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Cauliflower and Pineapple Curry

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Exams are over, and I am going crazy with food!

Being on a ‘eat whatever is around as cooking wastes precious revision time’ diet for over a month, i’ts time to start to going back to my normal life and start cooking!

Celebrating with flavoured beer and lots of olives followed by chocolate, it came to a point where I needed vegetables. Desperately. So a veggie curry was needed, and it was YUM!!!!!

  • 1 Medium Cauliflower
  • 1 Medium Aubergine
  • 1 Onion
  • 3 Small Chillies
  • 5 Cloves of Garlic
  • 2 Tins of Tomatoes
  • Half a Tin of Pineapple chunks
  • 3 Heaped tbsp of Jalfrezi Curry Paste
  • 1 Chicken Stock cube
  • 2 Cardamom Pods
  • 2 Curry Leaves
  • 2 tbsp of Olive Oil
  • Rice – Half a lemon, starenise, 2 cloves

Start by boiling the cauliflower till soft. Brown off some the diced onion and aubergine in the olive oil, add some water to the frying pan to help the aubergine cook. After five minutes or so add the cauliflower, crush in garlic, and add chillies and pineapple. Add the cardamom pods and curry leaves and follow with 2 tins of tomatoes and 3 tbs of jalfrezi paste. Don’t worry if you have not got the spices, just use more of the paste :D Add the chicken stock (1 stock cube mixed in with half a cup of hot water) and allow the curry to simmer in all the juices for about 10 minutes. Serve with rice, I prepared my rice by adding half a lemon, 2 cloves and a starenise for flavour.

Calories – 1019 kcal for the curry, which makes 5 servings. Remember to add the calories of the rice you are using as it will vary!

Enjoy! Hope this curry warms up these not so sunny summer days.

Love, S

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Cheat Vegetarian Curry

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Me recent posts prove how lazy I am getting as a result of excessive exam revision :P

At this stage in the year I need recipes which won’t waste my precious revision time and ones which will keep my tummy full and happy. So here it is, my cheat vegetarian curry, if it takes you longer than 20 minutes to make, I will just assume you were trying to prove me wrong :P

  • 1/2 red onion
  • 1/2 a courgette
  • 1/2 tinned tomatoes
  • 6 mushrooms
  • 1 cup full of spinach leaves
  • 1tbs of Jalfrezi Curry Paste
  • Salt, pepper, chilli for seasoning
  • 1 tsp olive oil

Start by chopping up the onion, mushrooms and courgette into whatever pieces you like, I don’t make mine neat or uniform. Fry in a little bit of olive oil until slightly browned and softened. Add tinned tomatoes and curry paste and allow to cook on a small heat for 5 minutes. Just before taking off the heat add the chopped spinach leaves and mix in until wilted, it should not take any longer than 30 seconds. Season to taste, I think the spicier, the more authentic it seems :P

That is it! Serve with some rice and tuck in! :D

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Calories – 280 for the whole dish. Remember to add the calories of the rice or whatever you are enjoying my cheat curry with.

By the way, writing all the halve quantities in the ingredients list made me realise that I never mentioned that I usually make my recipes on a 1 person serving basis. If I am making a bigger portion I will point out how many servings it contains. Sorry, my OCD made me point that out :P

Love, hellotummys xx

I Said No Salads, I Lied

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I still believe that to lose weight you do not need to be shovelling down salads but…

I definitely am a person who gets a need for salad/vegetables very often. I try to have at least one meal a day which is packed with vegetables. I avoid fruit because not only do they enhance my sweet cravings but also contain more calories than vegetables.

Anyway back to my deconstructed salad; in the colder months I would usually opt for soup etc., but now that the sun is out (only slightly, but still out ;p), this salad feels fresh and suitable. Its ‘deconstructed-ness’, yes I just made up a new word, feel free to use it, is good if you like to pick on foods and eat with your fingers. I love the taste of individual ingredients and then mixing and matching combinations :)

For a portion like this we are looking at 132 kcal, plus whatever you want to have with it. As you can see I go for caramelised onion hummus which is 105 kcal per 1/4 of the pot. I also have a soup in a cup just to have something warm in my stomach; they are usually 50-70 kcal per cup depending on flavour. So over all its a lunch of 287 kcal, leaving plenty of room for a snack such as banana yoghurt – YUM!

On the plate: 1 carrot, 50g of fresh cucumber, 1 beetroot, 8 cherry tomatoes, 1/4 bag of mixed salad leaves.

Do not panic! I still think that you should eat whatever you are comfortable with as long as you do not exceed your calories per day. So if salads are not your thing, I’m not judging ;)

Love, hellotummys xx

First BBQ of The Year

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So it wasn’t a complete success BBQ-wise but it was delicious…

Having to resort to using the oven in the end, perhaps it is still a little too windy to be having a BBQ in London. But we gave it a go and ended up with lovely half BBQ-ed, half oven cooked chicken and vegetable skewers.

If you get another glimmer of sunshine and warmth like we did yesterday and want to give it a go then here is the recipe:

  • 570g Chicken Breast
  • 2 Red Bell Peppers
  • 1 Red Onion
  • 250g of Mushrooms
  • 1 Aubergine
  • 1 Tbs of Honey
  • 2 Tbs Olive Oil
  • Paprika, Chilli powder, Dried Parsley, Salt and Pepper

Start by dicing the chicken into chunks. Place the meat into a bowl and add honey, 1 tbs olive oil, and all the seasonings to your taste. Allow the meat to sit in the seasoning for at least an hour before cooking. In the mean-time prep your veg, cut the bell peppers, onion, aubergine and mushrooms into pieces slightly bigger than the chicken.

In a separate large bowl, season the aubergine and mushrooms to enhance flavour. Add the 1 tbs of olive oil and seasoning to your taste and mix well.

Grab the meat from the fridge and start piling on the ingredients onto the wooden skewers. Load on the veggies because there is lots of them! :D Try and spread out the meat evenly between all the skewers, around 5 pieces per skewer.

Cook on each side, is your using a BBQ it will take around 20-25 mins. In a pre-heated oven (220 degrees) it will take 15 minutes.

Calories – This recipe should make 10 skewers, a serving consists of 2 skewers.

Each skewer comes to 200 kcal.

I suggest a portion of two skewers, 400 kcal with 250g of cooked rice:

Here is my plate :D

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Enjoy BBQ-ing!

Love, hellotummys xx

Meat-Free Cottage Pie

 

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Yes, meat-free cottage pie is possible…

So recently I hear a lot of the blogging community is priding on being flexitarian (not eating meat frequently for environmental and sustainability reasons) and as reducing meat in our diet is a great way of decreasing calories, here is my Quorn Cottage Pie:

Ingredients:

  • 500g of Quorn Mince
  • 2 Carrots
  • 1 Onion
  • 5 Cloves of Garlic
  • 1 Tin of chopped tomatoes
  • 1 stock cube dissolved in a cup of water
  • Worcestershire sauce for seasoning
  • Salt, Pepper, Chilli Powder, Paprika

For the Mash

  • 1.25KG of Potatoes
  • 100ml Semi-skimmed milk
  • 1 Tbsp of Light Butter
  • 150g of Medium Cheddar

Start by boiling the potatoes. Once soft, drain, add milk and butter and mash until you have smooth mash.

While the potatoes are boiling, on a large frying pan lightly fry (using a small amount of oil) the diced onion and diced carrot untill soft (about 7 minutes on a low heat). Crush in the cloves of garlic and add one tin of chopped tomatoes. Immediately after add the Quorn Mince and allow it to warm through. Add chicken stock gradually to prevent the sauce from being too runny, we want a nice thick sauce. Season to taste with Worcestershire sauce, chilli powder and paprika.

Once the filling is ready place into a large baking tray/dish and spread evenly. Spread the mash on top of the sauce filling and sprinkle grated cheese on top.

Bake in a 200 Degrees C. preheated oven until the cheese is melted. Enjoy with a side of lovely veggies :D

Here it is, my completely meat free, but not vegetarian I must point out (due to the chicken stock) Cottage Pie.

Calories – Makes 5 very big portions (I would go as far as saying that half of each of the 5 portions should actually be a portion in itself), each portion is 530 kcal.

Healthy and Cheap :D

Enjoy, hellotummys xx