Sweet Potato Salad #MeatlessMonday

Although I really love Sweet Potato, I seldom managed to cook it without it being mushy.  And mushy is absolutely fine – but not in a salad!  Also, I’m so used to it being served with lots of sugar/honey/butter, etc.  So I was keen to try a ‘healthier’ option. So with this one I actually didn’t do too bad!

So here is a lovely Meatless Monday salad!  It is based on a recipe I saw in the Ideas Magazine a while ago, but I did tweak the quantities and ingredients a bit.

 

160g cooked sweet potato cubes (soft but not mushy!), kept aside to cool

50g grated carrots

2 – 3 sundried tomatoes, cut into strips

30g low fat feta, crumbed

1/4 red onion, chopped

Mix all these ingredients together

 

Dressing – mix 30ml low fat mayonaise, 30ml white wine vinegar, about 1 ml Worcestershire Sauce

 

To serve – lettuce and chopped fresh parsley

 

Putting it all together for serving:

Place sweet potato mix on a bed of lettuce, drizzle dressing over and top with some freshly chopped parsley

 

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WL breakdown:  2 CC, 1 fat, 1 Prot, 1 Veg

 

 

 

Halloween Stuffed Peppers

How cute is this!  Just HAD to make something for Halloween!  🙂

I got the idea from a photo I saw on the internet, so it is by no means original!  LOL!  I did make up my own ‘stuffing’ though!

Serves 2

1 yellow pepper per person

 

Stuffing

10ml olive oil

1 onion, chopped

Crushed garlic and herb

A sprinkling Woolies Puttanesca seasoning

A handful cherry tomatoes, halved

Salt and Pepper to taste

50g cooked spaghetti

About 50g cooked butternut, mashed and seasoned

  1. Fry onions in olive oil until opaque.  Add chopped cherry tomatoes and seasoning, lower heat and cook until tomatoes are soft.  Stir in cooked spaghetti and keep aside.
  2. Cut tops off the peppers and clear the pips and other ‘flesh’.  Use a pairing knife to cut ‘jack o lantern style’ eyes and mouth.  Use your own initiative. dsc_1304
  3. Boil in water for about 5 minutes and carefully remove (hot!) and drain and leave aside to cool a bit
  4. Mix mashed butternut and all the other ingredients and carefully stuff the peppers.
  5. Place carefully on an ovenplate – I put the peppers in the corners so that it ‘stands’ on its own without topping over – put the pepper tops back on and bake for 15 – 20 minutes at 180C
  6. Carefully remove and serve!

    1 serving = 1.5 veg, 1/2 CC, 1 Fat

Egg Fried Rice with Fresh Pineapple

I’ve been craving Egg Fried Rice for a while now – the healthier option of course!  So here we go, fresh pineapple for extra flavor (without adding too much sweetness) and a  bit of crunch.

100g fresh pineapple

5ml olive oil

50g chopped onion

1 small red pepper, chopped

1 small green pepper, chopped

1/4 tsp chopped chili

1/4 tsp crushed ginger and garlic

140g cooked brown rice (firm, but not soft)

1 egg

1ml chinese 5 spice (or according to taste)

Salt to taste (or low sodium soy sauce)

 

Fry onion in olive oil until soft. Add garlic, ginger and chili – and fry for a minute for flavors to develop a bit.  Add chopped peppers and fresh pineapple (and a little bit of water if needed).  Fry for a few minutes until peppers are soft.  Stir in cooked rice, egg and rest of ingredients and cook until egg is set.  Serve with fresh coriander or spring onions.

TERRIBLE photo!  Apologies!

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2 CC, 1 Prot, 2 Veg, 1 Fat

 

Moroccan Apricot Couscous Salad

I really love Moroccan-style flavours – cumin, ginger, coriander, cinnamon!   And the best is – there is a fabulous ‘short-cut’ available – Woolies’ Moroccan Rub!  I use it so often, that I always buy 2 containers at a time!  Very versatile and convenient 🙂 And it works great with lamb, chicken and veggies.

Here’s a quick and healthy salad to make the most of those flavours:

 

Serves 1

 

80g cooked couscous

75g chickpeas (tinned/cooked)

A big handful of fresh rocket

30g soft dried apricots, chopped

10g toasted almond slivers

 

Dressing

100g plain fatfree yogurt

1/2 tsp Woolworths Moroccan Rub (if you don’t have this – you can make up your own morrocan blend -this recipe is great http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/moroccan-spice-blend-109356)

 

Mix couscous and chickpeas and place on bed of rocket, lightly stir through yogurt dressing.  Season to taste. Sprinkle chopped apricot bits and toasted almonds over it.

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2 CC, 1 Prot, 1 Fat, 1 Fruit, 1/2 Veg, 1/2 Milk

Inspired by Buzzfeed Recipe

Summery Strawberry Salad

It seems as if we jumped straight from winter to summer!  And, it is also time to concentrate on getting rid of this ‘winter body’.  Yes, one step at a time!

This salad is so simple, with only a handful of ingredients – and really yummy 🙂

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Serves 1

Lettuce and Herb mix (to serve)

150g fresh strawberries, cut in quarters or bite sized bits

25g red onion, sliced

90g smoked chicken, sliced

10g cashew nuts

Salt and pepper to taste

Put strawberries, red oinion, and smoked chicken on bed of lettuce and herbs.  Sprinkle chopped cashew nuts over, season and drizzle with olive oil and balsamic reduction.

Super quick and easy!

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1 Veg, 1 Fruit, 1 Prot, 1 Fat

Thai Chickpea Curry

If it is Thursday night it must be ‘vegetarian’ night!  🙂  Super healthy, quick and easy – curry for 1 coming up!

 

50g finely chopped onion

5ml peanut oil

1/2 teaspoon ginger and garlic paste

100g chopped red pepper

5ml Thai 7 Spice (Cape Herb & Spice)

a generous sprinkling of Robertsons Exotic Thai Season

75g chickpeas (tinned/cooked)

200ml fat free milk + a few drops coconut essence (saving calories, instead of using coconut milk)

Salt to taste

 

Fry onions in peanut oil until soft, add ginger and garlic paste.  Fry for another minute or two.  Add red pepper, spices and chickpeas.  Add some water if needed – simmer for a few minutes until red pepper is soft.  Add ‘coconut’ milk, season to taste and simmer for about 5 minutes.

And done!

Serve with some basmati or brown rice.  And fresh coriander (that I forgot this time around!)

(Not the best pic, I know!)

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1 Prot, 1.5 Veg, 1 Fat

Mexican Corn & Samp Salad (with Citrus Dressing)

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Okay, this was VERY experimental!  I haven’t even HEARD of a samp salad before 🙂 But inspiration hit (while looking for a new ‘carb’ option to try) and this is what transpired.

Dressing: (leave to infuse a bit).  By the way, this salad can be made in advance, just add the tomatoes and salt just before serving otherwise it becomes soggy.

Okay, where was I…  yes, the dressing (mix it all together):

1oml olive oil

2 TBSP freshly squeezed orange juice

2 TBS lemon juice

2 TBS White Wine Vinegar

1/4 tsp fresh garlic

A dash of cayenne pepper

A dash of ground cumin

Then,

Mix together (or pack in layers if preferred):

200g corn kernels (I used frozen corn, covered with boiling water and left to stand for 10 minutes, no need to cook)

140g cooked samp (I cooked this in advance, because it does take a while to cook – and then left to cool)

200g red kidney beans (tinned and drained)

100g chopped tomato

50g chopped onion

100g chopped mixed peppers (I used green and red)

Salt and Pepper to taste

 

Pour dressing over, and voila!  I actually wanted to add some fresh coriander as well, but realised I was all out.  Next time 🙂

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WL Breakdown, serves 2 (LARGE portions), 1 Serve = 2 CC, 1 Prot, 1.5 Veg, 1 Fat

 

 

 

 

Corn and Mussel Chowder

I hang my head in shame – no post in 3 months… crazy!  But I think most people feel like me – this year is simply going too fast.  May, June and July simply seems like a blur!  Phew…  Anyway, time to get back on track!  Here we go 🙂

This soup is super tasty and super easy to prepare!

Corn and Mussel Chowder

150g chopped onion

10ml olive oil (lemon infused – or add a good squirt of lemon juice)

1 chopped chilli (can be omitted)

500ml chicken stock

400g frozen corn (pour boiling water over and leave to stand for a few minutes)

400g potato (cubed)

400g mussel meat

Salt and Pepper to taste

Fresh coriander or parsley to serve

 

Fry chopped onions in olive oil until soft.  Add potato cubes and chicken stock and simmer until soft.  Add 1/2 of corn and liquidise soup with handblender.  Add rest of corn and mussel meat, season.  Simmer on medium heat for about 5 minutes (mussel meat cooks quickly)

Serve with fresh coriander or parsley.

 

Serves 4.

1 Serving = 1 Prot, 2 CC, 1/2 Fat, 1/2 Veg

 

 

 

 

 

Roasted Tomato Soup with Risoni

A lovely filling and tasty soup!  🙂  I added the risoni (pasta rice or orzo) to add a little more ‘body’ to the soup – you can have some chunky bread or toast with it, but it actually isn’t necessary, it is filling enough as is 🙂

10 ml olive oil

800g cherry/baby tomatoes

1 onion, quartered

Fresh thyme

400ml chicken stock (if vegetarian – use veggie stock)

200g cooked risoni (tip: cook in only for about 8 minutes, it tends to get soggy quite quickly!)

1/2 tsp Garlic and Herb Spice (I use Robertson’s Masterblends)

Salt and Pepper to taste

 

To serve:  low fat feta (about 30g per person if serving 2, 15g if serving 4 ‘starter’ portions)  and fresh parsley

Place tomatoes, onions and thyme sprigs on a baking sheet (with foil and non-stick cooking spray) and a drizzle of olive oil.  Roast in a pre-heated oven at 180C for about 30 minutes (until tomatoes start to blister)

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Transfer to a pot (medium sized, stove top), and remove some of the thyme sprigs (it can get a little ‘tough’.  Add stock, spice mix, salt and pepper and simmer for about 15 minutes.  You can add more stock if you find it too thick.  Liquidise (I used a stickblender – liquidise the soup in the pot).  Stir in cooked pasta rice.  Simmer for another couple of minutes to make sure the pasta rice is the same temperature than the soup.  Dish up and serve with feta and fresh parsley (I actually wanted to use fresh basil, but we were all out!  The parsley was yummy as well.   And how ‘Italian’ does it look?  :):)

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Tip:  Hubby added blue cheese instead of low fat feta and said it worked well!  Also, if you prefer a more ‘meaty’ meal – serve with some fried bacon bits.

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Makes 2 large portions (that’s how we had it!) – or 4 ‘starter’ portions.

If serving 4:  1 CC, 1/2 Protein, 2 Veg, 1/2 fat