Quinoa Vegetable Bowl with a Coriander & Lime Dressing

Quinoa veggie bowl

I had the pleasure of attending a live cooking session with Chef Ann Nolan (training chef with Whirlpool Cooperation) recently, the session was very informative and I learned a few tricks that I never knew! ‘Everyday is a school day as they say’, One of the recipes was this delicious Vegetable Quinoa Bowl and I just had to share with all of you as it was absolutely mouthwatering, so refreshing on the palate. The great thing about this recipe is that it is simple to make and if you don’t like an ingredient it is easily changeable to something you do. We all love the simple things in life, do we not?

Quinoa is higher in nutrients than most grains with protein & fibre being the highest and only contains 2g of fat per 100g, so very nutritious and not fatty at all. Quinoa is a good source of several minerals, including manganese, phosphorus, copper, iron, magnesium, and zinc. Quinoa may reduce blood cholesterol, blood sugar, and triglycerides. It’s weight loss friendly, gluten-free, and has been shown to increase the nutrient and antioxidant value of gluten-free diets.

Serves 4

For the Quinoa:-

125g Raw Quinoa

350ml Vegetable Stock

1/4 Tsp Salt

1/4 Tsp Black Pepper

1 Tsp Olive Oil

For the Coriander Lime Dressing:-

Handful of coriander, washed, keep stem

6 Spring Onions, roots removed, washed & cut into thirds (use the white part)

1/2 Large Avocado, peeled and diced

3 Limes, squeezed for juice only

1 Tsp Kosher Salt

60 ml Olive Oil

For the Vegetable Toppings:-

1 Red Onion, cut unto 1/4″ slices

2 Red Peppers, cut into 1/4″ slices

400g Tin of Black beans or Red Kidney Beans (you could also use chickpeas)

8-10 Cherry Tomatoes, quartered

1/2 Avocado, diced

4 Eggs (1 egg per portion)

Spray Oil

Salt & Pepper to taste

  1. Place the quinoa into a saucepan with the vegetable stock, seasoning & oil, bring to the boil then reduce to a simmer, cover with a lid and simmer for about 15-20 mins until quinoa has absorbed the stock, take off the heat and let sit for 5 minutes. Do not stir while simmering, just leave it, fluff up with a fork after the 5 minutes resting time.
  2. Meanwhile, lets make the dressing…..place all of the ingredients (except the oil) into a food processor and blend together, then slowly drizzle in the oil scraping down the sides as you go along. Keep adding oil until you get the consistency you like, whether that be thick or thin, it’s up to you. Move to the side for later.
  3. Heat a little spray oil in a saute/ fry pan on medium to high heat, add the red onions & red peppers with seasoning and cook until slightly softened and browned, leave in pan.
  4. Heat the beans in a small pan on medium heat, 4-5 mins until warmed through.
  5. In a non stick fry pan (with lid) spray a little oil and bring to a medium heat, crack the eggs into the pan & season, let the egg become opaque then add about 4 tablespoons water, put the lid on and steam cook the eggs, no need to turn. Check after about 1-2 minutes, when the egg is white it’s ready, take pan of heat until ready to serve.
  6. To plate, distribute evenly the quinoa, then peppers and onion, sliced avocado and then the beans and tomatoes, drizzle over your dressing then add the egg to the top….ENJOY!

Alternative options to try:-

*Roasted mushrooms, cauliflower, broccoli, spinach, spring onions, garlic dressing

*Cucumber, chickpeas, tomatoes, Olives, yogurt dressing

*Tofu, carrots, peas, sweetcorn, coriander & sesame dressing

*Roasted Chicken, tomatoes, red pepper, red onion, roasted red pepper & chilli dressing


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Energy Recipe List

Avocado Pancakes

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OMG! I do love Avocado’s & if you do too, you will love this little recipe. A good nutritious and healthy way to start your day. Creamy luxurious texture, full of good vitamins, healthy fatty acids, flavour and fiber, why would you not want to? Good on their own or serve with a poached egg or crispy bacon for a more luxury weekend treat.

 

Makes 4 large pancakes

1 Large avocado

100g Plain Flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 1/2 tbsp sugar

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp nutmeg

1/2 cup milk

1 egg

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1 tbsp coconut oil – melted

butter for the pan

 

  1. Whisk together flour, baking powder, sugar, salt & nutmeg in a bowl
  2. Combine the avocado, milk, egg, coconut oil and vanilla in a food processor until smooth
  3. Mix the avocado into the flour until blended
  4. Melt the butter in a fry pan on medium to high heat, scoop the batter into the pan (whichever size you like) and cook for about 2-3 minutes per each side.
  5. Serve. I put on a bed of Spinach with a poached egg on top, Yummy!

 

 

 

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Rose Harissa Chicken

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This little dish is now becoming another go to dinner in my house, it so easy to prep, has a lovely taste and using my crisper plate is ready in under 15 minutes. I do love easy cooking sometimes.

 

Serves 2

2 Chicken Breasts

1 tbsp Rose Harissa

4-6 charlotte potatoes – halved

3-4 sweet peppers

1 red onion – cut into wedges

1 clove garlic – crushed

Salt & pepper to taste

1 tbsp olive oil

 

  1. Cut chicken into large bite size pieces and place in a bowl with the harissa, mix to coats evenly.
  2. In a separate bowl place the potatoes, onion and peppers with garlic, pour 1 tbsp olive oil then season with salt & pepper.
  3. Preheat your crisper plate for about 2-3 minutes on dynamic crisp setting
  4. Place the chicken and potato mix onto the crisper plate and cook for a further 12-14 minutes on dynamic crisp setting.
  5. Mix and serve. Yummy!

 

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Pea & Ham Pasta (Low calorie version)

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O.M.G!…this little dish was amazingly tasty and even better, it was under 500 calories too! I am on a mission to eat a bit healthier this year, I generally do, but I’m making more of an effort this year….( I know, I hear you, we all say that in January….lol!) It was also so quick to make, in just 10 minutes my dinner was ready, a great mid week or quick Friday night dinner. Bonus:- Under 500 calories and full of flavour!

 

Serves 2

150g Wholewheat Penne pasta

6 slices or Parma Ham – chopped

1 red onion – thinly chopped

1 tsp crushed garlic

1 chilli – chopped or 1 tsp dried chillies

60ml creme fraiche

1 handful of frozen peas

small handful of chopped parsley

small handful of chopped mint

Grated zest of 1 lemon

2 ladel’s spoonfuls of pasta water

Spray oil – low calorie

 

  1.  Bring a pan of water to the boil and cook pasta for about 8-10 mins or follow packet instructions.
  2. Gently heat spray oil in a fry pan on medium heat
  3. Add onion, parma ham, chilli and garlic and cook through. Half way add 2 ladle’s of the pasta water.
  4. When pasta is ready, drain and add to the pan along with the peas, cook for 2 minutes to heat peas through.
  5. Add creme fraiche, parsley, mint & grate lemon zest and stir through, only for 30 secs. Ready to serve.

 


One Pot Mince, Bean & Pasta

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This is one of my go to comfort foods, its warm, tasty and filling, great for this season. Sometimes I change it about and play with the recipe but anyway I cook it, it’s delicious.

 

Makes for 2

400g Aberdeen Angus Scotch Mince

75g wholemeal pasta (I use spirals…but you can use any you choose)

1 red onion – finely chopped

1 tin (400g) tomatoes – use plum as there is more flavour

1 tin red kidney beans OR you can also use baked beans (drained)

1 tsp dried garlic

100ml beef stock

1 tbsp dried mixed herbs

Salt & pepper to season

Splash of tabasco sauce to taste (optional)

Fresh coriander to garnish (optional)

Grated cheese to garnish (optional)

 

  1. Gently heat up 1 tbsp oil in a deep pan and fry the mince until browned, add in the garlic, salt & pepper
  2. Add in the onion until browned
  3. Pour in the tomatoes, beans, stock and pasta and mix thoroughly, bring to the boil
  4. Sprinkle the mixed herbs and mix, reduce to a simmer, then cover and cook for approx 20 minutes.
  5. Remove lid, turn up heat slightly and cook until the sauce becomes thick, about 10-15 minutes.
  6. If you don’t have non stick pans, stir every 5 minutes or it will burn to the bottom.
  7. Serve with a sprinkle of coriander, a dash of tabasco sauce, handful of grated cheese or simply a slice of crusty bread…..it is entirely your choice.

Oh Yummy…..yummy!

And 1 pot to wash up………my kinda cooking!

 

 

 


Spicy Salmon with Avocado Cucumber Strips

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I first saw this recipe on Asassyspoon , I just had to give it a go as I love Salmon and Avocado so whats not to like!  I changed it ever so slightly to suit my tastes and experiment. I also haven’t invested in a spiralizer yet so its cucumber strips instead of noodles…lol!

 

Makes 1 portion – obviously add quantities for more.

 

2 Salmon Fillets – make sure its good quality Scottish Salmon…lol!

1 tsp chilli powder

1 tsp rainbow peppercorns – ground

1 tsp ground cumin

2 tbsp olive oil – good quality

1/2 cucumber

Salt & pepper to taste

 

For the dressing:-

1/2 avocado

1/2 lemon juiced

1/2 garlic clove  – crushed

Handful Dill – freshly chopped (or you could use parsley)

1/2 chilli – diced or 1/2 tsp dried flakes

2 tbsp water

Salt & pepper to taste

 

  1. Combine the chilli powder, pepper, cumin, salt and pepper in a small bowl with 1 tbsp olive oil. Place salmon in bowl and rub into skin covering all of the salmon.
  2. Heat a pan on medium heat with 1 tbsp oil. Place fillets into pan skin side down first and cook for 4 minutes, just leave to cook. Then flip fillets over and cook for a further 3-4 minutes, remove.                                                                                                                                                        20170721_192643
  3. Meanwhile make the dressing by mixing together all the dressing ingredients in a blender until you have a smooth paste.
  4. If you have a spiralizer then use that for your cucumber, if not, you can use a peeler to make strips.                                                                                                                                                                      20170721_194003
  5. Add the cucumber to the avocado dressing and coat.  20170721_194007
  6. Place the cucumber onto a plate and place the salmon on top. Serve. Yummy!

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Omelette in minutes on Crisperplate

 

Oh yes……my magic little crisper plate performs again with excellent results.

Thought I would try an omelette this time as it is a 50/50 chance I get the flip right in a pan……lol!

This crisper plate cooks right through without flipping in just 2 minutes…..oh yes just 2 minutes!

 

Makes 1 large omelette – 2 people or 1 if your hungry…lol!

5 eggs

Cooked smoked ham pieces

Grated cheese

Salt & pepper to taste

 

  1. Preheat crisper plate on crisp setting for 3 minutes
  2. Whisk together eggs and seasoning, pour onto crisper plate
  3. Add on your fillings, for me this time it was ham and cheese. (spinach is another fav of mine)
  4. Cook on dynamic crisp setting for 2 minutes. Yummy! NO FLIPPING! Perfect omelette.
  5. Serve.

 

 

 


Spanish Omelette

We decided to have a spanish afternoon and I was dying to try something different in my new Crisper Plate. Absolutely loved this recipe, healthy, tasty and only 12 minutes in my new crisper plate.

Perfectly served with some San Miguel…….we just needed the sunshine…lol!

 

Makes a 12 inch size – 4 portions

250g potatoes – sliced (I left skin on but it’s up to you)

4 eggs

1 tbsp butter or oil

Sliced onion (I used shallots – better flavour)

30ml milk

Salt & pepper to taste

 

  1. Preheat crisp plate for 3 mins. Place butter on a allow to melt
  2. Place potatoes onto plate.                                                                 20170624_134920
  3. Cook on Dynamic Crisp for 5 minutes.
  4. Place the onion on top of potatoes and cook further for 3 minutes. 20170624_135753
  5. Meanwhile beat the eggs, milk and salt & pepper together then pour over potatoes. 20170624_140307
  6. Cook further for 3 minutes
  7. Turn on grill and brown for about 2 minutes or until golden brown.
  8. Serve. Yummy!  20170624_14110120170624_141435