Tag Archives: ideas

Lean turkey meatballs in tomato and herb sauce

Hey all, 

Here is one of my all time “go-to” recipes that is not only quick and easy but loved enormously by the little ones! Kids are always a fan spaghetti, because let’s face it, it’s messy and fun to eat! My son especially loves this dish and this recipe is definitely one for the whole family, fussy eaters included! 


Ingredients: 

Lean turkey breast mince – 500g

Fresh basil – a handful

Tomatoes – two

Tomato purée – two tablespoons

Balsamic vinegar – tablespoon

Salt and pepper 

Olive oil 

Egg – 1 yolk

Garlic – 4 cloves 

Parmasean cheese 

Start by getting a large mixing bowl and combine the turkey mince, chopped basil, salt, pepper, egg yolk, and a sprinkle of parmasean together. Roll the mixture well into meatballs (any size you like) 

In a non-stick frying pan out a little olive oil or coconut oil and brown the meatballs slightly on a medium heat after about 7 mins put the pan under the grill to finish of browning, I like to do this because it dries them out more and they are less likely to fall apart. Put the meatballs aside whilst you make the tomato sauce as follows …

In a saucepan heat about a table spoon of olive oil and add finely chopped garlic and tomatoes cut into quarters. Add chopped basil and sauté for 1 min. Splash on about a tablespoon of balsamic vinegar and stir. Add about half a cup of water and three tablespoons of tomato purée, salt and pepper, bring to the boil then cover and cook on a low heat for about 15mins. Add the meatballs then cover and cook for a further 10 mins so they can absorb the flavours. 

Serve with gluten-free spaghetti and salad. Sprinkle with parmesan and let the spaghetti slurping commence!!  

Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Strawberry breakfast muffins!

image

As its my day off, as usual I start with the intention of doing absolutely nada but then a lightbulb appears above my noggin and another clean recipe comes to mind so I have to make it right there and then incase the sudden spark of creation abandons me as fast as it arrived! The best recipes are always unplanned anyway so here is todays creation, perfect for a sunday morning lazy breakfast!

Ingredients:

2 egg whites
1 cup of doves gluten-free self raising flour
2 strawberries
1 banana
2 tablespoons of honey
1 tablespoon of pure maple syrup
1 handful of crushed mixed nuts and dried fruit
1 tablespoon of coconut oil
Sprinkle of cinnamon

Combine all the ingredients in a mixing bowl (only one of the strawberries) put a big dollop of the mixture into muffin cases and top with a slice of strawberry.wpid-IMG_20140509_094536.jpg

Preheat your oven and
Bake for about 20 mins at 200ºc (maybe less for fan assisted ovens) basically until they look deliciously golden brown in colour and they pass the knife test with flying colours!

image

Treat Tip:
Why not top with your favourite clean butters and spreads, its extra super tasty at breakfast and Afternoon tea times 🙂

wpid-IMG_20140509_105127.jpg

wpid-IMG_20140509_112454.jpg

Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Simple soda bread

image

This recipe isn’t particularly clean so to speak but if you have allergies and can’t eat yeast this will help make life a little easier, you can use other flours to make it clean but then you will more than likely need yeast, I struggle to find yeast and gluten-free breads so I stick to my fruit loaves and I make this soda bread for my son just because he loves it and it so quick and easy to make alongside his dinners etc.

Ingredients:

2 cups Self raising flour

2 tablespoons Olive oil

Warm Water

Combine a about a tablespoon of oil with the flour then slowly add in some warm water whilst mixing g until you get a dough that is quite flexible, kneed then bake in a loaf tin at 180º untill golden in colour on top, take out of loaf tin
and cook in the rack for a further 5 mins so to crisp the bottom, you don’t have to use a loaf tin you can just make a round loaf and bake it on a baking tray.

You can also make soda bread dumplings from this recipe which is even faster and great to have alongside your meals and they work with gluten free flour(self raising) so just roll the mixture into balls about 4cm wide and deep fry in rapeseed oil or olive oil until golden, they make great tear and share nibbles for the table.

image

My son enjoying some soda bread toast and peanut butter in bed this morning ♡

Tagged , , , , , , , ,

Super kale spag bol

image

If like me, you have super hungry but super fussy little monsters in your household this recipe is perfect for them! As a child I was (believe it or not) a super fussy eater, my mother would always be in the kitchen cooking up a storm of homemade delights (I guess that’s where I get it from)  at the time, I would spend dinner times meticulously picking out  morsels of anything that looked remotely like an onion or something at all healthy, I guess all my mothers hard work paid off in later years and here I am doing the exact same thing, we can only hope our little monkeys will grow up big and strong and go on to do the same!
So here it is, a spag bol with lots of concealed goodness.

Ingredients:

200-450g Lean beef mince

2 large cloves of garlic

Handful of kale

Half a sweet red pepper

Chopped tomatoes or passata

Wholegrain spaghetti

Salt and pepper

Balsamic vinegar

Teaspoon of brown sugar (optional)

Mixed herbs

Start off by putting the kale, garlic, red pepper, mixed herb in a food processor and blend.

Brown the mince in a saucepan and add in the blended ingredients, stir and add the balsamic, salt and pepper, and tomatoes or passata, bring to the boil and leave to simmer for 10 mins or so.

Serve with the wholegrain spaghetti and some grated cheese.

You can use this for a base sauce for lots of other fave childrens meals I.e homemade pizza, lasagne, pasta, meatballs

Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Tuna, sweet potato, spinach and feta bake

image

Looking for healthy ideas for dinner tonight, that the adults and children will both enjoy? Look no further than this little gem I rustled up a few weeks ago, packed with protein and other nutrient rich foods for the health conscious and the growing little monsters.

Ingredients:

1 medium sized sweet potato (peeled or unpeeled)

Fresh baby spinach leaves

Feta or other cheese of choice

1 leek

1 tin of tuna

1 fresh floret of broccoli

Sweet red pepper (diced)

3 large cloves of garlic

Salt and pepper

Tin of chopped tomatoes in own juices

Cayenne pepper

Tomato paste

Sprinkle of mixed herbs

Start by cooking the leeks, garlic, sweet pepper, spinach lightly in a saucepan with a little olive oil or water. Add the tomatoes and a tablespoon of tomato paste, mixed herb then cover and cook for 10 mins on a medium heat, add the tuna,season to taste,stir and leave aside.

Slice the sweet potatoes into rounds and do the same with the broccoli stalk and cut up the rest of the broccoli into small pieces. part boil.

Get a medium sized lasagna dish or casserole dish and layer up like a lasagna, starting with the tomato mixture then a layer of sweet potato with some feta and so on, sprinkle some cayenne pepper between the layers.
Sprinkle a little of the cheese on the top and some fresh ground salt and pepper

Cook at about 200º for about 30-35 mins  or until the potato is soft and the top is crisp and golden in colour.

Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,