Oh yummy, I was going through all my cookbooks and found this dish from Jamie Olivers Superfood Book. Was easy to make, very filling and very delicious. Fresh flavours and so nutritious. Squash is packed with Vitamin A which helps us see in the dark. Laksa originates from Southeast Asia, it is usually a noodle based soup with coconut.
2 sticks of lemongrass
2 cloves garlic
10cm piece of ginger
2 fresh chillies
3 spring onions
1 bunch of fresh coriander
80ml coconut cream
Splash white wine vinegar
Splash of Fish Sauce
Chicken Stock Cube with 700ml water
150g brown rice or wild rice
1 butternut squash
2 chicken breasts (or thighs)
1 tbsp Sesame oil
1 tbsp unsalted peanuts
- Preheat your oven to 180 deg.
- Bash the lemongrass and remove outer layers, peel the garlic and ginger and chop the spring onions and chillies roughly. Place all in a blender. Add the coriander, (reserving a few leaves for garnish) coconut cream, vinegar and fish sauce, blitz the mixture until smooth. This is your Laksa paste.
- Crumble the chicken stock cube into your oven dish and add 700ml boiling water to dissolve. Add in the rice.
- Cut up the butternut squash into 4 rounds off the bulbous part, removing the seeds.
- Cut the chicken breasts into large bite size pieces. Cover the chicken and butternut squash pieces with the Laksa paste. Place them into the oven dish with the rice & water. Drizzle 1 tbsp sesame oil over the top.
- Bake for 1 hour 30 minutes.
- Before serving, toast the peanuts and chop into small bits, sprinkle on top with the coriander leaves and squeeze the juice from lime over the top. Serve.
Oh Yummy! Healthier Eating doesn’t get any better, this was delicious. A middle eastern style frittata and so versatile, you can eat it cold or warm, lunch or dinner.
Spray Fry oil or veg oil
1 red onion, sliced finely
200 g curly kale
200g cabbage – cut into ribbons and chopped
2 tsp garlic granules
1 tsp ground fenugreek
1 tsp turmeric
8 large eggs
2 tsp baking powder
2 tbsp plain flour
2 tbsp greek yoghurt, I used low fat
2 small handfuls of cranberries
40g pine nuts
200g feta cheese
Salt & pepper to taste
- Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add in the onions and cook until soft.
- Increase the heat to medium to high and add in the kale, stir fry for about 4 minutes until wilted. Add in the cabbage and stir fry for about 5 minutes, add in the garlic and spices, season and cook until wilted and cooked through, about another 5 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
- Preheat your oven to 200 deg and line an ovenproof dish with baking paper. I used a tin 24 x 24cm.
- Crack the eggs into a mixing bowl and whisk. Add the baking powder, flour, yoghurt and salt, mix well.
- Add in the cranberries and pine nuts, stir through.
- Once the greens mix is cooled add to the egg mixture little at a time and mix through.
- Fold in the feta pieces and pour into your prepared oven dish, evenly spreading the mixture.
- Bake for about 30 minutes. Insert a knife and make sure it comes out clean. Allow to cool slightly. Slice and serve.
This will keep in the fridge for 2-3 days and you can also freezer any leftovers.
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.
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.
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)
Pinch of sea salt
1/2 tsp garlic
2 handfuls of Spinach
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp coconut oil for frying.
- Add all the ingredients (except the coconut oil) to a blender and mix until smooth. The batter will be watery.
- Heat the coconut oil in a fry pan on medium heat
- 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.
- To serve, I chopped some avocado, feta cheese, tomatoes and topped with poached eggs. Yummy!
Yum. Looking in my cupboards tonight I needed to use up an opened carton of tomatoes, packet of broccoli and cauliflower so this is what I came up with. Already planning on having salmon just didn’t know what with, so this was one of those delicious last minute meals. And under 500 calories it was healthier too.
Makes 2 portions
100g Wholemeal Fusilli Pasta (or penne if you prefer)
Handful or Broccoli florets and Cauliflower
1 tbsp low fat butter
1 tbsp plain flour
100ml skimmed milk
10g grated blue cheese (or cheddar if you prefer)
2 Scottish salmon fillets – cut into strips. (bite size pieces)
100g chopped tinned tomatoes
1 tbsp dried parsley
1 tbsp dried dill
Pepper to taste
1 tsp melted butter
2 tbsp panko breadcrumbs
- Pre heat oven to 180 deg
- Boil the pasta as per instructions and add the broccoli and cauliflower 4 minutes before ready.
- Meanwhile, to make the béchamel sauce melt 1 tbsp butter in a pan and add the flour, mix, slowly add in the milk, little at a time constantly whisking to prevent lumps. Remove from heat when it starts to thicken up. Then stir in the grated cheese.
- Mix the sauce into the pasta and empty into an oven proof dish, add the salmon and tomatoes and mix through. Season. Mix the panko breadcrumbs with the melted butter and sprinkle the panko breadcrumbs over.
- Bake in the oven for approx 30 minutes. Serve.
My little Crisperplate from Hotpoint is fantastic, it cooks food so quickly saving time and energy. For more info click see Hotpoint video Crisperplate & Hotpoint website.
1 Sweet Potato (medium size)
1 tbsp olive oil
Salt & pepper to taste
Optional to add any herbs or spices (rosemary goes well as a herb and paprika as a spice)
- Cut off skin and slice into strips about 0.5 – 1cm wide
- Coat with the oil and season.
- Preheat crisperplate on crisp function for 2 minutes and place fries onto plate, bake for 8 minutes.