Eat Your Greens Super Speedy Stir Fry

Make sure you eat your greens this week with this super speedy vegan stir fry that you can add to anything, rice, pasta, noodles etc, the sprinkling of brown sugar right at the end really adds something to the greens!

Serves: 2 – 4 depending on what you are serving it with

Prep: 2mins

Cook: 6mins

Ingredients: A bag or bunch of greens such as chard, kale, spinach, watercress, pak choi, (some types of cabbage might work too), 1 garlic clove, 1 red chilli (you can used dried chilli and frozen or pureed garlic), tbsp of oil, sprinkling of brown sugar and sesame seeds.

Method:

1. Chop up your garlic and chilli and heat in the oil for a few minutes

2. Chop or tear your greens and add to the pan, stir well to coat in the oil

3. Stir fry for a minutes more then sprinkle with brown sugar and sesame seeds

4. Enjoy!

The Lockdown Larder Homemade Tinned Tomato Soup

Remember the taste of the very popular branded canned soup from your childhood…well this is a close second!

Serves: 4

Prep: 5mins

Cook: 25mins

Ingredients: 2 cans of chopped tomatoes (drained weight 240g), 1 onion, 2 cloves of garlic, vegetable stock made with 300ml of boiling water, 2 tbsps of cream cheese, 1 tbsp of tomato puree and a little oil for frying.

Method:

1. Chop the onion and garlic and soften in a little oil for a few minutes

2. Add the tomatoes and stock, bring to the boil and then keep on a low simmer for 20mins

3. After 20mins add the cream cheese and puree and cook for a few minutes more until melted

4. Blitz in a food processor

5. Slurp and enjoy!

 

The Lockdown Larder – Friday Night Freezer Rice with Cheeky Chorizo

wp-1585763880410.jpg

Want a tasty treat this evening without having to make an unnecessary visit to the supermarket? Then try this…my Friday Night Freezer Rice with Cheeky Chorizo, something that can be enjoyed by all the family! 

Please note that this dish can easily be made to suit a vegan or veggie diet by omitting the chorizo and using veggie stock. 

Serves: 4

Prep: 10mins
Cook: 20mins

Ingredients: Thumb sized piece of chorizo, 1 onion, 2 cloves of garlic, 1 cup of rice (long grain, basmati or risotto will work), three cups of frozen veg of your choice, I used sweetcorn, peas and butternut squash, 1 stock cube like chicken or vegetable, 2 tsp of harissa paste if you have, if not 1 tsp of tomato puree and 1 tsp of paprika, 1 tsp of dried oregano or dried thyme, a little oil for frying, jarred black olives and lemon slices to serve if you have.

Method:

  1. Cut the chorizo, onion and garlic into small pieces and fry in a lidded pan with a little oil for a few minutes, until the onion is softened and has taken on some of the colour from the chorizo
  2. Add your rice and give it a good stir, so that it is coated in all of the juices from the onion mix
  3. Make up 1 stock cube with two cups of boiling water, (same cup you used to measure the rice)
  4. Pour the stock into the pan and give it a good stir
  5. Add you frozen veg and tomato puree or harissa paste with the dried herbs
  6. Give another good stir, bring to the boil and then simmer lid on for 10mins
  7. After 10mins the rice should be al dente, but if you prefer it softer, add 1/2 a cup of water and cook for a further 5mins lid on
  8. Serve with a few olives and fresh lemon slices if you have
  9. Dig in!

.

 

The Lockdown Larder Frozen Berry and Banana Smoothie

wp-1585763854314.jpg

Good Morning All! 

There’s no reason you can’t still have your morning smoothie during lockdown with this easy recipe.

Serves: 1 (for more just double the quantities)

Prep: 2 mins
Cook: 0 mins

Ingredients: 1/2 Frozen or fresh banana, handful of frozen berries like raspberries, cup of milk of your choice

Method:

  1. Blitz all ingredients in a food processor
  2. Drink and feel virtuous!

Remember Bananas can make excellent basis for smoothies especially when frozen, my tip would be to cut up ripe bananas and freeze in a freezable container and just add to smoothies and milkshakes when needed. 

 

The Lockdown Larder – Vegan Chickpea and Coconut Curry with Pea Raita

wp-1585264741652.jpg

Friday nights can still be curry night with a few store cupboard ingredients!

Serves: 4

Prep: 10mins
Cook: 20mins

Ingredients: 1 onion, 2 cloves of garlic, 1 large can of chickpeas (drained weight around 500g), 100ml of passata, can of coconut milk, 1 – 2 tsp of curry paste, depending on how hot you like it, a little oil for frying.

For Pea Raita which uses frozen peas, please click here Inspired by India – Potato and Sweetcorn Samosas with Pea Raita

Method:

  1. Chop your garlic and onion and gently fry in a pan with the oil until softened
  2.  Add your curry paste and mix well
  3.  Pour in the coconut milk and passata, give it all a good stir
  4. Add your chickpeas and bring to a simmer and cook for 20mins or until the chickpeas have softened slightly and taken on all of the curry flavour
  5. And that’s it…serve with rice and the pea raita if you wish
  6. Enjoy!

Inspired by the USA – Key Lime Pots

Love the taste of Key Lime Pie but don’t like the calories? Then try these, super easy to make Key Lime Pots!

Serves: 4

Prep: 10mins

Cook: 1 hour chill time

Ingredients: 375g ready made custard, or vanilla flavoured yogurt, 230g thick Greek yogurt, 75g digestive biscuits, juice and zest of 1 lime.

Method

  1. Crush or blitz the digestives in a food processor and divide equally between 4 glasses or small bowls
  2. Top with the custard
  3. Add the juice of the lime to the Greek yogurt, mix well and add this on top of the custard
  4. Sprinkle the zest of the lime on top of the desserts and keep in the fridge for at least one hour before serving
  5. Enjoy!

To find out about the amazing work Save The Children in the USA are currently doing to support children across the globe, please visit the link:

https://www.savethechildren.org

And if you would like to make a donation via this blog, please visit my Just Giving Page, by clicking the link here Just Giving

Thanks

Inspired by Libya – Spiced Orange Chicken with Coriander and Pinenut Pasta

20190501_175629.jpg

This is an easy tasty dish, with lots of fresh flavours so great for the summer!

Serves: 2 as a main

Prep: 10 mins

Cook: 35 – 40 mins

Ingredients: For the chicken; 4 chicken thighs, juice of an orange, 1 garlic clove, tsp. ground cinnamon, tsp. turmeric powder, tsp. olive oil, salt and pepper.

For the pasta; 120g of dried pasta, small bunch of coriander, 15g of Pinenuts.

Method:

  1. Pre-heat your oven of 200F
  2. In a pestle and mortar add all your dry ingredients plus the olive oil and blend to a paste, add your orange juice and mix well
  3. Place your chicken thighs on a roasting tray and pour over the mixture with some salt and pepper on top (you can leave the chicken to marinate in the fridge at this point)
  4. Add 100ml of cold water to the bottom of the pan and roast for 35 – 40 mins, the chicken should be crispy and brown but not burnt!
  5. 10 minutes before your chicken is ready, cook your pasta, ( I used fusilli)
  6. Once cooked mix the chopped coriander through the pasta, pop your chicken on top and add all the juices from the tray
  7. Sprinkle over the pinenuts and serve with a crisp green salad
  8. Enjoy!

Save The Children, were the first international aid agency to go into Libya when fighting broke out in 2011, they are still there on the ground, supporting those affected by the conflict, and offering support to the many refugees now living in Tunisia, to find out more please visit:

https://www.savethechildren.org.uk/where-we-work/africa/libya

And if you would like to make a donation via this blog, please visit my Just Giving Page, by clicking the link here Just Giving

Thanks

Easter Bunnies with Hazlenut Noses…

IMG_20190406_164545_383.jpg

These not too sweet Easter Bunnies are so easy to make…and eat!

Makes 6 – 10 biscuits depending on the size of your cutter.

Prep: 10mins

Cook: 15mins

Ingredients: 300g self raising flour plus a little more for rolling and dusting, 150g caster sugar, 150g low fat spread (I used flora), 50g of coco powder, 1 egg, 6 Hazelnuts (or more if making more biscuits).

Method:

1. Preheat oven to 150F

2. In a bowl add all your dry ingredients and mix well

3. Now add the low fat spread and use your hands to turn into a breadcrumb like consistency

4. Add the egg and mix well, add a little more flour if too wet and bring to a dough

5. Dust a clean surface with some flour and roll out the dough to about the thickness of a £1 coin

6. Line a baking tray with baking parchment

7. Cut out your bunny shapes and place onto the baking tray

8. Cook in the oven for 15mins, remove and before you leave to cool place a hazelnut in the centre of each face to make a nose…

9. Leave to cool and enjoy with a cuppa or a glass of milk20190406_162203-1.jpg

If you’d like to support a great cause, then have a look at the amazing work Save The Children UK are currently doing in 68 countries: www.savethechildren.org.uk

And if you’d like to make a donation via my Just Giving page, please visit: Just Giving

 

 

Need Some Heat This Weekend? Then Try This Green Sauce…

20180922_144502-e1554372579789.jpg

I already shared this recipe as part of the Inspired by Peru – Chicken, Black Rice, Green Sauce and Avocado Salad on Monday, but this sauce is sooooo good, I thought it deserved a post in its own right! It goes well with so many things; steak, chicken, fish, sweet potato, topping off jacket potatoes with yogurt or sour cream, or basically anything that you want to add some heat too, so here’s the recipe again…

Serves: 2
Prep: 5mins/no cook

Ingredients: 2 tbsp. olive oil, 1 garlic clove, 1/2 green chilli, tsp oregano (fresh or dried), tsp. of jalepeano (jarred) peppers, juice of 1 lime, pinch of salt.

Method

  1. Chop, peel and thinly slice the garlic clove add to this the jalapeno peppers, oil, chilli, oregano, the lime juice and pinch of salt and stir well
  2. Add to everything!

Enjoy x