ALL · Healthy Eating Ideas · sauces & dips

Homemade Pizza Sauce

 

This is my go to Pizza Sauce, ever since I started cooking I always look for healthier options to shop bought products and this is definitely one of them. Not only are your homemade options healthier but so much more tastier.

Makes enough for 2 large pizzas

250g of fresh tomatoes or 1 can 400g of chopped tin tomatoes. (I would urge you to try fresh it makes such a difference to the flavour.

4 garlic cloves – minced

2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar

salt & fresh cracked pepper

1 tbsp Olive oil

 

  1. First place the fresh tomatoes into a pan of boiling water to loose the skins (about 10 mins). Remove skins before placing into processor.
  2. Combine all of the ingredients into a food processor and blitz until smooth. Tasting through and adding more pepper or oil as required. If you prefer a really thick sauce, drain some of the tomato juice before putting into the blender.
  3. The sauce can be used straight away or chilled in the fridge up to 1 week.

 

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ALL · Bread · breakfast · One Pot Wonders

French Toast Baked Casserole

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I had seen loads of recipes for this and keen to try it, so today was that day. It turned out really well and so delicious. I am a fan of Maple Syrup so anything with this ingredient I know I’m going to enjoy.

 

Makes about 4 portions

4 Slices of bread (you can use anything you like) – I used wholemeal.

4 eggs – beaten

150ml milk

1 tbsp cinnamon

1 tsp salt

1 tsp vanilla essence

For the topping:-

1 tbsp cinnamon

3 tbsp brown sugar

1 tsp nutmeg

pinch salt

3 tbsp Maple Syrup

1 tbsp butter

 

  1. First oil a casserole dish.                                                                      20170625_104334
  2. Lay bread in casserole dish, layering up. I broke my bread into chunks.  20170625_104540
  3. Mix together egg, milk, vanilla, cinnamon and salt and pour over bread in dish 20170625_105101
  4. Leave overnight in fridge to soak or for at least 3 hours.
  5. Next morning………..preheat oven to 180 deg.
  6. To make the topping mix together sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, maple syrup and 1 tbsp butter in a pan until melted together then pour over bread mixture.20170625_105800  20170625_130149

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  7. Bake in oven for 40 minutes. It will rise slightly.   20170625_142158
  8. Serve with loads of Maple Syrup….Yummy!
ALL · Combi Microwave Ideas · Healthy Eating Ideas · lunch/ light bites · One Pot Wonders

Spanish Omelette

We decided to have a spanish afternoon and I was dying to try something different in my new Crisper Plate. Absolutely loved this recipe, healthy, tasty and only 12 minutes in my new crisper plate.

Perfectly served with some San Miguel…….we just needed the sunshine…lol!

 

Makes a 12 inch size – 4 portions

250g potatoes – sliced (I left skin on but it’s up to you)

4 eggs

1 tbsp butter or oil

Sliced onion (I used shallots – better flavour)

30ml milk

Salt & pepper to taste

 

  1. Preheat crisp plate for 3 mins. Place butter on a allow to melt
  2. Place potatoes onto plate.                                                                 20170624_134920
  3. Cook on Dynamic Crisp for 5 minutes.
  4. Place the onion on top of potatoes and cook further for 3 minutes. 20170624_135753
  5. Meanwhile beat the eggs, milk and salt & pepper together then pour over potatoes. 20170624_140307
  6. Cook further for 3 minutes
  7. Turn on grill and brown for about 2 minutes or until golden brown.
  8. Serve. Yummy!  20170624_14110120170624_141435
ALL · Healthy Eating Ideas · One Pot Wonders · sauces & dips · Snacks and nibbles

Peanut Butter Hummus

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Oh yummy…yummy…yummy!  In a bid to try and eat a bit healthier, I decided to make some peanut butter hummus for my saturday night munchies, I got the original recipe from Nigella but tweeked it slightly.

Makes enough for a medium tub – about 400g

1 can chick peas drained

1 clove garlic – peeled

2 tbsp olive oil

3 tbsp peanut butter

2 tbsp lemon juice

1 tsp sea salt flakes

1 tsp ground cumin

3 tbsp greek yoghurt

1 tsp smoked paprika to serve

 

  1. Place everything (except paprika) into a food processor and blitz until smooth.  If its too thick still add more yoghurt.
  2. Sprinkle paprika before serving. Tuck in with some fresh carrots or some healthy crackers.

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ALL · chicken · Meat Dishes

Moroccan Spiced Poussin

Having never tried a Poussin before (young chicken), I was intrigued when I saw one half price in my local market, so in my basket it went. Later, I’m now trying to decided how to cook and what seasoning to use, this moroccan spice was definitely a winner for me, not only flavoursome but deliciously succulent cooked in my rotisserie oven from Hotpoint.

1 Poussin (500g)

Stock if roasting in a pan.

Marinade:-

1 level tbsp cumin

1 tsp coriander

1 tsp black peppercorns – crushed

1 level tbsp paprika (I used smoked)

Zest and juice of 1/2 lemon

2 tbsp olive oil

 

  1. Mix everything together in a bowl and spread over poussin, cover and marinate overnight in a fridge or for at least 4-6 hours.
  2. If you have a rotisserie…..excellent….skewer and cook on medium level heat for about 45 mins. (Poussin was 500g). If not , preheat oven to 180deg fan, place in a roasting tin, add some stock, cover with foil and cook for 30 mins, remove foil then cook further for 15 mins.
ALL · Healthy Eating Ideas · lunch/ light bites · One Pot Wonders · sauces & dips

Beetroot Hummus

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Having some leftover beetroot and chickpeas in cupboard, it was an easy choice tonight to whip up a wee healthy snack after my gym session.

Makes a good size container – about 12 servings (depending on your serving size of course)

 

4 fresh beetroot – cooked and chopped

1 can 400g chickpeas – drained

2 tbsp tahini

1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

2 garlic cloves – finely chopped

1 freshly squeezed lemon juice

pinch salt

2 tsp cumin

 

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

Serve with some lovely crispbreads, crackers, carrot, celery the list goes on what this goes with.

 

ALL · Combi Microwave Ideas · dinners · lunch/ light bites · Meat Dishes · One Pot Wonders

Cheese & Bacon Quiche

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I’m just loving my new oven from Hotpoint, it comes with a crisper plate which you preheat then cook directly on, great for crisping up food but also great for those crispy bottoms…..which means….no soggy bottoms!! lol!

I decided to try a quiche, normally you have to preheat your oven then blind bake your pastry, this little crisper plate eliminated all of that……..and in just 14 mins my quiche was baked to perfection with a crispy bottom. The plate is 12.5″ in diameter, so perfect family size too.

 

Makes 8 slices.

1 roll approx 250 g puff pastry
2-3 leeks – finely sliced
300 ml double cream
4 eggs
300 g grated Gouda cheese
8 slices of smoked bacon – chopped
Salt & pepper
1. Preheat  your crisper plate (2mins) or your oven to 180 deg.
2. Fry the bacon on crisper plate for 3 mins (no oil required) OR in a fry pan with a little oil until browned.
3. Remove then lightly fry the leeks on the crisper plate with a knob of butter for 4 mins OR in a fry pan until browned slightly. Remove and put to side with bacon.  20170528_184009
4. Beat together the cream and eggs then add in the cheese and mix
5. Lay the pastry over the crisper tray or basking dish if using the oven. (Blind bake pastry for about 10mins if using the oven)
6. Lay in the bacon and leeks evenly then pour in the cheese mixture evenly. Season with salt & pepper.

7. Trim off any ends for an even finish.
8. Cook on Dynamic Crisp setting for 14 mins. OR bake in oven for about 25-30 mins.
9. Serve….Yummy!
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