ALL · dinners · Healthy Eating Ideas · One Pot Wonders · superfoods

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 Chapati’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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ALL · fish

Curry Kedgeree

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I visited the Springfest Food & Drink Festival at Loch Lomond Shores last week and was blown away by all the different flavours from different countries. More importantly it was great to see some new flavours and ideas being created.

One of the items I picked up was Curry Rock Salt by flavour magic something different. I decided to try it with my kedgeree recipe but adding the curry salt in and seasoning the eggs with the curry salt and WOW, what a taste sensation, it was delicious. I bought other flavours too so I’m now excited to try them out too.

 

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

Lentil and Spinach Masala

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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

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160g Red lentils, in my house it has to be Great Scot!

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1 bag of fresh spinach (about 300g)

100ml vegetable stock

 

  1. Heat the oil in a pan and fry the onion for a few minutes.
  2. Add in the masala paste and cook for another minute
  3. Add in the tomatoes and coconut milk then bring to the boil
  4. Pour in the lentils and reduce heat to a simmer, cook for about 25 mins until lentils are soft.                                                                                                      20170112_155931
  5. Add in the stock, mix through then add in the spinach and allow to wilt for a minute.
  6. Remove and Serve…Yum!

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ALL · Bread · Snacks and nibbles

Homemade Chapati’s

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I do amaze myself sometimes, first try at chapti’s and they turned out perfect first time! Again as I have said in a previous post this year, I’m going to try all those things I said I would and didn’t in 2016 and this is one of them.

Makes 6

300g plain flour (plus extra for dusting)

1 tsp salt

50g butter melted

180ml milk

oil for cooking

  1. First melt the butter with the milk either in a pan on a hob or in a microwave for about 1 minute
  2. Sift flour into a bowl add salt then add the milk and butter, mix until you get a soft smooth dough, if its too sticky just add more flour.
  3. Roll into a ball and wrap in cling film for about 1 hour at room temperature.20170111_155547
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  5. Flour your work surface and roll out each ball into a circle or best you can circle shape about 2-3mm thick.
  6. Preheat some oil in a fry pan to a medium to high heat then drop in the bread.
  7. Cook on each side for about 1 minute, you shouldn’t need more than that if you have the right temperature. 

    Remove and allow to cool slightly before serving.

If you want more of a wrap just turn the temperature down so it cooks slowly and softly, same time on each side.

So much more healthier than shop bought ones or ones from your local take out and I personally think tastier too. Was definitely a hit with my partner.

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ALL · chicken · Meat Dishes · One Pot Wonders

Chicken Tikka Masala

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One of my favourites from my Chicken Cookbook.

Serves 4

4 Chicken Breasts – chopped into 2-3cm cubes

2 garlic cloves – roughly chopped

2.5cm ginger – chopped

400g can tin tomatoes

4 tbsp natural yoghurt

1 onion – finely chopped

2 tbsp veg oil

2 tbsp masala curry paste

salt & pepper to season

1 tbsp plain flour to thicken sauce

coriander chopped to garnish

 

  1. Heat oil in a pan and fry onions until browned, then add in the masala paste and heat through for a minute.
  2. Add in the chicken and brown, season with salt & pepper
  3. Add in the garlic, ginger, yoghurt and tomatoes, stir and bring to the boil.
  4. Mix the flour with a little water and add to the mixture to help thicken sauce.
  5. Cover and simmer for about 15 minutes, uncover and cook for a further 5-10 mins to thicken sauce.
  6. Sprinkle over coriander leaves and serve immediately. So Yummy!

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ALL · chicken · dinners · Healthy Eating Ideas · Meat Dishes · One Pot Wonders

Chicken and Lentil Curry

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Yet again I amaze myself with an absolutely delicious curry, another one for my favourites list. So healthy too and filling.

 

Serves 2

2 Chicken Breasts

1 tsp curry powder

1 tsp gram masala

1 tsp Cumin

1/2 tsp turmeric

2 cloves

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

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salt & pepper

 

  1. 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.                                                                                         20161119_161617
  2. Heat a tbsp of oil in a pan and add the chicken to brown.                        20161119_162523
  3. Add in the chilli, onion and peppers and cook for a few minutes.
  4. Pour in the beef stock and lentils bring to boil then simmer and cook for about 1.5 hrs.
  5. 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).
  6. Serve and top with some fresh parsley. Yum!

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ALL · chicken · dinners · Healthy Eating Ideas · Meat Dishes · One Pot Wonders

Curried Pulled Chicken Bagels

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Another one of my quick put together meals tonight, still had some chicken leftover and bagels from weekend so decided to give the pulled chicken idea a go. This was really tasty also low in fat and calories as I used the skinny bagels at 120 calories. A real Asian infused Spice dish with the fresh coriander makes a perfect Monday night dish!

Serves 2 or makes 4 bagels.

2 small chicken breasts (I cut into thick strips so that it would cook quicker)

2 tbsp of extra light philadelphia (spread for bagels)

1 Beef tomato – chopped into small chunks

1 onion – chopped into small chunks

1 red pepper – chopped into small chunks

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tsp ginger

1 tsp garlic powder

2 tsp Cumin powder

1 tsp Turmeric

1 tsp Gram Masala

1 tsp chilli flakes

Salt & pepper to taste

100g Creme Fraiche

300ml Vegetable stock

1 tbsp tomato puree

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp caster sugar

1 tbsp chopped coriander

 

  1. Firstly heat the olive oil in a shallow pan.
  2. Add in the chopped onion, red pepper, garlic and ginger cook on medium heat until onion and peppers are softened.                                                                                                             20160912_173959
  3. Now add in the tomato puree, cumin, gram masala, turmeric, cinnamon, chilli, sugar and mix through for a few minutes.
  4. Pour in the chopped tomatoes and vegetable stock, bring to the boil then reduce to a low simmer.
  5. Place the chicken into the sauce, cover the pan with a lid and simmer for approx 1 hour. 20160912_184732
  6. Remove the lid, mix in the Creme Fraiche and gently with 2 forks pull the chicken apart. Turn up the heat to medium and continue to cook for about 10 minutes until the sauce thickens up. 20160912_185058  20160912_190140
  7. Spread the bagels with the philly cheese and top with the pulled chicken mix……..so yummy!

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