I just love fresh pasta, ever since I got my new pasta attachment for my Kitchen Aid Machine I’ve never bought dried pasta again. Having to use up some pesto I had left, this little dish was the result. The sun dried tomatoes just added that little extra flavour.
For the pasta:
275g ‘OO’ Grade Pasta Flour
3 large eggs
- Sift the flour into the large bowl on Kitchen Aid mixer or work surface.
- Make a well in the middle. Crack one egg in and whisk gently.
- Gently with your hands start to incorporate the flour starting at the bottom, once it starts to come together crack the 2nd egg, then the 3rd until it becomes sticky.
- Using the dough hook on the mixer, knead together until you get a smooth like dough. Remove, cover with cling film and leave for about 1 hour.
- Attach the pasta attachment, cut the pasta dough into 4 sections.
- Flatten dough with hand then feed through the pasta maker, No. 1 x 5, No. 3 x 2, No. 5/6 x 1
- Change attachment to fettuccine and feed through. Hang until ready to cook.
- Heat a large pan of slightly salted water and cook for about 3-4 minutes. Strain
For the toppings:
2 chicken breasts
1/4 jar sundried tomatoes
3 tbsp green pesto
Handfuls of Broccoli & Baby Spinach
- I steam cooked my chicken, broccoli and Spinach. (8 minutes for chicken, 3 minutes for veg)
- Slice chicken into bite size pieces.
- Place pasta into a bowl with chicken, broccoli, spinach and sundried tomatoes, spoon the pest into the bowl and mix through until chicken and pasta is coated.
- Serve. Yummy!
- For extra spice you could add in some chilli.
If you have read my last few posts, you will know I got a massive 2.5kg bag of potatoes for 29p last week……I know right….so cheap! So my task this week was to use them all…lol! Today I had to use up some leftover vegetables so I decided on pesto Potatoes……this was so delicious, nutritious and a filling meal.
4 Maris piper potatoes – cut into bite size pieces (I left skin on, more flavour)
Handful or Broccoli
Salt & pepper
Green Pesto – 3 tbsps (see recipe below)
clove of garlic crushed
Fresh Basil – large bunch
handful of pine nuts – about 100g
Parmesan Cheese – grated
- Place garlic and basil leaves in a blender and pulse until chopped
- Add in the pine nuts (toasted) and parmesan and pulse to blend
- Slowly add in some olive oil, just enough to bring it all together, then squeeze in the lemon juice. Serve.
- Cook potatoes through until soft, you can either boil or steam cook, 4 minutes before you think they are ready, pour in some peas to the potatoes and simmer.
- Meanwhile, Steam cook your broccoli and spinach for 3 minutes.
- Drain potatoes and put into a large bowl, add in the spinach and broccoli
- Spoon 3 heaped tbsp of pesto and mix through, season
- Serve into a bowl or plate and top with some pine nuts for extra crunch.
Looking for healthier and more nutritious alternatives are always on my to do list, I came across this recipe from The Kitchn , I changed it up a little to my own flavours but this was truly delicious and filling.
Spray fry oil
1 bag (100g) baby spinach
1 Clove of garlic, finely chopped
1 tsp chilli flakes
pinch salt & pepper
4 large or 8 small tortillas
1 tin (400g) of refried beans (I always use Old el paso…I just love them)
1 Red Pepper, finely chopped
1 small tin of sweetcorn, drained
150g Cheddar Cheese, Grated
- Heat the oil in a large fry pan over a medium heat. Add the red pepper and sweetcorn with the garlic and chilli and cook for a few minutes.
- The add the spinach and cook until wilted. Season.
- Remove from pan. Heat through the refried beans for about 4 minutes then remove from pan, set aside.
- Place the tortillas on a flat surface and start to assemble. Spoon the refried beans on covering half of the tortilla, then the cheese, then the spinach mix the fold in half.
- Wipe the fry pan with a dry cloth and place each tortilla in pan a cook on each side for about 2-3 minutes until browned and crispy. Repeat until all cooked.
- Remove and cut the quesadillas in half and serve. Yummy!
So delicious! If you love peanut butter, you will love this.
With my new Hotpoint oven came a Steam pot so I’ve been trying to experiment with steam cooking, not only is it more nutritious but also so much more healthier. First, since food is cooked by direct contact between steam as well as the movement of the hot vapor through the food, no fat is needed to conduct the heat. This makes steaming a lower-calorie, low fat cooking method. Food stays moist, too, since it is being bathed in water vapor. Also, since water soluble nutrients (namely Vitamins C and B) don’t leach out into vapor, steaming preserves up to 50% more nutrients than other moist heat cooking methods.
Just because steaming is a healthy way to cook doesn’t mean it has to be bland. There are many ways of adding extra flavor to steamed food during the cooking process. You can bring extra flavor to your food by adding all sorts of complementary herbs and spices to your cooking liquid. Further up the flavor by substituting stock, fruit juice or wine for water. The additional flavors will permeate the food as the steam cooks them.
2 Chicken Breasts
1 tsp garlic granules or 1 garlic clove
40g whole peanuts
1 tsp salt & pepper
350ml chicken stock
1 tbsp peanut butter
1 tsp peanut oil
- Slice the Leek, using a bit with the green on
- Peel and slice the shallots
- Shell and peel peanuts (if not predone), blitz in a blender until fine
- Cut the chicken into small pieces and season
- Add chicken, leek, shallots, garlic and seasoning to the peanuts in blender and blitz together.
- With your hands roll into meatballs and place on a greased baking tray, then refrigerate for about 1 hour.
- Pour the chicken stock into the steam pot and then place the meatballs onto the grid and place in pot, cover with lid. Set steam time to 10 minutes.
- 2 minutes before ready place the spinach in the pot also.
- When ready remove the chicken stock from the pot and place in a pan on hob. Reduce by half and then emulsify 1 tbsp peanut butter and 1 tsp peanut oil until sauce thickens. (about 1-2 minutes)
- Serve meatballs on the bed a spinach and pour sauce over. Yummy!
Oh yummy…….Healthy meals a go in my house at the moment, this was a recipe inspired by Jamie Oliver’s 5 ingredient show. I changed it slightly and its 7 ingredients now…lol! It’s been a while since I’ve had tuna steaks and I realised I need to incorporate them more in my meal choices, so delicious and nutritious too.
I cooked these on my crisper plate instead of the fry pan, and in only 3 minutes. A super quick dinner.
2 x tuna steaks
2 tbsps of Sesame and Miso paste, this was a great find. Really good flavour
2 tbsps sesame seeds
100g baby spinach
sugar snap peas
1 tbsp Red wine vinegar
- Spread each tuna steak with 1 tbsp of miso sauce and sprinkle the sesame seeds all over to cover.
- Preheat the crisper plate for 2 minutes and place tuna steaks on and cook for 3 minutes on dynamic crisp setting (no need to turn) – you can also fry in a pan over hob for about 2 minutes each side.
- Meanwhile, heat a pan up on hob and fry sugar snap peas and spring onions for a minute with the red wine vinegar.
- Place the spinach in the same pan and cover with a lid. Steam for about 3 minutes or until spinach is wilted.
- Serve tuna with greens. Yummy!
Having some Maple Bacon Jam left after Xmas, I decided to try it with Chicken and it was delicious, perfect combination. I also used my Crisper plate to cook some crispy potatoes, perfect accompaniment.
For the Chicken
2 Chicken Breasts
1/4 jar of Maple Bacon Jam – bought from The SweetBeet Co. Maple Bacon Jam
Salt & pepper to taste
For the potatoes
6-8 charlotte potatoes – cut into quarters or halves (depending on size)
1 tbsp olive oil
Salt & pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 200 deg
- Make openings in the chicken breast 3/4 way down, don’t cut all the way to the bottom
- Wilt the spinach on the hob and mix in a bowl with the maple bacon jam.
- Stuff the mix into the chicken slits and then season the chicken with salt & pepper.
- Wrap the chicken losely in tin foil and bake in oven for 30 minutes. The last 5 minutes of cooking, open up the foil to allow to brown slightly.
Meanwhile, preheat your crisperplate for 3 minutes on dynamic crisp setting (hotpoint oven only).
- Place uncooked cut potatoes into a food bag and pour olive oil in with plenty seasoning and shake to coat. Pour onto preheat plate and bake for about 12-13 minutes.
- Serve both together….yummy! I used a drizzle of Maple Syrup over my chicken…delicious!
Told you I was on a mission to eat healthier without compromising on flavours! Another cracker of a wee dish, I had this for brunch today (I needed a lay in..lol!) Bonus:- Under 400 calories!
75ml Light Single Cream
Low calorie Spray
1 red onion – finely chopped
1 green pepper – finely chopped
50g kale – shredded
50g Spinach leaves – I used baby
2 tsp Cajun spice mix (1/2 tsp garlic, 1 tsp all spice, 1/2 tsp thyme), (my all spice mix was:- 1/2 tsp ginger, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp nutmeg, 1/2 tsp smoked paprika, 3 cloves)
salt & pepper to taste
- Beat together Cream and eggs with salt & pepper
- Heat spray oil in a fry pan on medium heat and cook through onion and green pepper (3-4 mins)
- Add kale with a splash of water, cook for a few minutes. Sprinkle on the Cajun mix and add seasoning, then add in the spinach, cook until spinach has wilted.
- Spray the mixture with some spray oil and add in the egg mixture, allow to sit for 1 minute then stir through until you have scrambled egg effect. Serve immediately.