Pea and Herb Spread for Meatless Monday!

Here’s another #MeatlessMonday recipe!  I am always looking for vegetarian options (no, I am not a vegetarian, but really enjoy veggie meals).  And to find some that doesn’t have spinach and aubergine and celery in (bleh!) can be challenging.  But we manage quite well on most days!  I really try to make an effort on Meatless Monday, for health reasons and purely out of habit!

So, here goes:

280g peas (I used frozen peas, and just poured some boiling water on, and leave to stand for a bit – then it retains the beautiful, fresh green colour!)

2 tbs plain fat free yogurt

A big handful of fresh herbs – used basil, thyme, rosemary and sage

75g chopped cucumber

A bit of fresh garlic

Salt and pepper to taste

Mixed everything together with a handblender (or food processor)

Served on crackers (RyVita), topped with 60g of fat free feta.

Quick and easy!

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Mushroom Burger – made with…. mushrooms!

First post of 2017!  Yippeee-ka-yaayyy!  Here’s to a much healthier year!

After the overload of meat the past month or so – my body is actually CRAVING veggies!  And as you all know – I do believe I am an undercover vegetarian!  😉  So, our last ‘braai for lunch during the week’ before we go back to work.

Here goes!  VERY experimental!  LOL!

2 medium onions

1 green pepper, cored

4 tsp olive oil

125g mushrooms

100g breadcrumbs

2 eggs

Salt and Pepper

Liberal sprinkling of Garlic and Herb Seasoning

 

Finely chop the onions, green pepper – I used the food processor, quick and easy!  Fry in olive oil until cooked through.  Add mushrooms, chopped (also short cut – food processor!)  Fry for a few minutes for mushrooms to cook through.  Remove from heat and cool until easy to handle.

Add the rest of the ingredients – and form hamburger patties – I got 4 out of this batch.  Okay, here’s the tricky part, the consistency was slightly mushy, so I was afraid that it will all fall apart on the grill!  Grilled it on foil first, but then I changed my mind and popped it in the over to oven-bake.  So I KNOW that it works well if baked in the oven! 🙂

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Looks yum, not so?  And it was!

WL – serves 4, 1 serving = 1 CC (actually a bit less), 2 veg, 1 fat, 1 Prot

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