Harissa Cauliflower & Chickpea Curry

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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

 

  1. Heat a little oil in a large pan, add the garlic, ginger and onions and fry until softened.
  2. Add the Harissa Paste and coat the onions. Add in the Cauliflower and mix until coated.                                                                                                            20200208_143732
  3. 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.
  4. 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.            20200208_151953
  5. Serve with some Bulgur wheat or rice for a filling meal.

 

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Beetroot Hummus

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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

 

  1. Drain the chickpeas and keep the juice.
  2. Put the chickpeas, beetroot, lemon juice & zest, tahini, paprika, garlic and seasoning into a blender or food processor and blitz to a smooth paste.
  3. Gradually add about 1-2 tbsps of the chickpea juice until you get the consistency you want.

Serve as you please. Makes a great dip.

Healthy too at just 71 calories per 50g.

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Scottish Cod with Pea & Asparagus Mash

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Packed with 3 of your 5 a day this tasty meal is super high in vitamins and flavour.  Any excuse to get my KitchenAid mini processer out though…lol!

 

Makes 2 Servings

300 g Potatoes

1 bunch of asparagus

100g fresh peas or canned

1 red chilli

2 handfuls of baby spinach

2 Scottish cod fillets

1 lemon

 

  1. Wash the potatoes and cut into small chunks, keep skin on as that is where the most flavour is. Place in a pan of slightly salted boiling water and cook for about 10 minutes or until soft.
  2. Add the asparagus and peas to the pan and cook further for 3-4 minutes, drain and put into a food processor.                                                                          20190817_174846
  3. Add the spinach, lemon zest and seasoning to the processor and pulse until blended together.                                                                                                20190817_175820
  4. Cook your cod to your preferred method. I steam cooked mine but you could pan fry for crispy finish.
  5. Divide up the mash and serve with the cod on top, to finish sprinkle with chilli and lemon juice.
  6. Yummy!

 

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Black Bean Tacos

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This is a very simple and quick satisfying dinner & a healthy nutritious one too. The added crispy onions on top just give it a lovely little crunch. I used Corn Tacos for extra flavour.

 

Makes enough for 6 tacos.

1 can Black Beans, rinsed (400g)

150g sweetcorn (fresh or frozen)

1 red pepper, diced

1 tsp dried chilli flakes or chilli powder

1 tbsp cumin

1/2 tsp onion granules

1/2 tsp garlic powder

Sour cream

Chopped Coriander

100g baby spinach

1 Lime

6 Corn Tacos

50g grated cheese (any of your choice)

4 tbsp crispy onions (for recipe click here)

 

  1. Heat a little oil in a fry pan on medium to high heat
  2. Add in the pepper and sweetcorn and cook for about 5 minutes
  3. Add in the black beans, chilli, garlic, onion granules, cumin and pinch of salt, mix through and cook for about 5 minutes
  4. Add in the baby spinach and 2 tbsp water, cover and let spinach wilt for about a minute of 2. Mix through. Finished with 2 tbsp coriander and juice from 1 lime.
  5. To serve, heat up the corn tacos under a grill (or tortillas if using). 2 tbsp of bean mix, top with sour cream, cheese and crispy onions. Yummy!

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Moroccan spiced Mince with Bulgur Wheat & Spinach

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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

Spray oil

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

100g Spinach

30g Cashew nuts (slighty toasted and chopped)

80g Bulgur Wheat

Zest of 1 lemon

2 tbsp chopped fresh mint

Salt & pepper to taste

 

  1. Heat oil in a large fry pan and fry the onions until browned and softened
  2. Add in the beef mince and brown all over. Add in the spice mix and mix thoroughly.
  3. Add in the stock and bring to the boil, then simmer for about 15 minutes or until the stock thickens/evaporates slightly.
  4. 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.
  5. Season, serve and sprinkle the toasted cashews on top. Yummy!

Goes well with a little glass of Rioja.

 

 

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Cod in Soft Corn Tacos

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I love this recipe, another great find from PON

Quick & Easy to make, full of flavour, refreshing, light and only 190 Kcal per serving, whats not to like. We had these for lunch with a cheeky wee low cal beer. Yummy!

 

Serves 2

2 small Fresh cod Fillets cut into strips

1/4 tsp mild chilli powder

1/4 tsp garlic granules

1/4 tsp ground coriander

Salt & rainbow pepper

Handful of mixed leaves (I used watercress, spinach & rocket)

2 spring onions – finely chopped

4 small corn tortillas (or low calorie ones)

2 x Wedges of lime

4 tsp Low fat greek yoghurt

1 tsp chilli flakes

 

  1. Heat a little oil in a pan on high heat.
  2. Sprinkle Chilli powder, garlic and coriander over the fish slices and add the fish to the pan, cook for about 4 minutes then flip and cook for a further 3-4 minutes until slightly browned & crisp.
  3. Meanwhile, heat your tortillas as per packet instructions and place the green leaves, chopped spring onion and a little coriander onto the tortilla.
  4. Once fish is cooked through, place onto the green leaves, season with salt & pepper, add a dollop of yoghurt, sprinkle with chilli flakes and squeeze lime juice over, Serve. Yum Yum!

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Banana Omelette

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I am starting my Detox Plan for the week and this was my breakfast, I have to say it was absolutely delicious.

 

Makes 1

3 eggs – whisked

1 banana – sliced

1 tsp olive oil

1 tsp cinnamon

Salt & pepper to season

 

  1. Heat the oil in a pan on medium heat
  2. Place the sliced banana in the pan and cook for a couple of mins until soft.      20181126_112352
  3. Pour in the egg mixture and season, cook until coming together, sprinkle with the cinnamon and flip over.
  4. Cook for a further minute and serve.

Yummy!

 

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Vegetable Quiche

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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 eggs

2 large spoonfuls of ricotta cheese

1 large spoonful of parmesan cheese

1 tsp nutmeg

pinch salt

handful of grated Mozzarella cheese

1 tsp oregano

1 courgette

1 red pepper, green pepper

1 carrot

1 red onion

tsp olive oil

 

  1. Roll out pastry and place onto preheated crisper plate. (or tart tin)
  2. Mix together, eggs, all cheeses, nutmeg, salt, oregano in a bowl
  3. Slice courgette and carrot lengthways and wide, slice onion finely and peppers into circle shapes.
  4. Spoon cheese mixture into the pastry tin or plate evenly
  5. Sprinkle the red onion evenly over, place the pepper circles into mix.
  6. Roll up your courgettes and carrots and place into the cheese mix to decorate evenly.
  7. Glaze with olive oil on top of vegetables
  8.  Cook on Dynamic Crisp setting for 16 minutes or in an oven at 190 deg for 45 minutes
  9. Serve…..yummy!

 

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Chocolate orange custards

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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 egg

1/2 teaspoon of orange extract

1 tablespoon of splenda sugar

butter

 

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.

Yummy!!


Spice Lentil Soup

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This is a yummy, spicy lentil soup that pleases your palate and your tummy!

 

Serves 4 – per serving: 142 calories, 4.1g fat or which 2.1g sat. fat, Carbs 18.3g, Protein 5.7g

100g Red Lentils

100g Green Lentils

1/2 tsp olive oil or spray oil

1 onion

3 tsp. ground coriander

3 tsp. cumin

2 tsp. chilli flakes

4 carrots

1.5 litres chicken stock

 

1. Wash and drain lentils

2. Chop onion and saute for 5 mins in oil then add in the spices and stir for a further few mins.

3. Add in the carrots, lentils and stock and bring to the boil, then simmer for 40 mins.

4. Once cooked, blend with a mixture to a smooth texture.  Serve with some fresh parsley or a spoonful of yoghurt (optional)