Cajun ‘Dirty’ Rice

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This recipe is so easy to make and a great quick and satisfying classic. The word ‘Dirty‘ comes from the fact it looks dirty with the colour of the minced beef.  Made with rice and vegetables this is so healthy too, at only approx 300 Kcal per serving.

 

Serves 4

150g Long Grain Brown Rice (or white if you prefer)

1 Chicken Stock Cube – (300ml water if steaming, using Steam pot)

400g Scottish minced beef

1 red onion – chopped finely

4 bacon medallions – diced

3-4 tsp Cajun seasoning (depending on how spicy you like it)

1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

1 carrot, diced

1 red pepper, diced

100g gardens peas

200ml beef stock

1 beef stock cube

bunch spring onions, sliced

 

  1. Cook the rice as per packet instructions. I used my Steam pot, decant rice into pot, add the frozen peas and chicken stock, cover and cook on Auto Rice setting for 18 minutes.                                                                                                    20190615_170431
  2. Meanwhile, spray a fry pan with low fat cooking spray, brown the mince, onions and bacon.                                                                                    20190615_165321
  3. Add in the Cajun seasoning, salt & pepper, worcestershire sauce and stir. Then add in the carrot, peppers and beef stock. Simmer for a few minutes until peppers are softened.                                                                                                      20190615_170415
  4. Add the cooked rice to the pan and mix through. Finish with the spring onions and serve. We served with some Corn Folded Flatbreads. Yummy!

 

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Healthier option Sloppy Joes

Sloppy Joes is a traditional United States Dish and usually served on a Brioche Bun, but as I’m always looking for healthier options, this little alternative was simply superb and still very very tasty without the carb guilt. Thanks to PON again for another fab recipe.

 

Serves 2-4

1 onion finely chopped

2 garlic cloves finely chopped

1 green pepper, finely chopped

400g 5% fat scotch minced beef

1 tsp mustard powder

3 tbsp worcestershire sauce

3 tbsp tomato puree

1 tbsp red wine vinegar

120ml water

sea salt & rainbow pepper

1 red pepper cut lengthways

1 yellow pepper cut lengthways

40g reduced fat cheddar cheese

 

  1. Preheat oven to 200 deg.
  2. Spray a fry pan with a little oil and heat to medium heat.
  3. Add the onion, garlic & green pepper and cook until softened, about 5 minutes
  4. Add in the minced beef, turn up heat slightly and cook mince until browned            20190601_174356
  5. Then add in the mustard powder, worcestershire sauce, tomato puree, red wine vinegar and water, turn heat down and cook for about 5 minutes, season with salt & pepper                                                                                                    20190601_175209
  6. Divide the beef mixture between to pepper halves, scatter the cheese over and bake in oven for about 10 minutes.
  7. Serve. Yummy!

 


Chicken Fajita Pie

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Oh yes!……I know your looking at that and thinking jeezo that looks super tasty……and guess what you’d be right.  Not only that, its only 492 Kcal per serving…..OMG! Tasty, Healthier, Lower in Calories and easy to make. Win! Win!

Another belter of a recipe from NOM!

 

Serves 4

3 Chicken Breasts – cut into strips, fat removed

2 yellow or red peppers thinly sliced

2 large onions thinly sliced

1 tbsp ground cumin

1/2 tbsp ground coriander

1 tsp mild chilli powder

1/2 tsp dried chilli flakes

salt & pepper to taste

1 x 500g carton passata

1 x 400g kidney beans

2 x low calorie corn tortillas

70g low fat mozzarella

40g reduced fat cheddar cheese

 

  1. Preheat your oven to 180 deg fan and line the base of a 24cm springform tin with baking paper
  2. Add the chicken strips to a low-medium heat fry pan and brown.
  3. Add in the peppers and onions and brown, then add in the spices and mix through until coated.
  4. Add in the passata and kidney beans and simmer for about 10-15 mins.
  5. Put a layer of the chicken mix into the springform tin, then layer with 1 of the tortillas, then another layer of chicken mix, then another tortilla then another layer of chicken mix. Top with chunks of mozzarella and sprinkle grated cheese over.
  6. Put into the oven for 25 minutes or until cheese is lovely and browned and bubbling. Serve.

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Cuban Beef

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OMG! Super tasty meal, super healthy & low in calories, at only 417 Kcal per portion. Another thanks to PON for this recipe. The meat is so tender due to the slow cook match with cuban spices this is a real treat.

 

Serves 4

500g stewing scotch beef (fat removed)

Salt & pepper

2 onions sliced

240ml beef stock (2 stock cubes)

1 x 400g tin tomatoes chopped

2 green & red peppers, cut into strips

4 garlic cloves – crushed

2 tbsp tomato puree

1 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp dried oregano

1/2 tsp ground turmeric

1 tbsp fresh coriander

50ml red wine (or you can use a stock pot for less calories)

1 tbsp white wine vinegar

Cooked rice to serve (corn tortilla wraps optional)

 

  1. Season the meat well and brown over a high heat in a pan, remove with a slotted spoon and set aside.
  2. Add the onions to the pan and saute for about 3-4 mins
  3. Add the remaining ingredients to the pan and the browned meat                      20190519_164140
  4. Bring to the boil then reduce the heat to a low simmer, cover and cook on low for about 2 hours. (Or in an oven at 140 deg fan for 2.5 hrs)
  5. Pull the meat apart with 2 forks, serve on a bed of rice or with a low calorie corn tortilla.

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Oat & Banana Pancakes

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Oh yum! These were so tasty and so healthy. Waking up this morning to cold and wet rain outside I fancied something warm for my breakfast, so looking in my cupboards I had some scott porridge oats, a banana left and some Maple Syrup in the fridge………so yes, you guessed it, pancakes it just had to be.

My first time at oat & banana and they were pretty tasty.

 

Makes 4-6

30ml milk

1 egg separated

1 small banana

30g scotts porridge oats

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp vanilla extract

Toppings:- I had crushed hazelnuts and Maple Syrup, but you could have yoghurt and fruit which would be nice too.

 

  1. Put oats, baking powder, milk, egg yolk, vanilla extract and banana into a processor or blender and mix until you get a smooth consistancey.                                20190405_085648
  2. Whisk the egg white until you get stiff peaks. Gently fold the egg whites into the pancake mixture.
  3. Heat up a non stick fry pan with a tsp oil and drop about 2 tbsps of the mixture into the pan and cook on a medium heat until you start to see the bubbles appearing, then flip and cook for a further minute or 2.                                                        20190405_091206
  4. Serve.

 

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Avocado, Spinach & Pea Mash – served with steamed teriyaki salmon

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My healthier eating continues this month. I got some lovely bits of Scottish Salmon recently so came up with this idea of a healthier mash using whatever I had in my fridge. It was delicious. Best bit, it only took 6 minutes to cook and put together.

 

Makes enough mash for 2-3 people

80g baby spinach

1 avocado

50g garden peas – cooked

juice of 1 lemon

1 tsp Sea Salt

Garlic clove – minced

1 tsp coriander – dried

1 tsp olive oil

(optional if you like spice, add in 1 tsp chilli flakes)

 

  1. Place everything into a blender and mix until just combined.
  2. Serve. Simple as that!

I steam cooked some salmon that I marinated in Teriyaki Sauce overnight. Yum!

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Taco Pulled Chicken Wraps with Homemade Salsa

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Delicious little Saturday night dish (or any night for that matter)  I also used corn tortillas and made my own salsa to keep the fat and calories lower. I am on a mission this year to eat a little healthier and try new ideas and flavours. This is packed with flavour and filling too.

You could of course use Tacos instead of wraps.

 

Makes enough for about 6 wraps

For the chicken:-

2 large chicken breasts

1 tin chopped tomatoes

2 tbsp Taco Seasoning (see below)

For the Salsa:-

2 tomatoes – chopped

1 onion – chopped

1 lime juice of

2 tsp dried coriander

1 tsp sea salt

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Sour Cream to taste

Taco Seasoning:-

1 tbsp chilli powder

1/4 tsp garlic powder

1/4 tsp onion powder

1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes

1/4 tsp dried oregano

1/2 tsp paprika

1 tbsp cumin

1 tsp sea salt

1 tsp black pepper

Add all above to a little jar and mix. Store in cupboard.

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  1. Place a little oil in a pan on medium heat
  2. Coat the chicken with the Taco Seasoning about 1 large tbsp per breast and gently colour the chicken in the pan.
  3. Add in the tin tomatoes to the pan with the chicken, cover and slow cook on a low heat for about 4 hours.
  4. Meanwhile make the salsa by adding the chopped tomatoes, chopped onion, salt, coriander and lime juice in a bowl and mix together. Store in fridge until needed.    20190112_161740
  5. About 1/2 hour before about to serve, take 2 forks and shred the chicken in the pan. Continue to cook uncovered for about 1/2 hour, this helps thicken the sauce.              20190112_181543
  6. Warm up your tortillas as per instructions on packet, place on a plate.
  7. Spread a thin layer of sour cream, place some shredded chicken on top, then some tomato salsa then another little dollop of sour cream, wrap and devour! Yummy!

You could also add in a little avocado or some grated cheese.

 

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Butterfly Chicken Pizza

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Friday night is mostly pizza night in our house, but as I’m on my Detox this week it was finding an alternative for me and why not Butterfly chicken? I have to say this dish was so delicious and very healthy and nutritious too. Win, win for me!

 

Makes 2

2 x Chicken Breasts

1 onion – chopped

handful of sweet peppers – chopped

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tsp dried chilli flakes

1 tsp Italian herbs

1 tbsp tomato paste

Salt & pepper to taste

30g Goats Cheese

 

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  2. Add the chopped onion, peppers, chilli flakes, olive oil and all seasonings into a food bag and make sure all are coated.
  3. Take 1 tsp and spread onto each chicken breast evenly                                        20181130_180704
  4. Next add the onion & pepper mix and spread evenly
  5. Preheat your Crisperplate for 2 minutes on crisp setting then place the chicken breasts on and cook for 5-6 minutes (depending on size of your chicken)                                                                                                      20181130_181046
  6. Remove crisp plate and crumble on the goats cheese evenly, put back into the oven and cook on crisp for a further 3 minutes.                                                      20181130_181803
  7. Serve. Yummy!

(If you don’t have a crisper plate, bake in oven at 200 deg for about 15-20 minutes)

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Curried Butternut Squash, Red Lentils & Spinach

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This was so delicious and filling. Best of all very healthy & nutritious.

I think I am starting to enjoy this Detox week….lol!

 

Makes enough for 4 portions.

1 onion

200ml vegetable stock

2 tsp dried garlic

1 tsp dried chilli

1 tbsp ginger

1 tsp ground cumin

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp sea salt

1/2 tsp coriander

1 tsp turmeric

1 tbsp olive oil

1 can chopped tomatoes 400g

300-400g butternut squash – peeled and chopped into chunks

200g Red lentils – cooked

200g Spinach

 

  1. Blend onion, veg stock, garlic, chilli, ginger, tomatoes, cumin, cinnamon, turmeric and coriander into a paste.                                                          20181126_141731
  2. Heat the oil in a pan and cook the paste for about 5-10 mins.
  3. Add in the butternut squash and cook on a medium heat for 20 mins.          20181126_143545
  4. Meanwhile cook the lentils as per pack instructions.
  5. After 20 mins mix in the lentils and spinach to the squash mix and heat for a further 5 minutes.                                                                                  20181126_145023
  6. Remove and serve. Yummy!

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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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