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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.

Turkey Meatballs in a Satay Sauce

Turkey Meatballs Coconut Satay Sauce and Greens

Full of flavour, easy to make, the satay dip is a real winner as it is or used in this sauce.

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Meatballs

Serves 6

600gr turkey mince

1 lemon grass bottom 2cm peeled and chopped very finely

2 cloves garlic peeled and crushed

1tbsp chilies in oil

2tbsp each of fresh mint and coriander chopped

Salt and pepper to season

Mix well, form into balls and set aside in a cool place while you make the sauce

Coconut Satay Sauce

1 veg stock cube made up to 300ml

1 400ml tin of coconut milk of choice

2 tbsp of satay dip from below

150g savoy cabbage washed, trimmed of central root and chopped

Add the stock and coconut milk to a pot and heat gently, add the satay and mix well to combine and dissolve the satay into the sauce,

Add the meatballs to the sauce, bring just to the boil and immediately turn down to medium and cook gently for about 12 minutes. Splash the sauce over the meatballs as they cook and after 6 minutes turn them over and add the chopped greens.

Serve with a portion of rice and if you like it hotter, with a finely chopped red chili on top.

I use a meat thermometer to check they are cooked but if you are ever worried, don’t be afraid to take one out and cut it in half to check.

Satay Dip

This is delicious as is or you can use some of it to make the coconut satay sauce. This will keep in the fridge happily for a few weeks.

 

1tsp oil

1 cooked red pepper chopped

1/2 small white onion

1 tbsp sesame oil

1 tsp chilies in oil

1tsp garlic puree or 1 clove peeled chopped and mashed

2tbsp each red wine vinegar and soy sauce

Juice of ½ lime

1tbsp honey

3 heaped tbsp peanut butter

 

Heat the oil, add the onion and cook until softening, about 5 minutes

Add the red pepper sesame oil, chili, garlic and cook for about 5 more minutes then add the rest of the ingredients, mix well to incorporate and cook over a low heat for about 10 minutes.

Blend then let cool and store in the fridge. Use in the Coconut Satay sauce or as a dipping sauce for chicken or turkey as you wish. Thin with some water if it gets very thick in the fridge.IMG_8506.jpg

Potato Cakes with Corn Salsa and Tamarind Dipping Sauce

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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

Quinoa with Salmon and a Sesame Soy Vinaigrette

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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

Quinoa & Pecan Burgers with Hummus & Tzatiki

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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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