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.
I have to say this is the first time I’ve tried Mutton, I picked it up at the Glasgow Food Assembly from Harris Meat Farm, https://harrisfarmmeats.scot/ , https://thefoodassembly.com/en/assemblies/7907 , went with a spiced Indian flavour and some yellow lentils and oh my……absolutely loved it, rich, spicy, fragrant and so delicate, I slow cooked the meat and it just flaked on my plate…..absolute taste sensation!
500g Diced Mutton
1 onion – chopped
50g Yellow Split peas
1 tsp Turmeric
1 tbsp Oil
1 tsp ginger
1 tsp garlic
1 Green Chilli – finely chopped
1 can chopped tomatoes 400g
1 tsp Red Chilli Powder
1 tsp Coriander
1 tsp Gram Masala
1 tsp Cumin
1 tsp Curry Powder
Handful of Kalette Leaves or Spinach
- Firstly you want to marinade the mutton for around 1 hour, so in a bowl add 1/2 tsp Turmeric, 1 tsp Red Chilli Powder, 1/2 tsp Coriander, 1 tsp Gram Masala, 1 tsp Cumin, 1 tsp Curry Powder, add the mutton and rub through.
- Meanwhile, Bring the 250ml water to the boil and add 1/2 tsp Turmeric then add in the yellow split peas, boil for about 10 mins then simmer for a further 15 mins or until the water is all soaked up. Spoon out onto a side plate for now.
- In the same pan heat through the oil, gently fry the garlic, ginger, onion and green chillies for a few mins until onion has cooked through (slighty brown).
- Then add in the mutton to the pan and brown all over.
- Empty in the Tin Tomatoes, about 100ml water, put the yellow peas back into pan and sprinkle 1/2 tsp coriander in, bring to the boil, reduce to a very slow simmer and slow cook on hob covered for about 2.5hrs or until meat is tender.
- A couple of minutes before serving, steam some Kalette leaves or Spinach and serve. Yummy!
I found that a Tempranillo based wine went really well, due to it’s Spicy, Herbal and Cherry flavour combinations. This however is up to your individual taste palates.
On my travels back from Inverness this week, I stopped at the House of Bruar near Blair Atholl, they have an amazing Food Hall with everything Scottish and some. I picked up some lovely venison from Highland Game, Purveyors of fine foods in Dundee. With some Chorizo left over I decided this recipe, which was absolutely delicious and rich in flavour.
300g Diced Venison
75g Chorizo – sliced/diced
1 onion chopped
1 crushed garlic
1 tbsp smoked paprika
salt & pepper
250ml beef stock
100ml red wine (I used Merlot, perfect with venison)
1 Bay leaf
1 carrot sliced or you could use butternut squash
1 tbsp flour
- Heat 2 tbsp olive oil in a pan, light coat the venison with flour and add to pan to brown all over. Season.
- Add the Chorizo, garlic and onion and stir through for few mins until golden.
- Sprinkle in the paprika and add the carrots, pour in the beef stock and red wine, bring to the boil, cover and simmer for 2-3 hours.
- I served with some wild rice but it is also lovely with boiled potatoes and green veg.
It was snowing outside and got down to -2 deg here at home in central Scotland and I was desperate for some warm home cooked Sunday Food (by Sunday food, I mean Hearty). I had sausages, winter veg and some harissa paste I needed to use, so this was my Sunday Meal and it didn’t half warm me up too. Happy Sunday!
The thing I loved about this was, it is a 1 pot wonder, chuck everything in 1 pot and cook, not only is it easier but it saves my boyfriend on the washing up…lol! We have a nice little agreement, I cook, he cleans……think I got the better deal! lol!
5 Scottish Beef Sausages (I used Beef, but you could use pork also if preferred)
1/2 White onion – sliced into wedges
1/2 Red onion – sliced into wedges
1 Parsnip – peeled and halved lengthways, then halved again (about 10cm length)
2 Carrots – peeled and halved lengthways, then halved again (about 10cm length)
1 Medium Sweet Potato – peeled and cut into cubes about 2cm sq.
1 Clove Garlic
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp tomato puree
1 tbsp harissa paste
3/4 pint hot vegetable stock
250g Tin of Chickpeas
250g Tin Tomatoes
Black pepper to season
Fresh Coriander to serve
- Firstly prepare your vegetables.
- Heat oil in a pan and brown the sausages then place to the side.
- In the remaining oil fry the onions until browned and soft.
- Add in the garlic, tomato puree and harissa paste and cook for about 1 min.
- Add in the sweet potatoes, parsnip, carrots and sausages, pour over the stock and season. Bring to the boil then cover and simmer for about 30 minutes until vegetables are tender.
- Add in tin tomatoes and chickpeas and warm through for about 5 minutes
- Remove from heat and plate up, sprinkling some chopped coriander on top.
Sausage and Root Veg one pot delight
Servings Per Recipe: 2
Amount Per Serving
- Total Fat: 25.9 g
- Saturated Fat: 5.6 g
- Trans Fat: 0.6 g
- Cholesterol: 19.9 mg
- Sodium: 1217.4 mg
- Total Carbs: 123.3 g
- Dietary Fiber: 31.3 g
- Sugars: 31.8 g
- Protein: 32.6 g
Well I was Opting for a Spicy Weekend this weekend………………….(naughty…naughty!)……..and this polishes off my Sunday. Delicious and filling Soup with a bit of spice!
1 Sweet Potato
1 tsp ground coriander
4 spring onions
1 red chilli
1 tsp olive oil
Handful of tortilla chips (I used Doritos with a hint of lime)
15g fresh coriander
400g ripe tomatoes
2 gloves of garlic
1 can chickpeas (400g)
Feta cheese for garnish (optional)
- Preheat oven to 200 deg. Wash and peel sweet potato, cut into 1cm cubes.
- Season potatoes with salt, pepper and ground coriander, drizzle with oil and bake for 30 mins.
- Meanwhile, chop the spring onions finely, slice the chilli and coriander, add to a pan with little oil and fry for about 2 mins.
- Crush into the pan the garlic, cut tomatoes into quarters then add in to pot.
- Tip in the chickpeas with juices and top up with 500ml of boiling water, bring to a simmer, cover and cook for 20 mins.
- After 20 mins, remove from heat and mash up the tomatoes. Add in the sweet potato and crush in the tortillas, mix through, season well and serve. Garnish with fresh coriander and feta if chosen. YUMMY!!!
I cheated a bit with the dahl and bought ready cooked lentils, if using from scratch it can take 2-3 hours of cooking.
For the Lentil Dahl
1 x packet of Green lentils (250g)
1 tsp ginger
1tsp olive oil
1 tbsp chilli
200g chopped tomatoes
1 tbsp unsalted butter
1 tbsp Tamarind paste (or you could use Kasoori methi)
- Pour oil into a pan and heat, add in ginger, garlic and cook for 1 min.
- Add in the butter and let melt, add in the tamarind paste and chilli and mix through, then add in the lentils and chopped tomatoes. Mix through and heat for 4-5 mins. Ready to serve.
For the Masala Potato Curry
300 salad potatoes
1 tbsp olive oil
200 g chopped tomatoes
1 red chilli chopped
1tsp ground coriander
1 tbsp cumin
1 medium onion chopped
2 tbsp fresh coriander for garnish
- Wash and chop potatoes into 2cm cubes.
- heat oil in a pan, add in cumin. coriander and onion, cook for 5 mins.
- Add in the chilli and potatoes and season with salt and pepper
- Add 200ml of water, cover and cook for 8 mins
- add the chopped tomatoes and cook uncovered for 7 mins or until tender
- Ready to serve, then garnish with fresh coriander
If you don’t like it too spicy, use 1/2 chilli and 1tsp cumin instead.
Serve both with some Chapati….YUMMY!