recipes for healthy living

Potato Cakes with Corn Salsa and Tamarind Dipping Sauce

potato cakes corn tamarind

This is one of those recipes that works in so many ways. The corn salsa and tamarind can accompany most meat or vegetarian dishes. This came about because I came up with the Tamarind Gastrique and loved it some much, I needed something to go with it. This is the result and these little potato cakes make a great starter or serve with an egg for a more substantial supper.

Makes 8
400gr potatoes, cooked peeled and riced
1 garlic clove peeled and mashed
1 tbsp chopped chilis in oil
2 tbsp each of fresh coriander and flat leaf parsley
2 spring onions finely chopped
100g breadcrumbs to coat

Add everything to the potato except the breadcrumbs. Season well, mash together and shape into 8 patties. Dip in the crumbs and lay on a parchment coated tray and chill for at least 30 minutes.
Heat a tbsp of oil and fry the cakes for a minute on each side and remove back to a tary and keep warm in the oven while you make the sauces.
Serve with the corn salsa and dipping sauce.

Corn Salsa
50g corn kernels
1tbsp dijon
1tbsp capers
1tbsp white wine vinegar
100ml olive oil
2 spring onions finely chopped
1 clove garlic peeled and mashed
2tbsp chopped coriander

Combine everything, taste for seasoning and set aside until needed.

Tamarind Gastrique
25g tamarind paste softened in 50ml hot water
2 cloves of garlic
1 tbsp chipotle in adobo
1/2 tsp salt

Blend everything then pass through a sieve to get mixture really smooth.
Dilute with 100ml of sugar syrup made with 2tbsp sugar and 100ml water

Crunchy Almond Chicken with Beetroot and Yogurt

This is a quick easy family favourite and the almonds are a lovely alternative to breadcrumbs. Perfect with the beetroot and yogurt dip but what harm if the kids use a little ketchup instead 🙂


Crunchy Almond Chicken with Beetroot and Yoghurt

Serves 4
4 chicken breasts off the bone, flattened
4 tbsp plain flour
2 eggs beaten
75g flaked almond

Oven at 180C
Spray a baking tray with a few sprays of oil
Tip flour onto a flat plate
Tip egg into a shallow bowl
Tip the flaked almonds onto a flat plate
Line them up flour egg almonds in that order
Season the chicken well,
With one hand dip the chicken into the flour, cover on both sides, then into the egg (both sides) then into the flaked almonds, pressing down well to cover the chicken .
Remove to the baking tray. Repeat for all 4 breasts. Spray the chicken with a few sprays of oil then bake until golden brown and cooked through about 15 minutes, Half way through, flip the chicken over.
(You could brown them on the pan in oil first and finish in the oven but I prefer this lower oil method)
Serve with some beetroot and Yoghurt dip and sweet potato chips.

Yoghurt and Beetroot dip
150gr cooked beetroot
1 clove of garlic peeled and mashed
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tbsp fresh chopped dill (optional if you don’t have it)
4 tbsp greek style natural yoghurt
1 tbsp chopped chilis in oil
Blend everything to a smooth puree and serve

Quinoa with Salmon and a Sesame Soy Vinaigrette


Quinoa bowl with Mixed Veg Baked Salmon and a Sesame & Soy vinaigrette

I think that Quinoa is a but ho-hum until you load it up with veg and a great dressing. It is a perfect receptacle for flavour though so load it up with lots of your favourites along with loads of chopped fresh herbs for a delicious full of goodness lunch or dinner

Serves 4
100gr quinoa, rinsed and cooked according to instructions (this means 100g before cooking)
100gr chopped mixed peppers
100gr mixed beans & peas, cooked al dente
3 spring onions finely chopped
2 large tbsp each of fresh mint and coriander
4 cooked salmon darns

Combine the quinoa with all the veg and stir well to combine.
Just before serving stir the fresh herbs into it.
Divide across 4 bowls, top with salmon and drizzle the dressing over to serve

Sesame & Soy Vinaigrette Dressing
This is a great dressing to thrown on any salad lentils or the like. If you like a good but of heat you can up the chili content.
20ml soy sauce or tamari
20ml sesame oil
20ml rice wine vinegar
1 clove of garlic roughly chopped
1cm piece of ginger roughly chopped
2cm piece of red chili deseeded if you wish – roughly chopped
1 tbsp fresh chopped mint
1 large tbsp honey
75ml extra virgin olive oil or your favourite good quality oil of choice
Pepper to taste
Blend everything taste and season with pepper as needed

Peach Spelt and Almond Breakfast Muffins

Must lower sugar than the usual fair and no melted butter or oil this time, just some delicious butter milk. I love these paired with a bowl of my favourite Greek Style yoghurt.


Peach Spelt and Almond Muffins

3 peaches stoned and sliced
3 tbsp water (optional see below)
1tbsp brown sugar (Optional see below)
If the peaches are not ripe, then toss with the water and sugar and roast at 180C for 10-15 minutes until tender.
If the peaches are ripe omit the water and sugar and set aside until needed

1 cup self raising flour
1 cup wholemeal spelt flour
½ cup almond flour / ground almonds/ almond meal
80g coconut palm sugar or light brown sugar
3tbsp poppy seeds
1 tsp ground ginger
1tsp mixed spice
1tsp baking powder
25g sliced almonds
2 eggs topped up to 320ml with buttermilk

Put all the dry ingredients except for the sliced almonds into a mixing bowl and whisk to combine.
Make a well in the centre and pour in the egg milk mixture.
Mix well until you have a smooth batter.
Add in 2/3’s of the peaches and mix well.
Pour into a well greased bun tin or paper muffin liners (makes about 10)
Cover with the rest of the sliced peaches
Bake for about 15 minutes if in the bun tin or about 20 mins if in muffin liners until a skewer comes out clean
Serve as is or with a delicious pot of yogurt of choice.

Quinoa & Pecan Burgers with Hummus & Tzatiki


We eat a lot of beans pulses and grains whether in currys or like this in a burger. Upping the amount of these in your diet and swapping out meat a few times a week is great for you and your food budget. Full of fibre as well as other macro and micro nutrients, these really make you feel satisfied and full and are easy and quick to prepare. You could also make these with cooked bulghar if you would prefer. They are a bit delicate though so the best thing to do is cook them gently on the pan without moving them round loads!.
A chill in the fridge before hand is a must!

Quinoa and Pecan Burgers with Hummus & Tzatiki

125g quinoa cooked according to instructions
1 tbsp rapeseed oil
1 small onion finely chopped
1 clove of garlic mashed and chopped
50gr chopped pecans
1tsp each of ground cumin and coriander
Zest of a lemon
1tso chopped red chili
2 spring onions chopped
2tbsp each of chopped chives and coriander
Tzatiki and Hummus to serve

Makes 4
Heat the oil and cooked the onion and garlic over a medium heat until translucent and cooked
Stir in the cumin coriander, chili and lemon zest then mix to combine.
Tip the quinoa, pecans, spring onions, fresh herbs and onion mix into a food processor, season well and pulse to combine but don’t turn it into mush.
Form into 4 patties and place on parchment paper in the fridge for at least an hour.
Heat some oil and fry the burgers two at a time for 2 minutes a side until golden. Do not move around when cooking.
Serve with the Hummus and Tzatiki on a burger bun with salad of choice.

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