O.M.G!…this little dish was amazingly tasty and even better, it was under 500 calories too! I am on a mission to eat a bit healthier this year, I generally do, but I’m making more of an effort this year….( I know, I hear you, we all say that in January….lol!) It was also so quick to make, in just 10 minutes my dinner was ready, a great mid week or quick Friday night dinner. Bonus:- Under 500 calories and full of flavour!
150g Wholewheat Penne pasta
6 slices or Parma Ham – chopped
1 red onion – thinly chopped
1 tsp crushed garlic
1 chilli – chopped or 1 tsp dried chillies
60ml creme fraiche
1 handful of frozen peas
small handful of chopped parsley
small handful of chopped mint
Grated zest of 1 lemon
2 ladel’s spoonfuls of pasta water
Spray oil – low calorie
- Bring a pan of water to the boil and cook pasta for about 8-10 mins or follow packet instructions.
- Gently heat spray oil in a fry pan on medium heat
- Add onion, parma ham, chilli and garlic and cook through. Half way add 2 ladle’s of the pasta water.
- When pasta is ready, drain and add to the pan along with the peas, cook for 2 minutes to heat peas through.
- Add creme fraiche, parsley, mint & grate lemon zest and stir through, only for 30 secs. Ready to serve.
This is one of my go to comfort foods, its warm, tasty and filling, great for this season. Sometimes I change it about and play with the recipe but anyway I cook it, it’s delicious.
Makes for 2
400g Aberdeen Angus Scotch Mince
75g wholemeal pasta (I use spirals…but you can use any you choose)
1 red onion – finely chopped
1 tin (400g) tomatoes – use plum as there is more flavour
1 tin red kidney beans OR you can also use baked beans (drained)
1 tsp dried garlic
100ml beef stock
1 tbsp dried mixed herbs
Salt & pepper to season
Splash of tabasco sauce to taste (optional)
Fresh coriander to garnish (optional)
Grated cheese to garnish (optional)
- Gently heat up 1 tbsp oil in a deep pan and fry the mince until browned, add in the garlic, salt & pepper
- Add in the onion until browned
- Pour in the tomatoes, beans, stock and pasta and mix thoroughly, bring to the boil
- Sprinkle the mixed herbs and mix, reduce to a simmer, then cover and cook for approx 20 minutes.
- Remove lid, turn up heat slightly and cook until the sauce becomes thick, about 10-15 minutes.
- If you don’t have non stick pans, stir every 5 minutes or it will burn to the bottom.
- Serve with a sprinkle of coriander, a dash of tabasco sauce, handful of grated cheese or simply a slice of crusty bread…..it is entirely your choice.
And 1 pot to wash up………my kinda cooking!
I first saw this recipe on Asassyspoon , I just had to give it a go as I love Salmon and Avocado so whats not to like! I changed it ever so slightly to suit my tastes and experiment. I also haven’t invested in a spiralizer yet so its cucumber strips instead of noodles…lol!
Makes 1 portion – obviously add quantities for more.
2 Salmon Fillets – make sure its good quality Scottish Salmon…lol!
1 tsp chilli powder
1 tsp rainbow peppercorns – ground
1 tsp ground cumin
2 tbsp olive oil – good quality
Salt & pepper to taste
For the dressing:-
1/2 lemon juiced
1/2 garlic clove – crushed
Handful Dill – freshly chopped (or you could use parsley)
1/2 chilli – diced or 1/2 tsp dried flakes
2 tbsp water
Salt & pepper to taste
- Combine the chilli powder, pepper, cumin, salt and pepper in a small bowl with 1 tbsp olive oil. Place salmon in bowl and rub into skin covering all of the salmon.
- Heat a pan on medium heat with 1 tbsp oil. Place fillets into pan skin side down first and cook for 4 minutes, just leave to cook. Then flip fillets over and cook for a further 3-4 minutes, remove.
- Meanwhile make the dressing by mixing together all the dressing ingredients in a blender until you have a smooth paste.
- If you have a spiralizer then use that for your cucumber, if not, you can use a peeler to make strips.
- Add the cucumber to the avocado dressing and coat.
- Place the cucumber onto a plate and place the salmon on top. Serve. Yummy!
Oh yes……my magic little crisper plate performs again with excellent results.
Thought I would try an omelette this time as it is a 50/50 chance I get the flip right in a pan……lol!
This crisper plate cooks right through without flipping in just 2 minutes…..oh yes just 2 minutes!
Makes 1 large omelette – 2 people or 1 if your hungry…lol!
Cooked smoked ham pieces
Salt & pepper to taste
- Preheat crisper plate on crisp setting for 3 minutes
- Whisk together eggs and seasoning, pour onto crisper plate
- Add on your fillings, for me this time it was ham and cheese. (spinach is another fav of mine)
- Cook on dynamic crisp setting for 2 minutes. Yummy! NO FLIPPING! Perfect 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)
1 tbsp butter or oil
Sliced onion (I used shallots – better flavour)
Salt & pepper to taste
- Preheat crisp plate for 3 mins. Place butter on a allow to melt
- Place potatoes onto plate.
- Cook on Dynamic Crisp for 5 minutes.
- Place the onion on top of potatoes and cook further for 3 minutes.
- Meanwhile beat the eggs, milk and salt & pepper together then pour over potatoes.
- Cook further for 3 minutes
- Turn on grill and brown for about 2 minutes or until golden brown.
- Serve. Yummy!
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
2 tsp cumin
- 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.
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.
2 eggs – separate white from yolk
pinch salt & pepper
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
1/2 tsp dried chilli flakes
- Preheat oven to 230 deg and line a baking tray with non stick paper
- Whisk up the egg whites only (separately), with the salt, pepper and chives until stiff
- Spoon out the whites onto the baking paper and make a circle shape, flatten the middle to make a slight well.
- Sprinkle the paprika onto the egg whites
- Bake in the oven for approx 3-4 mins
- Remove from oven then gently put the egg yolk in the middle and sprinkle with chilli flakes.
- Bake for a further 2-3 mins