Beef & Rice Balls in Chilli Sauce

My taste buds were swaying towards a Chilli tonight, but fed up with the same old serving of Chilli mince on top of a bed of Rice, I decided to try something a bit different. It worked a treat, a mix between meatballs and chilli….Yum! At under 500 calories per portion too this dinner is perfect and nutritious.

Serves 2 portions

For the Balls

300g Lean Scottish Mine Beef

40g Basmati & Wild Rice Mix (you can just use Basmati Long grain if you wish) Cooked

1 tsp dried Garlic Granules

1 tsp Cumin

1 tsp Dried Coriander

For the Chilli Sauce

200ml Beef Stock

1 Red onion – diced

1 tsp dried chilli flakes

200g Tinned tomatoes

200g Red Kidney Beans, chopped

Salt & Pepper

Few dashes of Tabasco Sauce

  1. Cook your rice as per packet instructions and ensure it is very soft, once cooked allow to completely cool before added to your bowl of mince.
  2. In a bowl, add Mince, Garlic, Cumin, Coriander and season with salt & pepper. Once Rice has cooled add to bowl and mix through.
  3. Heat a little oil in a pan. With wet hands take small amounts of the meat mixture and roll into balls (you should get about 12 balls), place into your pan and brown all over. Remove.
  4. Add the onions to the pan and fry until browned, then add the tinned tomatoes, chilli flakes, kidney beans and beef stock then season with salt & pepper. Bring to the boil then reduce and bring to a simmer. At this point add back the meat and rice balls and cook covered for about 15 minutes.
  5. Just before you are ready to serve, add a few splashes of Tabasco sauce for that extra kick! (please take out if you don’t like it spicy hot)


Sausage and Potato Stew

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I picked up an amazing bargain recently in Aldi’s….29p for 2.5kg bag of Maris Piper potatoes…..Yes I know…..right…..29p!! So after picking up some lovely scottish beef sausages at my local butchers I decided a Stew was the perfect match for these potatoes.

A warm comfort filling dish.

 

Makes 4 servings.

8 Scottish Beef sausages (or any of your choice)

4 potatoes – washed and cubed (skin on)

1 tin chopped tomatoes

1 tbsp tomato puree

300ml chicken stock

2 garlic clove – crushed

1 tbsp olive oil

2-3 sweet red peppers – sliced

1 red onion – quartered

1 tsp crushed chillies

1 tsp hot smoked paprika

salt & pepper

1 tbsp worcester sauce

1 tbsp mixed herbs

 

  1. Gently heat up to a medium heat a fry pan with oil.
  2. Gently fry the peppers and onion with the garlic, chillies and paprika until softened, remove from pan with slotted spoon.
  3. Put your sausages into the pan and gently brown on all sides.
  4. Once sausages are browned add back to the pan the pepper mix, tomato paste, tin tomatoes, chicken stock, potatoes, salt & pepper, worcester sauce and mix. Bring to the boil then simmer for approx 25 minutes or until potatoes are soft.
  5. A few minutes before ready add in the mixed herbs, and cut the sausages into 3 sections, then serve. Yummy!

 

Sausgaes


Mediterranean and Seafood Salad with a Scotch Whisky Dressing

 

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World Whisky Day – 16th May 2015!  What will your dram or delight be?

I visited the Brodie Countryfare this week and picked up this wee beauty, made in Dundee by the Whisky Sauce Company www.whiskysauce.co.uk it has loads of flavours and certainly packs a punch in your mouth. I couldn’t decided what to have with it, so really went for a mix up and it was absolutely delicious.

 

2 Handfuls of Spinach or alternative salad leaf

8-10 Green pitted olives

2 roasted red peppers – sliced

Handful of king prawns

Handful of Cooked Mussels

1 tsp red chillies

1 tbsp light mayo

1-2 tbsp of Scotch Whisky Dressing

 

1. Wash and place spinach in a bowl, add in sliced roasted red peppers and olives.

2. Meanwhile mix the prawns with the chillies and mayo then add to the bowl along with the mussels

3. Sprinkle in Scotch whisky dressing, mix well together and serve with a lovely chilled glass of Chardonnay.

 


Sweet Potato and Chicken Curry

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I am loving Sweet Potatoes at the moment, full of flavour and a great source of vitamins and fibre.

 

Serves 2   – This is so tasty!

1 large or 2 small Chicken Breasts – diced

8 Cardamom Pods

1 onion, finely chopped

2 Garlic cloves finely chopped

1 tbsp root ginger, peeled and grated

2 green chillies, chopped finely

1/2 tsp ground turmeric

2 tsp ground coriander

250ml coconut milk

1 sweet potato, cut into small chunks

1 lemon juiced

salt to taste

1 tbsp olive oil to fry

 

1. Heat the oil in a pan, add the cardamom pods and fry over a medium heat for about 2 minutes

2. Add the onion, garlic, chillies and ginger and fry gently, while continuing to stir, for about 5 minutes

3. Stir in the turmeric, ground coriander and coconut milk. Season to taste with salt and bring to the boil

4. Add the chicken pieces, pressing them down into the sauce. Reduce the heat and leave to simmer for 5 minutes, covered

5. Stir in the sweet potatoes, cover and continue to simmer for a further 10 minutes

6. Uncover the pan, increase the heat slightly and cook for a further 10 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through, the sauce has thickened and the sweet potato is tender. Stir once or twice towards the end of cooking time to prevent the sauce from burning.

7. Stir in lemon juice, cook for 1 more minute and then serve on a bed of rice or other preferred choice.


Spicy Chicken and Rice

Spicy Chicken & Rice

This is my go to one pot chicken meal. So easy and delicious.

A really good dish that the whole family will enjoy. If you don’t like spice, not to worry just take out the chilli.


SPICY CHICKEN AND RICE

Serves 2

2 x Chicken Breasts – cubed

100 g Long Grain and Wild Grain Rice (or rice of your choice)

1 Onion – chopped into wedges

Peppers of your choice – sliced/diced

2 Salad Tomatoes

1 Tsp Paprika

1 Green/Red Chilli – chopped finely

300ml Chicken or Vegetable Stock

1 Tbsp Mixed Herbs

Splash of Tabasco Sauce

1. Brown of chicken, onion and peppers in little frying oil and then set aside.

2. Meanwhile make a few cuts down the tomatoes and let sit in boiling water to help release the skin later.

3. Put rice, paprika and chillies into pan and fry for about 1 minute or until rice is coated in oil.

4. Pour stock into pan of rice and bring to boil, then simmer for about 10 mins.

5. After 10 mins, remove the skin from the tomatoes and chop.

6.  Add back to the pan, chicken, onion, peppers, tomatoes and mixed herbs then stir and let simmer for about 20 minutes or until the juice has reduced and thickened.

7. About 2-3 minutes before ready add the the few drops of tabasco sauce.

8. Serve.

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