Fitness High Protein Cookbook, Scotts cookbook is brilliant and loaded with amazing recipes.
You know me….I do love a good one pan meal and this is another for favourites list.
500g lean scottish beef mince
1 tbsp coconut oil
2 cloves garlic minced
1 red onion, sliced
1 red pepper, sliced
400g chopped tomatoes
500ml beef stock
2 tbsp mexican seasoning (1 tbsp chilli powder, 1/4 tsp garlic powder, 1/4 tsp onion powder, 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes, 1/4 tsp oregano, 1/2 tsp paprika, 1 1/2 ground cumin, 1 tsp sea salt, 1 tsp black pepper)
60g low fat cheddar
Fresh coriander chopped to serve.
- Heat the coconut oil in a non stick pan
- Add the garlic, red pepper, onion and fry for a minute. Then add the beef and fry until browned (few minutes). Add in the seasoning and coat the meat.
- Add the rice (uncooked), tin tomatoes and stock bring to the boil then reduce to a low simmer, cover and cook for about 30 minutes until rice is cooked and stock is absorbed.
- Top with the grated cheese, allow to melt then sprinkle the coriander and serve.
I first saw this recipe on Food for fitness, Scott Baptie is a Sports nutritionist, Director of Food For Fitness. Online trainer. Speaker. High protein cook. Magazine cover model & fitness writer. He specialises in fat loss, muscle gain and nutrition. His recipes are delicious and so nutritious, so when I seen this recently I had to give it a try. At only 164 calories per portion (without the chicken), who wouldn’t? I used green lentils and added chicken for a more filling meal.
Makes 4 portions
Spray oil with coconut oil
2 onions, diced
10g ginger, crushed
10g garlic, crushed
200g green lentils (or red) rinsed
350ml vegetable stock
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp gram masala
1 tsp dried chillies
400g chopped tomatoes
400g coconut milk – reduced fat
2 chicken breasts
Fresh coriander, chopped
- Heat spray oil in a large pan.
- Add the diced onions with garlic and ginger and cook until softened. Remove from pan
- Add the seasoned chicken to the pan with the gram masala, chillies and cumin and cook until chicken is browned.
- Add the onions back to the pan with the lentils, tomatoes, coconut milk and vegetable stock. Bring to a boil then gently simmer with lid for about 30 minutes.
- Remove lid and continue to cook for 15-20 minutes or until sauce starts to thicken.
- Serve with some fresh coriander. Yummy!