Grapefruit, Fennel and Cucumber Salad

IMG_1008 (2)Recipe courtesy of Psychologies, taken from CIBI : Simple Japanese-inspired Meals to Share with Family and Friends written by Meg & Zenta Tanaka.

This combination tastes as beautiful as it looks and goes nicely with baked fish, a mild curry or a meat dish.

Ingredients (Serves 4-6)

• 100g (about ½) pink grapefruit, peeled and separated into segments
• 100g (about ½) grapefruit, peeled and separated into segments
• 1 Lebanese (short) cucumber or ½ telegraph (long) cucumber, cut into thin rounds, then quartered
• 400g fennel bulb, halved and thinly sliced
• 1 tbsp finely chopped flat-leaf pasley
• 90ml Honey Mustard Dressing

Step One – Cut each grapefruit segment in half at an angle.
Step Two – Cut the cucumber rounds into quarters.
Step Three – In a bowl, combine the grapefruit, cucumber, fennel and parsley. Add the dressing and mix well.

French Country Soup

This classic recipe is nutritious and high in fibre and vitamins.

Serves: 4

Ingredients:
1 tbsp (15ml) olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
1 medium leek, sliced
2 pints (1.1 litres) vegetable stock
1 medium potato, weighing about 175g (6oz), peeled and chopped
2 celery sticks, chopped
2 medium carrots, chopped
200g (7oz) can chopped tomatoes
25g (1oz) dried pasta shapes
100g (3 ½ oz) french beans, halved
1 large or 2 small courgettes, sliced
100g (3 ½ oz) pre-cooked or drained, canned flageolet or haricot beans
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Step One : Heat olive oil in a large flameproof casserole dish. Add the onion and leek, and soften for 5 mins, stirring occasionally. Add stock, potato, celery, carrots and canned tomatoes, then simmer, covered for 15 mins.

Step Two : Add pasta, French beans and courgettes, and simmer for 15 mins. Stir in flageolet or haricot beans, season well and simmer for 2 more mins.

Step Three : Serve the soup with crusty baguettes.

More yummy soup recipes can be found here …

Get £10 off your first and second boxes on Mindful Chef

Nachos

Serves:  4;  Cals per portion:  324;  Prep time:  10 mins;  Cook time:  7 mins

Ingredients: 

  • 4oz (100g) tortilla chips
  • 1 onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • 4oz (100g) cheddar cheese, grated
  • ¼ pt (150ml) soured cream
  • 2 green chillis, sliced

Step One – Place a layer of tortilla chips in an ovenproof dish.  Top with onion, cheese, soured cream and chillis.  Repeat layering process twice more.

Step Two – Heat the grill to medium and cook dish under grill for 5-7 mins.  Serve.

Other Mexican Food recipes can be found in

Sweetcorn, Lime & Chilli Fritters

Recipe courtesy of Psychologies Magazine and is taken from the book : Salad Feasts: How to assemble the perfect meal by Jessica Elliott Dennison. 

The key to fat fritters is bravery when frying.  Test that your oil is hot and bubbling with a pinch of mixture, then fry the fritters for a few minutes on one side before turning them to keep them intact, and allowing them to develop a golden, crispy exterior.  Any broken fritters can be squidged back together.

Sweetcorn Lime and Chilli FrittersIngredients (Makes 8):

  • 280g tinned sweetcorn (drained weight)
  • 1 lime
  • 6 spring onions
  • 1-2 red chillies
  • 3 tbsp plain flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 150ml vegetable or rapeseed oil
  • ¼ tsp sea salt flakes
  1. First, drain the sweetcorn in a colander then place in a large mixing bowl. Zest the lime, finely shred the spring onions and chillies and add them to the bowl along with the flour.  Crack in the eggs, then whisk with a fork in one side of the bowl.  Stir to combine the mixture, then shape into 8 fritters.
  2. Warm the oil in a large frying pan over a medium-high heat and line a few plates with kitchen paper. After a few minutes, test the oil is hot enough by adding a pinch of the fritter mixture to the pan.  If it sizzles and bubbles, you are ready for frying.  Gently place the fritters in the pan (lay them away from you) and cook for 3-4 minutes on each side until golden and crisp.
  3. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the fritters to the lined plates, allowing the kitchen paper to soak up any excess oil. Sprinkle over the salt, cut the lime into wedges, place alongside the fritters on a serving dish and enjoy.

Kale Vichyssoise

Recipe courtesy of Psychologies Magazine (Jan 2018)

A twist on the classic, says Drew Smith in ‘Broth to Bow’ (Nourish Books, £20) but this version has more dimensions, and doesn’t have to be reinforced with chicken broth.

Serves:  4

Ingredients:

¼ head celery
2 carrots
1 onion
3 leeks
2 new potatoes
1 litre Potassium Broth*
Handful of kale
Bunch of fresh parsley
50ml double cream
Olive oil for frying
Bread cubes for croutons

Step One:  Wash, trim and peel the celery, carrots, onion, leeks and potatoes, then put in a saucepan.  Cover with the Potassium Broth* and bring to the boil.  Simmer for 40 minutes.

Step Two: Take off the heat and leave to stand.  Transfer all the vegetables and about half the liquid into a smaller saucepan, ensuring that you have roughly equal vegetables and liquid.  Add the majority of the kale, trimmed, and bring back to a simmer for 4 minutes.

Step Three:  Chop the parsley and add, then liquidise in a blender or food processor, and stir in the cream.  In a frying pan, warm some olive oil and fry a few bread cubes for croutons.  Using the same oil, fry a couple of kale leaves until they are crisp, and use to garnish.

Chestnut and chorizo soup

Recipe courtesy of Psychologies Magazine (February 2016) and taken from the book River Cottage Gluten Free written by Nutritionist, cook and River Cottage teacher Naomi Devlin.

Roast chestnuts have the starchy quality of baked potato, with a smoky sweetness that is fantastic with chorizo.  You can also use pre-prepared chestnuts here, for something that is almost as good.  If you need more protein, a poached or fried egg is a great addition.

Chestnut Chorizo soupServes:  4

Ingredients: 

400g fresh chestnuts (in shells)
125g chorizo or spicy salami, skinned
1 tsp butter or duck fat
Pinch of fennel seeds (optional)
4 carrots, roughly diced
1 large onion, roughly diced
1 celery stick, roughly diced
150g Swiss chard or rainbow chard
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 sprigs of thyme, leaves picked
1 tbsp tomato puree
large pinch of saffron threads
Greek yogurt and Turkish dried chilli flakes, to finish

Step One:  Preheat the oven to 220oC / Fan 200oC / Gas 7.  Make a cut in the top of each chestnut, place on a baking tray and roast in the oven for 15-20 minutes until tender.  Leave until cool enough to handle, then peel, halve or quarter and set aside.  (It’s a lot quicker to use pre-prepared chestnuts, but you won’t get the same smoky flavour).

Step Two:  Cut the chorizo or salami into small chunks.  Heat a saucepan over a low heat and add the chorizo chunks with the butter or duck fat and fennel seeds, if using.  Cook gently for a few minutes until the chorizo oil starts to run.  Add the diced vegetables and cook gently for at least 20 minutes until they have taken on a deeper colour and smell sweet.

Step Three:  While the vegetables soften, slice the white stalk from the chard leaves and cut it into chunks; set aside.  Shred the leaves finely and set these aside too.  Add the garlic to the pan with the thyme leaves and tomato puree and cook for a couple of minutes until the tomato smell rises from the pan.  Add the chopped chestnuts, chard stalks, saffron threads and enough boiling water to cover everything by 2-3 cm.  Bring to a simmer, put the lid on and lower the heat.  Simmer gently for about 15 minutes until everything is soft.  Taste for seasoning.

:  Either leave the soup chunky or mash it a bit, leaving some texture – you’re not aiming for a smooth result.  If it’s too thick, add a little water; if too thin, uncover, turn the heat up a bit and let it bubble to reduce slightly.  Finally, add the chard leaves to the soup and bring back to the boil; this will be enough to cook them through.  Serve each portion topped with a spoonful of Greek yogurt, if you like.  If the chorizo is mild, you may want to put some chilli flakes on the table.

Seafood Bisque

BisqueIngredients:

20g (¾ oz) butter
650g (1 lb 5oz) small shrimps or prawns (in the shell)
1 medium onion, peeled and chopped
2 leeks, roughly chopped
1 stick celery roughly chopped
1 medium carrot, roughly chopped
2 cloves of garlic, peeled and chopped
½ tsp fennel seeds
250g (8 oz) fillet salmon, skin and bones removed, cut into 2 cm pieces
1 tbsp tomato purée
125ml (4 fl oz) dry white wine
80g (2 ¾ oz) Arborio rice
2.5l (85 fl oz) fish stock (made with good cubes is fine)
1 bay leaf
2 sprigs of thyme
100ml (3 fl oz) double cream
Ciabatta, to serve

Serves:  8    Prep time:  15 mins      Cook time:  40 mins
Cals per serving:  269      Fat: 13g

Step One:  Heat the butter in a large saucepan over a medium-low heat and fry the prawns (in their shells), onion, leeks, celery, carrot, garlic and fennel seeds for about 6-7 minutes, or until the vegetables start to soften.

Step Two:  Add the salmon, tomato purée, white wine, rick, stock, bay leaf and thyme and bring to the boil.  Reduce the heat and simmer very gently for about 40 minutes.

Step Three:  Let the soup cool a little and blend with an electric blender or with a hand-held stick blender until smooth.  Strain the soup through a sieve (it needs to be nice and smooth).  Taste and season with salt and pepper.

Step Four:  When ready to serve, add the double cream and bring back to just under the boil.

Tip: If you’re feeling extravagant, add cooked crabmeat at step 2 for a richer flavour.

 Recipe courtesy of Easy Living Magazine

Manaeesh (Flatbread, also known as manakeesh)

manaeeshThis recipe is courtesy of Easy Living Magazine

Makes: 4   –   Prep time : 15 mins, plus 2 hours standing time   –   Cook time : 20 mins

Cals per serving: 173   –   Fat : 2g

Ingredients: 7g (1/4 oz) sachet quick-acting dry yeast; 750g (1 ½ lb) white bread flour; 2 tsp salt; 2 tblsp olive oil

For the topping: 125g (4oz) za’atar spice blend mix

  1. Place the yeast, flour and salt in the bowl of an electric mixer.  Add olive oil and 420ml (13 fl oz) of tepid water.  Mix using a dough hook for about 5 minutes until the mixture comes together and forms a really soft dough. Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface for 5 minutes, then shape into a large ball.  Place in a clean, lightly oiled bowl, cover with a cloth or cling film and leave in a warm place for 1 – 1 ½ hours, or until the dough has doubled in size.
  2. Heat the oven to 240oC (gas mark 9). Punch down the dough with your fist to expel the air.  Knead on a lightly floured surface for 1 minutes and then shape into four balls.
  3. On a lightly oiled surface, use a rolling pin to shape each dough ball into thin 5mm (¼ in) rounds, then transfer to two baking sheets.  Make a few indentations in the dough with your fingertips.
  4. Brush the loaves with olive oil and sprinkle with za’atar.  Bake for 10-15 minutes or until golden and crisp.  Slide the manaeesh off the trays onto the oven shelves and cook for a further 5 minutes, or until crusty.

Spices

Other recipes for za’atar

Fast Humous

humousThis recipe is courtesy of Easy Living Magazine

Prep time : 5 mins   –   No cooking   –   Total Cals : 212   –   Fat : 15g

Ingredients: 400g (13oz) tin chickpeas; Juice of 1 lemon; 2 garlic cloves, crushed; 1 tsp paprika; 1 tsp ground cumin; 100ml (3 ½ fl oz) tahini (sesame seed paste); 2 tblsp extra virgin olive oil

  1. Drain and rinse the chickpeas and place in a blender along with the remaining ingredients.
  2. Blend until smooth and season well with salt and pepper.
  3. Taste the mixture as your go and add more spices if necessary.
  4. Serve with carrot sticks and pitta bread.
Tahini:

#humous #chickpeas #tahini

Falafel

Falafel

This recipe is courtesy of Easy Living Magazine

Makes : 26  –   Prep time : 15 mins plus soaking  –  Cook time : 20 mins

Cals per Falafel: 80 cals;   Fat : 5g

Ingredients:  250g (8oz) chickpeas, dry and uncooked; ½ onion, chopped; 2 cloves garlic; 1 bunch parsley, chopped; 1 bunch coriander, chopped; ½ tsp salt; ½ tsp chilli powder; 1 tsp cumin; ½ tsp ground coriander; ½ tsp baking powder; 500ml (16 fl oz) vegetable oil, for deep-frying; ½ tsp ground or crushed sumac

  1. Soak the chickpeas in water overnight (for at least 6 hours), then drain the water.  In a food processor, grind the chickpeas on a low speed, slowly adding the onion, garlic, parsley and coriander until the mixture is coarsely ground.
  2. Remove half of the mixture from the food processor and set aside.  Re-grind the remaining part for an extra few minutes or until smoother than the other half.  Mix the smooth and coarse portions together.
  3. Mix the salt, chilli powder, cumin, ground coriander and baking powder together.  Add this to the chickpea mixture.  Add a little water if needed – the mixture may be a bit crumbly, but this is fine.  It is now ready for frying.
  4. In a pot or wok, heat the oil.  This will be used to deep-fry the falafel.  Use two tablespoons to mould the falafel.  Fill one tablespoon with the mixture, then use another spoon on top to shape it.
  5. Slowly drop the falafel into the hot oil, and repeat.  Cook each side for roughly 2 minutes (until it turns brown).  Remove from the oil onto a colander or place on top of a paper towel to soak up any surplus oil.  Sprinkle with sumac and enjoy while hot (it’s good served with humous)

Sumac:

Middle Eastern cook book: