Smoked Haddock Pasta

Smoked Haddock Pasta with White Cheese Sauce

Pasta is such a staple food in most households and I think one of the easiest fast foods around. It can be made healthier by using the Wholewheat variety. When eaten in moderation, pasta can be part of a healthy diet. Wholewheat pasta may be a better choice for many, as it is lower in calories and carbs but higher in fiber and nutrients. However, in addition to the type of pasta you pick, what you top it with is just as important.

This dish uses Scottish Smoked Haddock, fresh from my favourite fishmongers in Pittenweem, Ryan Black, they deliver straight from the Shore to your door.

It also uses some of my fresh vegetables from my garden….yum!

Makes enough for 2

2 pieces of Smoked Haddock (or any fish you like)

150g Wholewheat pasta

2 Carrots – chopped

Handful of Broccoli

Handful of peas

3 Sweet mini peppers – chopped

Salt & pepper to taste

White Cheese Sauce to serve (recipe here https://theweecaledoniancook.com/2020/10/03/white-cheese-sauce/)

  1. I used my Steam pot for my Combi Microwave for this recipe, but if you don’t have Steamer just cook your pasta as per packet instructions. In a pan, bring some water to the boil add your vegetables and simmer for 4 minutes until softened. (you could use frozen vegetables or tinned vegetables for this too). Bring a large pan of water to the boil, bring to a simmer and add in your fish, cook for about 10 minutes.
  2. If you have a Steam pot, add the pasta with 300ml water to the base, then your fish and vegetables onto the grid and cook on Pasta Setting for 7 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, make your sauce as per above recipe.
  4. Remove fish and place onto a chopping board and remove the skin, break up into bite size pieces.
  5. Drain your pasta and vegetables. Add the vegetables to the pasta then pour over the sauce mixture and mix through, add in the fish, mix and serve.


Chicken Curry with Almond Milk

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Who doesn’t love a Curry? Especially when it’s a healthier version. This Curry came about when I was trying to use up leftover Almond Milk, nutritionally, store-bought almond milk (like Alpro or Almond Breeze)  is a low-calorie product with about 56 calories per 100ml. It’s typically low in fat, with just 1.5g per 100g – all of which is largely unsaturated fat.

This Curry is a great family curry as its low in spice but with great flavour. It’s also great if you love batch cooking as you can make a hug pot and freeze into portions.

Chicken Curry with Almond Milk

Serves 2

2 Chicken Breasts – cut into chunks

1 tbsp olive oil

Salt & Pepper

1 tbsp Tomato Paste

300ml Almond Milk

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp Chilli powder

Handful of Cauliflower Florets (I used frozen)

Handful of Peas (I used frozen)

Curry Paste (see below)

Curry Paste:

1 Onion

1 tsp garlic granules

1 tsp ground ginger

1/2 tsp ground turmeric

1 tsp gram masala

Sea salt

  1. Mix all the Curry Paste ingredients into a blender and mix until you get a smooth paste.
  2. Heat a little oil in a pan on medium to high heat, add chicken, season and brown.
  3. Add the Curry paste to the pan and heat through for about 2 minutes.
  4. Next add the tomato paste, almond milk, cinnamon and chilli powder and mix through.
  5. Reduce the heat, cover and simmer on low for about 1 hour. 15 minutes before serving add in the cauliflower & peas, mix through and cook for remaining time.
  6. I served with some of my Chickpea Chaptai’s. https://theweecaledoniancook.com/2020/08/29/chickpea-chapati/
Chickpea Chapati


Sweet Potato, Butternut Squash & Chorizo Chowder

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It was Blowin’ a Hoolie here today (very windy) & that just calls for something warm and home comforting.  This was a tasty quick option in my kitchen tonight and certainly hit the spot.

 

Makes 2 portions

150g Butternut Squash – chopped into cubes

150g Sweet Potato – chopped into cubes

1 onion – chopped finely

60g Chorizo – sliced

1 garlic clove – minced

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1/2 tsp dried sage

Salt & pepper to taste

Handful of chopped carrots, sweetcorn and peas (I used frozen)

300ml chicken stock

50ml cream

150g Spinach

 

  1. Heat some low fat spray oil in a pan and fry the chorizo for a few minutes, remove with a slotted spoon and drain on a kitchen towel.
  2. Add to the pot the onion, garlic, sage & nutmeg and fry until onions are softened.
  3. Add the sweet potato, butternut squash and vegetables and stir until coated.
  4. Add the chicken stock with seasoning and bring to the boil, then simmer for about 15 minutes or until squash and potato are cooked.
  5. Remove lid, add back to the pan the chorizo and spinach and stir in the cream allow spinach to wilt for a few minutes, stir through. Serve.

You could also sprinkle some nuts over for a more nutritious serving.

 

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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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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.

 


Simple Pea Puree

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I had a steak pie in my fridge for dinner with some boiled potatoes, my quick easy Sunday dinner, but after watching Masterchef… the… Final I was inspired to create and wanted to try something new……..so instead of simple boiled gardens peas, this is my take on a simple pea puree.

 

Makes for 2

2 Handfuls of garden peas

100ml semi-skimmed milk

Salt & Pepper

 

  1. Put milk and peas into a pan and bring to boil then simmer for about 5 mins.                                                         20160508_174138
  2. Drain milk into a jug and put peas into a blender with pinch of salt & pepper and mix
  3. Gradually add in the milk to you get a smooth thick puree.

Serve.

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Smoked Cod and Sweet Potato Fishcakes with Fried Rice

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Continuing with my Superfoods, I fancied a Chinese Flavour Inspired dinner for my Saturday night in but also wanted to keep it healthy and not overload on calories.  Looking in my cupboards and fridge I saw a lovely piece of smoked Cod I got from my usual fishmonger so decided to use this.

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This is my Saturday do it yourself Chinese Takeaway Dinner.

Serves 2/3

FOR THE FISHCAKES:-

200 g Smoked Cod
1 medium Baked Potato
1 medium Sweet Potato
Handful of Fresh Coriander
1 Juice of lime
1 tsp smoked paprika
2 tbsp light olive oil
1 tsp of spiced red pepper or chilli
Plain Flour for dusting
Salt and pepper to taste

  1. Bake the potatoes in the microwave on high heat for about 10 mins until soft
  2. Scoop out the inside of the potatoes and place in a food processor
  3. Slice the fish portion and add to food processor with paprika, coriander, red spice and lime juice, blend together.
  4. With your hands shape into patties about 1cm thick and 10cm dia, dust with flour and refrigerate for about 1 hour
  5. Heat the oil in a flat pan to medium heat
  6. Place the fish cakes in the pan and cook through for about 5-6 mins on each side or until golden brown.

I served these with a little Sweet Chilli Sauce on the side which was lovely!

Nutrition Facts
Smoked Cod and Sweet Potato Fishcakes

Servings Per Recipe: 3

Amount Per Serving

Calories: 225

  • Total Fat: 9.6 g
  •     Saturated Fat: 1.3 g
  •     Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 31.3 mg
  • Sodium: 283 mg
  • Total Carbs: 23.2 g
  •     Dietary Fiber: 3.4 g
  •     Sugars: 2.7 g
  • Protein: 12.6 g

 

FOR THE CHINESE FRIED RICE:-

75g Wholemeal Brown Rice
50g Frozen peas
1 Chopped Red pepper finely
4 Spring Onions – chopped finely
2 tbsp soy sauce
2 eggs
1 tsp Turmeric
1 tbsp sesame oil

  1. Cook rice as per packet instructions and set aside.
  2. Heat oil in a wok/pan
  3. Crack 1 egg into pan and stir continuously until you get scrambled egg.

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4. Then add in rice, peas, red pepper, onions, turmeric and stir together.

5. Crack in the other egg add in soy sauce and stir through until egg is cooked.

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Make sure you stir continuously or it will stick together. If it does add a little water.

Yummy!

Nutrition Facts
Chinese Fried Rice

Servings Per Recipe: 2

Amount Per Serving

Calories: 324

  • Total Fat: 12.5 g
  •     Saturated Fat: 2.6 g
  •     Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 163.7 mg
  • Sodium: 1105.2 mg
  • Total Carbs: 40.2 g
  •     Dietary Fiber: 4.8 g
  •     Sugars: 5.3 g
  • Protein: 12.9 g

Spiced Chicken Couscous

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I’m always looking for a healthy option without compromise on taste, this is so tasty and at only 260 calories per serving with 4g fat…..you wanna try this!  Leaves a bit of room for my glass of prosecco…lol!

Serves 2

2 tbsp Olive Oil or Rapeseed Oil

2 Chicken Breasts

1 tsp Coriander

1 tsp Cumin

1 tsp Paprika

1 tsp Garlic Powder or 1 garlic clove

1 onion chopped

80g couscous

150ml Hot Chicken Stock

120g Chick Peas

80g frozen Peas

 

1. Heat oil in a large saucepan, add chicken, coriander, paprika, cumin and onion and fry for 10 mins to lightly brown.

2. Add garlic, chickpeas, couscous, chicken stock and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Cover and cook on simmer (Low Heat)  for 20 mins until the chicken is tender and the liquid absorbed.

3. Add peas then cook for 5 mins more.