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Baked Fish with Greek Salad

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Baked Mediterranean Style Fish and Greek Salad

This is a delicious recipe which is full of flavour as well as lots of nutrients.

Serves 4

4 fillets of choice about 170gr each, skinned and bones removed (choose from sea bass,sea bream, halibut, hake or salmon. Even a handful or 2 of prawns per person would work)

2 cooked red peppers trimmed and sliced

Large handful of basil leaves
40gr butter garlic butter
Squeeze of lemon juice
Salt and pepper
Splash of white wine if using

Parchment paper to prepare the parcels

Prepare paper parcels by cutting large circles about 20cm in-diameter
Fold in half to mark the diameter

Lay your fish on a bed of basil leaves just below the diameter, season well
Cover with 1/4 of the red pepper slices and some of the garlic butter and add a splash of white wine if using. Fold paper over and seal well by folding the edges in twice.
Repeat to make 4 parcels.
Place parcels on a baking tray making sure they don’t overlap, They can go into the fridge at this point if you are not ready to use otherwise into the oven for about 10-12 minutes depending on the thickness of the fish.
Serve with the Greek salad (below) for a real taste of the med. Add some boiled potatoes if you need to make it more substantial.

Greek Salad

Large Handful of cherry tomatoes – half some and quarter some

4 plum or regular tomatoes , sliced

1/2 Cucumber de-seeded and sliced

1/2 red onion very thinly sliced

4 tbsp quality extra virgin olive oil

1–2 tbsp red wine vinegar

1 Block of Greek feta

1 heaped tsp dried oregano

1/2 tsp chilies in oil

Mix the oil, vinegar oregano and chilies and place the feta into it for an hour if you can prior to assembling the salad. Just before serving, crumble it.

Add the tomatoes and cucumber to a serving plate, salt well then add the feta and toss over the marinade liquid and mix gently. Serve with the fish parcels.

Delicious Berry Cobbler

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A delicious easy dessert you can have ready in no time. This is easy to make gluten free and dairy free if needed.

Oven at 170C

10oz plain four and 2oz oats or 12oz plain flour including gluten free if needed

12oz milk of choice
1 tsp each of salt & baking powder
4oz coconut palm sugar
10-12oz mixed berries – you can use frozen
2 tbsp butter or oil of choice

Add butter to you oven proof dish, put into the hot oven to melt

Hand whisk the dry ingredients.
Add the milk and mix to a batter.
Pour batter over the melted butter.
Spoon berries over top and gently push into batter.
Bake 30-40 mins at 170C

Spiced Black eyed Beans and Brisket

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This recipe is really versatile, you can omit the meat for a delicious filling plant based dish or substitute with a different red meat or lamb. It takes a few minutes to put together and then just cooks away.

Spiced Black eyed Beans and Brisket

2 medium white onions thinly sliced

2 cloves of garlic peeled and chopped

3 carrots peeled and chopped into pieces

750g brisket in bite size pieces

2 tins black eyed beans (Double the amount of beans if you are not using the brisket)

500ml Stock

500ml Tomato Passata

2 tbsp Chipotle in adobo

1 teaspoon each of ground Coriander and cumin

2 tsp sweet Paprika

1 tbsp Tomato puree

Topping

Natural yoghurt

Chopped Coriander

Chopped deseeded tomatoes

Heat 1 tbsp oil in a large pot, add in the onion and carrot and cook over a high heat until browning. Turn down heat to medium, add a splash of water the spices and the chipotle, stir well to combine and leave to cook for a few minutes. Stir in the tomato paste, Tip in the meat (if using) and beans, stir well, add the stock and passata to cover the contents. Season really well and cook over a low heat or in an oven at 150C for 2 hours. Take the lid off for the last 15 minutes to thicken the sauce.

Note – If you are not using the meat, this will cook in less time but leave it as long as you can to develop the delicious flavours and really soften the beans.

Serve topped with a dollop of natural yoghurt, a sprinkle of chopped coriander and some chopped deseeded tomato. Delicious with rice or sweet potato mash.

Bean Hotpot with a Spice Butter Topping

A delicious way to eat less meat the whole family will enjoy plus a versatile spice butter which will work with lots of dishes.

Lentil Hotpot

3 Bean Hot Pot with Spice Butter Topping
Serves 4
For the Hotpot
1 tbsp oil
1 medium white onion, diced
2 garlic cloves peeled, mashed and chopped
1 tin each of red kidney beans, lentils and black beans (or your favourite of choice)
1tsp each of smoked and hot paprika
400ml tomato passata
3 medium potatoes peeled and very thinly sliced
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 tbsp chopped flat leaf parsley
3tsp spice butter – below

Heat the olive oil in a pan, then add the onion and garlic. Cook for about 3 minutes until the onion is soft and golden. Increase the heat, and then add the lentils and beans, cook for about 1 minute then add the passata, season well and bring to the boil then tip into an oven proof dish.
Cover with a layer of thinly sliced potatoes, season and add another layer until all your potatoes are used. Pat some of the spice butter on top and cook for 30 minutes in the oven until the potatoes are tender and golden brown. Serve with a sprinkle of chopped flatleaf parsley on top.

Spice Butter – This is delicious on any chili dish or stirred into the pan when you are cooking some vegetables or even a slice on the top of some meat or fish before you put it in the oven.
1 tbsp olive oil
2tsp ground cumin
1tsp chilli powder
2 tsp smoked paprika
1tsp balsamic vinegar
1 tsp tomato ketchup
1tsp Worcestershire sauce
100g butter or coconut oil, softened to room temperature

Heat the olive oil in a frying pan and lightly fry the cumin, chilli powder and paprika for about a minute. Add a splash of water if needed, add to a bowl and add the rest of the ingredients; mix well and chill until needed. Store in the fridge covered when you aren’t using it.

Moroccan style chicken with chickpeas

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Moroccan Paprika Chicken with Chickpeas & Chorizo

This is perfect family food. Make a big batch and freeze half, Make it go further with rice or potatoes if you need to.

Serves 6
3 Tins chickpeas net weight 240g each
6 chicken breasts
2tbsp flour
2tsp paprika
1 large white onion
1tsp chopped garlic
30g chorizo thinly sliced
1tsp cumin seed
1tsp ras el hanout
1tsp paprika
500ml chicken or veg stock
(You will need an oven proof casserole or pot)
Mix the flour with 2tsp paprika on a large plate
Dust each of the chicken breasts in the flour mix and brown on both sides in a frying pan for about 4 minutes each side to brown.
Remove and set aside.
Over a medium heat add the onion and garlic to the pan over a medium heat until the onion is softening. Add a splash of water if needed.
Add the spices and cook for about 2 minutes then add in the drained chickpeas and the stock. Bring to the boil then turn down and add the chicken pieces, tucking into the mixture. Transfer to the oven (make sure your pot is oven proof) and cook for about 20 minutes until the chicken is cooked. Check the seasoning and adjust if needed then stir in some finely chopped parsley to serve.

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