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Scottish Salmon & Sweet Potato Chowder

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I do love my salmon. This was a last minute little dish as I was going to have steamed teriyaki salmon and sweet potato fries tonight for dinner, but changed my mind as I fancied a warming soup type dish. It was delicious and with the lemon zest added that extra bit of flavour.

 

Makes 2 portions

2 Salmon Fillets – cut into chunks

1 large sweet potato – cut in 1 cm chunks

1 cup sweetcorn (I used frozen)

1 cup baby carrots ( I used frozen)

1 cup garden peas (I used frozen)

1 onion – chopped finely

1 tbsp butter

1 tsp dried dill

Salt & Pepper

200ml water

2 tbsp flour

150ml Milk

Grated Lemon zest and juice of 1 lemon

 

  1. In a large pot, melt the butter and saute the onion.
  2. Add in the sweet potato, sweetcorn, peas, carrots, dried dill, salt & pepper and mix.
  3. Pour in the water and bring to the boil, reduce and simmer covered for about 10 minutes or until sweet potatoes are tender.
  4. Whisk the flour into the milk and slowly add to the pan while stirring through.
  5. Add in the chunks of Salmon, remove the lid and simmer uncovered for about 5 minutes or until salmon is opaque. Be gentle but stir every now and again but watch not to beak up the salmon pieces.
  6. Squeeze in lemon juice and grated lemon zest. Serve with a turn of rainbow peppercorns.

 

 

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Quick Sweet Potato Fries

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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)

 

  1. Cut off skin and slice into strips about 0.5 – 1cm wide
  2. Coat with the oil and season.
  3. Preheat crisperplate on crisp function for 2 minutes and place fries onto plate, bake for 8 minutes.

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Roasted Sweet Potato with Turkey and Black Eyed Beans

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A very tasty mix up for dinner tonight, and somehow it just went together! This was me using leftovers again, very tasteful.

Serves 1

1/2 Sweet potato

2 small Beetroot’s

1/2 cup sweetcorn

1/2 tin of Black Eyed Peas

1 Turkey Breast – cut into chunks

2 tbsp olive oil

1/2 tsp garlic

1/2 tsp Chilli Powder

Zest and Juice from 1/2 lime

Handful of coriander

 

  1. Roast in a tin the sweet potato and beetroot at 220 deg for 30-35 mins.
  2. Meanwhile, mix 1 tbsp of olive oil, garlic, chilli powder and lime juice/zest together, this will be your drizzle.
  3. Season the turkey with salt & pepper and fry gently until browned all over. Remove from heat.
  4. Place the black eyed beans and sweetcorn on hob and gently heat through (4 mins)
  5. Once roasted veg is ready, mix everything together with the oil mixture and serve with coriander on top.

Tuck into this beautiful mix which is also healthy and very filling too!

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Roasted Winter Vegetables

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Winter Vegetables……especially when roasted, they are so fulfilling, colourful and full of flavour. I love roasted veg, especially on a cold winters night like tonight, I wanted something to warm me up.

 

Here are a few of my favourites and why:-

Beets—Beets are one of the most overlooked Superfoods.  They lower blood pressure, increase exercise endurance, and reduce inflammation.  They contain potent phytonutrients called proanthocyanidins which give beets their brilliant purple color.  Proanthocyanidins are proven anti-cancer compounds.  They are packed in nutrients like folate which is important to prevent birth defects, potassium which is critical for healthy muscles and nerves, manganese which helps build strong bones, and vitamin C for a strong immune system.

Carrots—Just one carrot contains 13,500 IU of beta carotene which translates into a tremendous amount of nutritional power against free radicals.  Beta carotene is anti-cancerous, prevents cellular damage and premature ageing, and is important to prevent cataracts.

Squash—Squash is rich in beta-carotene, the nutrient that gives squash its brilliant orange-coloured flesh.  Enjoy it cut in half, seeded, and roasted.  Add roasted squash to soups, salads, stews, or in wraps and on sandwiches.  Use grated, raw squash in muffin recipes, in place of zucchini in zucchini bread recipes, or in other baked goods to increase their nutritional value.

Sweet Potatoes—Like squash, sweet potatoes are also high in beta carotene.   They also contain vitamins C, B6, and minerals like blood-building iron, energy-boosting potassium, and Nature’s relaxant, magnesium.  Enjoy them chopped into French fry-shapes, tossed in a little olive oil and sea salt and baked in the oven for about 45 minutes on 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Turnips—Turnips are a good source of fibre which helps to keep blood sugar levels steady and stabilize energy and moods.  They also have a rich source that have proven anti-cancer powerhouses.

 

So tonight I roasted some Sweet Potato, Turnip, Carrot and Beetroot, sprinkled with some olive oil and rosemary, baked in an oven at 220 deg fan for 35 minutes. YUMMY comfort food!  I steamed a piece of Salmon to go with it.

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ALL · dinners · Healthy Eating Ideas · Meat Dishes · One Pot Wonders · sausages · Soups and Stews

Sausage and Root Veg One Pot Delight

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It was snowing outside and got down to -2 deg here at home in central Scotland and I was desperate for some warm home cooked Sunday Food (by Sunday food, I mean Hearty). I had sausages, winter veg and some harissa paste I needed to use, so this was my Sunday Meal and it didn’t half warm me up too. Happy Sunday!

The thing I loved about this was, it is a 1 pot wonder, chuck everything in 1 pot and cook, not only is it easier but it saves my boyfriend on the washing up…lol! We have a nice little agreement, I cook, he cleans……think I got the better deal! lol!

 

Serves 2

5 Scottish Beef Sausages (I used Beef, but you could use pork also if preferred)

1/2 White onion – sliced into wedges

1/2 Red onion – sliced into wedges

1 Parsnip – peeled and halved lengthways, then halved again (about 10cm length)

2 Carrots – peeled and halved lengthways, then halved again (about 10cm length)

1 Medium Sweet Potato – peeled and cut into cubes about 2cm sq.

1 Clove Garlic

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp tomato puree

1 tbsp harissa paste

3/4 pint hot vegetable stock

250g Tin of Chickpeas

250g Tin Tomatoes

Black pepper to season

Fresh Coriander to serve

 

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  2. Heat oil in a pan and brown the sausages then place to the side.
  3. In the remaining oil fry the onions until browned and soft.
  4. Add in the garlic, tomato puree and harissa paste and cook for about 1 min.
  5. Add in the sweet potatoes, parsnip, carrots and sausages, pour over the stock and season. Bring to the boil then cover and simmer for about 30 minutes until vegetables are tender.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         DSC_0014.NEF
  6. Add in tin tomatoes and chickpeas and warm through for about 5 minutes
  7. Remove from heat and plate up, sprinkling some chopped coriander on top.

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YUMMY!

Nutrition Facts
Sausage and Root Veg one pot delight

Servings Per Recipe: 2

Amount Per Serving

Calories: 531

  • Total Fat: 25.9 g
  •     Saturated Fat: 5.6 g
  •     Trans Fat: 0.6 g
  • Cholesterol: 19.9 mg
  • Sodium: 1217.4 mg
  • Total Carbs: 123.3 g
  •     Dietary Fiber: 31.3 g
  •     Sugars: 31.8 g
  • Protein: 32.6 g

 

 

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Smoked Cod and Sweet Potato Fishcakes with Fried Rice

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Continuing with my Superfoods, I fancied a Chinese Flavour Inspired dinner for my Saturday night in but also wanted to keep it healthy and not overload on calories.  Looking in my cupboards and fridge I saw a lovely piece of smoked Cod I got from my usual fishmonger so decided to use this.

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This is my Saturday do it yourself Chinese Takeaway Dinner.

Serves 2/3

FOR THE FISHCAKES:-

200 g Smoked Cod
1 medium Baked Potato
1 medium Sweet Potato
Handful of Fresh Coriander
1 Juice of lime
1 tsp smoked paprika
2 tbsp light olive oil
1 tsp of spiced red pepper or chilli
Plain Flour for dusting
Salt and pepper to taste

  1. Bake the potatoes in the microwave on high heat for about 10 mins until soft
  2. Scoop out the inside of the potatoes and place in a food processor
  3. Slice the fish portion and add to food processor with paprika, coriander, red spice and lime juice, blend together.
  4. With your hands shape into patties about 1cm thick and 10cm dia, dust with flour and refrigerate for about 1 hour
  5. Heat the oil in a flat pan to medium heat
  6. Place the fish cakes in the pan and cook through for about 5-6 mins on each side or until golden brown.

I served these with a little Sweet Chilli Sauce on the side which was lovely!

Nutrition Facts
Smoked Cod and Sweet Potato Fishcakes

Servings Per Recipe: 3

Amount Per Serving

Calories: 225

  • Total Fat: 9.6 g
  •     Saturated Fat: 1.3 g
  •     Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 31.3 mg
  • Sodium: 283 mg
  • Total Carbs: 23.2 g
  •     Dietary Fiber: 3.4 g
  •     Sugars: 2.7 g
  • Protein: 12.6 g

 

FOR THE CHINESE FRIED RICE:-

75g Wholemeal Brown Rice
50g Frozen peas
1 Chopped Red pepper finely
4 Spring Onions – chopped finely
2 tbsp soy sauce
2 eggs
1 tsp Turmeric
1 tbsp sesame oil

  1. Cook rice as per packet instructions and set aside.
  2. Heat oil in a wok/pan
  3. Crack 1 egg into pan and stir continuously until you get scrambled egg.

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4. Then add in rice, peas, red pepper, onions, turmeric and stir together.

5. Crack in the other egg add in soy sauce and stir through until egg is cooked.

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Make sure you stir continuously or it will stick together. If it does add a little water.

Yummy!

Nutrition Facts
Chinese Fried Rice

Servings Per Recipe: 2

Amount Per Serving

Calories: 324

  • Total Fat: 12.5 g
  •     Saturated Fat: 2.6 g
  •     Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 163.7 mg
  • Sodium: 1105.2 mg
  • Total Carbs: 40.2 g
  •     Dietary Fiber: 4.8 g
  •     Sugars: 5.3 g
  • Protein: 12.9 g
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Chicken and Sweet Potato Mexican Stew

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I had some chicken left and a sweet potato and fancied something spicy so I came up with this, and I have to say it was rather tasty with a wee kick!

Serves 2-4

2 Chicken Breasts cut into strips or chunks

1 Medium Sweet Potato chopped small chunks

1 Red Pepper Sliced

1 Onion Sliced

Handful of sweetcorn

200g of chopped tomatoes

250g Black Beans

200ml of Chicken Stock

2 red chilles – finely chopped

1 tbsp Cumin

2 tbsp Smoked Paprika

Garlic – I used 2 cloves.

Salt & Pepper

Grated Mature Cheddar or Jack Cheese to top

 

1. Coat chicken in paprika and fry until browned all round

2. Brown off onion and pepper in same pan

3. Add in garlic, chillies and cumin, stir for another minute

4. Add in beans, tin tomatoes, sweet potato, sweetcorn and stock, give a good stir until everything is blended together.

5. Transfer to an oven proof dish, grated the cheese on top of each dish and place in oven at 180deg for approx 1 hour. You can of course bake and 10 mins before ready add the grated cheese, but I like the well done flavour.

This dish is filling but if your dividing between 4 then a rice or pitta bread is a good accompaniment.