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Empanadas with Soffritto Filling

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So Rio 2016 is upon us, to help celebrate I decided to try my hand at a Brazilian themed dinner. I was so pleased with my results, so tasty! Here you are, my recipes:-

Empanadas are little pockets of leftovers, I filled mine with Soffritto, Mince and Black beans filling.

Traditional Empanada dough is made a bit like an unsweetened tart crust: flour, salt (and any other seasonings), and butter are mixed to combine, then eggs and water are added until the dough comes together. However, I cheated for quickness and used shop bought ready rolled shortcrust pastry.

For the Soffritto:-

1 carrot

3 celery sticks

1 large white onion

1 tbsp olive oil

  1. Chop all the ingredients into very fine pieces (cubes).
  2. Heat the oil in a pan and add the onion, cook until translucent and slightly browned. Then add in the carrot and celery, reduce to a low heat and cook for approx 1 hour until its all browned. The flavour that comes from the vegetables is amazing and almost caramelised like.
  3. At this stage you can eat it on its own or add any other meats or flavourings.

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For my filling for the Empanada’s I added to the Soffritto mix:-

200g Browned mince

200g Black beans

2 tbsp Chopped Chilli

1 tsp salt & pepper to season

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When the filling is ready, you are now ready to make your Empanadas

  1. Roll out your pasty into circular shapes, I used a 4″ pastry cutter.
  2. Take a dessert spoonful of the filling and put onto pastry
  3. Wet you finger and wet the edges of the pastry, fold over the pastry into a half moon shape and seal with your finger or a fork.
  4. Place on a greaseproof paper baking tray and brush with either milk or egg wash.
  5. Bake in a preheated oven at 200 deg for 25 minutes.

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Also check out my Brazilian Cheesy Bread here:- https://cookingwithluce.wordpress.com/2016/08/06/brazilian-cheesy-bread/

 

 

 

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ALL · dinners · Healthy Eating Ideas

Italian Parmesan Potatoes with Roasted Rainbow Vegetables

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Another amazing purchase from the Food Assembly this week, Fresh Rainbow Beetroots and Carrots….I just love the colours and design of these vegetables, makes my plate of food more exciting. I made some lovely Italian potatoes to go with these for my fantastic veg dinner tonight. So tasty, full of flavour and very, very healthy, at under 400 calories per plate it’s a winner!

 

Serves 2

4 small roasting potatoes – cut into 4 lengthways (like wedges)

1 yellow beetroot – sliced (just look at the lovely rings inside)

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1 purple carrot – chopped into chunks

1 orange carrot – chopped into chunks

Italian seasoning

Parmesan Cheese

Olive oil

Salt & pepper

 

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 210 deg.
  2. In a roasting tin, lightly spray base with light spray oil and place the potatoes facing upward in the dish. Sprinkle with a little olive oil and Italian seasoning to desired taste, then grate a little parmesan cheese over top of potatoes. 20160426_193920
  3. In a separate roasting tin, place in beetroot and carrots and spread out evenly, sprinkle a little olive oil over and season with salt & pepper, nothing else, you want to taste the amazing flavours from these vegetables.   20160426_173054
  4. Place both in hot oven and bake for about 40 minutes.
  5. 5 minutes before ready, remove potatoes and grate a little more parmesan cheese and put back.

Serve! Yummy!

 

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ALL · dinners · Healthy Eating Ideas · superfoods

Roasted Winter Vegetables

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Winter Vegetables……especially when roasted, they are so fulfilling, colourful and full of flavour. I love roasted veg, especially on a cold winters night like tonight, I wanted something to warm me up.

 

Here are a few of my favourites and why:-

Beets—Beets are one of the most overlooked Superfoods.  They lower blood pressure, increase exercise endurance, and reduce inflammation.  They contain potent phytonutrients called proanthocyanidins which give beets their brilliant purple color.  Proanthocyanidins are proven anti-cancer compounds.  They are packed in nutrients like folate which is important to prevent birth defects, potassium which is critical for healthy muscles and nerves, manganese which helps build strong bones, and vitamin C for a strong immune system.

Carrots—Just one carrot contains 13,500 IU of beta carotene which translates into a tremendous amount of nutritional power against free radicals.  Beta carotene is anti-cancerous, prevents cellular damage and premature ageing, and is important to prevent cataracts.

Squash—Squash is rich in beta-carotene, the nutrient that gives squash its brilliant orange-coloured flesh.  Enjoy it cut in half, seeded, and roasted.  Add roasted squash to soups, salads, stews, or in wraps and on sandwiches.  Use grated, raw squash in muffin recipes, in place of zucchini in zucchini bread recipes, or in other baked goods to increase their nutritional value.

Sweet Potatoes—Like squash, sweet potatoes are also high in beta carotene.   They also contain vitamins C, B6, and minerals like blood-building iron, energy-boosting potassium, and Nature’s relaxant, magnesium.  Enjoy them chopped into French fry-shapes, tossed in a little olive oil and sea salt and baked in the oven for about 45 minutes on 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Turnips—Turnips are a good source of fibre which helps to keep blood sugar levels steady and stabilize energy and moods.  They also have a rich source that have proven anti-cancer powerhouses.

 

So tonight I roasted some Sweet Potato, Turnip, Carrot and Beetroot, sprinkled with some olive oil and rosemary, baked in an oven at 220 deg fan for 35 minutes. YUMMY comfort food!  I steamed a piece of Salmon to go with it.

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ALL · dinners · Healthy Eating Ideas · Meat Dishes · One Pot Wonders · sausages · Soups and Stews

Sausage and Root Veg One Pot Delight

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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!

 

Serves 2

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

 

  1. Firstly prepare your vegetables.              DSC_0011.NEF
  2. Heat oil in a pan and brown the sausages then place to the side.
  3. In the remaining oil fry the onions until browned and soft.
  4. Add in the garlic, tomato puree and harissa paste and cook for about 1 min.
  5. 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.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         DSC_0014.NEF
  6. Add in tin tomatoes and chickpeas and warm through for about 5 minutes
  7. Remove from heat and plate up, sprinkling some chopped coriander on top.

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YUMMY!

Nutrition Facts
Sausage and Root Veg one pot delight

Servings Per Recipe: 2

Amount Per Serving

Calories: 531

  • 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

 

 

ALL · dinners · Healthy Eating Ideas

My Med Veg Mash Up!

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Had to use up some vegetables in my fridge up, if you’re like me, I hate waste, and I buy loads thinking I’m going to be good this week and have veg every day….some days that doesn’t work out so I’m left with a lot. I decided to do something I’ve never tried before and simply just mash it all up. Wanted to add some flavour and decided a Mediterranean flavour should be o.k.

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Makes 1 Pepper

1 x Orange Pepper – Roasted and cut in half

2 x Carrots

Handful Broccoli (approx 50g)

30g Green Beans – chopped

2 tbsp Tomato Passata (I had some left in my fridge thought I’d chuck in it to help bind)

1 tsp basil

1tsp oregano

1 tsp spiced crushed red pepper (my fav from Costco), this gives a lovely kick!

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  1.  Pre-heat oven to 220 deg. Cut pepper in half and spray with oil, place in a foil lined baking tin and bake in oven for 20 minutes.
  2. Cook vegetables either boil or steam, I always steam as it’s healthier and much more tastier.
  3. Once vegetables are cooked, place in a food processor or blender with the passata and herbs n spices until mix through.
  4. Once peppers are ready remove from oven and fill with the veg mix. Serve. Yummy!

Of course you can tailor to your own tastes with any vegetable and any type of spice and herbs, the list is endless.

I do like it when you get a success in the kitchen! Happy Days!

 

So low in calories and fat too.

Nutrition Facts
My Med Veg Mash Up!

Servings Per Recipe: 1

Amount Per Serving

Calories: 162

  • Total Fat: 1.4 g
  •     Saturated Fat: 0.2 g
  •     Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Sodium: 367.8 mg
  • Total Carbs: 36.8 g
  •     Dietary Fiber: 9.5 g
  •     Sugars: 11.9 g
  • Protein: 6.7 g

 

ALL · dinners · Healthy Eating Ideas · Meat Dishes · turkey

Oriental Turkey and Green Veg Mix

Looking in my fridge tonight I had a lot of greens needing to be used up, so as I had a curried meal last night I decided to go with Oriental, and it worked our deliciously. Don’t you just love it when you just fling everything in last minute and you create a delicious meal for yourself.

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150g Breast Turkey
50g Kale
100g Broccoli
50g Trimmed Green Beans
2 carrots
2 tbsp soya sauce
1 tbsp chinese five spice
1 tbsp sesame seeds
1 tbsp crushed red pepper

 

  1. Spray oil a griddle pan and heat to a high heat
  2. Rub chinese five spice into turkey breast, then cook on griddle pan for approx 5-6 mins each side or until cooked through.          20160112_181339
  3. Meanwhile, place all the greens, (broccoli, kale and green beans in a steamer and steam for about 5 mins)
  4. Peel carrot skin off then slice into thin strips
  5. Once veg is cooked, mix in the carrot, soy sauce, sesame seeds and red pepper.        20160112_181604
  6. Place veg mix onto a plate and top with the turkey breast. Yum!
Nutrition Facts
Oriental Turkey and Mixed Greens

Servings Per Recipe: 1

Amount Per Serving

Calories: 464

  • Total Fat: 16.9 g
  •     Saturated Fat: 3.9 g
  •     Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 97.5 mg
  • Sodium: 2242.2 mg
  • Total Carbs: 37.6 g
  •     Dietary Fiber: 11 g
  •     Sugars: 9.9 g
  • Protein: 46.4 g
ALL · chicken · dinners · Healthy Eating Ideas · Meat Dishes · Salads

Marinated Chicken with Homemade coleslaw

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Serves 2

Chicken Marinade:

3 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed

3 tbsp of soy sauce

2 tbsp of honey

2 tbsp of tomato ketchup

1 tsp of ground ginger

2 Chicken Breasts

Coleslaw:

1/4 red cabbage

4 carrots, peeled and grated

2 spring onions, washed

3 tsp of sweet chilli sauce

1/2 lime, juiced

3 tbsp of mayonnaise (light to save on those calories)

1 pinch of salt

1 pinch of pepper

 

1. Combine the garlic, tomato ketchup, soy sauce, honey and ground ginger to make a paste. Flatten the chicken breasts using a mallet or rolling pin, coat the 2 chicken breasts with the paste and marinade in the fridge for a least an hour.

2. Meanwhile, for the coleslaw, finely shred the cabbage and carrots, then finely slice the spring onions.

3. Combine the sweet chilli sauce, lime juice, seasoning and mayonnaise in a large bowl and stir to combine. Mix through the cabbage, grated carrot and spring onion until coated in the dressing and set aside in fridge until required.

4. Heat some oil in a griddle and cook chicken breasts until cooked through, approx 25 mins. Or heat oven to 200 deg and cook on a baking tray for approx 30-40 mins.

5. Serve on chicken on a plate and side with the coleslaw….yummy!