A bit of Meal prepping today while I have some time. I have been doing this for a few weeks now and have found it to be very beneficial to us. Sometimes I don’t get in till late from work and its always nice to have a healthy dinner ready for you. Also it means the 1/2 hour I save on making dinner means I can get some exercise in…..no excuses now.
Makes 4 Servings
1 tsp Ginger powder or 1″ piece fresh ginger minced
2 garlic gloves – minced
1 yellow onion – diced
2 tbsp Harissa Paste
Florets from 1 Caulifower
2 x 400g Chickpeas, drained
1 x 400g coconut milk
300ml vegetable stock
200g baby spinach
Salt & pepper to taste
Heat a little oil in a large pan, add the garlic, ginger and onions and fry until softened.
Add the Harissa Paste and coat the onions. Add in the Cauliflower and mix until coated.
Pour in chickpeas, vegetable stock & coconut milk with seasoning and mix through, bring to the boil then simmer and cook covered for about 25-30 minutes until cauliflower has softened.
Add the spinach and mix through, cook for a further minute or until spinach is wilted. Remove from heat and either serve or allow to cool before freezing.
Serve with some Bulgur wheat or rice for a filling meal.
In a bid to eat a bit healthier, this little dip was perfect as I love Beetroot and always looking for different ways to use it. I saw this from The Veg Space, a great website if you love vegetables, some great ideas too.
The great thing is you can freeze hummus, so I made a big batch and split into smaller portions for later.
Makes approx 600g
3 Large cooked Beetroots, diced
1 can 400g Chickpeas
2 garlic cloves, crushed
Juice & zest of 2 Lemons
4 tbsp tahini
2 tsp smoked paprika
Salt & Pepper
Drain the chickpeas and keep the juice.
Put the chickpeas, beetroot, lemon juice & zest, tahini, paprika, garlic and seasoning into a blender or food processor and blitz to a smooth paste.
Gradually add about 1-2 tbsps of the chickpea juice until you get the consistency you want.
I’m enjoying my Moroccan spices at the moment, the flavour is fragrant, fiery, sweet, savory, and citrusy, it really gets your senses moving. Normally a traditional Moroccan meal would contain couscous but as I had some Bulgur Wheat to use up I decided on this. Bulgur is also a healthier and lower calorie choice too.
Makes 2 Servings
1 medium red onion, finely chopped
200g Scottish Beef Mince
1 tbsp cumin
1 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tsp turmeric
1 tbsp smoked paprika
1 tsp white pepper
1 tsp ground ginger
250ml vegetable stock
30g Cashew nuts (slighty toasted and chopped)
80g Bulgur Wheat
Zest of 1 lemon
2 tbsp chopped fresh mint
Salt & pepper to taste
Heat oil in a large fry pan and fry the onions until browned and softened
Add in the beef mince and brown all over. Add in the spice mix and mix thoroughly.
Add in the stock and bring to the boil, then simmer for about 15 minutes or until the stock thickens/evaporates slightly.
Meanwhile, make the Bulgur Wheat as per packet instructions. Once cooked add in the spinach and cover with a lid, allow the residual heat to wilt the spinach down, mix through. Add in the lemon zest and mint and mix.
Season, serve and sprinkle the toasted cashews on top. Yummy!
I love quiche and with this little magic crisper plate of mine I just had to give it a try. Amazing results in just 16 minutes with a lovely crusty bottom. I also got my creativity on and designed little patterns with the vegetables…….I just love playing around with food…lol!
1 x roll of puff pastry (shop bought)
2 large spoonfuls of ricotta cheese
1 large spoonful of parmesan cheese
1 tsp nutmeg
handful of grated Mozzarella cheese
1 tsp oregano
1 red pepper, green pepper
1 red onion
tsp olive oil
Roll out pastry and place onto preheated crisper plate. (or tart tin)
Mix together, eggs, all cheeses, nutmeg, salt, oregano in a bowl
Slice courgette and carrot lengthways and wide, slice onion finely and peppers into circle shapes.
Spoon cheese mixture into the pastry tin or plate evenly
Sprinkle the red onion evenly over, place the pepper circles into mix.
Roll up your courgettes and carrots and place into the cheese mix to decorate evenly.
Glaze with olive oil on top of vegetables
Cook on Dynamic Crisp setting for 16 minutes or in an oven at 190 deg for 45 minutes
Aren’t we always looking for healthier desserts? Guilt Free? Low Fat? Low Calories? My answer is yes, but I don’t want to compromise on flavour. This is perfect, delicious and healthier.
Serves 2 – per serving 169 kcal, 5 g fat (3g sat fat), 23g carbs, 8g protein
3/4 cup of skimmed milk
4 squares of 90% cocoa chocolate
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon of orange extract
1 tablespoon of splenda sugar
1. Pre-heat oven on Multilevel to 160 deg. Butter bottom and sides of custard mould/dish and sprinkle some sugar around, shaking off excess. Place into a shallow dish and set aside.
2. In a saucepan mix milk, 1 tablespoon of sugar, chocolate pieces and 1 tsp of vanilla extract, gently heat through until chocolate is melted.
3. In a bowl combine egg, 1 tsp vanilla extract and 1/2 teaspoon of orange extract.
4. Gradually whisk the milk mixture with the egg mixture and remove any foam from surface.
5. Pour mixture into the moulds, pour boiling water into the shallow dish around the moulds and place in oven for approx 30-35 mins.
6. Remove moulds from dish and allow to completely cool in moulds/pots on a rack. Once cooled, cover and refrigerate for approx 2 hours.
7. To unmold custards, loosen edges with a knife, slipping its point in between the custard and cup to let in air. Then place a dessert plate over each custard, turn mold or custard pot and plate over together releasing the custard onto plate. Decorate with some strawberries for garnish.