Showing posts with label healthy. Show all posts
Showing posts with label healthy. Show all posts

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Pumpkin and Spinach layered pie

This meal was so simple and delicious I decided everyone should learn how it was made so that you can enjoy it for yourselves.
* Prepare a round cake tin by placing a piece of baking paper in the bottom and heating your oven to 180°.
* Thinly slice about a quarter of a pumpkin.
* Shred finely about 6 spinach leaves or you could use baby spinach leaves if you prefer.
* Grate a couple of cups of tasty cheese.
* Slice very thinly about a half a red onion.
* Whisk together 4 to 6 eggs with a couple of spoons of natural yoghurt or sour cream.
From here it's as simple as layering everything into the cake tin starting and finishing with pumpkin ... finally pour in the egg mixture and sprinkle a little cheese on top. Bake until pumpkin is soft and cooked right through and a gorgeous golden brown on top.
This pie is also very nice eaten the next day and equally delicious served cold in the lunch box.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

So so simple soup... Chicken, Couscous & Lentil

Chicken, Couscous & Lentil Soup


Low fat, healthy and so so simple to make ... 

  • Start by thinly slicing a leek, grating a large carrot and  a zucchini and thickly slice two sticks of celery. Soft fry all of these with a couple of cloves of crushed garlic for about 1 minute in a large saucepan.
  • Then add 1 tin of crushed tomatoes, 1 tin of Lentils (drained), 2 tablespoons of sweet chilli sauce and then submerge a whole chicken under 2.5 litres of chicken stock... bring this to the boil and then simmer for 1 hour until the chicken is cooked through.
  • Turn off the heat and remove the chicken... skin and bone it and return the best shredded bits back to the pot along with 1/2 cup of couscous and a large handful of fresh chopped parsley... simmer this gently for a few minutes until the couscous is tender and serve.
You can't have too much crusty bread with this hearty soup although it may loose some of the healthiness factor...flavours improve the next day if you have any leftovers ...

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Watermelon & Quinoa Salad with a Thai dressing

Watermelon & Quinoa Salad with Thai dressing
Refreshing watermelon I can't get enough of it on hot summer days this salad is easily thrown together in a few minutes is wonderfully cool and healthy to boot... don't be limited by my suggestions/ideas create your own additions to suit you and your family...

Watermelon & Quinoa Salad with Thai dressing
  • Mix in a large saucepan 1 cup of Quinoa and three cups of cold water. Bring to the boil then cover and simmer gently for about 15 mins until all liquid is absorbed. Strain rinse and cool. This can be done ahead of time. I usually do a double batch and have quinoa on hand in the fridge to add to just about every salad concoction. This grain will take on any flavour you add to it so add about 1/3 of the dressing to it before refrigeration. 


  • Whisk all dressing ingredients together ...
  • 1 tbs fresh minced ginger
  • 1/2 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/8 cup sesame oil
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp light soy
  • Serve on a platter a layer of salad greens of your choice, lots of diced watermelon about 6 cups, thinly sliced fennel and spring onion, anything you fancy... sprinkle over the quinoa or serve separately as I have done and garnish with the remainder of the dressing and salted peanuts.