Sloppy Joes is a traditional United States Dish and usually served on a Brioche Bun, but as I’m always looking for healthier options, this little alternative was simply superb and still very very tasty without the carb guilt. Thanks to PON again for another fab recipe.
1 onion finely chopped
2 garlic cloves finely chopped
1 green pepper, finely chopped
400g 5% fat scotch minced beef
1 tsp mustard powder
3 tbsp worcestershire sauce
3 tbsp tomato puree
1 tbsp red wine vinegar
sea salt & rainbow pepper
1 red pepper cut lengthways
1 yellow pepper cut lengthways
40g reduced fat cheddar cheese
- Preheat oven to 200 deg.
- Spray a fry pan with a little oil and heat to medium heat.
- Add the onion, garlic & green pepper and cook until softened, about 5 minutes
- Add in the minced beef, turn up heat slightly and cook mince until browned
- Then add in the mustard powder, worcestershire sauce, tomato puree, red wine vinegar and water, turn heat down and cook for about 5 minutes, season with salt & pepper
- Divide the beef mixture between to pepper halves, scatter the cheese over and bake in oven for about 10 minutes.
- Serve. Yummy!
Oh Yum! This was a recipe from my new fav cookbook by Pinch of nom. Quick & East to make, and vert tasty considering it is only 283 kcal per serving (excluding rice).
For the Meatballs
500g 5% fat minced scotch beef
1 tsp salt
pinch of black pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp dried mixed herbs
Handful of fresh parsley – finely chopped
70g reduced fat mozzarella – cut into 12 small pieces
For the Sauce
1 x 400g tin tomatoes – chopped
50g tomato paste
1 tbsp dried oregano
1 tsp onion granules
1/2 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp dried parsley
1 medium carrot, finely chopped
1 tsp red wine vinegar
Salt & pepper to taste
- Preheat the oven to 180 fan. Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
- Mix all of the meatball ingredients in a bowl until well combined then divide into 12 equal pieces.
- Enclose 1 piece of mozzarella in each meat piece and roll into a ball, place meatballs onto the backing tray and bake for about 15 minutes.
- While meatballs are cooking, to make the sauce put all of the ingredients in a pan, bring to the boil and cook over a low-med heat for about 20 minutes.
- Blitz the sauce with a hand blender until smooth, season to taste and return to the pan, add the meatballs to the pan and stir well.
- Sprinkle with chopped parsley and serve. I served on a bed of wholemeal rice with peas. Yummy!
Oh yum, this little Sunday lunch dish was super tasty and healthy too. Original recipe was adapted from Love & Lemons. I was trying to use up what I had in my fridge so roasted tomato sauce it was to go with. Topped with some fresh scottish mackerel this was so tasty and flavoursome.
For the Flatbreads:-
200g Gram Flour
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp Dried Parsley
2 tsp Dried Coriander
1 tsp Ground cumin
1/2 tsp Chilli powder or crushed chilli
2 tsps Lemon juice
6 tsps extra virgin olive oil
- In a large bowl, mix everything together, chickpea flour, salt, garlic powder, dried herbs, cumin, lemon juice, olive oil and water. Allow to sit for about 30 minutes.
- Preheat a pan on the hob to a high heat with a little oil, pour half the mixture into the pan and cook for a few minutes until you see the mixture starting to rise. Flip over and cook for a further few minutes until slightly browned.
- Serve with roasted tomato sauce, top with strips of cucumber and some smoked mackerel. Yummy!
For the Roasted Tomato & Walnut Sauce
12-15 cherry tomatoes – halved
1 tsp ground garlic powder
2 tsps powdered sugar
2 tsps sea salt
1/4 tsp chilli flakes
2 tbsps Walnut Oil
1 tsp balsamic vinegar
- Roast the tomatoes under the grill or in a pan until soft and slightly browned.
- Place all other ingredients into a food processor, add the roasted tomatoes and blitz until you get a smooth puree.
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 yum! A lovely little healthy warming dish on a very, very cold day today.
Makes 2 servings
2 x cod loins
2 tsps Parsley
Butternut Squash – chopped into cubes
1 onion – finely chopped
1 clove garlic – crushed
1 tsp dried chillies (or 1 red chilli chopped)
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp dried coriander
1 tsp turmeric
1 400g can chopped tomatoes
2 tbsp water
- Season the cod loins with salt, pepper & 1 tsp parsley each. Steam cook for 6 minutes in Steam pot or steam oven.
- Heat 1 tbsp oil in a pan and fry the onion with the garlic for a few minutes, add in the chilli, cumin, cinnamon, turmeric, coriander, 2 tbsp water & tin tomatoes, bring to a boil then reduce and simmer and cover for 20 minutes or until butternut squash has softened.
- Remove lid and place spinach into pan, do this in 2 batches, it will wilt down in a few seconds, simmer on low for a further 5 minutes.
- Serve with the steamed cod. Lovely healthy quick mid week meal.
My healthier eating continues this month. I got some lovely bits of Scottish Salmon recently so came up with this idea of a healthier mash using whatever I had in my fridge. It was delicious. Best bit, it only took 6 minutes to cook and put together.
Makes enough mash for 2-3 people
80g baby spinach
50g garden peas – cooked
juice of 1 lemon
1 tsp Sea Salt
Garlic clove – minced
1 tsp coriander – dried
1 tsp olive oil
(optional if you like spice, add in 1 tsp chilli flakes)
- Place everything into a blender and mix until just combined.
- Serve. Simple as that!
I steam cooked some salmon that I marinated in Teriyaki Sauce overnight. Yum!
Oh yummy! Nice little healthy quick mid week meal.
I do love a good gadgets, and I used my Kitchen Aid Mixer with Grater attachment and also my Steam Pot for steam cooking in my microwave combi oven.
6 Spring onions, sliced diagonally
small piece of ginger, grated
Small bunch or fresh coriander, chopped
1 juice of Lime
3 tbsp olive oil
Salt & pepper to taste
- Season the seabass and place into the steampot and cook on Sensor steam for 8 minutes.
- Meanwhile, place the attachment onto your mixer (if you have a spiralizer that would work too) and shred the carrot & courgette into a bowl.
- Slice the spring onions diagonally into small pieces and place into bowl with the grated ginger, coriander, lime juice and 3tbsp olive oil. Mix together.
- Slice the sea bass and allow to cool then mix through the vegetable mix. Serve.