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Split pea & Pearl Barley Curry

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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?

 

Serves 2

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

 

Method

  1. Heat oil in a wok and add in onions and garlic, cook for about 1 – 2 mins until onions are soft.
  2. Stir in masala paste and cook for further 1 min.
  3. Stir in tomatoes, stock, split peas and barley, mix through and bring to boil then simmer for about 30 mins.
  4. Stir in spinach and simmer for further 1 min
  5. Serve with some chapati or which ever you like. Yum!

 

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Cloudy Eggs

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This is becoming massive over social media, so I decided to give it a go with my own little twist.  My curiosity was getting the better of me.  I have to say it did just taste like egg , the texture was strange but very pleasant.

Makes 2

2 eggs – separate white from yolk

pinch salt & pepper

tsp chives

1/2 tsp smoked paprika

1/2 tsp dried chilli flakes

 

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 230 deg and line a baking tray with non stick paper
  2. Whisk up the egg whites only (separately), with the salt, pepper and chives until stiff                                                       20170510_133035
  3. Spoon out the whites onto the baking paper and make a circle shape, flatten the middle to make a slight well.              20170510_133603
  4. Sprinkle the paprika onto the egg whites
  5. Bake in the oven for approx 3-4 mins
  6. Remove from oven then gently put the egg yolk in the middle and sprinkle with chilli flakes.                                         20170510_134114
  7. Bake for a further 2-3 mins
  8. Serve.

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Spinach Pesto

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I had some Garlic Bread left over from dinner last night, so I wanted to try something different with it rather than just heating it up. I just love spinach, so why not? It turned out absolutely delicious….if I do say so myself. lol!

Makes 1 small pot – about 1 cup

2 cups of fresh spinach leaves or 6 rounds of frozen spinach

1/2 cup of fresh flat leaf parsley. (you could use basil also)

1/4 cup of walnuts or pine nuts

1/4 cup of parmesan cheese – freshly grated

2 garlic cloves

juice of 1 lemon

1 tsp sea salt

1 tsp black pepper

2 tbsp olive oil

 

  1. Put everything into a food processor and blitz until blended together.

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Serve up. I had mine on bread but you could use this as a base for pizza, in salads, so much more. Will keep in fridge covered for up to 3 days.

 

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Eggs in Toast with Spicy Avocado Bites

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I just love eggs and toast on a Saturday morning but wanted to jazz it up a bit today, so here is my eggs in toast with some spicy avocado bites.

2 Slices of Wholemeal toast (you can of course use white if you prefer)
2 eggs
1/2 avocado – mashed
tsp of chilli flakes
rainbow pepper
knob of butter

1. Heat butter in a pan
2. Using a cutter take out the centre of the bread slices                                                                                                                                  20170311_075530

3. Place bread slices into the pan and crack the eggs in the centre. Also put the circle bites into the pan.                                                                                       20170311_075909

4. Cook for about 1-2 mins, then flip over and cook for a further 1-2 mins (depending if you want yolk running or not)

5. Meanwhile, mash up the avocado and sprinkle with chilli flakes.

6. Remove the toasts from pan and place on a plate. Take the 2 round pieces and place the cutter you used to cut over then spoon in the avocado mix, remove cutter and place on plate. Sprinkle with rainbow pepper to taste.  Yummy!

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Broccoli and Cheese Croquettes

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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

 

  1. Preheat oven to 210 deg.
  2. 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. 20170212_165405
  3. 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. 20170212_165704
  4. 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.   20170212_172926
  5. Turn over, spray with oil and bake for a further 10 mins or until golden brown and crispy.                                                         20170212_175218

Serve.

 

Yummy with my waffle chicken, you can find recipe here waffle chicken

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Avocado Designs

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I just love playing with my food….lol! I was feeling in a creative mood this morning so rather than smashing the avocado (as I normally do) I thought it’s time to try the Avocado Rose bowl design that has been going about for a while now. Not only did I master that, since it’s February, the month of Love, a wee love heart appeared also.

Here’s how to do it.

1/2 Avocado

Little oil and a sharp knife

  1. Firstly rub your knife and your work surface with a little oil, this helps the knife glide smoothly through the avocado.                                                                                                                                                             20170204_102141
  2. Slowly slice the avocado as thinly as you can.                                                                                                                           20170204_102118
  3. Wet your fingers slightly, then slowly fan out the avocado slices to make a long line or u shape.                                                                                               20170204_102057
  4. Gently start to roll up into your rose bowl design or in fact any design you want to.

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I then placed on a piece of toast with a poached egg inside and devoured!

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Breakfast Smoothie Bowls

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Oh…. I do love breakfast time! New Year, new ideas, new breakfasts. Having some yoghurt left over I decided to try out some healthy smoothie bowls for my breakfast this week, and they we sooooooo delicious! A lovely smooth thick texture and full of healthy vitamins, whats not to like?

Here are 2 combinations that I tried and succeeded with.

  1. 1 x Avocado, 1 x Banana, 5 x Walnuts, 1 tsp vanilla, 4 tbsp natural yoghurt (low fat), 50ml milk, Mix everything in a blender or use a hand blender then top with 1 tbsp chia seeds, 1 tsp cinnamon to garnish
  2. 1 x Avocado, 1 x Banana, 6 Strawberries, 5 walnuts, 4 tbsp natural yoghurt (low fat), 50ml milk, Mix everything in a blender then top with 1 tbsp chia seeds and 2 strawberries to garnish.

I now have the urge to try more combinations, keep you posted!