10 small button Mushrooms – finely sliced and diced
100ml Apple Puree
2 cans Chopped tomotes
1 tsp dried Basil
1 tsp dried Oregano
⅛ tsp Sea Salt
⅛ tsp Ground White Pepper
12 Basil Leaves
In a saucepan heat the oil and add the onion and celery and cook for approx. 5 on minutes on med heat, stirring occasionally.
Make a well in the center and add the chicken. Cook for a further 5 minutes or until chicken is cooked right through.
Add the carrots, courgettes and mushrooms and cook for a further 2 minutes. Combine well.
Add the apple puree, canned tomatoes and rinse the cans with some water and add this too.
Add the oregano, dried basil, salt and pepper.
Bring to boil then simmer on the lowest heat with the lid on for approx. 30min.
Remove from heat, add the basil leaves and ricotta and blend using a stick blender or blend in a food processor. Or you can blend half of it and leave the other half un-blended depending on the age of you child.
I love egg dishes, they are so easy to make and take next to no time to prepare. I left this one cooking on the hob whilst i was taking a shower. It was ready when i got out. Nothing beats hot, soft, melted feta cheese with Spinach. One of my indulgences….
Recipe type: Breakfast, Poultry
8 Med Organic Eggs
1 large Sweet Potato – peeled and thinly sliced crossways – I used a mandolin on the thinnest setting
1 Spanish onion – thinly sliced
200g Feta cheese – crumbled
1 bunch Spinach – soaked and washed many times to remove any grit then finely chopped
Small bunch of Chives – finely chopped
Handful of Mint Leaves – roughly chopped
Handful of Basil Leaves – roughly chopped
Ground White Pepper
First cook the sliced onions in a little bit of water until soft and translucent,
Add the sliced Sweet Potatoes and cook on med heat, turning the sweet potatoes with tongs regularly
After approx. 5min, put the lid on the frying pan and allow the potato to cook. Turning the potatoes every few minutes. This goes on for approx. 10-15min.
Once the Sweet potato is cooked right through, spread the potato/onion mixture evenly around the frying pan
In a bowl combine the chopped spinach and herbs and toss to combine well
Spread the chopped spinach and herbs over the sweet potato mixture evenly
Crumble the feta evenly over the top
Whisk the eggs in a separate bowl and season
Pour the egg mixture over the Spinach
Cover and cook on the lowest setting for approx 20-30min or until the eggs have risen and set
Make sure the eggs has set all around the edges of the pan and nearly set in the middle. Then take it off the heat and let it sit covered for a few minutes. The eggs will continue to cook.
I love making Frittatas, they are so quick and easy to make and they last a couple of days. You can practically put any combination in them and they’ll taste great! They are light and go fantastically with a big side salad. Enjoy!
Author: the fussiesteater
3 Garlic Cloves – sliced and diced
1 Leek – washed thoroughly and thinly sliced
2 med red Potatoes – peeled and diced into 1cm square pieces
1 red Pepper – chopped into 1cm square pieces
½ yellow Pepper – chopped into 1cm square pieces
1 Broccoli – cut into bite size pieces
1 sm bunch fresh Basil – roughly chopped
1 tsp dried Oregano
1 tsp dried French Herbs (mixture of …..)
100g Feta Cheese – crumbled
Large handful of baby Spinach leaves
Ground White Pepper
10 Organic Eggs
In a deep frying pan, cook the garlic and leek in some filtered water, until soft and translucent on med heat for approx. 5min.
Add the potatoes and peppers and continue cooking for another approx. 10min, stirring occasionally.
In the meantime, steam the broccoli for 10min.
Add the ingredients in this order to the pan:- broccoli, peas, basil, herbs, crumbled feta cheese then spread the spinach leaves over the top. Place the lid on top and turn the heat to the lowest setting and leave for approx. 10-15min. so the Spinach can wilt.
Whisk the eggs, season and whisk
Pour the eggs over the spinach and cover and allow to cook on low heat for approx. 20-30minutes, or until the egg has risen and is cooked right through. There will be some liquid ontop which is normal at the end. This will evaporate as the egg will continue to cook once its removed from the hob.
I love my frittatas. They are so easy to make. You can pretty much throw any vegetable combination together, add some eggs and yummy feta cheese and let it cook on the lowest setting and low and behold its ready in no time! Serve with a side order of salad and you get an extremely healthy and nutritious meal. Fast and easy to make. Will little cleaning up afterwards. Great for when you just don’t have enough time to cook after a hard day’s work.
2 Leeks – thoroughly cleaned and finely sliced
2 Garlic gloves – finely chopped
15 small thin Asparagus spears – ends chopped off
Small Broccoli – chopped into bit size pieces
20-30 Mint leaves – roughly chopped
20-30 Basil leaves – roughly chopped
Bunch of Spinach – roughly chopped
Bunch of Rocket – roughly chopped
200g Feta Cheese – crumbled
8 med Organic Eggs – beaten and seasoned well with Sea Salt and Cracked Black Pepper
In a deep frying pan add the leeks and garlic with some filtered water and on med/low heat cook until soft and translucent.
Approx. 10min – make sure you do not burn the leeks and garlic.
Meanwhile, steam the broccoli and asparagus until al Dante.
Add the broccoli to the Leeks and stir to combine then spread out evenly in the pan.
Add the Asparagus spears in a clock – hand pattern.
Then add the peas, olives, feta.
Then add the herbs and leaves spreading out evenly.
Pour over the beaten eggs then cover and on the lowest setting allow to cook for approx. 20-30min or until the egg has risen and is cooked.
Make sure you don’t overcook the egg. Once the egg raises and there is very little liquid. Remove from the heat and allow to sit for approx. 5 minutes as the egg will still cook.
I made this lovely frittata found in – (i made it more like an omelet) in Rena Patten’s ‘Superfoods’ Cookbook. She bakes it at the end, and i do it all on the hob. The end result was light, healthy and delicious.
Recipe type: Breakfast, Poultry
1 small Broccoli – cut into bite size pieces
1 lrg Leek – finely sliced
2 Garlic – finely chopped
1 Tbs Extra Virgin Olive Oil
8 eggs – beaten
150g Feta cheese – crumbled
5 Tbs Chives – finely chopped
Steam the broccoli until there is a small bite to them
Meanwhile in a large frying pan, sauté the garlic and leek until soft and translucent on med heat for approx. 10-15min stirring occasionally.
Spread the broccoli over the pan, then crumble the feta over the top and the olives
Season the eggs and whisk
Pour the whisked eggs over the mixture
Cover and on the lowest heat cook for approx. 30min or until eggs are cooked right through
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This dish is completely out of the norm for me. I never eat livers. Well not since I was 10! But my mum came to stay with me for two months, and one of the nostalgic dishes of young was this one. I was hesitant at first to agree to have her make this. But I relented…. needless to say; it was as delicious as I remembered it to be. I can’t see myself actually making this though…. Just looking at the livers raw then cooked was quite nauseous.
I haven’t made an egg bake in years, but have been meaning to for such a long time. The idea has been sitting with me for ages, so I decided to bite the bullet and go for it. I had my sister in law stay with us, so i decided to do something different from my typical experimentive salads. Needless to say, i didn’t realise it would take over an hour in the oven….. I really wasn’t sure how it would turn out, and started to question myself…. why did i choose to make something i haven’t made in years on this night of all nights? But to my amazement…. and to everyone else’s I might add…… this turned out really nice. Infact so nice that my fussy sister in law had seconds! Which is a first! Would I make it again? Yes i would. But I’d change the vegetables and cheese purely for variation.
Recipe type: Pasta, Poultry & Breakfast
2 Organic Chicken Breasts
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 green and 1 red Pepper (capsicum) – cut into bite size pieces
1 sm red Onion – Sliced thinly
20 Cherry Tomatoes
15 Sundried tomatoes – washed to remove most of the oil and sliced and diced
6 Spring Onions – thinly sliced
4 Garlic Cloves – sliced and diced
35g Basil – leaves only – cut thinly
200g Spiral or Penne Pasta
16 Organic med Eggs
150g Blue Cheese
2 heaped Tbs Greek Yogurt
½ tsp Harissa
1 tsp Dried Oregano
Wash the Chicken breast, cut any excess white fat
Pre-heat a frying pan on the lowest heat for approx 5 minutes
Spray some Extra Virgin Olive oil on the chicken
and cook on the lowest heat, approx 3-5 min each side or until breast turns white half way thru, then turn and cook again for 3-5 minutes
Remove, allow to cool, then cut into small bite size pieces – put aside
Meanwhile bring a saucepan of salted water to boil, add the pasta and cook until al Dante
Pre heat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius – fan forced oven
Line a spring form pan with baking paper (parchment paper) – put aside
Place a large empty baking dish in the centre of the oven – this baking dish must preheat with the oven.
This baking dish must also be big enough to fit the spring form pan inside it
Break all the eggs into a large bowl, and whisk
Add the Yogurt, Harissa, Oregano and season, whisk again
In a very large bowl, add all the vegetables, chicken, spring onions, basil and pasta
Using a large spoon, stir to combine
Pour over the egg mixture and stir
Taste and season again
Crumble the blue cheese into the mixture and fold
Pour the whole mixture into the lined spring form pan
Cut any baking paper that is sticking out too much
Place the spring form pan into the baking dish which is in the oven and bake for ½ an hour then cover with foil and bake for a further 45 minutes or until egg is fluffy and the center feels firm and springy.
The surface of the frittata should also be golden brown in colour.
Allow to cool for approx 10-15 minutes before cutting
This is a dish my mum made when she came to visit. It was a dish she made whilst i was growing up and i loved the stuffing she used to make for the chicken. She made it for me here in the UK and i couldn’t believe what was in the stuffing! Who would have thought I’d be eating Chicken livers! I suppose nothing beats childhood memories of the foods you used to love. This really is a delicious stuffing, even if I’ve never eaten chicken livers or any livers since…. until now.
Recipe type: Poultry
1 Large Organic Chicken
400g Chicken Livers
6 Garlic cloves – roughly chopped into 3-5mm long pieces
1 sm bunch of flat leaf parsley – finely chopped
270g pureed tomatoes
250g filtered water
1 cup Basmati Aromatic Rice – washed
1 Spanish Onion – sliced and diced
Handful of Pine nuts
1 Butternut Squash
5 Lrge Potatoes
1 tsp Sea Salt
⅛ tsp White Pepper
⅛ tsp Chilli flakes
Fresh lemon juice – approx 3- 4 lemons
Bring a saucepan ½ filled with salted filtered water to boil
Add the chicken livers and cook for approx 5min
Strain livers, place in a bowl, cover with cling film and allow to cool
Once cooled, place in the refrigerator to cool completely (you don’t have to cool completely if you don’t have time)
Once the livers have cooled down to the point you can handle them, chop them into very small pieces. Put aside
Meanwhile clean the chicken and season the inside and outside
Peel the potatoes and squash and cut to size – into wedges
In a frying pan, cook the onions and garlic in 1 tsp of Olive oil and some filtered water
Add the chopped livers and cook for a further 2-5 min, stirring constantly
Add the rice, pureed tomatoes and 250ml of filtered water
Bring to boil then simmer for 5min
Add salt and pepper and chilli
Continue to cook until rice is half done
Add the parsley and pine nuts
Turn off the heat and place a clean tea towel over the saucepan with the lid on top
This allows the rice to absorb the liquid
Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius – I have a fan forced oven
Stuff the chicken with this stuffing then use toothpicks to close the chicken. You can sew the chicken shut if you like
Season the outside of the chicken with salt, pepper and chilli flakes
Spray Olive oil all over and sprinkle Oregano all over the chicken
Mix all three ingredients of the ‘baste’ in a small bowl and pour some all over the chicken
Place the stuffed chicken in the centre of a large baking dish
Place some of the potatoes and squash around the chicken, any leftover veg place in an additional baking dish
Season all the veg
Pour baste mixture all over the veg
Place foil over the chicken but not the baking dish with the veg
I got the idea to mix chestnuts with chicken from Claudia Roden’s ‘A taste of Morocco, Turkey & Lebanon. Her recipe boils the chicken and all the ingredients. I’ve altered it extensively, but used her ideas re ingredients, adding some of mine as well. The honey and spices gives the chicken a really lovely after taste. Its not sweet, but you do taste the honey and its delicious with the chicken.
Recipe type: Poultry
1 Organic Chicken – cut into 8 pieces
2 Large Spanish Onions – Sliced thinly
½ whole garlic globe – thinly sliced and diced – or approx 8
2 tsp ground Ginger
2 tsp ground Cinnamon
2 pinches of saffron threads
Extra Virgin Olive oil
2 Tbs clear Honey
200-250g vacume packed Chestnuts
Place all the chicken pieces in a large mixing bowl
Sprinkle over all the ingredients except for the onions and Chestnuts
Allow to marinate for at least 3 hours or overnight is preferred
Preheat the oven to 200degrees Celsius
Place on a flat non stick baking tray and bake for 20min
Meanwhile, in a frying pan, add 1 Tbs Extra Virgin Olive Oil and some filtered water. Add the onions and fry on high heat until brown. Constantly stirring.
Remove Chicken and turn over all the pieces
Place the onions over each piece of chicken and throw all the chestnuts in the tray
Bake for a further 10minutes
Remove and allow to sit for approx 5-10 minutes before serving to allow juices to seep thru and settle
Serve with any of my delicious veggie dishes especially the ones that have Quinoa or rice in them. Found under ‘Vegetables’.