Right from the off on this blog, I knew that I not only wanted to feature recipes which I had found, but also ones from like-minded food lovers. The recipes have to tickle my tastebuds but, for me, sharing ideas is what it’s all about and what fuels my passion for writing this blog. First up is a recipe from Cherlouise, a friend from my college days, and I have to say, her berry muffins look a pretty good (as it were)!
Day two of our weekend in Wales and another winning recipe from the Hairy Dieters cookbook for dinner. This one is so easy and tasty that I defy anyone to argue about the fact it is low fat. The crispy crumb adds texture and flavour and lifts the humble, and often bland, chicken breast to another level. This recipe is easily adapted for larger or smaller numbers, or tweaked for different palettes – how about swapping the parmesan for monterey jack cheese and adding a handful of chopped jalapeños for a Mexican vibe?
I’ve had this recipe from ’The Homesick Texan’ on my ‘wishlist’ for quite some time and I’m glad to say it didn’t disappoint. I’ll be honest, it’s hard to write about ‘cheesy balls’ with a totally straight face, but these retro orbs appear to be big business over the water. Whilst in America they are favoured for Thanksgiving & Christmas, I see no reason why these can’t enjoyed as alternative to our traditional after-dinner cheese and biscuits. They certainly didn’t hang around very long when I made them tonight!
This meal is so quick and easy and oozes mexican flavours. I served this with rice but, for a lighter meal, it’s great as it is. The recipe for the spicy seasoning is more than you will need for this dish. Put the extra in an airtight container and use it to add some smoky flavour to chicken, fish or potato wedges.
New Year, new resolution, and it’s time to kick start my blog (and my backside) into touch. The blog has been neglected for far too long, and as for my backside…. that’s another story but it’s definitely time to work of some off the Christmas excesses. Quick, healthy and ultra tasty, this super side dish pretty much ticks all the boxes. Its simple ingredients make it a good all-year round dish but it’d also be perfect for using up a glut of homegrown beans in the summer.
These little pancakes are quick and filling and perfect for a midweek meal. What’s more the beauty of them is that you can use pretty much anything in your fridge/storecupboard to create them so you can really mix up the flavours.
Wandering around the supermarket today I noticed some really nifty, special edition lids on the large packs of Philadelphia soft cheese. Using lenticular technology, the logo disappears and a recipe is revealed when the pack is tilted. That got me thinking about a really quick pie recipe that is virtually fail-safe – plus it’s pretty healthy too. The Philadelphia just forms the sauce so the main filling can be anything you like. This recipe is for chicken and mushroom but I’ve also done sausage, leek, fish and vegetable versions.
I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with curry. I love the taste but, more often than not, it leaves me feeling bloated and sluggish and very underwhelmed. I’ve never made one at home so when I saw this, and it’s relatively meagre list of ingredients, I thought it would be a shame not to give it a go. It was fantastic – zingy and light with a great flavour – and will definitely one I will make again. I used half-fat coconut milk instead of full fat to make it a bit lighter and I don’t think it suffered. Reducing the amount of nuts would reduce the calories too – once they are chopped up, there are plenty.
This dish was a regular on the menu during my big slimming campaign a few years ago. It’s quick to prepare (if not a little messy!) and great for a leftover lunch the next day. It’s easy to adapt too – bulk it up by adding chopped mushrooms to the filling, or for meat-lovers, a little pan-fried pancetta.
Delicious, earthy, super-healthy, and extremely filling, this salad is great and really easy to make. Works beautifully with simple grilled chicken for dinner and makes perfect lunchbox grub the next day.