This served three of us (with lamb – see recipes for details of lamb dish).
Two red onions
Tin of tomatoes
(You could also add some potatoes if not doing low carb)
Handful of green beans
Handful of black olives
Handful of chopped mint
Handful of goats cheese crumbled
Garlic cloves x2 crushed
Salt and pepper
Heat some olive oil in a pan and add the chopped onions and green beans and season.
Cook for 5 minutes then add the diced aubergine, diced courgette and garlic. Cook for a further 10 minutes minutes then add the tin of tomatoes, fill can with some water and add this too. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
After 30 minutes remove lid and let cook for a further 10 minutes. When you’re ready to serve, throw in the chopped fresh mint, cheese and olives and add another glug of oil.
I love this recipe, you can always add some chicken if you don’t want it to be meat free. Personally I think it’s amazing on its own.
You will need (this recipe was made with three aubergines and I served an entire aubergine as a portion. You could however serve this as a side dish, just slice across (in discs) and arrange in a dish instead of lengthwise like the above.
Large red onion
4 cloves of garlic
X2 tins of tomatoes
Handful of Fresh basil
Firstly slice the aubergines lengthwise fairly thinly and place on the side – sprinkle with salt and leave for an hour.
Then rinse the aubergines and pat dry. Now dry fry the aubergines in a hot pan (no oil in the pan) until browned on both sides – set aside on kitchen towel (this will allow for any moisture to be removed).
Meanwhile. Make the sauce – easy.
Dice the onion, peel the garlic and add a splash of olive oil to a pan.
Now add some chilli flakes – personal taste. Then add the tomatoes, seasoning and a cup of water. Leave to cook down and thicken for approx 45 minutes.
Once cooked and nicely thickened take a hand blender and blend everything together, add another glug of olive oil and stir.
Now take an oven dish and begin by putting a couple of spoonfuls of sauce in the bottom. Now place the aubergine slices in the dish and cover with a layer of sauce, mozzarella, parmesan and fresh basil
Then repeat until all the slices are arranged and top the final layer with everything apart from fresh basil, as this will burn.
Place in a hot oven (180) and cook for an hour.
Serve on its own, with chicken, salad or green veggies.
You will need
Large bag of spinach
Parmesan grated – approx 3 tablespoons
Small onion diced
Butter or olive oil
Nutmeg – grated
Double cream (approx a mug full)
Firstly put butter or oil in a pan, place spinach in pan and cover for one minute.
After one minute remove lid and start stirring until all spinach has wilted. Remove spinach from pan and drain well until all the water has been removed.
Then chop finely.
Now go back to the pan and add a little more butter and add the diced onion and cook for approx 3/4 minutes.
When the onion is soft, add a pinch of both nutmeg and cayenne pepper and season with with salt and pepper.
Now add cream and stir around. Cook for approx 5/10 minutes until cream has reduced a little then add the chopped drained spinach and Parmesan and stir to combine fully. Cook for a further 10 minutes and then you’re good to go
So easy and delicious (served 3)
I used 3 sticks of celery cut in half.
Sprig of thyme
4 rashers of steaky bacon
Clove of garlic
500ml chicken stock
Dice onion. Cut celery in half.
Place butter (50g) in a pan and add onion, cook until soft.
Then add garlic, thyme and bacon (diced). and cook until bacon is browned. Then add the celery and stock.
Cover and simmer for approx 45 mins (until celery is soft).
after 45 mins the stock should have reduced quite considerably and your celery is soft and ready to be served.
I served the celery with fondant and puréed celeriac with roast chicken, and then used the reduced stock as a gravy for my chicken dish.
What an ugly vegetable but what an amazing taste.Here is how I cooked it two different ways but served together. Fondant Celeriac and puréed celeriac.
I used one celeriac for both dishes – not one per dish.
Firstly, peel the celeriac
For the fondant celeriac I cut three slices approx 1cm thick and then put the remaining in a saucepan for later.
Fondant – take your slices and put in a pan with 50g unsalted butter. Cook one side without moving for approx 5 mins.
After 5 mins add a clove of garlic, springs of rosemary and thyme and now turn your celeriac over gently. Then add 50ml water to the pan and cover – place in a low oven for approx 40 mins – keep an eye on it.
Now to the purée (whilst the fondant is cooking).
Take the remaining celeriac and add to a saucepan with 50g butter. Cook for 5 minutes.
After 5 mins add 100ml of milk and 50ml of double cream, pinch of cayenne pepper and pinch of salt. Simmer gently until soft when soft (approx 30 mins) remove from heat.
Now squeeze in half a lemon and then purée with a hand blender.
This is now ready (cover and keep warm until needed or place in fridge and reheat when needed.
Back to the fondant. Remove from the oven – by now all the water should have been soaked up by the celeriac so the pan should be almost dry – now you’re ready to serve. Remove gently from the pan and serve.
I served with roast chicken and braised celery with spinach and mushrooms – see blog for braised celery recipe.
This was so easy and quick it’s embarrassing, but made a very welcome fresh change to cauliflower rice!
You will need:
Cup of water
Half red onion
4 small ripe tomatoes
Salt and pepper
First of all cut the florets off the stalk of the cauliflower and broccoli and place them in a blender. Pulse until it resembles couscous. Then tip into a bowl.
Now put a small cup of water and a pinch of salt into a sauté pan. Tip in the broccoli/cauliflower mix. Keep an eye on this that it doesn’t over cook – no one wants soggy veg (this should take approx 5 minutes). Once ready remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.
In a separate bowl, dice the tomatoes, cucumber, onion and avocado into small pieces. Now chop the herbs and add them to the mix. Squeeze in the juice of one lemon, a good glug of olive oil and some seasoning. Mix everything around.
Once the broccoli/cauliflower mix is cool, tip it into the tomato, cucumber and avocado mix and stir around until everything is coated.
Now serve !!
We had it with Persian Kofte and it was delicious !
This is a fabulous alternative to just steamed broccoli or any green vegetables and fabulous with spicy dishes.
Green vegetables of your choice
3/4 tbsps butter
1 tsp sea salt
One lime zest
Some black pepper
Juice of half lime (whole lime if you like it really citrusy).
Put everything in a blender and mix together. You can double this up and then place in some cling film and freeze for another time.
Steam veg, when ready to serve tip the butter on the top of the vegetables toss everything around so the butter melts and serve.
This could be used in a variety of ways, as a substitute for mash potato or simply as a side dish for a curry, as a substitute for dal – delicious however you eat it.
You will need:
One onion- diced
Two spring onion tips or chives
One teaspoon of turmeric
One teaspoon of dried ginger or fresh ginger
One teaspoon of garam masala
Two cloves of garlic – crushed
1/2 teaspoon of fresh chilli
Firstly, take your cauliflower and remove as much stalk as you can – keeping it whole. Steam until soft.
In another pan gently fry the onions with some olive oil. Fry until soft and translucent, then add the garlic, ginger and chili and cook for a further few minutes. Now add the turmeric and garam masala and cook for a few minutes.
Meanwhile, take the cooked cauliflower and add to a blender and pulse for a few minutes. Now add the onion and spice mix and pulse until smooth but not too mush as to make it too soft, it needs to hold its shape.
Now dish up and add some spring onions to the top and serve!
We had it with Indian sausages cooked with turmeric, onions, peppers and ginger served with spinach and broccoli.
Love homemade and so flipping easy
For a family of 4 I use …
X3 avocados (ripe)
One large (ish) tomato diced very small
One lemon or lime
Garlic clove – crushed
Pinch of salt
Get a large bowl and mash the avocados, add tomato and juice of lemon (or lime). Smash the garlic and add salt to it, mixing the salt and garlic to a paste. Add to the avocados then add a splash of olive oil (and chopped coriander if you have any). Mix it all up and serve – how easy ???
This is delicious and works really well to produce a thick sauce, without using the flour. Works great as a main meal or accompaniment to anything.
I have also added crispy bacon into this on occasion to make a slight variation to the dish (simply crumble the bacon into the cheese sauce before you pour it over the cauliflower).
Butter 2 tbls
One tub of Cream cheese (250g)
Approx 200g (more if you want to) of Cheddar cheese grated.
250/300 ml Double cream
Pinch of paprika
Firstly I steam the cauliflower until it is almost cooked, left a little al dente. Then I leave to cool. Once cooked place in a bowl deep enough for the sauce.
Meanwhile take two tablespoons of butter and the cream and put into a saucepan, heat slowly. Once warm, add the cream cheese and slowly bring to the boil, then reduce heat to low (or remove from heat) and add the grated cheese stirring until the sauce is smooth and silky.
I like my sauce to be fairly thick for cauliflower cheese, so I then turned the heat up again and cooked everything for a further 5/10 minutes; if you like a thin sauce then simply use straightaway and don’t put it back on the heat.
Pour over the cauliflower (I then add a further handful of grated cheese) Sprinkle over the pinch of paprika and place in a hot oven for 30 minutes – until golden brown on the top. Remove and serve !
I found the sauce freezes really well, so if it produces more than you need, simply put in the freezer for another meal ! I used it all 🙂