Chilli Beef

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You can make this as hot as you like, in hindsight I perhaps should have made it a little milder given poor Sammy started panting like a puppy and trying to scratch his tongue! Ooops

Cut a large rump steak into thin strips (tip – as mine came from the freezer I did it when it was still a little bit frozen in order to get the strips really thin) and put the strips in a marinade of oil (groundnut if you have any), 2-3 garlic cloves, a sprinkling of dried chilli flakes and a good dash of soy sauce. Mix, cover and leave for as long as you can

Make some rice, stir fry your choice of veg and when ready just flash fry the beef including any remaining marinade in a hot frying pan for 1 minute max!

Serve!

Spicy Chicken Quesadillas

 

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Dice one red pepper, one yellow pepper, add a handful of sweetcorn and some precooked diced chicken

Mix the ingredients all up in a bowl and season.

Next put a large pan on the hob and turn it on to a medium heat. place a flour tortilla on the hob and fill one side with filling, grate some cheddar cheese on top then fold the other half over the filling to create a semi circle, heat on each side for a couple of minutes until nicely browned and the cheese has melted inside

Serve with a mango salsa and guacamole

Eat whilst smiling!

Krispy Chicken with Mixed Mash

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For the chicken –

Chop a couple of chicken breasts in to 3 pieces each and then marinate the chicken in some butter milk – this keeps the chicken from drying out – ideally do this and leave overnight if you can.

Next make some breadcrumbs by toasting 2 slices of bread and then whizzing in a blender (or simply buy some!), to the breadcrumbs add dried chilli, paprika, salt and pepper – quantities to your taste!

Take your chicken out of the marinade and coat in the breadcrumb mix, the buttermilk will help the breadcrumbs stick. Once all pieces are covered shallow fry for a couple of minutes each side and then bake in the oven for approx 15 minutes at 180 fan until cooked.

For the Mixed Mash –

This is a great way to get some veg in your meal and my children love it!

Dice one carrot, one sweet potato and one potato then simmer in some vegetable stock until all vegetables are cooked – you should make the carrots the smallest, followed by the potatoes, followed by the sweet potatoes being the largest chunks.

once cooked drain the excess liquid and mash with a fork, i like to leave a few chunks in mine. Next whist still warm add some spinach and allow it to wilt into the warm veg. Grate a chunk of cheddar cheese, add a knob of butter if you like and give everything  big mix and then serve when ready!

‘Lite’ Chicken Korma

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This a much more lighter version of a korma which you can enjoy any day of the week

Dice and fry one onion until soft and browned, next add 5 cardamom seeds, 3 gloves of galric, a knob of grated root ginger (you can use the paste ginger if you dont have any fresh) , a stick of cinnamon (or a teaspoon of ground cinnamon), 2 teaspoons for ground coriander, two teaspoons of garam masala and heat for a couple of minutes. Next add two diced chicken breast and stir until chicken is browned.

Lower the heat then add approx 100ml of natural yoghurt, 100ml of milk and 100ml, 100ml chicken stock , mix, bring to the boil then simmer for 20 minutes.

serve with some boiled rice and green and a sprinkling of flaked almonds

Spicy Chicken Noodles

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You can have this as a cold noodle salad or a hot chicken stir fry.

To start, marinate two diced chicken breasts in some Chilli Relish for along as you have time

Grill the chicken until cooked – I used a lean mean grilling machine – aka The George! – and its done pretty quick

Meanwhile grate a carrot and chop some red pepper in to thin strips,

Next prepare your egg noodles to instructions on packet and when ready stir fry them in a little groundnut (or sunflower) oil.

once done, mix together the noodles, carrors, peppers and chicken with another tablespoon of chilli relish, a teaspoon of sesame oil, a splash of lime juice, some coriander (I used corriander paste) and as much chilli as you can handle.

Season with salt and pepper and enjoy!

Courgette chicken

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Bear with me for this one, my husband did say it tasted a lot better than it looked so don’t write it off before you try it!

Grate a large courgette and stir in 3 tbsp of garlic and herb cream cheese.

Bash some chicken breasts with a rolling pin until they are about 1 cm thick the spread on top the courgette mix – the quantities above should be enough to cover 3 chicken breast – enough for 2 adults and 2 children

Bake these in the oven at 180 (fan) until chicken is cooked (approx 20-25 mins) and then grill for the last 5 minutes to get a crispy top.

And that’s it!

I served this with steamed carrots and baked new potatoes

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Tuna Pasta Bake

 

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This should be called ‘whatever you’ve got’ pasta bake as you can substitute most of the ‘filling’ ingredients for things that you’ve got, prefer or need to use up.

Start by cooking your pasta according to the instructions on the packet but make sure it’s not over cooked.

Meanwhile make a basic bechamel sauce, I use a large knob of butter approx 25gm and melt this in a sauce pan, then add a tbsp of plain flour, remove from the heat and mix until it forms a gloopy paste, put back on a medium heat and add approx a pint of milk a little at a time until the sauce thickens, then season. This is now your basic white sauce. 

To my sauce I added cheddar and brie but you can put any cheese you like and then season.

Next, steam some veg, I used leeks, broccoli and swetcorn  and add this to the sauce along with a tin on tuna and give it a good stir. 

When your pasta is done, drain and place in an oven proof dish and stir the sauce through it. Grate some cheese on top if you like and bake in the oven for 20min at 180 fan oven

Enjoy.

Try substituting the tuna for salmon or ham! Whatever takes your fancy, there are no rules!

Coq au Vin

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A really simple slow cooker meal enjoyed by all the family this evening. Simply throw all these ingredients in to a slow cooker, cook all day and voila!

8 skinless chicken thighs, 300ml white wine, 150ml chicken stock, a diced onion, 2 bay leaves, a bit of thyme (dried or fresh) and a tbls of tomato puree. Season to your taste. Traditionally this is made with red wine but I prefer it with white 🙂

If you have time, you can thicken it up by melting a knob of butter in a separate bowl and adding a tbls of floured it to form a paste, decant the sauce from the slow cooker in to a saucepan and bring to the boil, as it boils slowly add the thickening paste whilst stiring with whisk until thickened. Add the chicken back in and serve with mashed potatoes, and greens

 

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