Warm Butternut Squash & Black Kale Salad

Salad, probably doesn’t spring to mind when you are thinking of warming winter food!

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A bowl of goodness

We have an abundance of colourful, healthy vegetables available at this time of the year just crying out to be made into tasty dishes, which can be served either on their own as a side or turned into a main dish, with the addition of , meat, fish, cheese, pulses, grains or what ever takes your fancy. Add some warming spices and there you have it, an easy, healthy meal.

Serves 4,  Gluten free, Dairy Free, Vegetarian, Vegan,  Time Taken  40 mins

INGREDIENTS:

5 Tbspns Walnut Oil

1 Butternut Squash, Peeled, halved, seeds removed, cut into small chunks

1 Red Pepper, de-seeded & cut into small chunks

2 Large Red Onions, Peeled & thinly sliced

Bag of Black Kale, Washed & Sliced. I like to leave the stems in for a bit of crunch.

2 Cloves Garlic, peeled & chopped

2 Tbspns Walnuts

1 tspn Sumac

2 Tbspns Pomegranate Molasses or 2 taste

METHOD:

Heat the oil over a medium heat, add the onions a fry covered, for 5 mins, stirring occasionally, add the squash & fry covered for a further 10 mins.

Remove the cover, turn up the heat & add the red pepper & sumac, stir frying for a couple of mins.

Add the kale & garlic & walnuts & stir fry for a further 5 mins, Season to taste. Remove from heat & stir in the Pomegranate Molasses.

Serve at once.  I topped mine with some crumbled danish blue cheese, but you can add what ever takes your fancy.  As well as being a healthy meal, it also adds a liitle bit of colour to our dull winter days. Enjoy.

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Healthy, colourful mix of winter veg

 

 

 

 

Post Christmas Fatigue

Good morning Foodies, I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas & are not suffering too much from the excesses of the festive season.  Your waist band may be feeling a little bit tighter today & its a certainty that the only thing  lighter is your purse. But what about your fridge?  Is that suffering from the same post Christmas fatigue? Is it also feeling stuffed & groaning with the weight of all those leftovers. Are you just going to sit on the sofa & flick through that nice glossy cook book or, are you going to get creative & turn those leftovers into some tasty, healthy meals which will not only loosen your clothing, but will also provide you with the satisfaction that you have saved yourself some hard earned cash by getting creative with those leftovers.     .

 

 

Below you will find my basic recipe, which you can turn into three different dishes.

Depending on what stock you use & the other ingredients you choose to add, this basic recipe is gluten-free, dairy free, vegetarian & vegan. Is part of your 7 a day and contains fibre, protein, vitamins & minerals.

INGREDIENTS

Olive or Rapeseed Oil

6, large Carrots, chopped or sliced.

2, Large Onions, chopped.

2, Beetroot, chopped.

6, Sticks of celery.

3, Large Parsnips.

250g Green Lentils thoroughly washed & drained.

Seasoning  herbs of choice.

4. Ltrs of stock from the simmered leftover carcass of a chicken, duck, goose, turkey etc.

For my recipe I used the water from boiled gammon joint.

For vegetarian & vegan, omit the meat stock & use the water reserved from boiling vegetables (not potatoes) or water.

METHOD.

Heat the oil in a large saucepan & gently fry the vegetables or 10 mins over a medium heat.

Pour over the stock, veg water or water, bring to the boil, reduce the heat & simmer for 45 mins.  Add the drained lentils, & herbs, bring to the boil again, reduce the heat & simmer for a further 40.mins. Season to taste.

 

At this point, when cooked, you can allow the lentils to cool & divide into 3 containers & when cold, cover & store in the fridge or freezer until needed or you can make the following:

  1. Hearty Rustic Soup.

Using 1 portion of the Lentils, turn into a saucepan & add either fresh, soft tomatoes, chopped or a tin of tomatoes, 1 clove of chopped garlic & any left over meat or veg you have. Bring to the boil & simmer for 5 Mins.

Serve in bowls with crusty bread & Parmesan Cheese sprinkled over.

2. Lentil Salad.

Turn the 2nd portion of lentils into a serving bowl.  Pour over 4 Tbspns Garlic Salad Dressing & allow to stand while stir frying some finely sliced Cavolo Nero. Stir into the Lentils along with 1 peeled, stoned & sliced avocado, chopped yellow pepper & halved plum tomatoes. Serve either as it is or strewn with smoked salmon, cooked prawns or hard boiled egg & chopped Chives.

3. Stuffing for vegetables or Wraps.

 

Turn the 3rd Portion of Lentils into a bowl , add stoned halved olives, Sundried Tomatoes, Chopped capers & anchovy fillets along with a crushed clove of garlic. Mix together with some chopped basil & used to stuff Tomatoes, Peppers, Aubergines etc  Bake in a medium oven for 30 mins. Or use the mixture cold as a filling for wraps.

Well foodies. Hope I have given you some ideas on what to do with those leftovers, use what ever you have to vary the flavours & don’t forget #loveyourleftovers.

This recipe was demonstrated in the BBC Radio Wiltshire kitchen on the Shaun Hodgett Show on Thursday 28th December 2017, where I was in conversation about #loveyourleftovers with Holly Rattley.

Should you have any questions or comments on the above, please use the form below.

 

 

 

 

 

Burgers, its in the mix.

Everyone loves a Burger, but for the vegetarian & gluten-free among us they are a definite NO. NO. Well guys, with the recipe below you can use up your leftovers & whip up a tasty burger tonight which will be part of your healthy eat plan and your 10 a day. What more can you want.

Cauliflower & Cannellini Bean Burgers

Serves 4. Prep time: 20 mins + chilling.    Gluten-free. Vegetarian. Low Fat. High Fibre.

INGREDIENTS:

1/2 a small cooked Cauliflower

400g Tin of Cannellini Beans. (Well drained)

2 Medium Cooked New Potatoes (Diced)

100g Cheddar Cheese ( grated )

1/4tspn Grated Nutmeg

2 Cloves Smoked Garlic (Crushed)

Salt & Black Pepper

Rapeseed or Olive Oil for frying.

1 Egg (Beaten) for coating

Polenta for coating.

wa-burgers-mix

METHOD:

Place the cauliflower in a food processor & pulse until smooth. Add the potatoes, cheese, garlic, nutmeg & seasoning. Pulse lightly until the mixture binds, but still has some texture. Turn out onto a chopping board, shape into a fat sausage & cut into 4 equal burgers. Put onto a plate, cover with cling film & chill for 30 mins.

Place the beaten egg in a saucer & the Polenta in another saucer. Dip the burgers first in the egg & then coat with the Polentta. Cove & chill again for 30 mins.

Heat the oil in a non-stick frying pan & fry over a medium heat for 10 mins, turning frequently, until golden.

Serve with Rocket & Pea shoot salad, Sprinkled with Parmesan Cheese OR, in my next blog you can make my Ratatouille which is also Gluten-free & Vegetarian.

Happy cooking.

Recipe & Photographs by Jan Steele 2017 all rights reserved.