Chicken & Courgette Pasta

(serves 2)

Ingredients:

  • 250g courgettes
  • 150gmushroom
  • 100g tomatoes
  • 1 small avocado
  • 50g unsalted cashews
  • 2 tablespoons pesto
  • 1 tablespoons olive oil
  • Clove of garlic
  • Herbs: Basil, salt, pepper

Meat and fish variations:

  • Add 90-120 gram chicken per person
  • Add 90-120 gram salmon per person

Method:

  1. In a pan sauté the garlic and onion in olive oil.
  2. Chop the baby marrow, tomato, mushroom into small pieces, and add to pan.
  3. Cook for a few minutes, until tender
  4. Then add the pesto and herbs to pan
  5. Serve the meal with a sprinkle of chopped cashew nuts and slices of avocado
  6. Can add fish or chicken to dish for more balance 🙂

Braai’d lamb skewers with a herby vegetable couscous

(serves 4)

Ingredients:

For the lamb skewers:

  • 1kg lamb leg or shoulder, cut into chunks
  • 80ml/5 tabespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 red onions, roughly chopped
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried thyme or some fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 10 skewers

For the herby couscous:

  • 200g asparagus, trimmed and cut into 4cm pieces
  • 1 red pepper, cut into 2cm pieces
  • 1 red onion, cut into thick slices
  • 140g mushrooms, cut into thick slices
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
  • 2 teaspoon paprika
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 240g couscous (dry weight)
  • 500ml hot vegetable stock
  • 1 tablespoon tomato puree
  • 40g pine nuts
  • 3 handfuls of your favourite herbs (I used coriander, parsley and dill)

Method:

For the skewers:

  1. In a large bowl add the olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, the herbs and spices and season with freshly ground pepper. Whisk all the ingredients to combine. Add the lamb and the chopped onions and blend to coat. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap, chill and let marinade for at least 4 hours.
  2. To assemble the lamb skewers. If using wooden skewers, soak them in water. (This will prevent them from burning.) Lift the chunks of lamb out of the marinade and thread the pieces, on the skewers.
  3. Braai the lamb skewers for about 10-15 minutes, until cooked to your liking.

For the herby couscous:

  1. Pre­heat the oven to 200C.
  2. Place the vegetables on a roasting pan, drizzle with the olive oil, add the paprika and season to taste with salt and black pepper. Stir well and pop in the oven for 30-­35 minutes until soft and caramelised.
  3. While the vegetables are roasting, put the couscous in a large bowl. Add the tomato puree to the hot stock and stir until fully dissolved. Pour the stock on the couscous, stir, cover with a plate or cling film and let it stand for at least 15 minutes, until the stock has been fully absorbed. Uncover and fluff the couscous with a fork.
  4. Toast the pine nuts by placing them in a small pan and cooking them over low heat, stirring frequently, until golden brown.
  5. Add the roasted vegetables, the pine nuts and the chopped herbs to the couscous, then drizzle with a little olive oil and mix well. Serve hot or cold, alongside the braai’d lamb skewers.

Quinoa with blueberries, strawberries, mango salad and a honey lime dressing.

This easy and healthy Quinoa Fruit Salad goes well with any summer meal.

 

Ingredients ( 6 servings as a side dish)

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups water
  • Pinch of salt
  • For the Honey Lime dressing (optional)
  • Juice of 1 large lime
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint

For the fruit:

  • 1 1/2 cups blueberries
  • 1 1/2 cups sliced strawberries
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped mango
  • Extra chopped mint, for garnish-optional

 

Method

  1. Using a strainer, rinse the quinoa under cold water. Add quinoa, water, and salt to a medium pot and bring to a boil over medium heat. Boil for 5 minutes. Turn the heat to low and simmer for about 15 minutes, or until water is absorbed. Remove from heat and fluff with a fork. Let quinoa cool to room temperature.
  1. To make the Honey Lime Dressing: In a medium bowl, whisk the lime juice, honey, and mint together until combined.
  1. In a large bowl, combine quinoa, blueberries, strawberries, and mango. Pour honey lime dressing over the fruit salad and mix until well combined. Garnish with additional mint, if desired. Serve at room temperature or chilled.

 

Note: use your favourite fruit in this salad. Blackberries, peaches, kiwi, raspberries, pineapple, grapes, etc. are great options!

 

Garlic Mushroom Qunioa

An easy, healthy side dish that you’ll want to make with every single meal!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 punnet mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon chilli powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan

 

Method

  1. In a large saucepan of 2 cups water, cook quinoa according to package instructions; set aside.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add mushrooms, garlic, chilli and thyme, and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 3-4 minutes; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Stir in quinoa until well combined.
  3. Serve immediately, garnished with Parmesan, if desired.

Sweet Potato and Chickpea Curry

Ingredients

  • 1 large of sweet potato, diced
  • 1 tin of chickpeas, cooked, drained and rinsed
  • 2 large tomatoes, quartered, seeds removed and diced small
  • 2 red onion, diced
  • 2 cm of ginger, chopped finely
  • 2 cloves of cloves, chopped finely
  • 1 tbsp of masala
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • Handful of coriander
  • Salt and pepper

Method

  1. Pre heat oven to 180 C.
  2. Cover the sweet potato with the masala and oil, combine well then add to a heated tray and cook in the oven for 10-12 minutes (or until cooked), turning once.
  3. Combine the remaining ingredients (except coriander) in a large bowl, add the sweet potato hot or allow to cool. Mix well.
  4. Add the coriander just before serving.
  5. Enjoy on its own, with a side of greens or alternatively with grilled fish or chicken.

Exchanges

1 cup salad = 2 starch + 1 fat + 1 veg

Pea, Broccoli and Almond Soup

Ingredients (serves 4)

 

  • Juice 1 lemon
  • 1 head broccoli
  • ½ bag frozen peas (250g)
  • 2 sticks celery
  • Frozen spinach (100g)
  • 200ml almond milk (make sure it’s unsweetened!)
  • 450ml water
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 small piece fresh ginger
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes
  • 1 tsp brown miso paste
  • 1 tsp tamari
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Method

  1. Start by peeling the ginger, then chop it finely and crush the garlic cloves. Add these to a large frying pan with a drizzle of olive oil, salt and pepper.
  2. Let this heat up and sauté for a few minutes before adding in the tamari, finely chopped celery, frozen spinach and broccoli. Stir this around for a minute before adding the water and frozen peas to the pan. Add a generous pinch of salt and let this heat up for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Once everything has cooked pour the mixture into your blender with the lemon juice, chilli flakes, miso paste and almond milk. Blend it all together until it’s really smooth and creamy!

Inspired by Deliciously Ella 🙂

Exchanges

2 cups = veg 1, starch 1, fat 2

Curry Coconut Chicken

Ingredients

  • 500g free range chicken, cut into cubes
  • 1 tsp salt and pepper
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp curry powder
  • 1 onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 – 3 large carrots
  • 1/2 cup peas
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 3-4 tomatoes, diced
  • 60ml tomato paste (sugar free)
  • Coriander
  • Brown rice or buckwheat

Method

  1. Season the chicken with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat oil and curry powder in a large pan on medium to high heat.
  3. Toss in the chopped onions, carrots and garlic, and cook 1 minute more.
  4. Add chicken. Reduce heat to medium, and cook for 7 to 10 minutes.
  5. Pour coconut milk, peas, tomatoes, tomato paste into the pan, and stir to combine. Cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, approximately 30 to 40 minutes.
  6. Serve with rice or buckwheat (cook according to the packet instructions) and top with coriander.

Exchanges

1/2 cup rice or buckwheat = 1 starch

1.5 cup curry = 2 veg + 2 protein + 2 fats

Quinoa with roasted pumpkin, zucchini and basil pesto

Ingredients

Serves 4

  • 600 g pumpkin  cut into large chunks
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 red onion, cut into wedges
  • 6 baby zucchini, sliced
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 lemon
  • Small bunch parsley chopped
  • 1 – 2 tablespoons pesto depending on your taste

Method

 

  1. Preheat oven to 200 C.
  2. Combine pumpkin and red onion with a little olive oil.
  3. Season with ground pepper and a little cinnamon.
  4. Roast for 30 – 40 minutes or until pumpkin is tender.
  5. Sauté the zucchini lightly in a pan over the stove.  You don’t really want to roast this as they only take 2 – 3 minutes to quickly cook in a pan. Season lightly and set aside.
  6. Remove vegetables from the oven.
  7. Add the quinoa, zucchini, parsley and pesto. Taste and add adjust accordingly.

Serve as is or garnish with garden herbs, and feta.