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Steamed Chicken Meatballs with Peanuts on Spinach

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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.

 

Makes 9

2 Chicken Breasts

1 shallot

1 tsp garlic granules or 1 garlic clove

1 leek

40g whole peanuts

1 tsp salt & pepper

350ml chicken stock

1 tbsp peanut butter

spinach

1 tsp peanut oil

 

  1. Slice the Leek, using a bit with the green on
  2. Peel and slice the shallots
  3. Shell and peel peanuts (if not predone), blitz in a blender until fine  20180311_113325
  4. Cut the chicken into small pieces and season
  5. Add chicken, leek, shallots, garlic and seasoning to the peanuts in blender and blitz together.                                                                                                                                                20180311_113736
  6. With your hands roll into meatballs and place on a greased baking tray, then refrigerate for about 1 hour.                                                                             20180311_114223
  7. 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.
  8. 2 minutes before ready place the spinach in the pot also.

     

  9. 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)                                                                           20180311_143128
  10. Serve meatballs on the bed a spinach and pour sauce over. Yummy!

 

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ALL · Bread · breakfast · Healthy Eating Ideas · sauces & dips · superfoods

French Toast with Kale, Avocado and Tomato Balsamic Jam

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I just love Sunday Brunch time, no alarm, lay in, relaxing morning and a fantastic big breakfast that will keep me going until my Sunday dinner. I couldn’t decide between sweet or savoury this morning, so why not both?? This was an absolute treat and so glad I had some fresh tomatoes as this jam just nailed the dish.

 

Makes 2 portions

For the Jam

10 cherry tomatoes – 1/4

1 tbsp balsamic vinegar

1 tbsp brown sugar

1 tbsp butter

Sprayoil

1 red onion – finely chopped

For the French Toast

2 slices of bread (I used wholemeal)

1 tbsp butter for frying

2 eggs

Salt & pepper to taste

 

1 large handful of kale – I steamed cooked mine for 4 minutes, perfect.

1/2 Avocado – sliced

 

  1. To make the jam:- Heat 1 tbsp butter and some spray oil in a fry pan
  2. Saute the onion on medium heat until tender about 5 minutes
  3. Add brown sugar, stir and cook for a further 3 minutes
  4. Add the tomatoes and balsamic vinegar and cook for a further 5 minutes, remove with a slotted spoon and keep warm
  5. To make the French Toast:- Heat 1 tbsp butter in a fry pan.
  6. Whisk the eggs and season with salt & pepper
  7. Place the slices of bread in the egg mixture and allow to soak for a minute, then place into the hot pan and fry on each side for about 3-4 minutes or until golden brown and crispy.
  8. Steam cook your kale.
  9. Place kale onto toast, then avocado slices then top with the jam.
  10. Serve…….so Yummy!

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Turmeric Stir Fried Eggs with Tomato

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New Year, New Recipes, New ideas, New ways of thinking and so on………..yes we all do it in January and this one was no different. I am trying to look for new ways to add health benefit spices to my food, so thought I would start with Turmeric, a spice rice with anti-inflammatory effects, powerful antioxidants which protect our body from free radicals, know to improve brain function, lower your risk of heart disease, prevent cancer, it even has anti-ageing benefits (I so on this one…lol). So why not?

This little dish was so tasty, I will definitely be having it more.

 

Makes 2 portions

4 eggs

spray oil

2 tsps turmeric

Salt & pepper

6 cherry tomatoes – cut into quarters

2 tsps parsley (dried or fresh) – I used dried

 

  1. Heat oil in a fry pan on medium heat
  2. Gently heat through tomatoes until slightly soft
  3. Whisk up eggs and pour into pan, add turmeric, parsley and salt & pepper, allow to sit for a minute then gently mix through until you have a scrambled egg consistency. Serve immediately.

 

 

 

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Breakfast Smoothie Bowls

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Oh…. I do love breakfast time! New Year, new ideas, new breakfasts. Having some yoghurt left over I decided to try out some healthy smoothie bowls for my breakfast this week, and they we sooooooo delicious! A lovely smooth thick texture and full of healthy vitamins, whats not to like?

Here are 2 combinations that I tried and succeeded with.

  1. 1 x Avocado, 1 x Banana, 5 x Walnuts, 1 tsp vanilla, 4 tbsp natural yoghurt (low fat), 50ml milk, Mix everything in a blender or use a hand blender then top with 1 tbsp chia seeds, 1 tsp cinnamon to garnish
  2. 1 x Avocado, 1 x Banana, 6 Strawberries, 5 walnuts, 4 tbsp natural yoghurt (low fat), 50ml milk, Mix everything in a blender then top with 1 tbsp chia seeds and 2 strawberries to garnish.

I now have the urge to try more combinations, keep you posted!

 

 

 

ALL · Healthy Eating Ideas · lunch/ light bites · Salads · Snacks and nibbles · superfoods

Indian Spiced Russian Kale served in Courgette Boats

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Picking up my goodie bag again from the Glasgow Food Assembly on Monday, I got some lovely fresh Courgettes (Zucchinni to those of you that are from America) and some Red Russian Kale, with thanks to  Locavore in Glasgow,  the RR Kale is more tender and has a sweater flavour than the more traditional varieties. So what to do with it all…..well here goes, a nice wee spicy treat.

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Makes 2 Boats

2 x Courgettes – Sliced in half longways

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tsp cumin seeds

1/2 tsp mustard seeds

1 chilli – chopped (red or green)

1 small piece of ginger – finely chopped or grated

1/2 tsp turmeric

about 8 strands of kale

small handful of peas and sweetcorn (I used frozen)

Juice of 1 Lemon

1/2 tsp corinader

1 tbsp coconut (dessicated or fresh chopped)

1 tbsp sesame seeds

 

  1. Firstly preheat oven to 200 deg.
  2. Lightly brush the courgettes with olive oil and place in a baking tin or tray, season with salt & pepper. 20160823_131707
  3. Oven bake for approx 30 mins or until turning slightly browned. Once roasted remove with a spoon the seeds. This of course could be done before hand, but I plan on mixing it with my kale mixture.
  4. Meanwhile, heat some olive oil in a fry pan.
  5. Sizzle the cumin and mustard seeds for approx 1-2 mins.
  6. Then add in the chilli, ginger and turmeric fry for another 2 mins.
  7. Add in the kale, peas and sweetcorn with a tbsp of water, Cover the pan and cook for 4-5 mins or until the kale has wilted.                                                                                                           20160823_134417
  8. Squeeze in the lemon juice, coriander, sesame seeds and coconut, toss everything together and heat through for another minute.
  9. If mixing the courgette seeds add in now and then serve the mixture into the courgette halves.

A Yummy side dish with a little spice, nice and healthy or even a small lunch.

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Tofu with Rice and Roasted Balsamic Beets

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Oh yummy! A Combination I wasn’t sure would work but it absolutely did. Love experimenting! I marinated the Tofu first to give an light spice.

Serves 2

160g Tofu (Marinated)

1 Rainbow Beetroot (I used the white Albina Verduna)

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1 Rainbow Carrot (I used the purple one)

Small handful of gardens peas

Small handful of sweetcorn

60g of Camargue Red Rice

2 tbsps Olive oil

1 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar

For the marinade:

Salt

1 tsp Dried Coriander

1 tsp Paprika

1/2 tsp Ginger

1/2 tsp Turmeric

1/s tsp red chilli flakes

1/2 tsp onion granules

1/2 tsp garlic granules

Squeeze lemon juice

Water

 

  1. Cook Rice as per packet instructions, 5 mins before ready add in the peas and sweetcorn to warm through.
  2. Pre-heat oven to 210 deg. Chopped carrot and beetroot into fine slices (or you can spiralize them) and coat with Olive oil and Balsamic vinegar. Roast in oven for about 15 mins.
  3. Mix all the marinade ingredients together with olive oil and water, coat the tofu and let it soak the spices for a few mins.
  4. Combine the rice mix, roasted veg mix and tofu together and serve. Yummy! Serve with a lovely crisp glass of Chardonnay or Pinot Grigio!

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A-Z of Superfoods

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So…What is a Superfood???

Many nutritionists have recognised certain foods for their exceptional health-promoting properties, amongst them are berries for their antioxidising properties, salmon for its cardiovascular health benefits and soy products for their cancer prevention aids. Oh and my favourite one red wine……..yes you read right…..Red wine!, wine has been found to contain the antioxidant compound, resveratrol, which promotes cardiovascular health by reducing harmful blood clots, protecting the heart from radical damage. There are many more foods that contain vital health benefits.

 

So what is an Antioxidant???

They are molecules that slow and prevent the oxidation of free radicals, which if left start reactions that damage cells. In our body’s, Cholesterol is not harmful until it is oxidised, and thereby it starts to cling to blood vessels which can lead to heart problems. Antioxidants help to guard against this damage.

 

Here is my A – Z list of my favourite Superfoods!

A – Acai Berry, Apples, Aubergine, Avocado

B – Banana, Beans, Berries, Beetroot,  Broccoli

C – Cabbage, Carrots, Chickpeas, Dark Chocolate (Cocoa), Cranberry Juice

D – Dill, Dates

E – Eggs

F – Fish, Fruits, Flax oil

G – Garlic, Ginger, Grapefruit, Green Tea

H – Honey

I – Iceberg Lettuce

J – Jalapenos

K – Kale

L – Lentils, Lemon, Lime, Leafy Greens

M – Mackerel, Mango, Milk, Mushrooms

N – Nuts

O – Oats, Olive oil, Oysters

P – Papaya, Peppers,Pomegranate, Potato, Prawns, Pumpkin seeds

Q – Quinoa

R – Radish, Raisin, Rocket

S – Salmon, Sesame Seeds, Soy products, Spinach

T – Tomato, Tofu Turnip, Tuna

U – Uncooked Vegetables

V – Venison

W – Wine, Walnuts

X – Xcellent Smoothies – sorry, struggled with this letter!

Y – Yoghurt

Z – Zucchini