Weeknight Meals: Basil, Bacon & Feta Fritatta

Basil, Bacon & Feta Fritatta

One of the things I enjoy about eggs is their amazing ability to hold things together. Frittas are a case in point, super easy to make, usually with left overs, set in whisked eggs. The perfect early dinner. To beef it up a bite I cooked it with bacon, hash & onions. A quick meal to have on the table in under 20 minutes.

 

Ingredients
Serves 4

  • 8 large eggs
  • 2 tbs of fresh basil (finely chopped)
  • 3 tbs of grated Parmesan
  • 1/2 tsp of salt & 1/4 tsp of black pepper
  • 6 rashers of bacon
  • 1 lb of potatoes (cut into bite sized pieces)
  • 1 large onion (chopped)
  • 2 cloves of garlic (minced)
  • 1/2 cup of Feta
  • 2 spring onions (diced)
  • 2 cups of fresh arugula

Step 1: Place a large saucepan over a medium heat. Continue Reading

Weeknight Meals: Mexican Inspired Couscous Salad

Mexican Inspired Couscous Salad

There are some nights I just want a quick, healthy meal. I don’t want to be fighting with pots, pans and dishes. This delicious recipe is one of those ‘one pot wonders’ that makes for a quick ‘set and forget’ dinner: 20-minutes, 1 pot, let’s go!

 

Ingredients
Serves 4

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 clove of garlic (minced)
  • 1 tsp of cumin (ground)
  • 1 tsp of red chilli flakes
  • 1 cup of couscous
  • 1 cup of vegetable broth
  • 1 cup of corn kernels
  • 15oz tin of black beans (drained)
  • 15oz tin of tomatoes
  • 1/2 tsp of salt
  • 1/4 cup of sour cream
  • 1 tbsp of lime juice
  • 2 tbsp of fresh cilantro (chopped)

Step 1: Place a large saucepan over a medium heat, add the olive oil and garlic, cook for 1-2 minutes till fragrant. Continue Reading

Weeknight Meals: Cuban Black Bean Fritters & Pineapple Rice

Cuban Black Bean Fritters & Pineapple Rice

These cuban style black bean fritters put a vegetarian spin on traditional crab cakes, served here with a delicious zesty pineapple and cilantro rice.

 

Ingredients
Serves 4

  • 3 1/2 oz bag of long grain rice
  • 2 tsp of butter
  • 1 cup of fresh pineapple (diced)
  • 2 tbsp of fresh cilantro (chopped)
  • 1/4 tsp of salt
  • 15oz tin of black beans (drained)
  • 1 clove of garlic (minced)
  • 1 tsp of cumin (ground)
  • 1/2 tsp of salt
  • 1 egg (beaten)
  • 1 cup of cheddar (grated)
  • 2 jalapenos (deseeded & diced)
  • 1/2 cup of red onion (diced)
  • 1/2 cup of finely crushed tortilla chips
  • Vegetable Oil
  • 1/4 cup of sour cream

Step 1: Place a large saucepan over a medium heat, add two cups of water, add the rice and cook per packet instructions. Continue Reading

Weeknight Meals: Country Captain Inspired Soup

Weekinight Meals: Country Captain Inspired Soup

For those that have not experienced country captain, it’s a southern-style casserole of curried chicken and rice. With the change of seasons my wife was feeling a bit under the weather and so I was inspired to fuse the two into a springr style chicken soup borrowing from the captains aromatic middle-eastern flavors.

 

Ingredients
Serves 4

  • 1 1/2 tsp of coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp of fennel seeds
  • 1 tsp of cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp of black peppercorns
  • 1/2 tsp of dried chili flakes
  • 1 tsp of cooking oil
  • 4 large chicken breasts (deboned, skinless and sliced)
  • 2 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1 inch of fresh ginger (grated)
  • 1/2 head of broccoli (diced)
  • 1/2 head of cauliflower (diced)
  • 1/2 tsp of ground turmeric
  • 1/4 stick of cinnamon
  • 1 large courgette (sliced)
  • 2 large carrots (peeled & diced)
  • 1 cup of green beans (diced)
  • A small bunch of green onions (greens reserved to garnish)
  • 1 15oz can of chopped tomatoes
  • 2 cups of chicken broth
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Step 1: Place a small saucepan over a medium heat, add the coriander, fennel, cumin and peppercorn seeds and toast until smelling fragrant, remove from the heat and grind. Continue Reading

Weeknight Meals: Scandinavian Brown Cabbage Soup

Scandinavian Brown Cabbage Soup

I know cabbage isn’t everyone’s favorite vegetable, but this recipe may just turn you into a convert. It’s rich, luxurious and hearty, without being heavy like many winter variants, perfect for a evening in.

 

Ingredients
Serves 4

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 large white cabbage (shredded)
  • 2 large carrots (peeled and diced)
  • 1 1/2 quarts beef broth
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1 tsp of allspice
  • Fresh parsley (chopped)
  • Parmesan

Step 1: Place a large saucepan over a medium heat, add in the butter & sugar, cook until brown, about 10-15 minutes, add the cabbage, glaze it in the sugary mix then add the carrots, cook for a further 5 minutes. Continue Reading

Weeknight Meals: Tuna, Olive & White Bean Salad

Tuna, Olive & White Bean Salad

The combination of tuna and white beans is a classic and this is one recipe that you can keep going back to for those moments of ‘I need to eat now, but can’t be bothered to cook’, yes, we all have them!

It’s designed for experimentation, swap out the parsley for arugula, spice it up with tabasco or chili, the choice is yours.

 

Ingredients
Serves 4

  • 2 x 5 or 6oz tinned tuna (in olive oil)
  • 1 large red onion (finely chopped)
  • 2 x 15oz tins of white beans (cannellini, great northern or butter)
  • 1 cup of green olives (pitted and chopped)
  • 1 lemon (zested & juiced)
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Parsley (chopped)

Step 1: Place the tuna, onion, beans, olives, lemon juice, zest and 2/3rds of parsley into a large mixing bowl, toss to coat well, season with salt and pepper to taste. Continue Reading

Weeknight Meals: Tiroler Gröstl

Tiroler Gröstl

Tiroler Gröstl, commonly called Gröstl is native to Austria, more specifically the hiking region of Tirol. It’s a delicious way of making use of Sunday’s left overs, or make it from scratch.

 

Ingredients
Serves 4

  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 14oz lardons (or chopped bacon)
  • 1 large onion (finely chopped)
  • 17oz parboiled potatoes (cut into bite sized chunks)
  • 1 tsp carraway seeds
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 4 eggs
  • A bunch of fresh arugula
  • Parsley (chopped)

Step 1: Place a large pan on a medium high heat, add the oil, bacon and onion, cook for 8-10 minutes and then the potatoes and cook for a further 8 minutes. Continue Reading

Weeknight Meals: Cuban-Styled Beans & Rice

Cuban-Styled Beans & Rice

Traditionally a Cuban staple made with black beans and rice. I chose to mix it up a bit by substituting red kidney beans, leaving out the traditional oregano, giving it a Moroccan twist with ground cumin and a bite with the Spanish smoked paprika.

Ingredients
Serves 4

  • 6 rashers of bacon (chopped)
  • 1 large onion (chopped)
  • 4 garlic cloves (chopped)
  • 1 red bell pepper (deseeded and chopped)
  • 2 cups of long-grain rice
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tbsp of ground cumin
  • 2 tbsp of smoked paprika
  • 2 tbsp of tomato paste
  • 1 15oz can of kidney beans (drained)
  • 3 cups of water
  • salt
  • pepper
  • handful of fresh cilantro

Step 1: Place a large saucepan over a medium-high heat, add the bacon, cook until browned, about 8 minutes. Continue Reading

Weeknight Meals: Grilled Pork Chops, Broccoli and Garlic White Beans

Grilled Pork Chops, Broccoli and Garlic White Beans

This one of my favourite, ‘on the table in 15 minutes’ meals, inspired by one of Jamie Oliver’s recipes. The garlic beans are a perfect compliment to the salty pork and crunch of the blanched broccoli. For a extra bite add in some fresh chili when cooking the beans.

 

Ingredients
Serves 4

  • 14oz broccoli (cut into florets)
  • 4 x 7oz thick pork chops
  • 2 garlic cloves (chopped)
  • 2 deseeded red chilies (sliced) – optional
  • 2 x 15oz tins of cannellini beans
  • 1 lemon
  • olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper

Step 1: Drizzle your pork chops with a bit of oil and season them with salt and pepper. Continue Reading

Weeknight Meals: Stuffed Zucchini with Moroccan Ground Beef

Stuffed Zucchini with Moroccan Ground Beef

While this meal takes a little planning and prep it’s well worth the effort! I’ve made it with ground beef, but traditionally you’d use ground lamb and can bulk it out with some parboiled rice if you desire.

 

Ingredients
Serves 4

  • 2 large zucchini’s (halved lengthwise, seeds removed, but reserved)
  • 1 tbsp of olive oil
  • 1 medium onion (chopped)
  • 1 tbsp of coriander (ground)
  • 2 tbsp of cumin (ground)
  • 1lb of ground beef
  • 1 cup of bread crumbs
  • 2 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1 egg
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1 x 14oz tin of chopped tomatoes
  • grated cheeses (mozzarella, parmesan & cheddar)

Step 1: Preheat your oven to 325F, place the zucchinis in a roasting tray. Continue Reading