Oh……I do love a good curry on a Friday! Years ago it was always a takeaway or always had to have meat in it, not anymore. This little curry is a taste sensation, full of flavour and full of vitamins, more importantly nice n healthy too.
I served with my homemade Chapti’s too…..who says a curry can’t be healthy?
80g Green Split peas (soaked overnight)
80g Pearl Barley
100 g spinach – fresh
200g chopped tomatoes
1 red onion – finely chopped
1 clove garlic – finely chopped
1 tbsp Masala Paste
150ml veg stock
tbsp oil/spray oil
- Heat oil in a wok and add in onions and garlic, cook for about 1 – 2 mins until onions are soft.
- Stir in masala paste and cook for further 1 min.
- Stir in tomatoes, stock, split peas and barley, mix through and bring to boil then simmer for about 30 mins.
- Stir in spinach and simmer for further 1 min
- Serve with some chapati or which ever you like. Yum!
I just love omelettes, one of my favourite quick and healthy meals, breakfast, lunch or dinner its one of those versatile foods and always staple ingredients in your cupboard. You can pretty much put anything in an omelette and it’ll taste great.
This is one of my favourites:-
6 cherry tomatoes – halved
handful of spinach
1 mushroom sliced
Salt & pepper to taste
- Lightly oil frying pan
- Add in tomatoes, mushroom and spinach, cook for a minute
- Whisk up eggs with seasoning and pour over, cook on medium heat for about 4-5 mins or until bubbling, turn and cook for 1 min more.
- Serve. Yummy!
Here are my other favourites:-
Tomato and avocado
Ham & mushroom
Cheese & Ham
Spinach and bacon
Haggis and tomato
Spring onion & Feta cheese
Avocado and mushroom
Sundried tomato and Chorizo
One of my favourite meals is my waffle crusted chicken and Maple sauce, I thought I would try a more healthier accompaniment tonight.
I had some Broccoli to use up and decided on some little courgettes. These were really tasty and also low in fat.
Makes about 10 croquettes
1 large broccoli (about 3 cup fulls of florets)
2 eggs beaten
salt & pepper
1 small onion – finely chopped
1/2 cup of panko breadcrumbs
1 cup of reduced fat cheddar cheese – grated
1/2 tsp garlic powder
- Preheat oven to 210 deg.
- Blanch the broccoli in boiling water for 1 min, then transfer to cold water to stop cooking. Dry off excess water and chop broccoli finely.
- Put eggs, cheese, onion, garlic, sat & pepper into a large mixing bowl then tip in the broccoli and mix through. Add in the panko breadcrumbs and mix again. Place in the fridge for about 1/2 hour to chill, this will help when making croquettes.
- Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper. Take a small amount into the cup of your hands and shape into a croquette. Place on baking tray and spray with oil. Sprinkle a little paprika on each one and bake for 10 mins.
- Turn over, spray with oil and bake for a further 10 mins or until golden brown and crispy.
Yummy with my waffle chicken, you can find recipe here waffle chicken
Having some left over Masala Paste from the other nights curry, I wanted to try something different and a bit more healthier but filling, which means only 1 thing to me Lentils!
Lentils are so healthy and include all these beneficial nutrients like fibre, protein, minerals and vitamins, they are still low in calories and contain virtually no fat. One cup of cooked lentils only contains about 230 calories, but still leaves you feeling full and satisfied.
Makes for 2 large portions or 4 smaller portions if having with an accompaniment.
3 tbsp Masala Paste
1 tbsp olive oil
1 red onion – finely chopped
1 garlic glove – chopped
400g tin of chopped tomatoes
1 tin of coconut milk – I use the lighter option to make it healthier
160g Red lentils, in my house it has to be Great Scot!
1 bag of fresh spinach (about 300g)
100ml vegetable stock
- Heat the oil in a pan and fry the onion for a few minutes.
- Add in the masala paste and cook for another minute
- Add in the tomatoes and coconut milk then bring to the boil
- Pour in the lentils and reduce heat to a simmer, cook for about 25 mins until lentils are soft.
- Add in the stock, mix through then add in the spinach and allow to wilt for a minute.
- Remove and Serve…Yum!
After coming down with the cold over the holidays, I was on a mission not only to eat healthier but to use food as a natural healer, so that means more antioxidants and vegetables. Turmeric has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant.
2 garlic cloves
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp crushed red pepper
1 onion – chopped
salt & pepper to season
1 pint of vegetable broth
1/2 can of coconut milk
2 tbsp fresh chopped coriander
- Pre-heat you oven to 230 deg C.
- Chop up the cauliflower into small florets/cubes, add in the chopped garlic and oil into a bowl and mix through until all combined.
- Place the cauliflower onto a baking tray and bake for about 25 mins.
- Heat a tbsp oil in a pan and gently fry the onion, add the veg stock and bring to the boil, add in the cauliflower then cover and simmer for about 15 mins.
- Add in the coconut milk and stir through, using a hand blender, blend until smooth.
- Cook your rice separately then once ready add to the soup and mix through.
- Serve in a bowl and garnish with coriander.
This was really tasty and so healthy and filling.
Yet again I amaze myself with an absolutely delicious curry, another one for my favourites list. So healthy too and filling.
2 Chicken Breasts
1 tsp curry powder
1 tsp gram masala
1 tsp Cumin
1/2 tsp turmeric
1 tsp salt
1 chopped onion
1 chopped chilli
2 tsp ginger
1 yellow and 1 red pepper – diced
1 tsp garlic powder or 1 fresh clove
250ml beef stock
1 cup lentils
200ml coconut milk
salt & pepper
- Put spices into a tub, turmeric, gram masala, cumin, salt, pepper, cloves and garlic. Dice the chicken and rub in the spice mix to coat.
- Heat a tbsp of oil in a pan and add the chicken to brown.
- Add in the chilli, onion and peppers and cook for a few minutes.
- Pour in the beef stock and lentils bring to boil then simmer and cook for about 1.5 hrs.
- Pour in the coconut milk and simmer further for another 1.5 hrs. If too watery, remove lid and simmer uncovered until sauce has thickened (about 15 mins).
- Serve and top with some fresh parsley. Yum!
Always wanted to make my own pesto sauce, so today was that day! Decided to pair with some chicken and pasta for dinner, very tasty if I do say so myself! lol!
Makes for 2
For the chicken pan:-
1 1/2 large chicken breast – cut into small chunks
80g Spinach spaghetti pasta
10 cherry tomatoes
1 red & 1 yellow pepper – sliced finely
1 onion – chopped finely
Salt & pepper
1 tsp chilli flakes
For the pest sauce:-
Large handfuls of basil
80-100g toasted pine nuts
1 garlic clove
Salt & pepper
Lemon Juice (1 lemon)
50g Parmesean cheese (Parmigiano-Reggiano)
Olive oil (very important to use a very good quality oil)
- Heat 1 tbsp oil in a pan, add the chicken, season with salt & pepper & Italian seasoning, brown all over.
- Meanwhile bring a large pan of salted water to boil for your pasta, add pasta and reduce to simmer for 10 mins.
- Add onion, pancetta and peppers to pan with chicken and cook until soft and slightly browned.
- Add cherry tomatoes and chilli flakes cook for a few mins, stir through
- To make the sauce, put everything into a food processor and blend until smooth, gently add the oil a little at a time until desired smoothness.
- Drain pasta and add to the chicken pan, mixing through with the other ingredients. Tip in the sauce, mix and heat through for about 1 min.
Serve – Yummy!