Eat your veg!

Five-a-Day, Food, Vegetarian

In an effort to eat more vegetables this week (I’m being a little slack whilst Gavs away!) I dove into the “Five-a-Day” cook book and cooked up these tasty little patties.

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These were a simple matter of cooking through the veg, blending, shaping and grilling. A very easy dish to make mid week.

I did find them slightly bland despite adding my own seasoning and topping with parmesan but I think these are easily adaptable and I’m going to try them again with some different ingredients, possibly courgette and asparagus (oh and topped with a poached egg, nom). I think these would be a really great summer dish served with a salad and a crisp glass of wine of course!

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Pistachio nut crusted halibut

Cook book, Fish, Food, Foodie, Gridling

I haven’t cooked with halibut much before but last-night I gave it ago with this recipe from the Griddling cook book.

I found the fish so meaty and tasty, it was an absolute joy. The nut crust only enhanced the fish’s almost creamy taste and served on a bed on roasted vegetables ensured the halibut really was the main feature.

A beautiful dish which not only made for a great meal but sparked my delight for halibut!

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Green thai curry turmoil

Cook book, Fish, Food, Foodie, Jamie Oliver, Jamie's ministry of food, prawn, Thai

I rarely make thai food. In the past I’ve found the signature lemongrass flavor unappealing but these days my pallet has adjusted and I’ve grown to like it.

So on Monday night when I delved into Jamie’s ministry of food and opted for this prawn green thai curry I was truly excited for the powerful flavor bursts and perfumed delight that surely it would result in right?

Wrong!

I was soooo disappointed. The meal tasted nice, don’t get me wrong but it defiantly lacked the umph I had hoped. Basically it was a tad on the bland side and although I won’t be making this again, I am going on the hunt for a better green Thai recipe!

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Puerto Rican chicken and Rice

Caribbean food made easy: with Levi Roots, chicken, Cook book, Food, Foodie, Spicy

After 3 alcohol free nights, yes 3!!!! (Well done me, I know), I treat myself and Gav last-night to a spicy dish out of the Levi Roots cookbook…..along with a bottle of Chardonnay.

This recipe has minimal preparation but requires a good hour cooking time (not 40 minutes as the book suggests).

Regardless of the slowish cook, defiantly try this dish!

The rice resulted in a almost risotto like texture and held so much fiery flavor, it was just stunning. The chicken thighs, despite the hour cook, were supremely moist and just soaked up so much juice, the whole dish was a true flavor sensation. A great, great dinner!

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Fruit and meat: CONTROVERSY!!!

chicken, Food, Foodie, Fruit, Lunch, Salad

Dare I say it?

Well I just did. I’ve heard a lot of mixed views over fruit mixed with meat, I understand some people can’t stand the idea. Weird. I love fruit in a savory dish!!!

In an attempt to make a high protein lunch I made a chicken salad which included pineapple cottage cheese! It was rather marvelous, the sweet fruity punch with my tender moist chicken…a meal I’ll surely be repeating this week.

It simply consisted of:
chicken breast (cooked in oregano)
lettuce
pineapple cottage cheese
spicy chillies

High protein. Low fat. Just a shame I missed my morning gym session. Whoops!

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Wrap it up people!

Cook book, Fish, Food, Foodie, prawn, Wraps, Yummly

Another YUMMLY recipe folks! (Come on, get the app)

I try and have fish at least once a week and I have had this recipe sat waiting to be used for an age, so this week I did it.

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As you can imagine with a wrap, it was very easy and quick to make.

The prawns took a few minutes to cook but aside from that it was pretty much just popping all the ingredients in the wrap!

We had this with a side salad and overall, it was pretty nice.

The only negative was that my wraps felt a little thin (I like some chunk to my wraps!) and so next time, I think I would bulk up the ingredients.

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Yep, my version didn’t look quite as good as this!

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Chicken and Asparagus pasta: A mid week meal worth sharing!

chicken, Food, Foodie, Pasta, Yummly

This indeed is worth sharing!

As always I search for healthy midweek meals which are filling, satisfying and don’t leave me turning for s sweet treat. This recipe is courtesy of the YUMMLY app which I have mentioned many times before and highly recommend you download….. Its free!!!

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Serves 2

2 chicken Breast

200g Pasta (your choice)

A bunch of Asparagus

2 Garlic cloves

1 tsp of paprika

1 tbsp of Soured cream

salt and pepper

1. Cook the pasta

2. Griddle the chicken in oil and the crushed Garlic

3. When cooked, add the asparagus and paprika

4. Add the cooked pasta and soured cream, season to taste and serve

I found it really creamy and quite sweet despite having only the small dollop of soured cream, the chicken was super tender and overall, it was a great mid week dish……..something I would defo whip up again!

“Use it up” omelet

Food, Food general, Foodie, Spicy, Vegetarian

This was one of those dishes that was very simply inspired by the necessity to use ingredients, rather than dispose of them!

As I’m on a bit of a health kick I opted to use the produce in omelet form!

So I had:
sweet peppers
– tomato
– red onion
– green chili
– Parmesan

I sautéed all of the veg in a pan until softened before adding the omelet mix (eggs, milk, salt, pepper and oregano). I cooked the omelet on a low heat for 10 minutes and then placed under the grill for 10minutes to cook the top. At this point I sprinkled on the Parmesan.

I served this with a side of sweetcorn mixed with my grandads sweet pickled green beans.

The dish was healthy, tasty and very filling. The green chilies also gave it a wicked kick!!!

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A seemingly salad solution

Food, Foodie, Lunch, Salad, Vegetarian

Due to a hugely, epically, busy weekend I failed to order my food shopping on time. As a result I didn’t have any lunch planned for this week.

So I pondered through my fridge shelfs and found the following ingredients which all tossed together, turned out to be a pretty spiffing salad indeed!

Iceberg lettuce
– tomato
– sweet pepper
– pickled (by my very own grandad!!) sweet green beans
– pineapple
– avocado
– almond and date cous cous (leftovers)

Agreeably, it may sound an unlikely mix of ingredients but if like me you like fruit with savory, this salad will hit the spot.

Crunchy and sweet, I throughly enjoyed this lunch! Needless to say, it was easy and quick to prepare.