Stuffed peppers with roasted butternut squash and sweet potatoes

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My son Sammy is really in to diggers at the moment and he particularly enjoys ‘digging’ the rice out of these stuffed peppers!

First, peel and chop some sweet potatoes and butternut squash into 1cm cubes, I used half a large sweet potatoes and 1/3 of a butternut squash, and steam in the microwave to soften for 2-3 minutes. Then place in a roasting tray along with some seasoning and a teaspoon of olive oil, give it all a stir. Next, halve 3 sweet bell peppers and place in the oven along with the sweet potato/butternut squash for 10 minutes on 180 fan whilst you prepare the pepper fillng.

In a large frying pan add one crushed garlic clove and one diced onion with a little olive oil and fry on a medium heat until softened, next add 250g of mince beef and fry for a further couple of minutes until the meat starts to brown, next add two teaspoons of dried basil and one tablespoon of grated parmesan along with seasoning and cook until the meat is cooked. Next stir in approximately 3 mugs worth of cooked rice (I usually use left over rice from the night before but if you don’t have any, make some up in advance) . Remove your peppers from the oven and stuff with your rice filling and sprinkle a little more parmesan on top before returning to the oven for a further 10 minutes and then serve

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Moroccan Chicken with Sweet Potato Froes

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First preheat your oven to fan 200c then peel two large sweet potatoes and chop in to fries.

Mix 1 tablespoon of olive oil, 1 tablespoon of cornflour, 1/2 teaspoon paprika with one crushed garlic clove and some seasoning in to a bowl and rub into the fries before placing on baking tray and cooking in the oven for 20-25 minutes.

Get a griddle on a medium to hight heat and chop up one onion into 8 wedges, and place on the griddle for 2-3 minutes meanwhile flatten two breasts of chicken with a rolling pin until approx 1/2 cm thick. Rub in 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil 1/2 teaspoon of cumin seeds on to the chicken breasts and place on the griddle to cook along with the onions. The chicken should take 3-4 minutes on each side.

Once everything is cooked serve with yoghurt mixed with harissa paste.

 

 

Chicken Noodle Soup

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I like a nice hearty soup and this one is just as delicious as it looks.

First butterfly then flatten two chicken breasts sandwiched between Clingfilm with a rolling pin until they are approximately 1/2 cm thick. Season and fry in a frying pan with a little olive oil for 5-6 minutes on each side until cooked.

Whilst the chicken is cooking, in saucepan add the whites of two spring onions chopped into 1/2cm discs, along with some grated root ginger – about the size of your thumb and one clove of crushed garlic. Fry for a couple of minutes then add 2 teaspoons of red thai paste (or to your taste). Give everything a stir then allow to cook for a further couple of minutes before adding approximately 500ml of chicken stock, a tin of coconut milk, the juice of one lime and a tablespoon of peanut butter. Stir, reduce the heat and allow to simmer for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes add a Next of egg noddles and allow to cook for 5 minutes then serve immediately with chicken sliced over the top and the greens from the spring onions.

 

Sundried Tomato and Tiger Prawn Linguine

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Everyone in the family loves this dish, especially me as it only takes 20 minutes to prepare and cook!

First Get you pasta cooking according to packet instructions.

Next, fry over a medium heat in a little olive oil, 1/2 a sliced onion, 2 crushed cloves of garlic, and 10 chopped sundried tomatoes from a jar with some seasoning for 5 minutes.

Next add a tin of chopped tomatoes and let the sauce bubble and thicken for 5 minutes. When your pasta is a couple of minutes off from being done, add your raw tiger prawns, 5-6 per person should be plenty, cook for a couple of minutes in the sauce until they start to turn pink, then add your drained pasta into the pan and stir for a couple of minutes and serve with some chopped parsley!