Hot Quorn “wings”

Me and my boyfriend were recently on a cooking expedition; one of those “I can make that” trips that can either end horrendously or amazingly.
Luckily these ended up falling into the camp of the latter.

If you’re a fan of hot wings or just in love with Frank’s Hot sauce (like me) but you’re a veggie this might be up your street. (Recipe not vegan but I’m pretty sure you could find alternatives!).

Ingredients:

4 frozen quorn fillets

For the coating;

1 cup flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/4 garlic powder

2 eggs

1 cup milk

For the sauce;

Frank’s Hotsauce™
(Simple)

Method:

Firstly you’re going to want to cook your quorn fillets. I like to use fry light (low fat cooking spray) to heat them up. No need to get them charred. You just want them unfrozen.

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Whilst those are on the go get a glass bowl and crack your eggs; give ’em a whisk with the milk to combine them and set aside.
Also mix all your dry ingredients in another bowl and set aside.

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Just take a minute to glug some vegetable oil into a frying pan and get it on that heat.
Whilst it’s getting hot you can do the fun part; coat the Quorn!

Cut the Quorn into whatever shapes you want- I just went strips but you could do the whole thing or chunks, the choice is yours!

Dip each piece in egg and then the flour and then egg and flour again; that’s right, we’re double dipping! Put the sticky mess on a plate and continue until all are done.

Place the battered Quorn pieces in the fridge for about 20 minutes to firm up.

~grab yourself a glass of red and take a load off~

Now your oil is good and hot you can grab the plate from the fridge and begin!
Pop as many pieces of Quorn in the pan that fit and cook. Flip after a few minutes and once it looks cooked (you’ll know) move into a plate with an appropriate tool.

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Next is the best part, really; pour hot sauce ALL over them.

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Now; eat. Add salad to feel healthier!

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Enjoy!

RECIPE: Broccoli & Halloumi noodle stir fry

Hands up, who has half a block of halloumi cheese left over from the other day? 

Well, if you want to do something fun and healthy with it (rather than just eat it like a pig!) why not try this:

 

Ingredients: (serves 2)

whole head of broccoli, chopped into small trees 🙂

half a carton of medium sized mushrooms – if you’re buying individually its about 6 – chopped in half

1 bell pepper – colour of your choice – sliced

half a packet of halloumi cheese

1 nest of dried egg noodles 

dash of soy sauce (I used dark, but regular or light is fine)

 

Method:

You’re going to want to heat up some water in a wok – I don’t know exactly how much I use, I just boil the kettle and pour it in the wok until there’s about 2 inches of liquid boiling away. 

Once the bubbles are going throw your broccoli in – when it comes to stirfry I always part boil the broccoli in water before I cook anything else, as it means it gets a good cook but it’s still firm enough when all the other ingredients are added!

Cook this on a medium/high setting until there is no water left. 

Add your mushrooms and peppers. I don’t add any oil to the wok when cooking with mushrooms because they create their own liquids. Adding more just tends to get too ‘juicy’ – and I also never cook with oil anyway. If I have to use some form of pan lubrication I just use a spray called Fry Light, which is low cal and does the job OK. 

After the mushrooms have been in for about 5 minutes you can cook your noodles which will take about 7 minutes. At this point you should also add the halloumi to the wok and give it a good stir. 

Keep it moving to get the flavours infused in the cheese and turn off the heat when the mushrooms and cheese look soft. This should also be around the time the noodles are ready. 

Drain the noodles and divide between two plates and then divide the stir fry. I added a good slosh of soy sauce just to dress it, but it’s not needed and you can use anything to add a little flavour – I imagine sweet chilli sauce would work a treat!

 

Sadly no pictures today because I wolfed it down before thinking – I was ravenous, what can I say? 😛

BON APPÉTIT!

Sam

 

 

RECIPE: Soba Noodle & Edamame salad with grilled Halloumi

If you’re into green eating, you’ll love this one. As you’ll be able to see from my picture, the majority of this salad is green, green, green, but don’t be put off by that – you could add any vegetable you want to this and it would look and taste delicious!

 

This recipe is low fat, super healthy and contains a vegetable I’ve been wanting to use for a while now – edameme. 

For this recipe I bought a pack of lightly salted beans, which I had to de-shell myself (it doesn’t take long, and it’s quite therapeutic!), but I’m pretty sure you can buy them pre-shelled. 

Ingredients (serves 2):

140g soba noodles

1 pack of edamame beans – you can use a handful up to the whole pack, totally depends on how much you love them!

4 spring onions, finely diced

broccoli – again, however much you want. I used 5 stalks and it was enough.

half a cucumber, peeled, deseeded and thinly sliced.

1 avocado, sliced

2 medium tomatoes, sliced

1 pack of halloumi – if you can stop at half a packet, do, but I actually can’t resist so for 2 people I’d use the whole thing!

Soy sauce

 

Method:

Start by slicing and dicing all your vegetables (and deshelling your edamame if you need to).Image

Boil the noodles for 7 minutes with the broccoli. Once done rinse well under cold water to stop the cooking. You want the noodles cool and the broccoli still firm.

Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl and stir in some soy sauce to you liking – not too much, as this should be a salad, not a soup!

 Grill your halloumi for around 3 minutes on each side. Depending on how you like it is key. I both don’t mind it just-warmed, and can’t wait for it to grill properly so I only end up doing it for a few minutes!

Share the salad out onto plates, slice the halloumi and divide – you can do cubes or long strips, it doesn’t matter so much 😉 

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It doesn’t take too long, it’s so quick to put together on plates and it’s so healthy you’ll feel like you cheated the world somehow – my only warning is once you taste the halloumi and edamame beans you’ll never go back – one of the best combo’s ever!

Let me know what you think – if you have any halloumi or edamame recipes let me know, I’m always looking for good recipes to try with them!

BON APPÉTIT!

Sam

RECIPE: Tomato & spinach Penne Pasta Bake

Yes, my obsession with pasta is back!

I’d say I was sorry, but I’m not! I saw this recipe on Pinterest and decided to make it for dinner and boy, was it yummy!! Really simple and EXTREMELY tasty… so there’s cheese on it, it’s still kind of healthy!! 

 

Ingredients (serves 3-4)

400g penne pasta

2 tins chopped tomatoes

1 small white onion, diced

handful of fresh basil leaves, roughly chopped

handful of spinach leaves, roughly chopped

splash of red wine

splash of balsamic vinegar

1 tsp dried oregano

grated mozzarella (enough to cover the top, so probably half a bag)

tub of small mozzarella balls

Handful of pre-made packet breadcrumbs (enough to create a slight crunch on top)

salt and pepper to taste (as well as 1 sweetener tablet*)

 

Method:

Bring a large pan of water to the boil and throw in your penne pasta, set the oven to pre-heat at gas mark 5.

Whilst this is cooking make your sauce. All you need to do is soften your onions in a lightly oiled pan. I like to add a spoonful of water from the pasta pan, this way the onions don’t actually fry but boil so they just soften. 

Throw in your 2 tins of tomatoes and stir. Next you want to add all of your other 

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ingredients – it doesn’t matter what order. Just splash in a little red wine (however much you want, I like about 3 tablespoons) and then a splash of balsamic (again, 

however much you like, but I use around 2 tablespoons). Add your salt, pepper, 

sweetener and oregano and stir. Finally add the basil and spinach and stir. You’ll 

only want to cook this 

for about 5 minutes once you’re at this stage. Once the sauce starts to boil take it off the heat. 

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Drain the pasta and mix the sauce in. Once the pasta is well covered pour it into a 

baking dish. Here comes the fun part! 

distribute the mozzarella balls on top of the pasta, sprinkle the grated mozzarella onto until the pasta is covered – it’s up to you how much you want to use really – and then sprinkle on breadcrumbs. Again – it’s totally up to you. I just sprinkled about a handful over the top as I only wanted a light crust.  

 

Pop this into the pre heated oven for 20 minutes and serve. The cheese will be all melty and gooey and amazing and it will be delish! Trust me! Here is a photo of the finished thing:

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Let me know if you make this or have any great pasta bake recipes that are easy and healthy. I really want to use more kale in my pasta recipes so watch this space! 

 

As usual, thanks for reading and liking! 

BON APPÉTIT!

Sam

*when making tomato sauces you normally have to put sugar in to bring the flavour out, but I don’t use sugar in anything I make so I use small sweetener tablets)

Recipe: Mint yoghurt

My last recipe had a suggested dollop of mint yoghurt, and yes, you can buy it ready made, but where’s the fun in that?

 

For an easy mint yoghurt I suggest getting some natural yoghurt (Yeo Valley is always good) and a sprig of fresh mint.

Diced up the leaves and stir into the yoghurt and voila! It really is that simple. Sure there are more complex recipes out there, but why do complex when you can do simple with maximum results?

 

Just a suggestion – let me know if you have any good mint yoghurt ideas!

 

Sam

RECIPE: Falafel pitta bread burgers

I first saw this recipe when I was looking for things to add into my recipe board on Pinterest (see HERE if you’re interested). I’ve been looking for healthy meals to learn for a while – you can’t live on pasta alone (said someone, who obviously didn’t love the stuff as much as me), and so I popped this recipe into my ‘to make’ list – eager to give it a go. And today I did.

The recipe is pretty simple and it’s fast to make. It calls for tomato salsa – which you can purchase, but if you’re looking for more of a messy challenge I’m also going to post a recipe for a good salsa which I’ll link HERE when it’s done.

So here goes:

Ingredients:

(Serves 4 – or two hungry people!)

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400g canned chickpea’s  – rinsed, drained and patted dry.

1 garlic clove

1 handful of flat/curly parsley

1tsp ground cumin

1tsp ground corriander

1/2 tsp harissa paste or chilli powder

2tbsp plain flour

2tbsp sunflower oil (or whatever oil you like to cook with, I used rapeseed)

toasted pitta breads (brown if you’re trying to be healthier)

200g tomato salsa (purchased or homemade – see HERE)

Salad leaves of your choice

Method:

Dump the dried chickpea’s into a food processor – it’s pretty imperative you use a food processor, as you want to make a paste.

Add the garlic, parsley, spices and flour and salt. The recipe calls for a ‘little’ salt, but when I cooked this it really could have done with more, so I’d add half a teaspoon and then more to taste.

Blend until fairly smooth and then scoop out and shape into 4-6 patties, depending on how big you want them.

Heat up your oil in a non stick frying pan and add the burgers – they take about 3-5 minutes per side, depending on the heat of your pan/ oil, so keep an eye on them! Once they are golden brown on each side remove from heat.

Serve with toasted pitta’s, tomato salsa and salad – I threw some light mayo onto mine as well and it was delish!!

And that’s pretty much it – it seems like a lot of work, but it actually was super quick, and

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the outcome was a great looking meal with minimal effort.

As you can see here, they didn’t last long!

Give them a whirl – let me know what you think and if you have any suggestions on how to make them extra tasty!

BON APPÉTIT!

Sam

RECIPE: Summer Sauce

I’m sure I’m not the only person who loves a healthy dose of pasta, whether it’s summer or winter! I practically live off the stuff and so I’ve become very skilled in the sauce making department. I don’t use jar sauces due to the oils and sugars they are filled with, so here is a simple sauce you can use in the summer – the good news is, this sauce  doesn’t need to be cooked! (in this weather, slaving over a sauce is the last thing I need!)

Ingredients:

(Serves 2-3 people)

4-5 large tomatoes – chopped roughly

a handful of rocket leaves

a drizzle of good extra virgin olive oil

a good slosh of your favourite balsamic vinegar (I use quite a lot, as it’s the majority of the sauce and I just LOVE it)

salt and pepper to taste

1 teaspoon of dried oregano

Method:

Mix it all together in a bowl!

It’s that simple. Of course, you can tweak to how you like it. If you want to crush some garlic or chilli and throw it in, go for it. I’m actually allergic to garlic (I think), so I’ve not put it in, but if you fancy it, do it!

The recipe’s I use are all from experimenting, so I’d encourage you to do the same – you don’t need to cook a sauce to make it tasty – throw this on some pasta, grate a little cheese and EAT!

bon appétit!

Sam

Welcome!

This may be the start of something great… but it might also be the start of something that no one wants to read… that’s right. Another food blog. But how does one choose from all the other food blogs out there? What makes MY taste in food and MY recipes so different from someone else’s? Why should you stick around?

All of these questions and we’ve only just begun – it’s kind of intimidating, yes, but hey! Wait! Let’s get to know each other before we make any judgements.

So, let’s settle those questions right here and now. Let me introduce myself. My name is Sam and I love food – just like you do… and everyone on this planet. Yes. I have a taste for food. Vegetarian food, yes, but also tasty, non-rabbit food, and very healthy vegetarian food. I’m trying to sell this to you, ok?

Food is something I work my days around. What’s for breakfast? When’s it time for my mid-morning snack? How soon can I eat my lunch without looking like a pig? You know, the usual stuff every girl goes through every single day. But I also have this love for cooking real food, not junk, but really god-damn tasty recipes that I collect, tweak, come up with when I have nothing else to do but look around on the internet at pictures of house interiors and amazing looking cakes.

So now you know about me, let’s address those questions.

But how does one choose from all the other food blogs out there? The great thing about the Internet is that you don’t have to pick just one. You can follow loads and feel the benefits of people’s creativeness without dedicating your life to just one outlet.

What makes MY taste in food and MY recipes so different from someone else’s? I really believe each person has their own take on what’s tasty, what’s easy and what’s healthy. I like to think that my taste is, without doubt, impeccable, but we all think that about what we like, don’t we? I mean, not everyone has the same love of pickles as I do. So my take on some recipes might just appeal to you too… you know. If you love pickles too! *

Why should you stick around? Well, you don’t have to, but it would be nice if you did. I’m going to post recipes, articles about food related stuff/ health, pictures of food and it’s all going to be vegetarian. But don’t let that put you off – just because there’s no meat, doesn’t mean it’s not sweet (yeah, check out my rhymes and puns… I’m a writer, what can I say?**). 

So there you have it. I’ve laid it all out on the table, pun intended, and now it’s up to you to decide. Stick around, say hi, tell me you love food and I’ll tell you I love food, and then bombard you with pictures of it.

Until next time,

Sam

*Don’t worry, pickles don’t actually feature in any of my recipes… yet!

**Say sorry, Sam. Just say sorry.